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Kentucky vs. Louisville final score: Wildcats dumped by Cardinals

Lamar Jackson and the Cards ate up against Kentucky.

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Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals earned their revenge over the Kentucky Wildcats, defeating their rivals from Lexington, 44-17.

The Wildcats, who fall to 7-5 on the season, couldn’t contain the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner. Jackson threw for 216 yards and ran for 160, tossing two TD passes along the way. He missed on just six passes, going 15-21, and rushed for an astounding 8.7 yards per carry. Jackson got what he wanted against UK all day, basically, as it was a tough pill to swallow for Wildcat fans who watched on.

Kentucky’s defense was helpless against the ground in general. The Wildcats allowed 351 rushing yards and 8.0 yards per carry on 43 total attempts. Senior running back Reggie Bonnafon ran for 64 yards on nine carries, while freshman tailback Dae Williams scampered for 62 on just six.

Benny Snell certainly had himself a day, though. Snell rushed for 211 yards and two scores, needing just 29 carries to do so. However, Snell’s efforts just weren’t enough to keep the game close. The Cardinals stifled quarterback Stephen Johnson, who only mustered up 110 passing yards. Johnson was sacked three times and completed just eight of his 19 pass attempts. No Kentucky receiver had more than 44 yards on the day.

What We Learned

This just in... Lamar Jackson is still damn good

Why Lamar Jackson isn’t up for the Maxwell Award, the world may never know. Why he isn’t up for the Davey O’Brien Award isn’t known either. But be that as it may, he proved again why he’s one of the best players in the sport. His dual-threat abilities were on display in a big, big way on Saturday afternoon in Lexington. He’s one of the biggest stars and best players to lace ‘em up in the last few years. You might want to enjoy what you can of him.

Kentucky just is not there yet

While the Wildcats have made strides this season, the way they ended this season was a reminder that there’s a long way to go. Saturday’s performance against rival Louisville exemplified as much. They will have a chance to salvage everything when they go bowling next month, but this certainly puts a damper on things.

Benny Snell, though.

He’s impressive. Damn impressive, even. He shouldn’t be underrated to this point, and as a junior, he’s on a trajectory that will leave little doubt about his standing amongst the running backs around the country.