Governor's Cup (Kentucky)

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The Governor's Cup
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Louisville Cardinals Kentucky Wildcats

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 27
Series record Kentucky leads, 14–13
First meeting October 28, 1912
Kentucky 41, Louisville 0
Last meeting November 29, 2014
Louisville 44, Kentucky 40
Next meeting November 28, 2015
Largest win Kentucky, 63–0 (1922)
Longest win streak Kentucky, 7 (1912–1994)
Current win streak Louisville, 4 (2011–present)
Trophy The Governor's Cup

The Governor's Cup is a trophy awarded to the victor of the annual college football game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville in the state of Kentucky; it is also used as a reference to the rivalry itself.[1] Though the teams first played in 1912[2] the Governor's Cup has been awarded every year since 1994.

Kentucky leads the all time rivalry with 14 wins to Louisville's 13, although Louisville leads the modern series 13 to 8.[3] Louisville currently has a four game winning streak in the series. From 1994 to 2006 the annual matchup was always played in the opening weekend of the college football season. In 2007 the game was moved to the third game of the season when played in Lexington but remained the first game when played in Louisville. Starting in 2014, which marks Louisville's inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Governor's Cup will be the last game of the regular season for both teams[4] to coincide with several other ACC-SEC same-state rivalries.

All-time results[edit]

Kentucky victories are shaded ██ blue. Louisville victories shaded in ██ red. † indicates overtime. Numbers in parentheses indicate a team's Associated Press Top 25 rank at the time of the games.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
1912-10-28  Lexington  Kentucky 41 Louisville 0 UK 1–0
1913-11-22 Louisville Kentucky 20 Louisville 0 UK 2–0
1914-11-14 Lexington Kentucky 42 Louisville 0 UK 3–0
1915-11-06 Louisville Kentucky 15 Louisville 0 UK 4–0
1922-10-14 Lexington Kentucky 63 Louisville 0 UK 5–0
1924-10-04 Lexington Kentucky 29 Louisville 0 UK 6–0
1994-09-03 Lexington Kentucky 20 Louisville 14 UK 7–0
1995-09-02 Lexington Louisville    13 Kentucky 10 UK 7–1
1996-08-31 Lexington Louisville 38 Kentucky     14 UK 7–2
1997-08-30 Lexington Kentucky 38 Louisville 24 UK 8–2
1998-09-05 Louisville Kentucky 68 Louisville 34 UK 9–2
1999-09-04 Lexington Louisville 56 Kentucky 28 UK 9–3
2000-09-02† Louisville Louisville 40 Kentucky 34 UK 9–4
2001-09-01 Lexington Louisville 36 Kentucky 10 UK 9–5
2002-09-01 Louisville Kentucky 22 Louisville (17) 17   UK 10–5  
2003-08-31 Lexington Louisville 40 Kentucky 24 UK 10–6
2004-09-04 Louisville Louisville 28 Kentucky 0 UK 10–7
2005-09-04 Lexington Louisville (12) 31 Kentucky 24 UK 10–8
2006-09-03 Louisville Louisville (13) 59 Kentucky 28 UK 10–9
 2007-09-15  Lexington Kentucky 40 Louisville (9) 34 UK 11–9
2008-08-31 Louisville Kentucky 27 Louisville 2 UK 12–9
 2009-09-19  Lexington Kentucky 31 Louisville 27 UK 13–9
 2010-09-04  Louisville Kentucky 23 Louisville 16 UK 14–9
 2011-09-17  Lexington Louisville 24 Kentucky 17 UK 14–10
 2012-09-02  Louisville Louisville (25) 32 Kentucky 14 UK 14–11
 2013-09-14  Lexington Louisville (7) 27 Kentucky 13 UK 14–12
 2014-11-29  Louisville Louisville (22) 44 Kentucky 40 UK 14–13

Howard Schnellenberger Award[edit]

The 2010 game was the inaugural year for the award. The award is given to the Most Valuable Player on the winning team by the Louisville Sports Commission. It is named for Howard Schnellenberger, who played under Bear Bryant for Kentucky and coached at Louisville.

Date Player Team Position Statistics
 9-04-2010  Derrick Locke Kentucky RB 23 carries, 104 yards, 2 TDs [5]
 9-17-2011  Dexter Heyman Louisville LB 12 tackles & 1 forced fumbles[6]
 9-02-2012  Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB 19/21, 232 yards[7]
 9-14-2013  Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB 16/28, 250 yards, 1 TD
 11-29-2014  Devante Parker Louisville WR 6 catches, 180 yards, 3 TD

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