Governor's Cup (Kentucky)

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Louisville - Kentucky Football Rivalry "The Governor's Cup"
Sport Football
First meeting October 28, 1912
Kentucky 41, Louisville 0
Latest meeting November 28, 2015
Louisville 38, Kentucky 24
Next meeting November 26, 2016
Trophy The Governor's Cup
Statistics
Meetings total 28
All-time series Tied, 14–14
Largest victory Kentucky, 73–0 (1922)
Longest win streak Kentucky, 7 (1912–1994)
Current win streak Louisville, 5 (2011–present)

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,[1] they only played six times until the rivalry ended in 1924, not to be renewed for another 70 years. The rivalry resumed in 1994 with a new Governor's Cup trophy, which has been awarded every year since.

The all-time rivalry is tied at 14–14, although Louisville leads the modern series 14 to 8.[1] Louisville currently has a five-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 marked Louisville's inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Governor's Cup became the last game of the regular season for both teams[2] to coincide with several other ACC-SEC same-state rivalries.

All-time results[edit]

Kentucky victories Louisville victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 October 26, 1912 Lexington, KY Kentucky 41–0
2 November 22, 1913 Louisville, KY Kentucky 20–0
3 November 14, 1914 Lexington, KY Kentucky 42–0
4 November 6, 1915 Louisville, KY Kentucky 15–0
5 October 14, 1922 Lexington, KY Kentucky 73–0
6 October 4, 1924 Lexington, KY Kentucky 29–0
7 September 3, 1994 Lexington, KY Kentucky 20–14
8 September 2, 1995 Lexington, KY Louisville 13–10
9 August 31, 1996 Lexington, KY Louisville 38–14
10 August 30, 1997 Lexington, KY Kentucky 38–24
11 September 5, 1998 Louisville, KY Kentucky 68–34
12 September 4, 1999 Lexington, KY Louisville 56–28
13 September 2, 2000 Louisville, KY Louisville 40–34*
14 September 1, 2001 Lexington, KY Louisville 36–10
15 September 1, 2002 Louisville, KY Kentucky 22–17
# Date Location Winner Score
16 August 31, 2003 Lexington, KY Louisville 40–24
17 September 5, 2004 Louisville, KY Louisville 28–0
18 September 4, 2005 Lexington, KY Louisville 31–24
19 September 3, 2006 Louisville, KY Louisville 59–28
20 September 15, 2007 Lexington, KY Kentucky 40–34
21 August 31, 2008 Louisville, KY Kentucky 27–2
22 September 19, 2009 Lexington, KY Kentucky 31–27
23 September 4, 2010 Louisville, KY Kentucky 23–16
24 September 17, 2011 Lexington, KY Louisville 24–17
25 September 2, 2012 Louisville, KY Louisville 32–14
26 September 14, 2013 Lexington, KY Louisville 27–13
27 November 29, 2014 Louisville, KY Louisville 44–40
28 November 28, 2015 Lexington, KY Louisville 38–24
Series: Tied 14–14

(*)- denotes overtime

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 was Louisville's head coach when the modern football rivalry began in 1994.

Date Player Team Position Statistics
 9-04-2010  Derrick Locke Kentucky RB 23 carries, 104 yards, 2 TDs [3]
 9-17-2011  Dexter Heyman Louisville LB 12 tackles & 1 forced fumble[4]
 9-02-2012  Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB 19/21, 232 yards[5]
 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
 11-28-2015  Lamar Jackson Louisville QB 8/21, 130 yards, 1 TD

17 carries, 186 yards, 2 TDs

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