Governor's Cup (Kentucky)

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Kentucky–Louisville football rivalry
SportFootball
First meetingOctober 28, 1912
Kentucky 41, Louisville 0
Latest meetingNovember 24, 2018
Kentucky 56, Louisville 10
Next meetingNovember 30, 2019
TrophyThe Governor's Cup
Statistics
Meetings total31
All-time seriesKentucky, 16–15
Largest victoryKentucky, 73–0 (1922)
Longest win streakKentucky, 7 (1912–1994)
Current win streakKentucky, 1 (2018–present)
Governor's Cup (Kentucky) is located in Kentucky
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Locations in Kentucky

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 was suspended after the 1924 season and wasn’t renewed for another 70 years. The rivalry resumed in 1994 with a new Governor's Cup trophy which has been awarded every year since.

Kentucky leads the series 16–15, although Louisville leads the modern series 15 to 10.[1] From 1994 to 2006, the game was played on 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 on Thanksgiving weekend,[2] which coincided with several other ACC-SEC same-state rivalries.[3] The rivalry will continue into the next decade as both schools agreed to meet through the 2022 college football season with the home team rotating each season.

All-time results[edit]

Kentucky victoriesLouisville victories
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
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 40–34OT
14 September 1, 2001 Lexington, KY Louisville 36–10
15 September 1, 2002 Louisville, KY Kentucky 22–17
16 August 31, 2003 Lexington, KY Louisville 40–24
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
17 September 5, 2004 Louisville, KY Louisville 28–0
18 September 4, 2005 Lexington, KY #12 Louisville 31–24
19 September 3, 2006 Louisville, KY #13 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 #25 Louisville 32–14
26 September 14, 2013 Lexington, KY #7 Louisville 27–13
27 November 29, 2014 Louisville, KY #22 Louisville 44–40
28 November 28, 2015 Lexington, KY Louisville 38–24
29 November 26, 2016 Louisville, KY Kentucky 41–38
30 November 25, 2017 Lexington, KY Louisville 44–17
31 November 24, 2018 Louisville, KY #15 Kentucky 56–10
Series: Kentucky leads 16–15

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 [4]
 9-17-2011  Dexter Heyman Louisville LB 12 tackles & 1 forced fumble[5]
 9-02-2012  Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB 19/21, 232 yards[6]
 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

 11-26-2016  Stephen Johnson Kentucky QB 16/27, 338 yards, 3 TDs [7]
 11-25-2017  Lamar Jackson Louisville QB 15/21, 216 yards, 2 TDs

18 carries, 156 yards

 11-24-2018  Terry Wilson Kentucky QB 17/23, 261 yards, 3 TDs,
10 carries, 79 yards, 1 TD[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Louisville Cardinals vs. Kentucky Wildcats - Recap - September 17, 2011 - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  2. ^ Mallory, Laurel. "Governor's Cup moved to last game of season starting 2014 - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports". Wave3.com. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  3. ^ "Louisville vs. Kentucky Governor's Cup football series extended through 2022". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  4. ^ "Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals - Box Score - September 04, 2010 - ESPN". Scores.espn.go.com. 2010-09-04. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  5. ^ [1] Archived March 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
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  7. ^ "Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals - Box Score - November 26, 2016 - ESPN". Scores.espn.go.com. 2016-11-26. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  8. ^ "Box Score - Kentucky vs LOUISVILLE (Nov 24, 2018 at Louisville, KY)" (PDF). UKAthletics. 2018-11-24. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2018-11-25.