NCAAF Game Recap - Louisville at Kentucky
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:00 PM EST

TxAM
7
LSU
50
F
OHSt
56
Mich
27
F
Clem
38
SCar
3
F
UGA
52
GATec
7
F
Ala
45
Aub
48
F
Colo
15
Utah
45
F
Okla
34
OkSt
16
F
FlaSt
17
Fla
40
F
Wisc
38
Minn
17
F
Bayl
61
Kans
6
F
Rut
6
PSU
27
F
OreSt
10
Oreg
24
F
ND
45
Stan
24
F
Cin
24
Mem
34
F
Iowa
27
Neb
24
F
Boise
31
ColSt
24
F
App
48
Troy
13
F
VaTec
30
UVA
39
F
Navy
56
Hou
41
F
Ohio
52
Akr
3
F
WestMI
14
NIU
17
F
Miss
20
MisSt
21
F
Kent
34
E Mi
26
F
Toled
7
C Mi
49
F
BGSU
7
Buff
49
F
MiaOH
27
Ball
41
F
TxTch
24
Tex
49
F
Mizzu
24
Ark
14
F
WaSt
13
Wash
31
F
WVU
20
TCU
17
F
ArkSt
30
SoAl
34
F
SoFL
7
UCF
34
F
TxSt
21
CoCar
24
F
Tuls
49
ECU
24
F
NW
29
Ill
10
F
Ind
44
Purd
41
F(1OT)
FLInt
27
Marsh
30
F OT
Lou
13
KY
45
F
Wake
30
Syr
39
F OT
Wyo
6
AF
20
F
MidTN
26
W Ky
31
F
Char
38
OD
22
F
NMSt
28
Lib
49
F
UNLV
33
Nev
30
F OT
Rice
30
UTEP
16
F
UConn
17
Temp
49
F
UTSA
27
LaTec
41
F
BC
26
Pitt
19
F
MD
16
MSU
19
F
SMiss
17
FlAtl
34
F
MiaFL
17
Duke
27
F
Tul
20
SMU
37
F
UtSt
38
NM
25
F
UAB
26
NorTx
21
F
Vand
10
Tenn
28
F
GASt
10
GaSo
38
F
IASt
17
K St
27
F
UNC
41
NCSt
10
F
ULMon
30
ULLaf
31
F
BYU
3
SDSU
13
F
Ariz
14
AzSt
24
F
Cal
28
UCLA
18
F
Fres
16
SJSU
17
F
Army
31
Hawaii
52
F

Nov 30, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Louisville (7-5)

6

7

0

0

13

Kentucky (7-5)

7

10

14

14

45

Bowden’s 4 rushing TDs help Kentucky rout Louisville 45-13
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:40 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Lynn Bowden seemingly couldn’t be stopped, no matter how many defenders Louisville stacked up toward that end. And as the game wore on, the Kentucky quarterback became more dominant.

Bowden’s reward was a career performance, while the Wildcats claimed milestones along with Bluegrass bragging rights.

Bowden rushed for 284 yards - an SEC single-game record by a quarterback - and a career-high four touchdowns to lead Kentucky’s school-record 517-yard ground performance that blew out rival Louisville 45-13 on Saturday in the Governor’s Cup showdown.

Bowden, whose feet have led Kentucky’s 5-2 turnaround since he moved from receiver to quarterback, broke the game open with TD runs of 60 and 46 yards in the third quarter for a 31-13 lead. The junior also had a 32-yard run in the fourth along with a 6-yarder in the second as Kentucky (7-5) surpassed 400 yards rushing for the third consecutive game.

That spoke volumes about Kentucky’s offensive line, which allowed Bowden to run virtually untouched for many of his 22 carries. He was quick to deflect attention from himself and give credit where due.

“Them big guys up there, the big blue wall, they created the holes and just left it all up to me and my ability,” said Bowden, who also surpassed 1,000 yards rushing this season.

Though Louisville (7-5) controlled the clock nearly 12 minutes longer, all of its points came before halftime. The rest of the game belonged to Bowden and Kentucky, which broke off explosive plays almost at will.

“We felt we were in control the entire game outside of that last 20 seconds, 30 seconds of the first half,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said, referring to Javian Hawkins’ 56-yard scoring run that brought Louisville within 17-13.

“To take that kind of a gut punch when you feel like you’re completely dominating can take the wind out of your sails, but it didn’t. Not one bit with this group.

“But we didn’t flinch. Lynn said, ‘don’t worry about it, I got you,’ and he did. What can you say about Lynn? He’s truly remarkable in so many ways.”

Bowden’s yardage total was 15 short of Moe Williams’ single-game mark of 299 against South Carolina in September 1995. The Wildcats, meanwhile, have 3,293 yards and broke their single-season rushing mark of 3,124 in 1974. Their 517 yards shattered last week’s previous record of 462 against UT Martin.

Bowden was named the winner of the Howard Schnellenberger Award as the game’s most outstanding player.

But then, the Wildcats already knew that.

“Just a phenomenal player,” said Chris Rodriguez, who added a 64-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter and totaled 125 yards on nine carries. “There’s nothing he can’t do. Might as go on the basketball team. Probably could play soccer, too.”

AJ Rose had a 4-yard TD run in the first as the bowl-bound Wildcats cruised to their third consecutive win and third Governor’s Cup win in four years.

“We wanted it more,” Bowden said. “So we just went out there and fought tough and played the game and let the results play out.”

Javian Hawkins’ rushed 22 times for 142 yards, including a 56-yard TD just before halftime that brought the Cardinals (7-5) within 17-13. Micale Cunningham tossed a 33-yard TD pass to Tutu Atwell on the game’s opening possession but it was all Kentucky after that.

“We knew they were going to run the football and it was still hard to stop,” first-year coach Scott Satterfield said. “We had guys there and just couldn’t get them down.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Louisville: The Cardinals’ high-scoring attack came to a screeching halt as they failed to generate little more than a few big plays. Their defensive deficiencies were exposed yet again as Bowden and several other backs had room to run for big plays that put the game out of reach quickly in the second half.

Kentucky: One-dimensional or not - they completed just one of two passes for four yards - the ground game works for the Wildcats. Though their defense allowed more than 305 yards for the first time in seven games (318), it didn’t matter as they hemmed in the Cardinals nearly all day and recorded six sacks. An excellent way to bid farewell to their seniors.

UP NEXT

Louisville and Kentucky await bowl destinations next month.

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Passing

Lou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Cunningham 11 6 54.5 1 78 33 1 69.5
E. Conley 8 4 50.0 0 31 10 0 59.9
KY Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
L. Bowden Jr. 2 1 50.0 0 4 4 0 56.3

Rushing

Lou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Hawkins 22 142 6.5 56 1
H. Hall 7 29 4.1 10 0
KY Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Bowden Jr. 22 284 12.9 60 4
C. Rodriguez Jr. 9 125 13.9 64 1

Receiving

Lou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Atwell 4 57 14.3 33 1
D. Fitzpatrick 3 36 12.0 15 0
KY Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Thomas Jr. 1 4 4.0 4 0

Fumbles

Lou F FL
H. Hall 1 0
KY F FL
A. Rose 1 0

Returning

Lou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
H. Hall 3 14.7 0 22 0 - 0 0
M. Burkley 1 20.0 0 20 0 - 0 0
KY KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Ali 0 - 0 0 2 3.5 0 7
D. Schlegel 1 6.0 0 6 0 - 0 0

Punting

Lou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. King 6 267 44.5 59
KY Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Duffy 2 85 42.5 46

Takeaways

KY Int Yds InTD
J. Griffin 1 -2 0

Team Stats Comparison

Lou KY
Points For 13 45
Total Yards 318 521
Rushing Yards 209 517
Passing Yards 109 4
Passing Completions / Attempts 10/19 1/2
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/1 1/0
First Downs 17 16
Penalties - Yards 7/60 2/15
Time Of Possession 55:55 5:05
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/16 3/8
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/3 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 6/44 2/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Lou KY
Lou 5:12 TD Chatarius Atwell 33 yd pass from Macale Cunningham (missed kick) 6 0
KY 8:36 TD Asim Rose 4 yd run (Matt Ruffolo kick) 6 7
2nd Quarter Lou KY
KY 2:17 TD Lynn Bowden Jr. 6 yd run (Matt Ruffolo kick) 6 14
KY 5:54 FG Matt Ruffolo 45 yd FG 6 17
Lou 14:41 TD Javian Hawkins 56 yd run (Ryan Chalifoux kick) 13 17
3rd Quarter Lou KY
KY 0:49 TD Lynn Bowden Jr. 60 yd run (Matt Ruffolo kick) 13 24
KY 13:29 TD Lynn Bowden Jr. 46 yd run (Matt Ruffolo kick) 13 31
4th Quarter Lou KY
KY 2:17 TD Christopher Rodriguez Jr. 64 yd run (Matt Ruffolo kick) 13 38
KY 9:45 TD Lynn Bowden Jr. 32 yd run (Matt Ruffolo kick) 13 45

Game Information

Stadium: Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky
Attendance: 48,336
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