Kentucky survives Louisville scare 31-27Sep 19, 2009 - 7:50 PM By JEFFREY McMURRAY Associated Press Writer
LEXINGTON, Ky.(AP) -- Derrick Locke returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and ran for another score as Kentucky outlasted Louisville 31-27 on Saturday, the Wildcats' third consecutive victory against the in-state rival Cardinals.
This back-and-forth battle for the Governor's Cup wasn't won until the final 2 minutes when Louisville quarterback Justin Burke was driving for a potential game-winning score, only to have a pass tipped by Corey Peters and picked off by Sam Maxwell.
Kentucky (2-0) had to punt the ball back to Louisville, but Burke's last-second Hail Mary was incomplete.
A fumbled kickoff return set up Kentucky's final score, a 12-yard pass from Mike Hartline to a leaping Randall Cobb - his former rival for the starting quarterback job. Prior to that, Louisville (1-1) had taken the lead by forcing three consecutive Wildcats turnovers.
Hartline committed two of those miscues on a fumbled snap and a pass that was intercepted by a diving Johnny Patrick. He completed 20 of 27 passes for 178 yards.
After Louisville was penalized five yards for offsides, Locke took a first quarter kickoff from his own end zone, got one block downfield and sprinted untouched to the end zone. Locke was the first Wildcats player in history to return two 100-yard kickoffs for TDs, having also done it last year against Western Kentucky.
Although he had 191 return yards to go with his 72 rushing and 47 receiving yards, Locke also had a critical fumble of a kickoff in the second half, the first of three consecutive Kentucky drives that ended with turnovers.
Louisville drove deep into Kentucky territory all three times and also on the opening drive of the second half, after Trent Guy returned the kickoff 65 yards. Still, the Cardinals managed just one touchdown on any of those chances - a 5-yard pass from Burke to Cameron Graham.
Guy caught just one pass, but it was by far the longest in Burke's short two-game career as the starter. The quarterback hit him in stride as he sprinted down the sideline for a 66-yard score that gave Louisville its final lead at 27-24.
Burke, who played in high school at Lexington Catholic - just a few miles from Commonwealth Stadium where Saturday's game was played, completed 15 of 28 passes for 245 yards and two TDs.
Both teams sustained long scoring drives in the first quarter, but while Kentucky had to settle for a field goal, Louisville took an early 7-3 lead behind some dynamic running by Victor Anderson, who had 19 carries for 110 yards.
Anderson changed direction and scampered 35 yards on Louisville's first play from scrimmage, then he ended a nine-play drive by running up the middle for a 3-yard score - the Cardinals lone rushing TD of the day.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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LOUISVILLE 7 0 6 14 27
KENTUCKY 10 7 0 14 31 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: KENTUCKY - FG, LONES SEIBER 26 YD, 5:26.
LOUISVILLE - TD, VICTOR ANDERSON 6 YD RUN
(RYAN PAYNE KICK), 9:23.
KENTUCKY - TD, DERRICK LOCKE 100 YD KICKOFF
Sep 19 2:20 PM
KENTUCKY 31 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Sep 19 2:20 PM
KENTUCKY 31 4:28 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Louisville 27, Kentucky 31 4th - 4:28Sep 19 2:01 PM
KENTUCKY 24 7:49 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Louisville 27, Kentucky 24 4th - 7:49Sep 19 1:47 PM
KENTUCKY 24 8:55 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Louisville 20, Kentucky 24 4th - 8:55Sep 19 1:42 PM
KENTUCKY 17 14:16 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Louisville 20, Kentucky 17 4th - 14:16Sep 19 1:29 PM
KENTUCKY 17 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Sep 19 1:24 PM
KENTUCKY 17 4:58 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Louisville 13, Kentucky 17 3rd - 4:58Sep 19 1:13 PM
KENTUCKY 17 11:29 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Louisville 10, Kentucky 17 3rd - 11:29Sep 19 12:52 PM
KENTUCKY 17 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Sep 19 12:25 PM
KENTUCKY 17 2:47 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Louisville 7, Kentucky 17 2nd - 2:47Sep 19 12:06 PM
KENTUCKY 10 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Sep 19 11:41 AM
KENTUCKY 10 5:14 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Louisville 7, Kentucky 10 1st - 5:14Sep 19 11:31 AM
KENTUCKY 3 5:37 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Louisville 7, Kentucky 3 1st - 5:37Sep 19 11:24 AM
KENTUCKY 3 9:34 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Louisville 0, Kentucky 3 1st - 9:34Sep 19 11:10 AM
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