Kentucky 28

(0-1, 0-1 away)

(13) Louisville 59

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN

8:00 PM ET, September 3, 2006

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY

1 2 3 4 T
UK 0 14 7 728
#13LOU 14 17 14 1459

Top Performers

Passing: A. Woodson (UK) - 231 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: M. Bush (LOU) - 17 CAR, 128 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: K. Burton (UK) - 4 REC, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Brohm and Bush lead Louisville against Kentucky

Kentucky at No. 13 Louisville 8:00 pm EDT

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Louisville had the best offense in the Big East Conference last season. This year the goal is to be the best team.

With Heisman hopefuls Brian Brohm and Michael Bush leading the way, the 13th-ranked Cardinals open the season Sunday against in-state rival Kentucky in a battle for the Governor's Cup.

Kentucky leads the overall series, 10-8, but Louisville has had the better of the matchup of late, winning three straight and six of the last seven games.

Kentucky's last win came here, 22-17, in 2002. Last season, Bush ran for 128 yards and two TDs to lead the Cardinals to a 31-24 victory.

Louisville made its Big East debut last season and was the heavy favorite to win the conference title and a trip to a BCS bowl game. Instead the Cardinals were blown out in their conference debut at South Florida, lost at West Virginia in overtime after opening up a 17-point second-half lead and watched as the Mountaineers went on to the Sugar Bowl and defeated Georgia.

The Cardinals won their last five regular-season games but lost Brohm to a knee injury in the second-to-last game of the season. The year ended with a 35-24 loss to Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl.

Brohm is now back under center and looking to build on a season in which he was named the conference's offensive player of the year. A Louisville native, Brohm threw for 2,883 yards and 19 TDs last season to lead a Cardinals offense that led the Big East with 482 yards and 43.4 points per game.

Kentucky will not only have to worry about Brohm through the air but also about the bruising Bush on the ground. Another local product, Bush led the nation in scoring last season and rushed for 1,143 yards and 23 TDs.

Kentucky coach Rich Brooks could really use a win over Louisville as he faces what is likely a make or break season in Lexington. The Wildcats are just 9-25 in his three seasons and have not been to the postseason since the 1999 Music City Bowl.

One player who will be key in any turnaround Kentucky has this season will be running back Rafael Little. After a breakout 2005 campaign, Little will be the focal point of Brooks' offense.

Last season he led Kentucky in rushing (1,065 yards), all-purpose yards (180.2 per game), punt returns (16.9 yards per return) and receiving (46 catches). Little finished fifth in the nation in all-purpose yardage and punt returns and rushed for 100-plus yards five times


Passing Leaders

P. Towles57.42718149
R. Phillips22.24501
W. Gardner57.51669123
R. Bonnafon50.886454

Rushing Leaders

S. Williams744866.65
B. Heard733685.04
B. Radcliff1447375.112
M. Dyer1104814.45

Receiving Leaders

R. Timmons4553611.92
J. Blue2952518.15
D. Parker4385519.95
J. Quick3656615.73