LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Lionel Gates ran for 112 yards and two
touchdowns, and Louisville earned its first shutout in four years
with a 28-0 victory over Kentucky on Sunday.
The Cardinals won the traditional opener with their archrivals
for the fifth time in six years. It was their most lopsided win
over the Wildcats since a 56-28 victory in 1999.
The anemic Wildcats rushed for only 66 yards and failed to score
in their season opener for the first time since 1962.
Louisville had not shut out an opponent since beating Grambling
52-0 in 2000. The Cardinals last shutout against a Division I-A
team was a 39-0 win over Northeast Louisiana in 1995.
As expected, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino started senior
Stefan LeFors, but also used highly touted freshman Brian Brohm.
Louisville failed to score on its first two possessions, prompting
Petrino to make an earlier than expected change.
Brohm, a Louisville native, entered with 1:10 left in the
opening quarter and completed his first pass, a short sideline
route to J.R. Russell. Later, he had a 7-yard scramble on
Gates, Louisville's leading rusher in 2003, finished the 13-play
march with a sweeping 5-yard run touchdown with 9:43 left in the
Brohm started Louisville's next series and fumbled after a
blind-side hit from Kentucky linebacker Durrell White. LeFors
returned for the final two possessions before halftime.
While Petrino sized up his quarterbacks in the first half,
Kentucky quarterback Shane Boyd struggled to move the Wildcats.
Kentucky had only 87 yards before halftime and failed to cross
Keenan Burton returned the second-half kickoff to the Louisville
47. On third down, Louisville defensive end Marcus Jones hit Boyd
as he was throwing, Kerry Rhodes made the easy interception and ran
56 yards for a touchdown.
LeFors looked sharp on Louisville's next two drives, smoothly
guiding the Cardinals deep into Kentucky territory. Kentucky
blocked a 26-yard field-goal try by Art Carmody, but LeFors hit
Broderick Clark in the back corner of the end zone with 54 seconds
left in the third quarter to make it 21-0.
LeFors led another long drive early in the fourth quarter and
Gates had a 1-yard touchdown run with 7:24 left.
The game drew 42,681 fans, a record at six-year-old Papa John's