Scores

Final

Louisville 27

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Kentucky 31

(2-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:00 PM ET, September 19, 2009

Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY

1 2 3 4 T
LOU 7 0 6 1427
UK 10 7 0 1431

Top Performers

Passing: J. Burke (LOU) - 245 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: V. Anderson (LOU) - 19 CAR, 110 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Cobb (UK) - 6 REC, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Locke's 100-yard kickoff return sparks Kentucky

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- 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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LOU
UK
1st Downs1918
Total Yards378346
Passing245178
Rushing133168
Penalties6-358-95
3rd Down Conversions9-176-11
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers23
Possession32:3227:28

Passing Leaders

LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Burke15/282458.821
KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hartline20/271786.611

Rushing Leaders

LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson191105.8135
Burke8172.1016
KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Locke15724.8115
Smith10454.5016

Receiving Leaders

LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Long58917.8032
Guy16666.0166
KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cobb67111.8127
Locke44711.8021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLOUUK
FG09:34Lones Seiber 26 Yd 03
TD05:37Victor Anderson 6 Yd Run (Ryan Payne Kick) 73
TD05:23Derrick Locke 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Lones Seiber Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERLOUUK
TD02:47John Conner 2 Yd Run (Lones Seiber Kick) 717
THIRD QUARTERLOUUK
FG11:29Ryan Payne 23 Yd 1017
FG04:58Ryan Payne 42 Yd 1317
FOURTH QUARTERLOUUK
TD14:16Cameron Graham 5 Yd Pass From Justin Burke (Ryan Payne Kick) 2017
TD08:55Derrick Locke 2 Yd Run (Lones Seiber Kick) 2024
TD07:49Trent Guy 66 Yd Pass From Justin Burke (Ryan Payne Kick) 2724
TD04:28Randall Cobb 12 Yd Pass From Mike Hartline (Lones Seiber Kick) 2731