Battle for the Governor’s Cup: Tony Stallings

All this week, we will be bringing you exclusive write-ups from former UofL football players about the rivalry with UK. We have asked them just their general thoughts about the rivalry, and some mention their best and worst memories. We hope you enjoy these! Go Cards!

Up next in our series, we have Tony Stallings! Tony was a running back from 1998-2001 and played a VERY important role in a certain game in this series! Here is what Tony had to say about the rivalry…

Playing against the Cats was always exciting because of the hype surrounding the game. The entire state gets very “chippy” and debates break out all the time in the barber shops and other places about who’s going to win. It’s all anybody is talking about, and as a player you can’t help but be aware of all the chatter.

For me personally, I knew how much it meant to the fans to beat UK and have bragging rights for the year. I knew as players, we loved having the “state champs” title. I knew it was a game the coaches wanted to win. Knowing all this, for me, I just wanted to make sure that I was part of the reason that we WON the game, not the other way around. So obviously my all-time favorite moment was in 2000 at Papa John’s, and getting the opportunity to seal the deal against the Cats in overtime.

In a game that seemed to have everything, it ended with my 25 yard touchdown that people still enjoy talking about nearly 12 years later. I loved the fans of Louisville and it felt good to be a big part of making sure that we would win that game for them. As are Cardinal football player, the UL-UK game will give you the chance to place your mark on Cardinal football history. And in overtime, tied 34-34, I was blessed to leave my mark on the rivalry through a play I still remember to this day:
 “ACE RIGHT, 24 COUNTER”. 

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