After the disappointing home loss to in-state rival Kentucky last season, the Cards traveled to Lexington and brought the Governor’s Cup back home to Louisville. Louisville dominated from the beginning, they never turning the ball over and scored on every drive except the one that ran out the final seconds. Louisville defeated Kentucky 44-17.
Lamar Jackson started and remained hot throughout the game. After a scuffle in the first half, Lamar let his game do the talking, and talk it did. In what was likely his last regular season game as a Cardinal, Lamar did what we all have been blessed to watch over the last 3 seasons, dominate. He finished the game with 216 yards passing with 15 completions on 21 attempts, good for 2 touchdowns. On the ground, Lamar racked up 156 yards on 18 carries.
Senior Reggie Bonnafon had a great day as well. He rushed the ball 9 times for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dae Williams had an impressive day too, he finished with 62 yards on 6 carries and a touchdown. Jaylen Smith caught 6 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Dez Fitzpatrick hauled in Lamar’s other touchdown pass.
All in all, today was overwhelming successful. Most importantly, Louisville got a big win against Kentucky. Lamar showed why he should win the Heisman in a huge rivalry game. And lastly, Louisville bounced back from the team’s struggles to finish 8-4 with 3 impressive victories to close the season. No, it’s not quite how we all expected it to go, but ending the season on a 3-game win streak going into the bowl is a much better feeling that what we were feeling last year.
Check out the box score for the game courtesy of ESPN.com.
Louisville vs. Kentucky – Box Score – November 25, 2017 – ESPN https://t.co/MZAy7SnBJ2