Jared's Christmas Report: Memorable Moments vs Kentucky
By Jared Anderson December 25, 2017
Photo by Seth Spalding
Wins, wins, and more wins
Merry Christmas! Hopefully everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy Holidays. I'm sure many of you are receiving bowl game tickets as a present- exciting! Others are probably getting tickets to the basketball game at Kentucky. One of the greatest rivalries in all of college athletics is Louisville vs Kentucky.
I recently became a Louisville fan when I started freshman year in the fall of 2012. Being a member of the Cardinal Marching Band and the Cardinal Pride Pep Band granted me opportunities to witness many of these match-ups in person. Let's take a look at some of my most memorable Louisville-Kentucky games.
- Football, Sept. 2, 2012: My first game as a Louisville Cardinal was the football season opener against Kentucky. The Cards won that game 32-14. Teddy Bridgewater was the starting quarterback and running backs Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry combined for 213 yards and four touchdowns. Later that season the Cards upset Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
- Men's Basketball, Dec. 29, 2012: Names like Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, and Gorgui Dieng helped lead a highly ranked UofL team to a win at home against defending national champion Kentucky. The 80-77 victory broke a four game losing streak to the blue team. It was just the start of a spectacular season that resulted in Louisville's third national championship.
-Men's Soccer, Sept. 8, 2015: My first year in the Louisville Louligans- the supporter section of Louisville soccer- saw a rare poor season under Coach Lolla. However, a major highlight of that season was the 2-0 upset victory at Lynn Stadium over a Top 25 Kentucky team. It was one of the largest crowds in stadium history and the place was rocking! One of the pictures taken from this game has been frequently used by the program and even sits in the offices.
- Women's Basketball, Dec. 4, 2016: Not long after my time was up in the bands at Louisville I found myself attending games in my final days as a student. Women's basketball hosted the Wildcats at the KFC Yum! Center and made it a thriller as the game went into overtime. It was the first win over the team down I-64 in six years when the Cards came out on top 69-67.
- Baseball Super Regional, June 9-10, 2017: The teams split the regular season series and met in the Super Regional with the winner qualifying to the College World Series. Each game set a new record in attendance at Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville claimed the first two games 5-2 and 6-2 to prevent a third game and secure their fourth trip to Omaha.
If you look back in history there are plenty more of exciting games between the two rivals but I stuck with ones that I witnessed in person since joining the ranks of the Louisville Cardinals. Let's hope for another one on Friday!