--by Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The game was just as ugly as the weather as Louisville went on the road and fell to Kentucky, 45-13. Lynn Bowden rushed for career-highs of 284 yards and four touchdowns as Kentucky set a school record with 517 rushing yards.
Louisville (7-5, 5-3 ACC) was first on the board first following a 33-yard touchdown pass from Micale Cunningham to Tutu Atwell. Ryan Chalifoux missed the extra point, leaving the score at 6-0.
Kentucky (7-5) answered by rushing down the field capped off by a four-yard touchdown. The extra point gave the Wildcats a 7-6 advantage.
A touchdown and field goal by the hosts in the second quarter pushed the UK lead to 17-6 before UofL answered. Javian Hawkins broke off a 56-yard touchdown run to bring the score with 17-13 to go into halftime.
The second half was all Kentucky. Two third quarter touchdowns and two fourth quarter touchdowns, all on the ground, turned the score into the most lopsided of the year for the Cards.
Cunningham went 6-11 for 78 yards and one touchdown and one interception as he battled through a heavy rain and a stomach illness. Evan Conley relived him in the second half as Cunningham's illness was visible on the sideline. The backup went 4-8 for 31 yards.
Hawkins rushed 22 times for 142 yards and a score. Hassan Hall ran seven times for 29 yards. Cunningham rushed 11 times for 27 yards.
Atwell led the receiving corps with four receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown. Dez Fitzpatrick was not far behind with three receptions for 36 yards.
Kentucky went 1-2 for four yards through the air. Bowden rushed 22 times for 284 yards and four scores. Chris Rodriguez ran the ball seven times for and a touchdown.
Louisville, one year removed from a horrendous 2-10 year, finished the regular season above .500 and finished second in the ACC Atlantic division. They await their bowl results.