Before the next chapter of Governor’s Cup history is written, relive the greatest moments from the rivalry that restarted back in 1994. From Couch and Stevie Johnson to Lamar’s fumble, enjoy every unforgettable moment.
1998: Couch Ruins Cardinal Stadium Opener
The first game of the series in Louisville since the rivalry was renewed, Tim Couch crashed the Cardinals’ party in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium’s inaugural game. Couch’s Air Raid racked up 801 yards of offense and the Leslie County native threw for seven touchdowns in a 34-point victory.
2002: Ragone Sucks!
J-Rock’s favorite Louisville quarterback entered the season with Heisman Trophy hype, hype that was quickly erased by Jared Lorenzen, Guy Morriss and the probation-plagued Wildcats. UK built up a 16-0 first half lead against the #17 Cards. Louisville mounted a comeback, but ultimately could not overcome Kentucky’s smothering defense.
2007: Stevie Got Loose
The ninth-ranked Cardinals were just a few games removed from an Orange Bowl victory. Stevie Johnson Got Loose for a game-winning touchdown, Kentucky’s first victory over a Top 10 team since 1977. It was UK’s first big win in a magical season and the beginning of Louisville’s downward spiral.
2008: Rumblin’ Bumblin’ Stumblin’
Hunter Can’t-Throw-Well only managed to gain 205 yards of offense against a suffocating defense that forced five turnovers. Myron Pryor’s scoop and score provided the perfect exclamation point.
Searching for a sixth win and bowl eligibility in Mark Stoops’ second season, Kentucky came in hot against Bobby Petrino. The two teams shared a heated exchange at midfield before the game. Once the ball was kicked off, Kentucky punched them in the mouth. UK was a dropped fourth quarter interception away from upsetting Louisville.
Before Lamar Jackson’s coming-out party, Kyle Bolin helped give UK a three-touchdown lead. Josh Forrest returned an interception 81 yards and unleashed the greatest touchdown celebration in school history.
2016: Did you see Lamar do the Heisman? Did you see him fumble?
Louisville was 28.5-point favorites over Kentucky, but that line should have been adjusted after the Cats’ had pregame Dreams and Nightmares.
Stephen Johnson loved this shit on the first snap.
Kentucky’s offense hit big plays, Mike Edwards picked off passes and Courtney Love recovered Lamar Jackson’s infamous fumble to setup Austin MacGinnis’ game-winning kick. There have been many great wins in the history of the Kentucky football program. Some would consider this the best they’ve ever experienced.
Hellbent on vengeance, Lamar Jackson brought his A-game to Kroger Field. Before he completely rolled Kentucky, he helped start quite a scuffle with UK’s Jordan Jones.
Denzil Ware took the scuffle to extraordinary levels by throwing a trashcan.
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 26, 2017
Plenty of holier than thou people were embarrassed and offended by UK’s lack of discipline in the loss, but in hindsight it’s pretty hilarious. Fights in rivalry gamers are commonplace, but Ware’s trashcan took it to new heights, ones that likely never been reached again.