For the first time in five seasons, the Governor’s Cup now resides in Louisville after the Cardinals defeated Kentucky 24-17 on Saturday.
Louisville Football Coach Charlie Strong talked all week about how Kentucky was the better team. But On Saturday, it was the cards that showed they in fact, were the better team as they take the Governor's Cup back to the Derby City.
“They beat us because the score was 24 to 17,” Phillips says. They beat us, period, not because of them being able to rush the ball for 181 and us only being able to rush it for 35 yards, not because of that. It's because they beat us, period.>
Despite a Career High 255 passing yards for Quarterback Morgan Newton, the cats never really established a running game... Something Newton was called upon to do.
“It's tough,” Newton says. “Anytime you don't have the running game going, it makes it seem like you're a little one dimensional and that's something we cannot be.”
Wide Receiver La'Rod King who finished with 7 catches for 84-yards and a touchdown did not have much to say following the cats first loss to the cards in Five Tries
“Of course it's tough to deal with,” King says. “We played our heart out and we battled back. Missed a couple of opportunities had a lot of penalties. That's something we've got to fix.”
Defensively, the cats gave up 327 yards of total offense, including three touchdowns. Co-Defensive Coordinator Rick Minter wants to see how his unit responds after this loss.
“We can't waller in self pity but I like to see it hurt,” Minter says. “We all hurt when we don't reach our goals if you invest everything you have, and you finish it short, you fail. So I hope those guys are aching in there because we didn't reach our team goal of coming to get the game ball and winning for coach Phillips.”
The Cats can’t hang their head long. They open up SEC play this weekend against Florida, a team they have not beaten since 1986.