December 31, 2007

UK wins second straight Music City Bowl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Andre Woodson threw four touchdown passes, Rafael Little had 202 all-purpose yards and the University of Kentucky won its second straight Music City Bowl, this time over Papa Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles 35-28.

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UK creating some space

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As bad as they've played, Kentucky is taking control of the Music City Bowl.

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UK takes lead

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- UK just took a 21-14 lead over Florida State with 6:49 left in the Music City Bowl.

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FSU and UK tied at 14 at half

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- So far, this Music City Bowl hasn't been music to anyone's ears.

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This is some bad football

NASHVILLE, Tenn -- FSU started the bad football off by missing a 51-yard field goal.

Then UK running back Rafael Little fumbled for the second time of the day giving the Seminoles the ball back at the 27-yard line.

Five plays later, the Seminoles were stopped on 4th-and-1 at the one-yard line.

Still, it got worse. UK quarterback Andre Woodson just threw an interception, the pass was lobbed from the back off the end zone and was a jump ball for three FSU defenders. Preston Carter was the lucky recipient, and he took the ball back 24 yards for a touchdown.

Wait, it got worse. Carter got a personal foul for diving into the end zone.

It got even worse. His teammate, Derek Nicholson, threw the flag on Carter's penalty at the official. Thanks to the two penalties, FSU kicked off from the eight-yard line.

FSU and UK are tied at 14 with just over three minutes left.

It wasn't pretty...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- ...but it worked.

UK went back on top midway through the second quarter when Woodson hit wide receiver Stevie Johnson on a 13-yard touchdown pass. Woodson was hit on the play, and the ball wobbled into Johnson’s arms. Johnson made two players miss after the catch on his way to the end zone.

UK leads 14-7 with 8:15 left in the game.

FSU scores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Somehow, Florida State is tied with Kentucky in the Music City Bowl.

After UK scored to go ahead 7-0, the Seminoles punted, but FSU redshirt freshman quarterback D'Vontrey Richardson caught the punt as it neared UK returner Rafael Little, moving UK up 15 yards. The Cats marched deep into FSU territory and appeared headed to a 14-0 lead, but Little fumbled and FSU took it past midfield. The 'Noles scored four plays later to tied the game up.

UK was a few plays away from being up 14-0, but now FSU is tied with the Cats, miraculously, with 1:49 to go in the first quarter.

FSU muffed punt

NASHVILLE, Tenn -- Given the turmoil Florida State has endured over the last few weeks, the last thing FSU needed was to get off to a slow start.

But slow start they did. Punt Graham Gano fumbled the snap at the FSU 49. He gather the ball, but kicked it into UK safety Roger Williams. The ball went out of bounds, and UK recovered at the 25-yard line. The Cats scored five plays later on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Andre Woodson to Jacob Tamme.

The crowd is overwhelmingly blue, but they didn't get loud until the blocked punt. Now they're rocking, and the Noles better start rolling or they could find themselves in a big hole.

With 10:39 to play in the first quarter, UK leads FSU 7-0.

Music City Bowl pregame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville or Catsville? Sure it's lame, but it's true. UK probably had 60 percent of the fans in the stadium for last year's game against Clemson, and that ratio seems to be about the same this year, if not more.

The obvious storylines for today's game:

1. How will FSU handle the suspensions of the 36 players who were involved in the academic scandal? By game time, it figures to have no effect. Pregame though, FSU looks like a high school team with only 30 players.
2. Rich Brooks and Bobby Bowden: friends, and coaches, forever. They are two of the most experienced, and most respected, coaches in the nation.
3. UK has 16 seniors playing in their final game. Those seniors, including quarterback Andre Woodson, running back Rafael Little, wide receivers Keenan Burton and Stevie Johnson and linebacker Wesley Woodyard, have been instrumental in turning the program around.
4. FSU has been to 26 straight bowl games. UK has been to two. Going into the game, that won't seem to matter too much because both teams need wins so bad for this year and next year.

It should be fun in Nashville. Keep in mind, UK beat Tommy Bowden's Clemson team in last year's Music City Bowl. With a win, the Cats will go to 2-0 against the Bowden family in Nashville

November 24, 2007

Tennessee-Kentucky Wrap-up

LEXINGTON, Ky. - If Kentucky's ignominy against border rival Tennessee couldn't end this year, you wonder if it ever will. Despite fielding its best team in decades, Kentucky still came up short, losing to the SEC East Division Champion Vols 52-50 in four overtimes. The players and coaches were emotional (some were despondent) after the game. Quarterback Andre Woodson was visibly shaken, and the press room resembled something of a wake.
"All I know is 8-4 is a lot better than 7-5," head coach Rich Brooks said.

Tennessee will face LSU next Saturday in the conference title game while Kentucky will wait for its bowl selection. The Wildcats are headed to a lower-tier bowl. The likely spots are Music City, Liberty or Independence. I'll predict Memphis (Liberty). Close enough trip for UK fans, but not a repeat (UK was in Nashville at the Music City Bowl last year).

Tennessee Wins

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tennessee just held on to outlast Kentucky 52-50 in four overtimes at Commonwealth Stadium. The Vols advance to the SEC Championship next week against LSU, while the Wildcats finish a disappointing 7-5 and likely head to a third-tier bowl for a second straight year. More later...

Tennessee Holding On

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tennessee leads 34-24 going to the 4th quarter. The Vols are 15 minutes away from extending the nation's longest winning streak over a single opponent. Kentucky needs a big play from its defense, which thrives on turnovers. We'll see if the Vols can salt this one away on this drive. UK's defense must come up big in this final quarter and give Andre Woodson a chance for some streak-breaking heroics.

Halftime: Tennessee 24, Kentucky 7

LEXINGTON, Ky. - More bad plays, more booing. And more Tennessee domination. The first half here ended much like it started as Tennessee turned a Kentucky turnover into a score late in the half. Andre Woodson was intercepted by a UT defensive lineman with :34 seconds left in the half, and UT quickly cashed in with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Erik Ainge, who had a huge first half.

Kentucky left the field to a 17-point deficit and a shower of boos from the Big Blue Nation. That first have gives no reason to believe the 22-year losing streak won't extend to 23 years after the second half.

Tennessee scores again

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tennessee just kicked a field goal to take a 17-7 lead over Kentucky. The Volunteers have dominated so far. Erik Ainge threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone, compared to just 19 yards for UK's Andre Woodson. The Wildcats got on the board with a TD pass from Woodson to Steve Johnson, but the home faithful have booed the struggling offense on multiple occassions today. UT just kicked off out of bounds. This will be a big drive for Big Blue.

UK-Tennessee Pregame

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The atmosphere here seemed tempered by the cold temperatures. A sparse crowd was in the stadium for the pre-game Senior Day ceremonies. Kentucky is looking to snap a 22-game losing streak to Tennessee. Ending that streak would also end UT's hopes for a berth in the SEC title game. If Kentucky wins, Georgia will advance to next Saturday's conference championship in Atlanta. If Kentucky is to pull it out, quarterback Andre Woodson must play better than he did last week at Tennessee. The teams are coming out of the tunnels; here we go!

October 20, 2007

Gators' win shakes up standings

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Nobody stormed the field at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night, but the result still shook the college football landscape and left lasting ramifications.

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Just score, baby

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Forget trying to run out the clock. The Florida Gators decided to run up the score instead.

Florida all but clinched a win over Kentucky has Tim Tebow ran in from 2 yards out with 1:33 remaining in the game, giving the Gators a 45-31 lead.

On the previous play, instead of going conservative, Tebow threw deep to Percy Harvin for a back breaking 40-yard gain.

Can Florida run the clock out?

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky has regrouped to cut the lead down to 38-31, but will Andre' Woodson get a chance to complete his comeback?

The Gators just got the ball back with 3:35 remaining in the game after Dicky Lyons Jr. caught his third touchdown pass of the game, a 7-yard score.

It will all come down to Woodson's UF counterpart, Tim Tebow, who likely will be given every opportunity to run the clock out on the Gators' current possession.

Kentucky has two timeouts left.

Gators still up after three quarters

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Florida has a 7-point lead and the ball near midfield with one quarter left.

Now we will find out if the Gators can win a game in the fourth quarter. They were not able to do so in their last two games against LSU and Auburn.

Andre' Woodson and Kentucky seem to be back on track on the offensive end, so Tim Tebow cannot let up.

Florida extends lead

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Florida and Kentucky are exchanging scores in the third quarter.

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The jump pass ... again

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After Tim Tebow's sneak failed to do the job, offensive coordinator Dan Mullen turned to the only other sure-fire goal line play in his playbook - the jump pass.

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Florida picks up the intensity

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Let the scoring begin.

Florida just took a 14-7 lead as Louis Murphy beat double coverage for a 66-yard touchdown catch from Tim Tebow with 11 seconds left in the first quarter.

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Kentucky strikes first

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Andre' Woodson just directed a 9-play, 78-yard drive culminating in a 33-yard deep route to Dicky Lyons Jr. to put Kentucky up 7-0 over the Florida Gators.

The Gators have an obvious weakness at nickel cornerback, where Jacques Rickerson was beat badly by Lyons for the score.

Florida went three-and-out on its first drive.

Preparing for a shootout

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The scoreboards seem to be working at Commonwealth Stadium, and that's a very good thing.

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October 13, 2007

UK-LSU Wrap-up

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Another No. 1 has fallen in a season full of No. 1 teams falling. Today, it was LSU's turn. The Tigers lost 43-37 to Kentucky in triple overtime at Commonwealth Stadium. The game ended with UK linebacker Braxton Kelley stoned LSU running back Charles Scott on fourth-and-two. Kelley said the game - and this season - have proved the parity in college football.
"Football is football," Kelley said. "Each player has a drive to make plays. All around the nation right now, people are doing that, and they continue to make upsets. People are doing that little extra and having that they can take that one extra step and make that big play that can be the game-changer."
Saturday night, Kelley took that one extra step, plugged the hole, made the big play and changed this season.

Up next:
UK - v. Florida
LSU v. Auburn

Kentucky wins

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky beats LSU 43-37 in triple OT. It's Kentucky's first win over a No. 1-ranked team since 1964. Braxton Kelley stopped Charles Scott on the game's final play, and the fans came rushing onto the field. More after quotes.

Triple OT

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After three straight incomplete passes by Andre Woodson, UK kicker Lones Seiber made a 43-yard field goal to send the game to a third overtime. This is the longest UK game since the infamous 7OT game against Arkansas in 2002.

It was long enough...

LEXINGTON, Ky. - ...but it was wide left. After initially leaving his offense on the field, LSU coach Les Miles sent out kicker Colt David to try a 57-yard field goal on the final play of regulation. David, whose career long was a 45-yarder, had enough leg on the kick, but it sailed wide left. That means overtime at Commonwealth Stadium. What a game!

New ballgame in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. - LSU's defense held UK to another field goal attempt in the red zone, but Lones Seiber knocked it through for the Cats. UK has tied the game at 27 with four minutes left. Your play, Matt Flynn.

There's that big play

LEXINGTON, Ky. - UK's Trevard Lindley just made a leaping interception of an underthrown Matt Flynn pass, and UK has the ball at its own 37-yard line with seven minutes left. As the commercial break continues, Woodson waits with hands on hips at the front of the UK huddle, preparing to call the first play of this pivotal drive.

It gets a little tighter

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lones Seiber just connected on a 33-yard field goal to bring Kentucky within three. It's 27-24 LSU with 7:57 left. LSU is one drive away from salting this away and escaping a second consecutive tough league tilt. UK is one big defensive play away from inching closer to its first win over a top-ranked team in 43 years.

End of Third Quarter: LSU 27, UK 21

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After LSU's offense got a first down on the drive's first play, UK has forced a three-and-out (well, actually a four-and-out). UK will have the ball down six after LSU punts on the first play of the fourth quarter. The lead - and perhaps the game - is there for Andre Woodson's taking.

Not dead yet in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After ten straight LSU points put UK's collective backs against the wall, the Cats responded emphatically. A seven-play, 82-yard touchdown drive (the scoring play was an eight-yard pass from Woodson to tight end Jacob Tamme) has pulled UK to within six at 27-21 with 1:13 left in the third quarter. Hope remains alive in Lexington.

Of note: We haven't seen either of UK's banged-up running backs, Rafael Little and Alfonso Smith. Little is dressed on the sideline, but hasn't seen any action. Looks like it will be Dixon and Locke the rest of the way. UK trails the turnover battle 2-0. Cats could use one on this LSU drive as the Commonwealth Stadium sell-out crowd is on its feet.

Halftime in Lexington: LSU 17, UK 14

LEXINGTON, Ky. - All things considered, Rich Brooks probably doesn't feel so bad to be down three at halftime. LSU controlled the ball for much of the second quarter, and capitalized on an Andre Woodson interception midway through the frame. The Tigers took a 17-7 lead with less than three minutes left in the half, but Woodson led a quick response from UK. But, you probably know that if you were watching on CBS.

Here's what each team needs to do in the second half:

LSU should continue to try and wear down the UK defense. Halftime came at a good time for the Cats, because they're likely gassed after spending the majority of the second quarter on the field. Look for the Tigers to keep pounding Charles Scott, and we may see more of Ryan Perrilloux in the second half to give the Tigers a speedier threat at quarterback. Scott softening up the interior of the defense could open things up for lightning-quick Trindon Holliday out of the backfield.

UK must force a turnover (or two or three). Not only will the defense need a few of them to slow down the LSU offense, but the UK offense could use a couple of short fields to try and build a lead. LSU has dominated opponents in the second half this season, and UK must make some big plays on both sides of the ball if it wants to pull the shocker.

LSU 10, UK 7

LEXINGTON, Ky. - LSU kicker Colt David just made a 31-yard field goal to put the Tigers ahead 10-7 with 5:42 left in the first half. In the press box, UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart said, "We're trying. We're trying." The Cats could use a touchdown here before the end of the half.

UK 7, LSU 7

LEXINGTON, Ky. - T.C. Drake picked a nice time for his first career reception. The UK sophomore tight end grabbed a tipped Andre Woodson pass in the end zone to give UK the lead with 2:45 to go in the first quarter. LSU, however, has responded. Running back Charles Scott just ran for 55 yard run on the final play of the quarter to give the Tigers the ball first-and-goal at the 1. And as I type that, Scott just scored on the first play of the second quarter.

Just over one quarter in the books, and we're all square in Lexington.

Fans' blood already boiling

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The game is still a few minutes from starting, but the animosity between fan bases is already high. The heavy throng of Tigers' fans chanted Geaux Tigers! during the UK band's playing of "My Old Kentucky Home," the de facto state song. That prompted boos and jeers from UK fans, and was followed by an especially loud applause at the end of the song.

The officials are on the field, and the starting lineups will soon be announced. We'll update the blog after each quarter, and with any major plays or news. Still no word on the status of UK starting running back Rafael Little. UK coach Rich Brooks said Thursday that Little was "very questionable" with a thigh bruise. Brooks called Little a game-time decision.

Speaking of game-time...

It's a beautiful day for a miracle...

LEXINGTON, Ky. - That seemed to be the sentiment among Kentucky fans as I headed into the stadium today, as the Wildcats attempt their first win over a top-ranked foe since 1964. If not for a miracle, it's at least a beautiful day for football. It's about 70 degrees here and the sun is shining in a cloudless blue sky.

The majority of the crowd must already be here and parked and tailgaiting, because my commute to the stadium was far quicker than usual. I expected just the opposite with this game sold out and this city fired up. Another thing I've noticed - lots of purple and gold around town. Quite a few LSU supporters were outside tailgating as I walked in. More impressively, hundreds of LSU supporters were out at Keeneland yesterday. They know there's not much better in this town than hitting the beautiful horse track on Friday and then watching the nation's top game of the day on a perfect Saturday afternoon.

October 04, 2007

Kentucky cuts into lead

Columbia, S.C. -- Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson just tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson to pull UK to 31-23.
SC just moved the ball into UK territory with less than six minutes to play on a 22-yard pass play. They are just a few plays away from being in field goal range, which would bump the margin back up to two possessions.

Make it 15-0 for Spurrier vs. UK

Columbia, S.C. -- For the 15th time in 15 tries, Steve Spurrier defeated the Kentucky Wildcats.

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South Carolina extends lead

Columbia, S.C. -- South Carolina quarterback Chris Smelley tossed a seven-yard touchdown pass to Patrick DiMarco with 11:01 left in the game to give the Gamecocks a 31-16 lead.
UK is currently driving in South Carolina territory with less than nine minutes remaining.

No one wants to win

Columbia, S.C. -- After three quarters at Williams-Brice Stadium, it appears that neither teams wants to win.

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Bad start for UK

Columbia, S.C. -- South Carolina's Eric Norwood just recovered his second Andre Woodson fumble of the game for a touchdown, this one on a lateral pass.

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Gamecocks take lead before half

Columbia, S.C. - - South Carolina's Mike Davis just scored from three yards out to give the Gamecocks a 17-10 lead at the half over Kentucky.

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September 22, 2007

Woodson leads Cats to first 4-0 start since 2002

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Andre Woodson continued to climb up the Heisman ladder with another fourth quarter comeback Saturday night.

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UK downs Arkansas, moves to 4-0

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Despite being down to its fourth string running back, and despite giving up 338 rushing yards, Kentucky defeated Arkansas 42-29 Saturday night at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Andre Woodson was the hero again for the Cats, leading three fourth quarter scoring drives, the first coming with the Cats trailing 29-21. He threw one touchdown and ran another one on those drives. For the second consecutive game, he's led the Cats to a fourth quarter comeback victory. He's had six in his UK career.

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Cats take over

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Kentucky's defense has given up 470 yards so far against Arkansas, 338 of them coming on the ground. But they've played spectacular in the second half, and they have the Cats on the doorstep of a 4-0 start.

UK just stopped Arkansas on a fourth down, and now they've scored again on an Andre Woodson run to take a 42-29 lead with 59 seconds left.

UK appears to be on its way to moving to 4-0 for the first time since 2002.

Woodson does it again

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- For the time being, Andre Woodson has done it again.

The senior quarterback for Kentucky just led the Cats on a six-play, 68-yard drive, capped off by a 32-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Burton. The Cats went for two, and again Woodson and Burton connected. UK now leads 35-29 with 4:02 left in the fourth quarter.

If it stands, it will be Woodson's second consecutive fourth quarter comeback and the sixth of his career. He's keeping up step-for-step with Arkansas' Darren McFadden for player of the game honors.

Cats within two

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Despite being down to their fourth string running back, Kentucky pulled to within 29-27 of Arkansas midway through the fourth quarter.

Behind the legs of that fourth string back, freshman Derrick Locke, UK now has a shot at taking the lead with less than six minutes left. After the score, the Cats went for two, but Andre Woodson was tackled on the quarterback draw.

UK's defense just forced a three-and-out, and the offense has the ball back at their 32-yard line.

OK, Darren's still here

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- It was only a matter of time before Arkansas' Darren McFadden broke open a big run.

Essentially contained from a big play so far, McFadden finally broke through with a 56-yard touchdown run to give the Razorbacks a 20-7 lead over Kentucky with less than seven minutes to go in the second quarter.

The Wildcats are driving near midfield.

Darren who?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Darren who?

Arkansas' other running back Felix Jones ran across the field on a 73-yard run down to the UK six-yard line, but Darren McFadden was kept out of the end zone on three straight runs. The Hogs had to settle for a 20-yard field goal from Alex Tejada, his second of the day.

With 11:05 left in the second quarter, Arkansas leads Kentucky 13-7.

Dick throws pick

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Paul Warford chose a great time to intercept his first pass.

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Wildcats answer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- We could be in for another 71-63 thriller between Arkansas and Kentucky.

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Arkansas on the board first

Arkansas kicker Alex Tejada nailed a 40-yard field goal to give the Razorbacks an early 3-0 lead.

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Steve Johnson starting

After catching the game-winning 57-yard touchdown against Louisville last week, wide receiver Steve Johnson was inserted into the starting lineup today. He replaces Dicky Lyons Jr.

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Pregame in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is filling up, but hopefully the fans didn't have as difficult of a time as we did trying to make it into the game. It took the three of us from the Kernel about an hour to find, and settle into, the press area. It was clear we were from Lexington.
Anyway, to the game.

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September 15, 2007

Final: Kentucky 40, Louisville 34

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Andre Woodson hit Steve Johnson on a 56-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds remaining as Kentucky upset in-state rival No. 9 Louisville 40-34 at Commonwealth Stadium. What an amazing game, and what a great win for Rich Brooks and the Wildcats. Fans are running everywhere on the field. Fireworks are popping. And the collapseable goalposts are coming down.

I'll have a final post after the press conference.

Cards back in front

LEXINGTON, Ky. - All week long, the experts said this game might be won by the team that had the ball last.

Now we'll find out if they were right. UK will have it last, but that's because U of L just scored the go-ahead touchdown on a two-yard run by Anthony Allen. Two-point conversion attempt failed, so U of L's lead is only one point.

Could this come down to the leg of Lones Seiber?

Game on the line

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Third-and-goal from the 2-yard line for U of L, trailing UK 33-28 with 1:50 to play. This is it for the Cards. Cats D looking for another goal-line stand.

Woodyard Stones the 'Ville

LEXINGTON, Ky. - UK's Wesley Woodyard stops U of L's Gary Barnage at the 2-yard line. The UK defense stands and delivers, and the momentum rests with the team in blue. The Cats (read: UK's gassed defense) could use a long, time-consuming drive by the offense.

The clock is your friend, Andre Woodson.

Go for it?

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Decision time for Steve Kragthorpe. Louisville has the ball fourth-and-goal at the UK six yard line. UK leads 33-28. What would you do? Kick the field goal or go for the touchdown and the lead?

I'd kick. There's still 9:30 to play. The way the game has gone, this isn't U of L's last chance. Kick the field goal and cut the lead to 2. Looks like they're going for it.

Kentucky takes the lead

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Jacob Tamme wanted it more. UK's tight end just out-jumped and out-fought U of L corner Rod Council for that Andre Woodson pass in the back of the end zone. UK leads 33-28, and Commonwealth Stadium is rocking with the hope of UK's first win over a top-10 team since a win over Penn State in 1977. Your play, Brian Brohm.

End of Third Quarter: U of L 28, UK 26

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The two teams traded touchdowns early in the quarter and traded missed opportunities for the rest of the quarter. We're heading to the final frame at Commonwealth Stadium with the No. 9 Cardinals clinging to a two-point advantage.

UK, however, is driving. The Wildcats just advanced the ball to the U of L 35, where they have it first-and-ten. Key storyline of the game: The play of the UK defensive line. The Cats, who are missing starting tackle Ricky Lumpkin, have consistently pressured Brohm and have made things hard on U of L running back Anthony Allen.

Rich Brooks' prediction that the game would come down to a special teams play looks like it might be right on. UK has to hope that key play hasn't already happened; Trent Guy's kickoff return for a touchdown is the deciding score right now.

Carmody misses

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe gave kicker Art Carmody a chance from 52 yards, but Carmody came up well short. The miss gives UK decent field position (its own 35). Now would be a good time for QB Andre Woodson to heat up and lead a scoring drive.

Like I said...

LEXINGTON, Ky. - That didn't take long. Louisville return man Trent Guy just took the kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown. Louisville reclaims the lead at 28-26. That's Guy's fifth career return for a touchdown (three kickoffs, two punts).

It's on now

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Before last Saturday, Kentucky fullback John Conner had two career carries. Against Kent State, Conner ran for two touchdowns. Seconds ago, he found the end zone again. Conner was the recipient of an Andre Woodson roll-out pass from seven yards out.

Huge drive by UK to reclaim the lead at 26-21. You get the feeling that touchdown might be the first of many in this second half.

Halftime: Louisville 21, Kentucky 19

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The first half of the 2007 Governor's Cup did not disappoint. The half was evenly played, and should yield a competitive second half. Although Kentucky is an underdog, the Wildcats must feel disappointed to enter the locker room trailing by 2. Louisville has erased an early 13-0 UK lead.

The turning point of the half (and maybe the game) occurred with just over three minutes to play in the half. UK head coach Rich Brooks elected to go for it on fourth-and-one from outside the Louisville 30. Offensive coordinator Joker Phillips surprisingly called an option, and UK running back Rafael Little was blown up by a Louisville defender. The Cards took over possession and quickly drove 60-plus yards for the go-ahead score. If Louisville pulls away in the second half, Phillips' call will be questioned for a long time in the Bluegrass.

In the second half, UK might need another couple of turnovers, or at least will need Louisville to make a few mistakes. The UK defensive line was outstanding in the first half, but you would think U of L - now that it has the lead - will make it a priority to get its running game going in the second half.

Don't miss the first drive of the second half. UK would do well not to come up empty. If the Cats can at least get a field goal out of the drive - and retake the lead - the pressure would fall back on Louisville. However, if the Louisville defense comes up with a stop, the explosive Cardinal offense would have an opportunity to stretch the field - and the lead.

Seiber reverts to old form

LEXINGTON, Ky. - So much for solid Lones Seiber. The UK kicker, who missed two extra points in the season-opener against Eastern Kentucky, just missed another one.

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End of First Quarter

LEXINGTON, Ky. - At the end of the first quarter in the Governor's Cup, Kentucky leads Louisville 13-7.

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So much for a rout

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Louisville has responded with a touchdown of its own. Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe made a gutsy (or desperate) decision to go for it on fourth-and-inches from his own 34 yard line.

The play (a Brian Brohm sneak) worked, and the decision paid off. Brohm found running back Anthony Allen on a short touchdown pass and Louisville has pulled to 13-7.

No doubt Lones

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky kicker Lones Seiber, who has been shaky in the season's first two games, has been solid in the first quarter. He just connected on a 31-yard field goal to give Kentucky a 13-0 lead.

Big drive upcoming for Louisville. The Cardinals need to respond to this early UK blitz, and they need to do it soon.

Two Plays, Two Turnovers

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After taking a knee for a touchback on the kickoff, Louisville turned the ball over on its first play from scrimmage.

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UK-U of L ready for kickoff

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Three Army paratroopers landing as gracefully as possible at midfield from thousands of feet in the air just fired up this crowd that needed no extra juice.

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Fans amped for Governor's Cup game

LEXINGTON, Ky. - With about 90 minutes remaining until kickoff of the most anticipated Governor's Cup game in recent history, fans have begun to trickle in to Commonwealth Stadium on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

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