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Bowden carries UK past Louisville, 45-13, puts exclamation point on turnaround with four TDs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden Jr. may not be a serious contender for the prestigious Heisman Trophy Award, but there’s no doubt he is Kentucky’s most valuable player. The Kentucky receiver-turned-quarterback rushed for 284 yards and four touchdowns, including a 60-yard dash to the end zone to open the second half, to lead the Wildcats to a 45-13 win over rival Louisville in the Governor’s...

Coach Mark Stoops says Cats aren’t hiding from rivalry hype in leadup to Saturday’s season finale

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The stakes will be high when Kentucky and Louisville meet Saturday in the season finale for both teams. In addition to bragging rights, the Wildcats and Cardinals are seeking better position positioning, considering both teams have already clinched bowl eligibility. Kentucky is seeking its fourth consecutive seven-win season, while Louisville is eyeing its eighth victory...

Kentucky rips Louisville, 56-10, as sophomore quarterback Terry Wilson shines to deliver ninth win

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Rarely in the history of the Governor’s Cup has Kentucky had the luxury of being so comfortably ahead of Louisville late in the game that the coaches could play their second- and third-stringers. 
But that was the case Saturday night in Cardinal Stadium after Terry Wilson, Benny Snell Jr., Lynn Bowden Jr., A.J. Rose Jr. and the UK defense...

Danville area on Governor’s Cup Top-10 Micropolitan list for attracting economic development projects

Boyle and Lincoln counties have yet again landed a spot in the top-10 “micropolitan” areas for economic development in the U.S., according to the 2017 “Governor’s Cup” rankings published by Site Selection magazine, a leading economic development publication. 
The Danville Advocate-Messenger reported that Site Selection ranked the “Danville Micropolitan Area” 10th in the nation for attracting...

Tough day at the office for Stoops, Wildcats in Governor’s Cup loss to rival Louisville

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-17 loss to Louisville Saturday at Kroger Field (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It was a bad day at the office for Mark Stoops. Although sitting through Kentucky’s 44-17 loss to rival Louisville made his day one to forget, his troubles began late Friday night when senior Nick Hayes sent a...

Wildcats not satisfied, yearning for more going into home finale against rival Louisville

Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson will be among 25 seniors who will be honored prior to Saturday’s home finale against rival Louisville in the Governor’s Cup. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Despite posting its best back-to-back finish in the Southeastern Conference in nearly two decades, Kentucky isn’t satisfied and is yearning for more going into Saturday’s...

Fayette County dominates regional science fair, three qualify for national competition in Los Angeles

Students from Fayette County Public Schools set a torrid pace in the 2017 Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair, hosted by Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Dunbar’s Rachel Seevers (first), Amy Wang and David Ma (second), and Thirushan Wignakumar (third) swept Best of Fair honors in the high school division. They also qualified for this spring’s Intel International Science &...

Education Notes: Rosa Parks students honored in Governor’s Cup; Lafayette excels in Japanese Speech contest

The Rosa Parks Elementary team pulled away for a win in the 2017 Governor’s Cup regional contests, which concluded March 4. Meadowthorpe was runner-up overall in Region 22. The Governor’s Cup, which was founded in 1986 to promote classroom achievement, is Kentucky’s premier academic competition. A contest consists of five written assessment exams, composition (on-demand writing), future problem-solving,...

Keith Taylor: Cats all smiles, shed tears of joy following stunning upset of No. 11 Louisville

LOUISVILLE — Mark Stoops was all smiles. His seniors cried tears of joy after Kentucky defeated No. 11 Louisville 41-38 Saturday to end a five-game losing streak against the Cardinals. “As you can imagine, it’s an exciting, very emotional win,” Stoops said. “One that our program desperately needed and deserved. Our players have worked extremely hard for a long time. This team has been fun...

Cards seek successful bounce-back against UK after disappointing loss at Houston

By Russ Brown KyForward Correspondent LOUISVILLE — Coming off the most embarrassing performance by a Bobby Petrino team during his two Louisville eras, the most important question facing UofL’s football players as they prepare for Saturday’s Governor’s Cup regular-season finale at noon (ESPN) in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is this: How will the No. 11 Cardinals (9-2) react...

Billy Reed: Imagining a Kentucky where Bevin decided to use governing style to ‘help’ our sports

Editor’s note: The following is a figment of the writer’s imagination. However, considering what’s happening these days in politics and government, who’s to say it couldn’t happen? FRANKFORT – In a surprise press conference, Gov. Matt Bevin announced that he has signed an executive order legalizing gambling on pro and college games in all of Kentucky’s 120 counties. “I fully expect...

Keith Taylor: Season-ending loss to Louisville completes another late collapse by Wildcats

Kentucky’s season-ending loss to instate rival Louisville in the Governor’s Cup summed up a roller-coaster season for the Wildcats. Kentucky built a big lead but failed to seal the deal in a 38-24 setback to the Cardinals Saturday that gave Louisville its fifth straight win in the series and bragging rights for another year. The loss also probably kept Kentucky out of the postseason for...

Cardinals’ leading receiver Staples will present big challenge for Wildcat defense Saturday

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–Jamari Staples is Louisville’s leading receiver and perhaps the most dangerous offensive threat Kentucky (5-6) will face in Saturday’s battle against the Cardinals (6-5) at noon in Commonwealth Stadium. So just imagine what he could have done if he hadn’t missed an entire month of the season. Staples, who is coming off the best...

It’s only June, but Governor’s Cup luncheon provides a chance to talk UK-U of L football

Losers of four straight to Louisville, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said his team needs to continue to improve for the rivalry to have meaning on the national stage (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   FRANKFORT, Ky. — Under gray skies, the chilly air had the nip of a late fall day. Perfect football weather. So why not get together and talk about the Louisville-Kentucky...

It's only June, but Governor's Cup luncheon provides a chance to talk UK-U of L football

Losers of four straight to Louisville, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said his team needs to continue to improve for the rivalry to have meaning on the national stage (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   FRANKFORT, Ky. — Under gray skies, the chilly air had the nip of a late fall day. Perfect football weather. So why not get together and talk about the Louisville-Kentucky...

Magazine says Kentucky in a league of its own, awards ‘Cup’ for 2014 industry activity

The nation appears to be taking notice of Kentucky’s economic development efforts. The state placed first nationally in Site Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cup rankings for new and expanded industry activity per capita in 2014.   Site Selection editor Mark Arend presented the Governor’s Cup trophy to Gov. Steve Beshear at a ceremony today at the state capitol in Frankfort.   “Kentucky...

UK defense can’t capitalize on field position
as Louisville offense leads Cards to 32-14 win

Maxwell Smith throws a pass Sunday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Two plays into UK’s first defensive drive of the 2012 season, things were looking good for the Wildcats.   Louisville faced a third-and-nine from its own two-yard line. That’s when things went wrong for UK.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater beat tight coverage for a 23-yard...

UK defense can't capitalize on field position as Louisville offense leads Cards to 32-14 win

Maxwell Smith throws a pass Sunday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Two plays into UK’s first defensive drive of the 2012 season, things were looking good for the Wildcats.   Louisville faced a third-and-nine from its own two-yard line. That’s when things went wrong for UK.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater beat tight coverage for a 23-yard...

Wildcats face tough task in pulling off upset of No. 25 Louisville in 2012 season opener

Teddy Bridgewater scrambles against UK in 2011. (Photo by Mark Boxley)   When Louisville starting quarterback Will Stein was knocked out of the annual Governor’s Cup rivalry game last season in the second quarter, UK fans may have thought the Wildcats’ chances of winning had improved.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Louisville freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater proved...

Cats hope to follow trend, run their way to upset win versus Louisville in opener

CoShik Williams runs in a drill during practice. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Few things in life are as predictable as the recent link between the team that runs for the most yards and the winner of the annual UK and Louisville football game.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] For 16 consecutive seasons, the team that has come out on top in the rushing battle has also come out on top on the...