Kentucky and Louisville kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 25, with the Governor’s Cup on the line. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.
Kentucky-Louisville live updates, score
Final: Louisville 44, Kentucky 17
It was a brutal season finale for the Wildcats. Kentucky finishes the year 7-5.
5:12 4Q: Louisville 44, Kentucky 17
The only positive for Kentucky has been Benny Snell. He’s rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns on 29 attempts. He now owns the school single season rushing touchdown record.
10:12 4Q: Louisville 44, Kentucky 10
Not sure what else to say about this one. Lamar Jackson is good. The Kentucky defense is not.
14:51 4Q: Louisville 37, Kentucky 10
A chop block penalty is the only thing that kept Louisville out of the end zone. The Cards had to settle for a field goal. Louisville has 421 yards of offense thanks to a brilliant performance from Lamar Jackson and just about every other Louisville offensive player.
End 3Q: Louisville 34, Kentucky 10
It’s been a pleasure to watch Lamar Jackson.
5:05 3Q: Louisville 34, Kentucky 10
Kentucky goes for it on 4th and 3 and Stephen Johnson takes a 17-yard sack. Brutal day for Kentucky.
10:09 3Q: Louisville 34, Kentucky 10
It’s been an embarrasing day for Kentucky. The Cats are getting torched on the field, and there’s been a medley of unsportsmanlike penalties and unnecessary roughness flags against UK. Junior linebacker Jordan Jones has been in the middle of most of it. Mark Stoops should sit him at this point.
Halftime: Louisville 31, Kentucky 10
It’s a blowout here in Lexington. Lamar Jackson is obliterating Kentucky’s defense and Stephen Johnson can’t get anything going on the opposite side. Austin MacGinnis connected on a 45-yard field goal just before halftime to make the score look slightly more respectable. Louisville has outgained Kentucky 353 to 224. The Cards are averaging 11.4 yards per play.
5:48 2Q: Louisville 24, Kentucky 7
Louisville sure made Kentucky pay for that. After the lengthy drive for the Cats that came up empty, the Cards responded four plays later with a touchdown. It’s already 24-7 Louisville with 5:48 left before halftime. It looked like Benny Snell got his ankle taped up. The Cats need him, but more importantly, they need a defense.
7:33 2Q: Louisville 17, Kentucky 7
That couldn’t have gone worse for Kentucky. The Wildcats put together a masterful 15-play drive that lasted seven minutes and 44 seconds, but it ended with no points. Austin MacGinnis missed a 32-yard chip shot to end his streak of 11 consecutive field goals. Benny Snell was a monster for Kentucky on that drive. He already has 118 yards on 16 carries.
End 1Q: Louisville 17, Kentucky 7
Louisville has now scored on all three of its drives. The Cardinals had to settle for a 38-yard field goal on that one after a Louisville receiver dropped a pass in the end zone. It was Lamar Jackson’s first incompletion of the day. He’s 7 of 8 for 109 yards through the air.
2:30 1Q: Louisville 14, Kentucky 7
Quite the response from Benny Snell and Kentucky’s offense. Snell powered past Louisville’s defense all the way to the end zone. It was a seven-play, 80-yard scoring drive for the Cats. Not much defense in this one. Oh, and Snell tied Moe Williams’ single season rushing record with 17.
5:56 1Q: Louisville 14, Kentucky 0
It was another dominant drive by Louisville, but it was overshadowed by a brawl. Lamar Jackson shoved Jordan Jones, and then Jones retaliated with a tackle. It looked like both players could’ve been suspended. Instead, four unsportsmanlike penalties were handed out. On the field it was another long, four-minute scoring drive for Louisville. Kentucky can’t defend this team at the moment.
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 25, 2017
11:03 1Q: Louisville 7, Kentucky 0
Louisville couldn’t have made that drive look easier. The Cards were tested on fourth and 1, but Lamar Jackson did his thing and found a receiver for the first down. It was a seven-play, 75-yard drive that lasted four minutes. Jackson was 3 of 3 for 46 yards through the air.
Kentucky QB Stephen Johnson honored on Senior Day. pic.twitter.com/yt769e9zJH
— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) November 25, 2017
Senior Day for Stephen Johnson. pic.twitter.com/wHVMU1huU8
— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) November 25, 2017
Kentucky-Louisville game time, details
- Time: Noon ET
- Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017
- Location: Kroger Field; Lexington, Ky.
- Line: Louisville minus-10
Which TV channel is Kentucky-Louisville on?
The SEC Network will broadcast the Kentucky-Louisville football game. You can find the SEC Network on your local cable provider here.
How can I watch Kentucky-Louisville online?
Fans can watch the Kentucky-Louisville football game online via WatchESPN or on the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Louisville on the radio?
The Kentucky-Louisville football game will be broadcasted on the radio via the UK Sports Network. Find your local affiliate here.
It will be broadcasted on satellite radio on XM-191 and Sirius 138.
Kentucky-Louisville preview, keys to the game
Focus on the run
Louisville’s defense has been middle-of-the-pack this year, ranking No. 65 out of 130 teams in total defense. But there are some common elements in their four losses: Namely, the winning team had a huge day either running or throwing the ball. Clemson ran for 297 yards and threw for 316; North Carolina State threw for 367 yards; Boston College ran for 364 yards; Wake Forest threw for 461. So, Kentucky’s offense is going to have to be above-average in one category and damn near perfect in the other. What’s more likely? Focus on the ground game, not just with Benny Snell, but also with Stephen Johnson, and focus on ball control.
Win on offense and special teams
There’s literally no way for Kentucky to slow down Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. He’s been even more efficient and explosive this year than he was in his 2017 Heisman Trophy-winning campaign, so Mark Stoops and Kentucky are going to have to be OK with giving up a deluge of yards to Jackson. What will decide this game will be how efficient Kentucky can be on offense — no empty possessions, no turnovers — along with a perfect performance on special teams. Every punt, every kickoff, every return has to be seen as an opportunity to score a touchdown, flip the field or force a turnover. The last thing Kentucky wants to do in this game is settle for field goals, but it will have to be perfect there, too.
Let’s get weird
With how poorly Kentucky has played against top offenses this season, the Wildcats are going to have to mix things up in order to keep this one close. My recommendation? Get weird on offense and defense. Mix things up. Blitz all day. Get tricky with the play calling. There’s no way this will be a low-scoring game, and Kentucky’s biggest hope is to go blow-for-blow with Lamar Jackson. In order to do that, they’ll have to empty the bag.