Kentucky–Louisville football rivalry
First contestedOctober 28, 1912
Kentucky 41, Louisville 0
Number of meetings31
Most recent meetingNovember 24, 2018
Kentucky 56, Louisville 10
Next meetingNovember 30, 2019
All-time seriesKentucky, 16–15
Largest victoryKentucky, 73–0 (1922)
Longest win streakKentucky, 7 (1912–1994)
Current streakKentucky, 1 (2018–present)

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The Governor's Cup is a trophy awarded to the victor of the annual college football game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville in the state of Kentucky; it is also used as a reference to the rivalry itself.[1] Though the teams first played in 1912,[1] they only played six times until the rivalry was suspended after the 1924 season and wasn’t renewed for another 70 years. The rivalry resumed in 1994 with a new Governor's Cup trophy which has been awarded every year since.

Kentucky leads the series 16–15, although Louisville leads the modern series 15 to 10.[1] From 1994 to 2006, the game was played on the opening weekend of the college football season. In 2007, the game was moved to the third game of the season when played in Lexington but remained the first game when played in Louisville. Starting in 2014, which marked Louisville's inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Governor's Cup became the last game of the regular season for both teams on Thanksgiving weekend,[2] which coincided with several other ACC-SEC same-state rivalries.[3] The rivalry will continue into the next decade as both schools agreed to meet through the 2022 college football season with the home team rotating each season.

All-time resultsEdit

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Howard Schnellenberger AwardEdit

The 2010 game was the inaugural year for the award. The award is given to the Most Valuable Player on the winning team by the Louisville Sports Commission. It is named for Howard Schnellenberger, who played under Bear Bryant for Kentucky and was Louisville's head coach when the modern football rivalry began in 1994.

Date Player Team Position Statistics
 9-04-2010  Derrick Locke Kentucky RB 23 carries, 104 yards, 2 TDs [1]
 9-17-2011  Dexter Heyman Louisville LB 12 tackles & 1 forced fumble[2]
 9-02-2012  Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB 19/21, 232 yards[3]
 9-14-2013  Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB 16/28, 250 yards, 1 TD
 11-29-2014  DeVante Parker Louisville WR 6 catches, 180 yards, 3 TD
 11-28-2015  Lamar Jackson Louisville QB 8/21, 130 yards, 1 TD

17 carries, 186 yards, 2 TDs

 11-26-2016  Stephen Johnson Kentucky QB 16/27, 338 yards, 3 TDs [4]
 11-25-2017  Lamar Jackson Louisville QB 15/21, 216 yards, 2 TDs

18 carries, 156 yards

 11-24-2018  Terry Wilson Kentucky QB 17/23, 261 yards, 3 TDs,
10 carries, 79 yards, 1 TD[5]

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