Jeremy Wright’s three touchdown runs lead Louisville past Kentucky
Louisville, KY, United States (4E Sports) – Jeremy Wright rushed for three touchdowns as No. 25 Louisville relied on its outstanding ground game to start in-state rivalry against Kentucky with a 32-14 victory Sunday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Wright scored a touchdown in each of the three quarters, finishing with 105 yards on 22 carries, while fellow junior Senorise Perry rushed for 108 yards on 16 carries and accounted for the Cardinals’ fourth rushing touchdown.
The Cardinals rushers completely outplayed their Kentucky counterparts, gaining 219 yards on 46 carries compared to just 93 yards on 19 carries by the Wildcats.
The Wildcats however made a living from their receiving corps, with senior La’Rod King and junior tight end Tyler Robinson catching touchdown passes from Maxwell Smith, who finished 35-of-50 for 280 yards.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater finished 19-of-21 for 232 yards and had no touchdown pass but led the Cardinals to several scoring drives, including a 99-yard possession in the first quarter capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Wright.
Will Stein then completed a two-point conversion to Marcus Smith to give Louisville an 8-0 lead.
Smith countered with a 75-yard drive from Kentucky’s 25 that ended with a one-yard touchdown pass to Robinson.
Bridgewater, however, led the Cardinals to an 85-yard drive that led to a 45-yard run by Perry to grab a 15-7 advantage. Minutes later, Bridgewater guided Louisville to a 93-yard assault capped by another touchdown run by Wright for a 22-7 advantage at the half.
John Wallace opened the third quarter with a 22-yard field goal after a 71-yard drive to give the Cardinals a 25-7 lead before Wright scored his third touchdown with a one-yard run to put the game away for good.
Last year, the Cardinals ended the Wildcats’ four-year domination with a 24-17 win.