LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Eric Shelton rushed for 151 yards and two
touchdowns to lead Louisville to a 40-24 win Sunday night over
Kentucky in the opener for both teams.
The Cardinals took advantage of two punt miscues by Kentucky,
built an 18-point lead, weathered a rally, and drained the clock
with two time-consuming drives to seal the win.
It was the sixth win for Louisville in 10 meetings since the
teams renewed their rivalry in 1994. The Cardinals have won four of
their last five against Kentucky, including the last three on
Kentucky's home field.
Louisville recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown, scored a
safety on another botched punt and, after the free kick, scored a
field goal to make it 26-10.
The Wildcats drew within 26-24, but Louisville answered with a
14-play, 81-yard touchdown drive. Shelton, a transfer from Florida
State who attended Bryan Station High School in Lexington, scored
on a 22-yard run.
Kentucky reached the Louisville 20-yard line midway through the
fourth quarter, but Josh Minkins intercepted a pass by Jared
Lorenzen with 8:17 left.
The Cardinals ran out all but the final six seconds on their
final drive, which ended with Lionel Gates scoring on a 2-yard run.
A sudden, heavy thunderstorm delayed the start of the game by
one hour, 34 minutes. The delay didn't appear to affect Louisville,
which scored touchdowns on its first two possessions. Gavin Smith
set up the second touchdown with a 41-yard interception return to
the Kentucky 4.
The Cardinals, who recovered three blocked punts for touchdowns
last season, did so again early in the second quarter. J.R. Russell
smothered the punt by Sevin Sucurovic from the Kentucky 46, and the
ball caromed all the way to the end zone, where Jonathon Jackerson
fell on it.
Up 21-3, Louisville reached the Kentucky 31 late in the first
half, but Stefan LeFors threw an interception. Kentucky scored with
45 seconds before the half, on a 13-yard pass from Lorenzen to
Glenn Holt. The Wildcats had just 96 yards of offense before the
64-yard touchdown drive.
After Louisville went ahead 26-10, Lorenzen led consecutive
touchdown drives. Freshman Keenan Burton's first career catch was a
leaping 31-yard touchdown grab and sliced Louisville's lead to
26-24 entering the fourth quarter.
Lorenzen completed 18 of 31 passes for 236 yards.