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August 28, 2012

Governor's Cup: By the Numbers

Louisville and Kentucky have met 18 times in the modern series with Louisville holding a 10-8 lead. Here's a breakdown of Sunday's game by the numbers.

2,060 Kentucky returned 2,060 of its allotted 5,500 tickets for the annual Governor's Cup game to UofL in late July, weeks before the sales deadline. UofL offered the tickets to Louisville season-ticket holders, who snapped them up in 19 minutes.

1.1 Kentucky could muster only 1.1 yards per carry against Louisville last season. The Wildcats rushed 32 times for 35 total yards. That total is a little misleading because it includes four sacks for -22 yards, but the stat still stands as a red flag (or should it be blue?), especially considering that 28 of those yards were gained by Josh Clemons, who won't be playing Sunday due to injury.

13 The winner of the Governor's Cup has out-rushed the loser in each of the last 13 seasons. With five returning linemen with starting experience and three returning tailbacks, Louisville figures to have the edge in the rushing battle this season.

91 Louisville running back Dominique Brown rushed for 91 yards in last year's Governor's Cup. He had 14 carries with a long of 23 yards while averaging 6.5 yards per carry. The Cards finished with 181 yards rushing but didn't have a rushing touchdown.

3 Here's a point of concern for Louisville: In last year's game, its quarterbacks completed 12 passes to seven players. Four of those players (Josh Bellamy - 4, Michaelee Harris - 2, Vic Anderson - 2 and Josh Chichester - 1) won't play against Kentucky this season. The Cardinals return only Andrell Smith, DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers, who each caught one pass against UK last season.

14 Last year's Governor's Cup included 14 punts, seven by each team. The game also included 13 penalties for 108 yards and three fumbles. It wasn't a pretty game by any measure, other than Louisville fans liking the outcome.

3 Here's an oddity from last year's game: Each of Louisville's three touchdowns were proceeded by two failed drives. Louisville started the game with a pair of three-and-out drives before a four-play, 72-yard scoring drive. The Cardinals' next two drives ended with punts before a six-play, 49-yard scoring drive. After opening the second half with a field goal, Louisville was forced to punt twice before the final touchdown put the Cardinals up 24-10.

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