|First meeting||October 28, 1912|
Kentucky 41, Louisville 0
|Latest meeting||November 24, 2018|
Kentucky 56, Louisville 10
|Next meeting||November 30, 2019|
|Trophy||The Governor's Cup|
|All-time series||Kentucky, 16–15|
|Largest victory||Kentucky, 73–0 (1922)|
|Longest win streak||Kentucky, 7 (1912–1994)|
|Current win streak||Kentucky, 1 (2018–present)|
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. Though the teams first played in 1912, 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. 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, which coincided with several other ACC-SEC same-state rivalries. 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.
|Kentucky victories||Louisville victories|
Howard Schnellenberger Award
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.
|9-04-2010||Derrick Locke||Kentucky||RB||23 carries, 104 yards, 2 TDs |
|9-17-2011||Dexter Heyman||Louisville||LB||12 tackles & 1 forced fumble|
|9-02-2012||Teddy Bridgewater||Louisville||QB||19/21, 232 yards|
|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 |
|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
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