Tonight, notice was served. The Louisville Cardinals have submitted a message to the whole of the Commonwealth. Understand this, friends and foes alike:
Kentucky's domination of this rivalry had ended.
Tonight, we saw the future.
The Cards have defeated the Kentucky Wildcats, ending UK's four-year win streak and doing so in its own back yard. However, what should most energize the Cardinal faithful, and send chills straight down the spines of Kentucky fans across the state, is that Louisville defeated the Cats with its freshman and sophomore classes, names like Bridgewater and Brown and Connor and Hakeem. Swarming, thriving playmakers who will haunt Kentucky for years to come.
Louisville's veterans were there to embrace the cup. They deserve this moment, for this win would not have come about without their contributions and leadership. These were juniors and seniors starving for a victory against their archrival, guys like Josh Bellamy, William Savoy, Dexter Heyman, Gregg Scruggs and Will Stein.
But the game's balance swung on the crucial plays of the Charlie Strong recruits. Young men who played this rivalry game with such swagger, abandon, and intensity, that it was impossible not to believe, by game's end, that this was only the beginning.
Cards over Cats, 24-17. The Governor's Cup has been returned to Louisville. Congratulations Cardinals.