LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Austin MacGinnis' 47-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining gave Kentucky a 41-38 upset of No. 11 Louisville on Saturday that might have opened up the Heisman race that Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson seemed to have control of entering the game.
Louisville appeared headed for a go-ahead score late in the game before Jackson's fumble at Kentucky's 10 was recovered by the Wildcats' Courtney Love with 1:45 left. Stephen Johnson then led Kentucky (7-5) downfield and into position for MacGinnis' game-winning kick that eventually ended a five-game losing streak in the series.
"I had great confidence in him," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said of MacGinnis. "I was numb. I just wanted to finish it."
Jackson's desperation heave from deep in Louisville territory was intercepted by Mike Edwards, his second of the game, to spark a wild celebration among the Wildcats and their fans.
Jackson likely could have wrapped up the Heisman with his record-setting day, but a second consecutive loss might impact the race. The sophomore struck a Heisman pose after a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter but didn't talk about the trophy race afterward.
"This loss is gonna be hard," he said. "It's our rival. Our seniors didn't go out right."
Jackson tallied his school-record eighth 100-yard rushing game and broke the Lsouisville mark for rushing yards. His four touchdowns also broke the Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record (he has 51), but the Cardinals (9-3) were left with their second straight loss.
"Sometimes in this game, you find ways to win and sometimes you find ways to lose games," said Louisville coach Bobby Petrino. "I certainly feel like we found a way to lose that game. Give Kentucky credit."
Louisville will likely drop again in the poll with its second straight loss, question may only be how far.
Kentucky: Stephen Johnson's season-long success with deep post passes continued in the first half with TDs that kept the Cardinals on their heels. He didn't flinch in the clutch, hitting key passes and running on Kentucky's final drive.
Louisville: Jackson accounted for four touchdowns and 452 yards and broke Howard Stevens' 1,429 yards rushing in 1971. He also broke the ACC single-season record for TDs accounted for previously held by Clemson's Deshaun Watson. Turnovers, however, were too costly to overcome as Jackson threw three interceptions and committed a costly fumble late in the game.
Kentucky: Awaiting bowl destination.
Louisville: Awaiting bowl destination.
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