Cincinnati seemed to be a late arrival on and off the field Thursday night in their game against Louisville. With a late arriving crowd due to traffic, Tommy Tuberville's team also got off to a slow start allowing Louisville to jump out to an early 10-0 lead midway in the second quarter with a Teddy Bridgewater to DeVante Parker 36-yard touchdown pass and John Wallace field goal.
But on this night, senior quarterback Brendon Kay wanted to walk off the Nippert Stadium turf one last time with a victory and the Keg of Nails.
Kay, who would finish the night going 22-of-40 for 304 yards could not hook up with any of his receivers for a score, but would rush for two touchdowns including one that clearly found the Michigan native knocked a little loopy.
With Kay scoring on a two-yard midway in the third quarter, Cincinnati took their first lead of the night and that was when the fun began as Bridgewater and Kay looked to better each other the rest of the way.
Following a Bridgewater to Damian Copeland 22-yard touchdown during a 13-play 86-yard drive, Cincinnati took two plays to jump back ahead as MeKale McKay would haul in a 57-yard pass with Ralph David Abernathy IV punching in the score on a 15-yard run giving the Bearcats a 21-17 advantage.
Bridgewater went back to work putting together a 11-play 60-yard drive ending with another touchdown by Parker giving the Cardinals a 24-21 advantage and leaving the Bearcats just over two-minutes to win or tie and force an overtime.
Despite getting in scoring position to win the game, Cincinnati was forced to settle for a Tony Miliano 26-yard field goal try. With Bearcat fans holding their breath, Miliano connected forcing the game into an extra period.
This is where the Bearcats night would soon end as Cincinnati native Dominique Brown would become the workhorse for the Cardinals scoring on a two-yard run with the Bearcats knowing what they needed to do.
After a questionable play call to open the series, Cincinnati struggled to get a positive play on their next three attempts seeing a high pass come off the hands of the receiver giving the Cardinals the Keg of Nails and the win.
Cincinnati will now wait until they are given a bowl assignment and look to win their tenth game of the season against a yet to be name opponent.