LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For Cats and Cards fans, it's one of the biggest games of the season, with a full year of bragging rights on the line. WAVE 3's Lindsay English spent time at the big game talking to fans in red and in blue.
There was no escaping the heat or the trash talking during the UofL/UK football game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Sunday for the season opener for both teams.
"Why can't we have these in the evening ... it's hot!" asked one woman, a Cards fan, as she tried to stay cool.
Battle lines were drawn. It was either Red or Blue. Except for one hybrid fan we ran into. She was wearing a Cardinals visor but a UK polo shirt. Not a safe combination at this bragging rights football game!
But she explained it for us. "My son's a freshman at UK. He's in my heart, but I am a Cardinal Fan! But if he sees this on TV, Go Cats!"
Everyone had their own strategy for keeping cool. One U of L fan said, "I'm trying to stay well hydrated. Eating things like watermelon and stuff like that cold. Trying to stay cool. I don't know that it's working so well."
Others had their own interpretation of keeping cool. "I'm drinking a lot of beer," said Cards fan John Rompf. "Beer has a lot of water in it so it's very healthy for you."
It was no doubt hot on the field, and it was a scorcher in the stands. "These seats are like little easy bake ovens," said David Smith, a UK fan. "If you are in the sun, you just kind of melt away."
We took our own giant thermometer out to the field just after kick-off, and it showed a reading of more than 120 degrees.
As the game wound down, we talked with two men, one in Cardinal red and the other in Wildcat blue, who kept it cool and very civil, even when the game ended 27 to 2 in favor of the Cats.
"I'm really kind of humbled cause you never know what is going to happen in this game," said UK fan David Smith. "We try and come every year and you just never know."
UofL fan Fred Widmore tried to stay upbeat. "It's been a little frustrating for UofL fans. Defense is a lot better, but we've got something to build on so we're going to be positive."
As for defense, UK's defense seemed plenty capable of carrying the Wildcats until the offense catches up.
Ashton Cobb returned a Louisville fumble 28 yards for a touchdown and Myron Pryor returned another fumble 72 yards for a score.
Tony Dixon added a 7-yard touchdown run for the Wildcats, who have won two straight over their archrivals for the first time in a decade.
Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline threw for 147 yards and avoided major mistakes in his first college start, and the Wildcats' defense shut down Louisville, holding the Cardinals without a touchdown for the first time since a shutout loss to Florida State in 2000.