Malik Cunningham enters Louisville vs. Kentucky game, scores, breaks Lamar Jackson's record

Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham made his return to the field midway through the second quarter of Saturday's Governor's Cup game against Kentucky.

Cunningham came in with the Cardinals trailing 13-0 trying to spark a comeback, but the first drive ended in a three-and-out. The second drive was better. After forcing UK to punt, Cunningham led a drive into the red zone with a miss of short throws and a few plays with his legs. He capped the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run up the middle with 37 seconds left before halftime to cut Kentucky's lead to 13-7.

The touchdown ties Cunningham with former star QB Lamar Jackson with a program record 50 rushing touchdowns. It also gave Cunningham the most total touchdowns responsible in program history with 120 through the air and on the ground.

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Pregame: Brock Domann announced the starter, Cunningham available

Louisville's Brock Domann warms up before UK in Saturday's Governors Cup college football game. Nov. 26, 2022.
Louisville's Brock Domann warms up before UK in Saturday's Governors Cup college football game. Nov. 26, 2022.

Brock Domann, who spent much of the season as Cunningham's backup, will start, according to program spokesman Rocco Gasparro. But Cunningham will be available to play, he added, and came in at the 10:27 mark of the second quarter of the game. Louisville was down, 13-0 to Kentucky at the time.

Cunningham, who practiced this week, is battling a shoulder injury he suffered in the first half of the team's game at Clemson on Nov. 12.

According to multiple reports before the game, including from ESPN's Pete Thamel and Action Network's Brett McMurphy, Cunningham was expected to be a game-time decision for Saturday's contest, which will kick off at 3 p.m. at Kroger Field and air on SEC Network.

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A sixth-year senior, Cunningham has thrown for 1,552 yards and eight touchdowns while completing 62.8% (133-for-212) of his attempts this season. He's also U of L's leading rusher in terms of yardage (561) and touchdowns (11); his 109 carries are second behind running back Jawhar Jordan.

Domann is now in line to make his third start of the season. He started at Virginia on Oct. 8 following as Cunningham was dealing with a concussion. Domann also started last week's win over North Carolina State, throwing for 153 yards on 12-of-25 passing.

Domann has run for 82 yards and a score on 24 attempts in 2022.

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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Louisville football: Brock Domann starts, Cunningham to play at UK