UofL FOOTBALL | Cards Fall in Heartbreaker at Clemson
10/02/2016 02:07 AM
The #3 Louisville Cardinals picked up their first loss of the year on Saturday night to the #5 Clemson Tigers.
Clemson (5-0, 2-0) beat Louisville (4-1, 2-1) 42-36 in an instant classic.
The Cardinals were trailing by six, but driving down the field late. Facing a 4th and 12 on the Clemson 14-yard-line with under a minute to play, quarterback Lamar Jackson completed a pass to James Quick. Quick was stopped at the Clemson three-yard-line, one yard short of the first down marker. As a result, the Cards turned the ball over to the Tigers, who ultimately ran out the clock.
Clemson now leads the all-time series against Louisville 3-0, winning the three match-ups by a combined 15 points.
Early on, the game did not appear that it was going to be a high scoring affair. In fact, it was scoreless after the first quarter.
But, the second quarter featured a combined 38 points between the two teams, with Clemson taking a 28-10 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Louisville stormed back in the second half, scoring the next 26 points, taking a 36-28 after a Lamar Jackson seven-yard touchdown run with 7:52 to play.
Clemson then scored the final two touchdowns of the game, including the game-winner, a 31-yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to Jordan Leggett, with 3:14 on the clock.
By the end of the contest, both teams had over 500 yards of total offense, Louisville with 568, and Clemson with 507.
They also did each have turnover problems though. Louisville turned the ball over three times, while Clemson turned it over five times.
As for the battle of the Heisman-contending quarterbacks, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson finished the night 27-44 for 295 yards, with one touchdown and an interception. On the ground, he rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.
Meanwhile, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson went 20-31 for 306 yards, tossing five touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 91 yards on 14 carries.
Going forward, Clemson controls its destiny in the race for first place in the ACC Atlantic Division. The Tigers are back in action Friday night at Boston College.
Louisville on the other hand has an open date on the calendar next week. The Cards’ next game is against Duke on Friday, October 14th inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
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