UofL FOOTBALL | Heisman hype solidified for Lamar Jackson after Cards beat Florida State

09/17/2016 04:33 PM

In what looked more like a mistake on the part of the Associated Press than an upset by the 10th rank University of Louisville football team, the Cardinals pummeled no. 2 Florida State 63-20 in front of a national audience.

It was supposed to be the most competitive game, and the most spotlight worthy according to the producers at ESPN College GameDay, but it turned out to be worthy of all the coverage simply because of the star power displayed by Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. The true sophomore finished the game with five more touchdowns to his name, four of which on the ground, 216 passing yards, 147 rushing yards, and one interception. He also finished his performance with a legitimized claim to the highest individual honor in college football, the Heisman Trophy. If the hurdle over an Orange defender was the “Heisman Moment” of the Cards’ win over Syracuse, this game’s moment happened 30 seconds into the fourth quarter when he broke off a 47 yard touchdown run, juking one FSU linebacker and breaking two tacklers with a seamless spin move across the goal line.

Florida State won the coin toss but deferred to the Cards who chose to receive first. Two minutes later, Lamar Jackson danced and weaved his way into the endzone for the first of Louisville’s nine touchdowns of the afternoon. The Louisville defense was equally impressive right from the beginning. The Cards held FSU to just two sets of downs in their first possession before forcing the Seminole punt after a James Hearns sack of Deondre Francois.

The next Louisville score happened shortly after a missed field goal by Seminoles’ kicker Ricky Aguero. The Cards took over at their own 32 yard line before driving the field in six plays, the final one being Lamar Jackson’s second rushing touchdown of the game. Jackson put his head down for the 14 yard score to put his team up 14-0 following the Evan O’Hara extra point.

The next Louisville possession ended in an O’Hara field goal attempt hitting the left upright. That’s when FSU tried to make their push, driving the field for their first touchdown of the day. A perfectly thrown ball from Deondre Francois to Auden Tate put the ‘Noles within four points, 14-10. But those are the last points Florida State would score until five minutes left in the game. In that same stretch of 31 minutes, Louisville scored 49.

Louisville’s running attack was a noticeable difference-maker. The Cards out-rushed FSU 314 to 171. Senior running back Brandon Radcliff joined Lamar Jackson in the century club, tallying 114 yards on the ground and one touchdown on 14 carries. Jeremy Smith served as the goal line back, reaching the endzone twice on only four carries.

James Quick was the leading wide receiver for U of L after catching seven passes for 122 yards. Jaylen Smith caught the lone receiving touchdown for the Cards.

The defense was also phenomenal against the FSU offense. Limiting star freshman QB Deondre Francois to just 67 total yards, and Heisman contending running back to only 54 rushing yards. The Cardinal defense recorded five sacks, nine tackles for loss, and one interception by safety Chucky Williams. Fellow safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was the leading tackler for the home team, notching eight total, six solo, and a sack.

Today’s Attendance: 55,632 (A Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Record)

The Cardinals now head on the road for an 8:00 pm ET game at Marshall next Saturday. Florida State is also on the road, playing at South Florida.


Garrett Moore

Garrett joined cn|2 as Sports Producer in July 2015. Garrett is a Kentucky native who has been enveloped by Kentucky sports culture his entire life. He is excited to contribute to the cn|2 team by covering sports in the state he loves. Outside the office, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and being a sports spectator at every level.


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