UofL FOOTBALL | Bolin leads Cards to blowout win over Syracuse, Wallace sets Louisville record
11/07/2015 06:28 PM
Bobby Petrino said freshman QB Lamar Jackson had a couple setbacks this week in practice, that coupled with Reggie Bonnafon sidelined as he recovers from a concussion, the starting quarterback job was give to Kyle Bolin, and Bolin made the most of his opportunity.
The red-shirt sophomore lead the Cards to a 41-17 victory over the Orange of Syracuse in front of a crowd of 46,158. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 362 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Bolin kept the Louisville offense in rhythm starting with the first drive of the game. Louisville went 75 yards in less than two minutes and capped it off with a four yard Jeremy Smith touchdown run.
Bolin relied heavily on his tight ends, who caught all three of his touchdown passes. Cole Hikutini pulled in the first two of those touchdowns, and Keith Towbridge the third. Bolin distributed the ball to eight different receivers on the day, five of which tallied more than 50 yards receiving.
In the run game, Louisville put up 217 rushing yards to Syracuse’s 102. 117 of those yards came from junior captain Brandon Radcliff. Radcliff broke the century mark on just 10 carries, averaging 11.7 yards per. Jeremy Smith notched 71 yards on 13 carries, and one touchdown.
One final offensive note was Louisville senior place kicker John Wallace put his 62nd field goal through the uprights, which set a new program record.
The Cardinals shined defensively as well. Louisville held the Orange offense to fewer than 300 yards total offense, scoreless for half the game, and forced three turnovers, one of which was 39 yard pick-6 by sophomore CB Trumaine Washington.
Washington was the defensive standout for the Cards against Syracuse. In addition to his interception return, Washington lead the defense with 12 total tackles (11 solo), four for a loss.
Other notable defensive performances include Trevon Young recording half a sack, and an interception. Devonte Fields getting seven tackles, and forcing one fumble that would be recovered by James Burgess.
After the game, Bobby Petrino said the Kyle Bolin has earned the starting position going forward. The next Louisville opponent is Virginia next Saturday, kickoff at 12:30pm.
Here is Coach Petrino’s full post-game press conference: