UofL FOOTBALL | Cards Earn Dramatic Victory in Charlottesville

10/29/2016 10:58 PM

The #5 Louisville Cardinals (7-1, 5-1) came back from a halftime deficit to earn a dramatic 32-25 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers (2-6, 1-3) Saturday afternoon.

Louisville trailed at the end of each of the first three quarters. In fact, the Cardinals were down 25-24 with under two minutes to play in the game, after the Cavaliers’ Doni Dowling caught a four-yard TD pass from Kurt Benkert. Virginia then successfully converted a two-point conversion to take the one-point lead.

The Cards stormed back, finishing off their next drive on a Lamar Jackson 29-yard TD pass to Jaylen Smith with 13 seconds to play. That played proved to be the difference.

With the win, UofL’s chances of making the College Football Playoff remain in tact.

Jackson finished the game going 24-41 through the air for 361 passing yards. He also threw four touchdowns and one interception. On the ground, the Heisman front-runner carried the ball for 90 yards on 18 carries. He did lose a fumble though on Saturday as well.

WR Jamari Staples led the way for the Cards when it came to receiving yards. Staples caught seven passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.

As a team, Louisville out-gained Virginia 508 to 322 in total yards.

Defensively, DB Jaire Alexander had another big day. Alexander intercepted two of UVA’s passes.

Louisville will hope to increase its current winning streak to four games next Saturday, when it travels to Boston College to face the Eagles. Kickoff time has yet to be determined.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

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