UofL FOOTBALL | Cards Gain Bowl Eligibility with Win

11/11/2017 08:18 PM

The Louisville football team earned its sixth win of the season on Saturday, becoming bowl eligible.

The Cards (6-4, 3-4) took the lead in the second quarter against Virginia (6-4, 3-3) and never looked back, ultimately winning 38-21.

UofL quarterback Lamar Jackson accounted for four touchdowns in the game.

Through the air, he finished 15-of-26 for 195 yards and three touchdowns. On the ground, he finished with 147 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. In the process, Jackson became the first NCAA FBS player to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive seasons.

Jackson talked about that accomplishment after the game:

Jackson also got plenty of help from his offense teammates.

In the rushing game, running backs Dae Williams and Malik Williams each had solid outings. Dae Williams finished with 88 yards on 15 carries. He also had a touchdown. Meanwhile, Malik Williams had 55 rushing yards on 10 carries.

The receivers were led by Jaylen Smith, who had 84 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five catches. One of his receptions was a 21-yard one-handed TD in the third quarter:

WR Seth Dawkins scored a touchdown as well. He finished with five catches for 55 receiving yards.

Besides playing well on offense, the Cardinal defense played well. UofL held Virginia to 277 total yards during the game. It was able to sack QB Kurt Benkert four times.

Next up for the Cards is the Syracuse Orange. Kickoff is set for next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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.

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