UofL FOOTBALL | Cards get their first ACC win of the season

10/03/2015 03:53 PM

First Half: The Cards and Wolfpack traded punts to start the game. On the first big play of the game, Louisville’s Trumaine Washington forced and recovered a fumble inside the Cards’ ten yard line. Louisville then drove to their own 32 yard line, before freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson broke loose for a 68 yard touchdown run to put the Cards up seven. The next Wolfpack possession resulted in another punt. Jackson then led the Cards on a 13 play, 93 yard drive and connected with Devante Peete for a touchdown. Cards up 14-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, NC State returned the ball to within the Louisville ten yard line, and added even more yards after a facemask penalty by the Cards. Three plays later, State’s Matt Dayes punches in a touchdown run to halve the Louisville lead. The Cardinals would put up three more points in the half, and enter halftime with a ten point lead.

The half was highlighted by a dropped touchdown pass by Louisville’s Charles Standberry, and NC State’s Jacoby Brissett falling down behind the line of scrimmage on fourth down with a second left in the half. Instead of stopping play, the clock expired for the half despite the Cards being the rightful owner of possession with one second on the clock, inside of field goal range.

Second Half: Three and outs by both teams to start the second half, but NC State did find the endzone after an 80 yard drive capped off with a 21 yard pass by Jacoby Brissett to Jaylen Samuels. NC State missed the following extra point and the Cards held a four point lead. The third quarter closed out with three quick punts, and then a Louisville fumble recovery they capitalized on with a 26 yard John Wallace field goal. 20-14 Cards heading into the fourth.

The fourth quarter was a defensive battle. The Cards finally got their second half run game going in the back half of the quarter. Reggie Bonnafon broke a tackle on a third and nine situation to gain a crucial Cards’ first down with just over 3 minute to play. It had been Lamar Jackson the whole game, but Petrino turned to his most athletic veteran to lead the Louisville offensive in the home stretch. The drive ended in a punt, but took a valuable five and a half minutes off the game clock. The punt forced the Wolfpack back into their own five yard line with no timeouts and less than two minutes to go. NC State failed to gain a first down, turned the ball over on downs, and the Cards kneed the game clock to zero. Cards win 20-13 and take home first ACC victory of the season.

Louisville finished the game with 306 yards of total offense.


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