UofL FOOTBALL | Cards Music City Bowl first half
12/30/2015 09:00 PM
After a month of waiting and game planning and practicing, the Cards took the field of Nissan Stadium for the Music City Bowl in dominant fashion, jumping out to a 14 point lead, but the game was dramatic from the get go.
The Aggies started with the ball, but a strong defenisve stand by the Cards forced on the A & M punt. The first Aggie posession did end the game for atleast one Louisville player. After a contested targeting call on the first play of the game, Senior Linebacker James Burgess was ejected from the game, ending his college career. On the same play, cornerback Shaq Wiggins was sent to the sideline with an apparent back injury but did return in the first half.
On their first posession of the game, Louisville drove 80 yards for a score. A 56 yard reception by Cole Hikutini ultimately set up a read-option keeper by Freshman QB Lamar Jackson for 6 points.
The Cards forced another punt on the next Aggie posession, but lost yet another defensive player as defensive end Trevon Young was carted off after a hip injury. Then a long Jaire Alexander punt return ultimately put U of L in position for a two yard touchdown pass from Jackson to freshman TE Mickey Crum to put the Cards up 13-0, John Wallace missed the extra point.
The Aggies put up their first points of the game on their third drive of the game, a nine yard touchdown run by Tra Carson. But Louisville answered immediately with their third touchdown of the half, a incredible run by Lamar Jackson. Jackson took the ball 61 yards, ducking and dodging to the house to regain the 13 point lead, Score: 20-7.
The teams trade posessions a couple times, and after a booming punt by Josh Appleby that pinned the Aggies within their own five yard line, Texas A & M went the length of a field behind a 55 yard Tra Carson run, capped off by a Reggie Seals-Jones touchdown reception at the 7:16 mark in the second quarter.
The Score at the half, Louisville leading the Aggies 20-14. Lamar Jackson 138 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.