UofL FOOTBALL | Cards survive tough test from Duke
10/14/2016 10:13 PM
The #7 Louisville Cardinals picked up a sloppy 24-14 win Friday night against the Duke Blue Devils.
UofL entered the game as a huge favorite, by well over 30 points.
Outside of the Clemson game on October 1st, the Cardinals were used to jumping out to big first half leads on their opponents.
That was not the case Friday night.
Despite Louisville scoring on a Lamar Jackson five-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Smith less than four minutes into the game, the Cardinal offense struggled to get anything going in the first half.
Louisville only led 10-7 at the break. Part of the reason was because Duke held on to the ball for 19:02 of the 30 minutes in the first half.
The Blue Devil defense was also solid in the first half, forcing the Cards to punt three times.
The second half, like the first half, started off fast for UofL, as running back Jeremy Smith scored on an 80-yard touchdown run less than five minutes into the third quarter. It was the longest run for a Cardinal player since the 2010 season. The score made it 17-7 Cardinals.
Louisville looked to score again multiple times later in the quarter, but a fumble deep in Duke territory and a missed field goal kept the score 17-7.
Again, Duke’s offense responded. QB Daniel Jones found Johnathan Lloyd on a 20-yard touchdown strike with just over six minutes remaining in the game. The score cut Louisville’s lead to three.
It remained 17-14 until late in the fourth quarter, when Louisville’s Evan O’Hara attempted a 46-yard field goal. He missed it wide left, but Duke was called for a “Roughing the Kicker” penalty, giving the Cards a first down.
From there, the Louisville drive continued and Lamar Jackson was able to find the end zone on a two-yard touchdown run.
Jackson’s score put the game out of reach as Louisville went on to win 24-14.
“Sometimes you just have to grind it out,” said Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino.
By the end of the night, Jackson, the Heisman Trophy favorite, went 13-26 for 181 passing yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 144 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries.
It’s the ninth consecutive game Jackson has had both a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown.
Louisville’s next game is at home against North Carolina St. October 22nd. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET.
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