UofL FOOTBALL | Cards Topple 'Cuse

11/18/2017 11:30 PM

In a game that was stopped over half an hour for lightning in the area, the Louisville Cardinals (7-4, 4-4 ACC) were able to dominate the Syracuse Orange (4-7, 2-5 ACC) 56-10 in their final home game of the season at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Senior Day.

The rain didn’t stop the Louisville offense from airing it out. Nine different Cardinals caught 17 receptions for 316 yards, with junior wide receiver Jaylen Smith, freshman wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick and senior running back and Louisville native Reggie Bonnafon each finding the end zone for a touchdown. Junior quarterback Lamar Jackson was 14/26 for 270 yards and two touchdowns, while redshirt freshman quarterback Jawon Pass, who played in the fourth quarter, was 3/4 for 46 yards and one touchdown. UofL never fumbled the ball and neither quarterback thew an interception.

The Cards still had a strong rushing attack against the ‘Cuse defense. Eight different Cards carried the ball, including both quarterbacks, accounting for 411 yards on the ground (a 9.8 yards per play average) and five touchdowns. Senior running back Malik Williams accounted for two touchdowns on nine carries for 180 yards. Jackson had two rushing touchdowns of his own, along with 111 yards off twelve carries. Bonnafon had five carries for 43 yards and a touchdown as well.

The Louisville defense had one of its strongest showings of the season, totaling 80 tackles as a team, one sack, six tackles for loss, five pass deflections, and four interceptions. Junior cornerback Jaire Alexander accounted for one of the interceptions, along with three solo tackles (four total), two pass deflections and a TFL. Freshman linebacker Dorian Etheridge led the way for tackles with 11 total (five solo) and senior safety Chucky Williams also had five solo tackles (six total) as well as an interception. Sophomore safety Khane Pass returned an interception for 40 yards and accounted for one solor tackle.

Despite the strong winds, sophomore kicker Blanton Creque was 8/8 on extra point attempts. Sophomore punter Mason King, also punted for 155 yards getting one inside the 20 yard line and averaging 51.7 a punt.

Louisville held Syracuse to just 335 yards of total offense, while the Cards had 727. Lamar Jackson alone accounted for 381 total yards.

Louisville was 9/16 on third down and 2/4 on fourth.

Time of possession and first downs were not telling of the game. Louisville had the ball for 30:29 with 27 first downs, while Syracuse had 29:31 for 22 first downs.

Full game highlights:

Former Louisville quarterback and Christian Academy of Louisville football head coach Stefan LeFors prior to his jersey being honored on what Louisville has meant to him:

Head Coach Bobby Petrino’s post-game opening statement:

Senior linebacker James Hearns on the defense:

Jaire Alexander explains being an “energy guy”:

Lamar Jackson explains why he has been looking forward to the Kentucky game:

The Cardinals are back in action Nov. 25 at Kentucky for a noon eastern kick-off for the Governor’s Cup game and the final match-up of the regular season.


Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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