UofL FOOTBALL | Cards Win Season Opener Over Purdue

09/03/2017 12:57 AM

The #16 Louisville Cardinals faced the Purdue Boilermakers in Lucas Oil Stadium in the Ally Classic and the storylines couldn’t have been better: a returning Heisman-trophy winner for the Cardinals, and Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm in his first game as head coach for the Boilermakers, facing his alma mater.

The Cardinals won the toss and received first, driving into the red zone before quarterback Lamar Jackson fumbled. It was recovered by Purdue.

The first score of the game came in the first quarter from Purdue. After speculation on who would make the start for Purdue, it turned out to be former Caldwell County star and Mr. Kentucky Football, Elijah Sindelar, a sophomore. He threw his first career touchdown to wide receiver Jackson Anthrop with 7:27 left in the first quarter, putting the Boilermakers up 7-0 over the Cardinals.

Louisville answered quickly, the Cards’ first touchdown of the season came from a three yard past from Jackson to tight end Jordan Davis. Blanton Creque completed the extra point attempt, making it a tie ballgame at 7-7.

Also in the first quarter, Lamar Jackson moved past former UofL quarterback Jeff Brohm into 8th place on Louisville’s career passing yards list.

In the second quarter, Creque kicked a 23 yard field goal to give the Cards their first lead of the game, 10-7 over the Boilermakers with 14:19 until the half.

Later, preseason All-American cornerback Jaire Alexander recovered a tipped field goal attempt, and went down with an apparent leg injury. He left the game, walking with assistance. It was announced after halftime he would not return to the game.

With less than a minute remaining in the first half, Purdue quarterback David Blough completed a pass to Richie Worship on a eight-yard touchdown pass. The kick was good, putting the Boilermakers up 14-10 at the half.

To open the second half, linebacker Jonathan Greenard sacked David Blough to force a fourth down. Shortly following, Creque nailed a 31 yard field goal to put the Cardinals down by just one point.

With 8:39 to go in the third quarter, Blough connected with TE Brycen Hopkins for another touchdown. J.D. Dellinger nailed the extra point, giving the Boilermakers a 21-13 lead over the Cardinals.

Midway through the third quarter, Purdue defensive tackle Lorenzo Neal was flagged for roughing-the-passer on Lamar Jackson. After review, it was determined that Neal was targeting and was ejected from the game.

With 5:29, Reggie Bonnafon found the end zone on a seven yard rush to score. Lamar Jackson ran a QB keeper on a failed two-point conversion attempt as the Cards narrowed the gap, still trailing 21-19.

With 3:18 to go in the third, Louisville linebacker Stacy Thomas picked off Blough for a 61-yard pick six. The extra point attempt was tipped and intercepted, giving the Cardinals a 25-21 point lead over the Boilermakers.

With just over 10 minutes to play and Sindelar back in the game for Purdue, Sindelar throws a touchdown to Anthrop for a touchdown. Spencer Evans kicked the extra point, taking a three point lead over the Cards.

After a big first down catch, with 9:01 on the clock Jackson connects with Dez Fitzpatrick on a 20 yard pass for a touchdown. Creque’s extra point was good, giving the Cardinals a 32-28 edge.

Less than 5 minutes to go, Creque kicked a 35-yard FG to give the Cards another boost, making the score 35-28.

Purdue had two chances to tie late in the fourth quarter. Its first chance ended with an interception by UofL’s Chucky Williams. Its second chance ended in a turnover on downs with under a minute left in the game.

As a result, UofL held on for the 35-28 victory.

Lamar Jackson finished the game going 30-46 through the air for 378 yards and 2 TD. He also led the Cards in rushing with 107 net yards on 21 attempts.

The receiver who caught the most passes from Jackson was Jaylen Smith, who finished the night with eight catches for 117 yards.

Dez Fitzpatrick also had a solid night, with four catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Watch the video below for Bobby Petrino’s thoughts on his team’s win:

Watch the video below for Jeff Brohm’s thoughts on his team’s loss:

Watch the video below for a complete game recap from Spectrum News’ Andrew Chernoff and Lyndsey Gough:

The Cardinals return to action next Saturday against UNC in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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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