UofL FOOTBALL | Hot start propels Cards to huge win over Syracuse
09/10/2016 12:10 AM
The echoing Carrier Dome didn’t faze the high powered Cardinal offense, as the no. 13 University of Louisville defeated Syracuse in their ACC opener 62-28.
If you blinked in the first five minutes of the game, you most likely missed a U of L touchdown. The Cardinals scored 21 straight points to start the game, and it only took them five plays. The first play from scrimmage was a 72 yard touchdown pass from Lamar Jackson to James Quick to put the Cards up 7-0. Just over two minutes later, Louisville strikes again with a three play, 75 yard drive to go up 14-0. Jackson connected with Jaylen Smith on a 61 yard pass before carrying the ball in for his first rushing touchdown of the game.
His second rushing score came after Louisville logged their second straight three-and-out and the sophomore quarterback broke for a 72 yard run on the first play of Louisville’s third drive. Syracuse was able to execute on their up-tempo offense once in the first quarter, and notched their first touchdown off an Eric Dungey strike to Brisly Estime. The first period ended 28-7.
The Cards and Orange traded touchdowns for the next two quarters. Potentially more impressive than his 72 yard run, was a nine yard run from Lamar Jackson in which he hurdled a Syracuse cornerback on the way to giving Louisville a 35-7 lead at the end of the first half.
U of L finished the beat down by scoring 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. It was another record setting night as Louisville recorded a program high for total offense with 809 yards, and Jackson finished the game with over 400 passing yards and 199 rushing. He scored six total touchdowns, four on the ground, two through the air. His 610 total yards set a new ACC record.
It was an offensive onslaught by U of L, and it was the exact performance Card fans were looking for ahead of U of L’s game against Florida State next Saturday. Louisville improves to 2-0, while Syracuse drops to 1-1