UofL FOOTBALL | Houston All But Ends the Cards' Chances To Make CFB Playoff

11/17/2016 11:42 PM

The #5 Louisville Cardinals (9-2) picked up their second loss of the season on Thursday night.

The Houston Cougars (9-2) dominated the Cards from the start of the game, winning 36-10.

In fact, the Cougars took advantage of a Cardinal mistake on the opening kickoff, when Malik Williams fumbled the football. It was recovered by Houston. The very next play, the Cougars scored on a Greg Ward 13-yard touchdown pass to Duke Catalon.

They took a 7-0 lead and never looked back in the first half. The Cougars led at halftime 31-0.

Louisville just could not get much going offensively, racking up only 312 total yards by game’s end.

One of the reasons the Cards offense struggled was because it turned the ball over three times. UofL lost three fumbles throughout the game.

Another reason was penalties. The Cards set a season-high 15 penalties.

In addition to the turnovers and penalties, quarterback Lamar Jackson had very little time to do anything in the pocket. Houston’s defense sacked the Cardinals 11 times.

The Heisman front-runner ended the night going 20-43 through the air for 211 passing yards and one touchdown. On the ground, Jackson rushed for 33 yards on 25 carries.

The loss also essentially ends the Cardinals’ playoff hopes, pending complete chaos in college football.

Louisville closes out the regular season on Saturday, November 26th against in-state rival Kentucky.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News and anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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