UofL FOOTBALL | Jackson Shines in Cards' Win over UNC

09/09/2017 03:39 PM

The Louisville offense proved once again it’s going to be a force to be reckoned with during the 2017 regular season.

The #17 Cards (2-0) beat UNC (0-2) on Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C. The final was 47-35.

Louisville actually found itself trailing 28-27 heading into the fourth quarter, before outscoring UNC 20-7 in the final period.

UofL’s offense was almost unstoppable, as it compiled 705 total yards on the day.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson was a big reason for that success, as he accounted for six total touchdowns during the game.

Through the air, Jackson went 25-39 for 393 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. On the ground, he rushed for 132 yards on 19 attempts, scoring three rushing touchdowns.

Jackson was helped out by three other Cardinal players’ performances.

Running back Malik Williams rushed for a team-high 149 yards on 13 carries.

Wide receiver Jaylen Smith led all receivers in catches and yards with nine receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown.

Wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick also had a big game, hauling in four passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Three different team stats arguably tell the story of Saturday’s game. The Cards’ out-rushed UNC 312-17. They had over ten minutes more time of possession than the Tar Heels. In addition, UofL went 9-15 on third downs, while the Tar Heels were only 3-10.

Up next for the Cards is a showdown inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium next Saturday, as they will host #3 Clemson. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

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. 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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