UofL FOOTBALL | Louisville wins Music City Bowl 27-21 over Texas A&M
12/30/2015 11:12 PM
The Cardinals started with the ball in the second half, and the first play from scrimmage was an impressive 27 yard run by Brandon Radcliff, but it was all for not as Louisville turned the ball over on downs after the next four plays.
On the following Aggies possession, Josh Harvey-Clemons forced a Jake Hubenak fumble, recovered by James Hearns. Louisville failed to capitalize, but a few minutes after another failed fourth down conversion attempt, Harvey-Clemons made another huge play, laying out for an interception to give Louisville the ball back with just under six minutes to go in the third quarter.
Lamar Jackson then proceeded to make impeccable plays with his legs, a couple long first down runs put the Cards within the Aggie 30 yard line, and Lamar finished the drive with 17 yard touchdown pass to Keith Towbridge. Cards extend their lead to 27-14.
The teams trade punts and Louisville carries their 13 point lead into the final period. Their first drive of the fourth quarter, Texas A&M advances the ball to the Louisville red zone, but the Cardinal defense holds the Aggies to a field goal attempt which A & M kicker Taylor Bertolet sent wide left to keep the 13 point Louisville lead intact.
The next scoring drive started with seven minutes left in the game. Hubenak put A&M back in the game, leading an eight play, 86 yard drive that ended with a 29 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Christian Kirk. The score brings the Aggies within 6, Louisville’s lead cut to 27-21.
The Cards are forced to punt, and Texas A & M started their drive on their own 23 yard line with less than four minutes to play. Jake Hubenak converted a couple key third down passes and a questionable defensive holding penalty on Josh Harvey-Clemons put A & M in the Louisville half of the field. On fourth and 10, on the Louisville 41, the Aggies fail to convert a fourth down attempt, but a hands to the face penalty is called on U of L which gives the Aggies yet another shot to close the six point lead.
From the Cardinal 25 yard line on fourth and eight, Jake Hubenak goes for goal with a pass to Josh Reynolds but it hits the turf, and the Cards retake possession with 99 seconds to go. Cards coach Bobby Petrino elects to run out the clock and Louisville wins the Music City Bowl 27-21.
Freshman Lamar Jackson was undoubtedly the man of the match for UofL. Jackson ran for 26 yards, threw for 227, and combined for four total touchdowns.
After a month of waiting and game planning and practicing, the Cards took the field of Nissan Stadium for the Music City Bowl in dominant fashion, jumping out to a 14 point lead, but the game was dramatic from the get go.
The Aggies started with the ball, but a strong defensive stand by the Cards forced on the A&M punt. The first Aggie possession did end the game for at least one Louisville player. After a contested targeting call on the first play of the game, Senior Linebacker James Burgess was ejected from the game, ending his college career. On the same play, cornerback Shaq Wiggins was sent to the sideline with an apparent back injury but did return in the first half.
On their first drive of the game, Louisville drove 80 yards for a score. A 56 yard reception by Cole Hikutini ultimately set up a read-option keeper by freshman QB Lamar Jackson for 6 points.
The Cards forced another punt on the next Aggie possession, but lost yet another defensive player as defensive end Trevon Young was carted off after a hip injury. Then a long Jaire Alexander punt return ultimately put UofL in position for a two yard touchdown pass from Jackson to freshman TE Micky Crum to put the Cards up 13-0, John Wallace missed the extra point.
The Aggies put up their first points of the game on their third drive of the game, a nine yard touchdown run by Tra Carson. But Louisville answered immediately with their third touchdown of the half, a incredible run by Lamar Jackson. Jackson took the ball 61 yards, ducking and dodging to the house to regain the 13 point lead, Score: 20-7.
The teams trade possessions a couple times, and after a booming punt by Josh Appleby that pinned the Aggies within their own five yard line, Texas A&M went the length of a field behind a 55 yard Tra Carson run, capped off by a Reggie Seals-Jones touchdown reception at the 7:16 mark in the second quarter.
The score at the half, Louisville leading the Aggies 20-14. Lamar Jackson 138 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.