UofL FOOTBALL | Pick-6 dooms Louisville in road loss to North Carolina State

10/05/2017 11:34 PM

Lamar Jackson was his typical electric self Thursday night in the no. 17 Louisville football team’s 39-25 loss to no. 24 North Carolina State. Jackson put up over 420 yards of offense, three total touchdowns, but it was his one interception thrown in the fourth quarter that sealed Louisville’s second loss in the ACC Atlantic Division.

The teams started with a stalemate in the first quarter; neither program scoring a point. NC State put the first points on the board in the second, and ultimately went into halftime with a 17-10 lead.

The fourth quarter was the most exciting, and after being down by as many as 11 to start the period, Louisville fought back to a one score game. Trailing 32-25, U of L forced a Wolfpack punt that backed the Cards to within 10 yards of their own goal line. The would-be go-ahead drive started with an incomplete pass from Jackson. Then on second down, Jackson’s pass to Traveon Samuel was picked off and returned for a touchdown, giving NC State a two touchdown lead with less than three minutes to play.

The Louisville passing game leaned heavily on underclassmen wideouts, Dez Fitzpatrick and Seth Dawkins. The pass catching duo combined for 267 yards and a TD. Lamar Jackson was U of L’s leading rusher with 73 yards, but Malik Williams added 30 yards on six carries.

Williams also one of a couple Cardinals to suffer an injury Thursday night. While making a move to avoid a tackler, Williams jumped into the air, has his feet taken out from underneath him, and suffered an apparent elbow injury when extending an arm to brace his landing.

The loss puts U of L’s shot at a division or conference championship in serious doubt, but propels the Wolfpack into contention for the Atlantic Division crown.

Up next for U of L is a homecoming matchup against Boston College inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. next Saturday, October 14.

NC State is now 5-1 on the season, and head to Pittsburgh next Saturday for a noon kickoff.


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