UofL FOOTBALL | Record setting night for Lamar Jackson as Cards crush Charlotte
09/01/2016 11:03 PM
The season could not have started on a more dominant note for the University of Louisville. The Cardinals cruised to a week one win, scoring 10 touchdowns and beating Charlotte 70-14 to start their 2016 campaign for an ACC title.
The first half was a Lamar Jackson highlight reel. The sophomore quarterback scored his jersey number in touchdowns in the first half alone, six through the air and two on the ground. It took a little while for Jackson’s arm to warm up and he relied on 69 rushing yards in the opening drive to score the first U of L touchdown. He dipped and dodged, but took a couple of big hits in the opening drive after failing to slide.
The second Louisville drive ended in a punt after a well placed pass from Jackson to senior tight end Keith Towbridge was brought back after a penalty. But the Card defense shut the 49ers down immediately to return the ball to the offense. The following U of L possession ended with a 13 yard bullet to Reggie Bonnafon for his first receiving score of the season. Jackson completed one more touchdown pass to junior running back Jeremy Smith in the first quarter, and crossed the goal line one more time with his feet as the clock expired.
The second quarter continued the offensive dominance from the red and black. Jackson logged touchdown passes on four consecutive drives, completing TD throws to Brandon Radcliff, L.J. Scott, a 32 yard dime to James Quick, and a closing seconds toss to Cole Hikutini.
In one half of play, Lamar Jackson broke two long standing Chris Redman records for U of L. He is now the program record holder for most touchdowns contributed to in a single game (8) and most touchdown passes in a single game (6).
Kyle Bolin took over quarterback responsibilities in the second half. In his second series was intercepted which led to Charlotte’s first touchdown. But his next opportunity, the red shirt junior led the Cardinal offense on a tactical eight play drive for 67 yards, that was capped off with an 18 yard Traveon Samuel touchdown.
The Cards sailed through the fourth quarter to the landslide victory. Bolin added six more points to the scoreboard after connecting to freshman wide out Seth Dawkins for his first college touchdown. Louisville did suffer a late game slip on special when punt returner Khane Pass fumbled a Charlotte punt into the Louisville end zone which was recovered by the 49ers for six points.
On defense, the home team limited Charlotte to 208 total yards of offense, one offensive touchdown, and less than 50 rushing yards. Junior linebacker Stacy Thomas led the team in tackles with seven, followed by safety Chucky Williams who had six tackles and one sack.
Next up for the Cardinals is a road game at Syracuse. That takes place next Friday at 8:00 pm ET.
Tonights attendance: 53,127