UofL Football | Tigers Too Much for Cards on Saturday Night

09/17/2017 01:25 AM

As #3 Clemson faced off with #14 Louisville in a black-out prime-time match-up, it was the Tigers that came away victorious, beating the Cards 47-21.

The big storyline was the fact that the Tigers (3-0, 1-0) were able to control the game, holding on to the ball for 35:32, compared to the Cards’ 24:28.

Clemson won the coin toss and chose to defer, so the Cardinals began the game with the ball. It was Clemson’s Kelly Bryant to strike first, scoring on an eight-yard quarterback keeper. The point after attempt was complete, making the score 7-0, Clemson with 9:45 in the first. It took the Tigers ten plays and 3:55 to drive 79 yards down the field.

Lamar Jackson broke loose for his first big offensive gain later in the first quarter, a 30-yard keeper and followed it up by his first completion of the game to Malik Williams on a 15-yard pass for another first-down. That 30-yard run broke the ACC career record for rushing yards for a quarterback. Following that, Clemson safety Tanner Muse was ejected for targeting.

Louisville got their first touchdown of the game with an 11-yard pass from Lamar Jackson to wide receiver Charles Standbury, followed by an extra point kick by Blanton Creque, tying the game 7-7 with 4:22 on the clock. The score remained tied through the end of the first quarter.

Clemson missed a 44-yard field goal attempt early in the second quarter. 7:22 left in the half, Bryant takes back-to-back hits on quarterback keeps by Derek Dorsey and Stacy Thomas, respectively. That forced a fourth down and Clemson kicked a field goal kicked by Greg Huegel, making the score 10-7 with 6:57 on the clock.

4:06 on the clock and Bryant connects with Ray Ray McCloud for a 79-yard touchdown. XP was no good, giving the Tigers a 16-7 lead.

With 0:28 to play in the half, Huegel kicked his longest career field goal from 49 yards, giving Clemson a 19-7 edge.

The second half ended with Jackson getting sacked for the second time, leaving the score 19-7 at the half.

To start the second half, Jackson was intercepted by Dorian O’Daniel for a pick six. The kick was good, giving Clemson a 26-7 lead with 8:57 in the third.

With 2:16 left in the third quarter, Bryant rushes for one-yard for the touchdown. Huegel XP was good, making the score 33-7.

On a 75 yard drive capped by a 36-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Smith, Jackson passed Dave Ragone for second all-time in touchdowns at Louisville with 84. Creque’s XP was good, making the score 33-14 with 13:45 left in the game.

With 11:56 to go, Adam Choice finds the end zone for the Tigers on a 39-yard run, the XP was good giving Clemson a 40-14 lead.

7:37 left to play and Jackson connects with Dez Fitzpatrick twice, the second one on an eight-yard pass for a touchdown. Creque nailed the PAT, leaving Louisville with a 19-point deficit.

Clemson tacked on another touchdown just over a minute later, on a Travis Etienne 81-yard run.

No team scored again, leading to the 47-21 final.

Clemson QB Kelly Bryant finished the game going 22 of 32 for 316 yards and a touchdown. He also had 18 careies for 26 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Lamar Jackson finished the night going 21 of 42 for 317 yards. He tossed three touchdowns and threw one interception.

As a result of the loss, the Cards (2-1, 1-1) no longer control their own destiny in the ACC Atlantic Division.

Announced attendance for the game was 55,588, second all-time in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium history.

Spectrum News’ Andrew Chernoff and Lyndsey Gough shared their thoughts on the game after it ended:

UofL will hope to bounce back next Saturday when it hosts Kent St.

Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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