Louisville QB Lamar Jackson raises his hands after scoring a touchdown in the 45-42 loss to Boston College on October 14th, 2017. Jackson scored three rushing touchdowns Saturday, October 28th in the loss to Wake Forest. Photo by Seth Spalding, River City Cards.
Louisville must wait another game for bowl eligibility
Louisville didn't commit a single penalty, but that was the only positive. Nothing else went right Saturday against Wake Forest. The Cards lost on the road, 42-32. The defense allowed a total of 625 yards, and six touchdowns. Four were scored by Wake Forest freshman WR Greg Dortch.
Wake Forest set the tempo early. The Demon Deacons led 28-10 at the end of the first half. The Deacons tallied 340 yards, 258 of which came against Louisville's weak secondary.
Wake Forest's first touchdown came at the 7:14 mark, with a one-yard rush from QB John Wolford. Louisville responded with a Blanton Creque Field Goal. Then, Dortch scored three touchdowns in the first, the first to finish the first quarter, the second with 10:35 left in the second, and the third with 1:29 before halftime. He was a thorn in Louisville's side.
In-between Dortch touchdowns, however, Louisville got on the board. QB Lamar Jackson rushed to the outside from seven-yards, and reached the corner before stepping out of bounds. The play capped a nine-play, 70 yard drive that chewed 3:38 off the clock.
Dortch began the second half with what was initially a touchdown, but became a turnover. He received a screen-pass, and went 30 yards, but released the ball just outside the goal line. By rule, the play became a turnover and a touchback, giving possession to Louisville at the 25. The play led to a Louisville punt.
Dortch scored his fourth on a 52-yard reception off a screen. It broke Wake Forest's school record for touchdown catches in a single game.
Louisville's next drive was saved by Jackson. Wake Forest had Louisville on 4th& 8, but Jackson scrambled 11 yards for the first down, at Wake's 15. The play was capped by a four-yard touchdown run from Jackson.
Jackson scored one last touchdown with 1:10 left. It was a 55-yard rush, with a two-point conversion tacked on. Instead of just holding, Wake Forest scored another touchdown, on a 44-yard pass to Chuck Wade Jr. Jackson made one more touchdown, passing to TE Charles Standberry. Wake Forest then finalized the score at 42-32.
Louisville moves to 5-4 (2-3). The Cards head into a much-needed bye week next week. They return to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Saturday, November 11th to host the Syracuse Orange.