To say that Charlotte was over-matched would be an understatement. But in what was one of the most anticipated games of the entire 2016 season, the Louisville Cardinals put on a showing to the tune of 663 yards and 10 touchdowns. Of course, eight of those were thanks to Lamar Jackson, who set the school record last night with eight touchdowns, all coming before the six-minute mark in the second-quarter. It would have been more, but second-string QB Kyle Bolin came into the game in the second-half.
The game was well-balanced for the Cards offense, as they had 272 yards on rushing, averaging 7.8 yards per carry. As for the air, the Cards went 26-35 with 391 total yards. Jackson had the majority of snaps. He went 17-23 with 286 passing yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed 11 times for 119 yards total. His replacement, Bolin, went 9-12 with 105 yards and 2 touchdowns himself.
Jackson's performance earned plenty of spotlight from the ACC, NCAA, ESPN, and Sports Center. His six passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns were a new first half record for the Cards, along with the 56 points in the first half.
The 49ers had about a third of the yards that the Cards had, which was 208. Charlotte's starting quarterback, Kevin Olsen, was replaced in the second, due to a poor performance and the relentlessness of the fans, who graciously reminded him of how he ended up going from the Miami Hurricanes, to the Towson Tigers, to the Charlotte 49ers- off the field issues contributed to this. Olsen went 16-29 with only 141 passing yards, and was sacked four times for a -20 yards.
The next game will be a little closer, as Louisville travels up to the Carrier Dome to play the Syracuse Orange on Friday, September 9th.