Black Out games at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium hasn't always been the best for the Louisville football team. Their record hovers around .500 and don't always impress. A 24-14 win over the Duke Blue Devils on Friday night was not the Cards' best performance, but it got the job done.
Heisman hopeful Lamar Jackson didn't put up five or six touchdowns. He accounted for one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. Jackson rushed 21 times for 144 yards. That is an average of nearly seven yards per carry. Through the air he went 13-for-26 for 181 yards and no interceptions. 325 total yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers looks like a bad game for Jackson. However, that is a great game for many quarterbacks.
Jeremy Smith highlighted the running game with an 80 yard rushing touchdown to put the Cards up by 10 late in the third quarter. Smith and Brandon Radcliff combined for 135 rushing yards.
Jackson spread the love to his receivers. Six different Cardinals received a pass on the night. Jamari Staples lead the way with three receptions for 62 yards. Jaylen Smith had one reception for five yards, but was the only one to catch a touchdown pass against Duke.
The Blue Devils had a game plan to keep the U of L offense off the field and it worked. Duke's offense held possession for 37:12, leaving the Cards offense with a total of 22:48. U of L averaged about a point per minute during possession.
By keeping the Louisville offense off the field the U of L defense saw more playing time this game than any other this season. At times, the defense looked dazed and confused from the constant push by Duke. Their weariness allowed Duke to gain 239 yards during the game, but managed to allow only 14 points.
Louisville improves to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in conference play. Duke drops to 3-4 and 0-3 in conference play.
Up next for the #7 Cardinals is NC State. The Wolfpack will be visiting on Saturday for a noon kickoff at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. This is also set to be the Homecoming game.