On a chilly night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the Louisville football team defeated Wake Forest 44-12. The final score is far from the truth of how much of the game went. Wake Forest led 12-9 at halftime and 12-10 at the end of the third quarter before the Cards got hot.
Heisman front runner Lamar Jackson had his quietest game of the year. He went 14-for-26 with 145 yards and one touchdown, and rushed 22 times for 153 yards. The 298 yards and one touchdown by Jackson are unlike the quarterback, who is on pace to break the NCAA single season individual touchdown record.
Brandon Radcliff carried the Cards in their time of need with 141 yards and three touchdowns. The hat trick is the first of his career.
Louisville received the opening kickoff before a fumble on the first play from scrimmage. The offense had three fumbles in the first half, but did not have a turnover in the second half. The colder weather seemed to affect the offense.
U of L's offense put the defense in rough position on a couple of drives, giving Wake Forest a short field to work with. The defense held true, allowing only 12 points on four field goals. Wake Forest had five first half drives and four of them ended in field goals. The other ended in a fumble. In the second half the defense allowed zero points, but did return an interception for a touchdown of their own.
Louisville trailed 12-10 heading into the fourth quarter. Radcliff had a pair of touchdown runs to push the score to 23-12. Later on Cole Hikutini grabbed his sixth touchdown reception of the season. Seconds later, Ronald Walker took an interception 31 yards to the house. Malik Williams put the icing on the cake with under one minute remaining in the game when he ran in for a score and the 44-12 lead.
Playoff Chances With #2 Michigan, #3 Clemson, and #4 Washington all losing it puts #6 Louisville in good shape. #1 Alabama will remain in the top spot with a victory, but everything else will change. #5 Ohio State had a blowout victory and should move the Buckeyes up.
The Huskies' chance at making the playoffs are all but gone. With Michigan and Ohio State still set to play- and Penn State with a chance to go to the Big Ten Championship- the loser of the Big Ten Championship will have at least two losses. If U of L wins out they have a great chance at making it in the playoffs.
Jared's Rankings #1 Alabama- The Crimson Tide are one of two undefeated FBS teams left. They've proven themselves so far. #2 Ohio State- The Buckeyes are the next team in the rankings to win, and by a lot. #3 Clemson- The Tigers did lose, a long field goal. The current ACC leader won't drop far and the playoff committee won't put other ACC teams above them. #4 Louisville- The Wake Forest game wasn't the prettiest, but they won and continue to win and find style points. #5 Michigan- The Wolverines also lost on a last second field goal on their first true road test. #6 Wisconsin- The Badgers have two losses already, but had a blowout victory. #7 Washington- With other losses in the top ten the Huskies won't fall far, but the PAC-12 is weak and their playoff hopes are over. #8 Penn State- With a few losses above them and a road win the Nittany Lions are climbing. #9 Oklahoma- Welcome to the top ten. The Sooners disposed of a tough Baylor team with ease. #10 Colorado- The Buffalo only have two losses and had a blowout victory on the road.