It was supposed to be a closer game... and it was.
The Cards only won by 34 points. Jackson also had five touchdowns in the record-setting affair.
During this game, Louisville took no time whatsoever to assert its lead over the Orange in the Carrier Dome, as Louisville had a 21-0 lead within the first three minutes. Just for comparison, it took Louisville three minutes to score its first touchdown last week against Charlotte. Syracuse was listed as being a closer game, with the line only placing the Cards winning by 14, due to new Syracuse head coach Dino Babers, and his incredibly fast offense. Their offense, of course, proved to be tough for our defense, as Louisville gave up 414 total yards, and not to mention close to another 100 in penalties.
Normally, that amount of yardage and penalties would be enough to cripple a team, but Louisville’s offense was still faster. It proved in this game, as the Cards racked up a school-record 844 total yards, with 610 coming from Jackson himself, including a what-could-be-Sports Center Top-10 play, with Jackson leaping over a defender to score one of his four rushing touchdowns.
As for the rest of the offense, Jackson passed rather evenly, but most of his throws went to James Quick and Jamari Staples, both of whom had over 100 yards. Brandon Radcliff also racked up 156 yards rushing, with his longest being a 48 yard run, good enough for a 15.6 average on yards per carry.
Of course, Louisville had its fair share of mistakes, with those being in the form of three turnovers, all coming in critical situations. Ball security is definitely something that Bobby Petrino’s offense will have to work on this upcoming week, as Florida State will be the toughest test yet for this Louisville Cardinal’s squad.
But still, it was nice seeing that Jackson could do it against a divisional opponent.
Louisville returns home to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Saturday, September 17th, at noon to take on the Florida State Seminoles, which is rumored to be College GameDay's big game for Week 3.