Cards Soar High Against Thundering Herd Despite Slow Start
Lamar Jackson gave himself a grade of F for his performance against Marshall last Saturday, even though he still scored seven touchdowns in a rout of the Marshall Thundering Herd 59-28.
This game began with a slow start for Louisville, as the Marshall defense held the Cards to one Touchdown in the first quarter coming on a 71 yard pass to James Quick at 11:06 in the first. After that, it looked briefly like it was a defensive game, as Evan O’Hara also missed a 43 yard Field Goal with 4:30 left, and the score stayed pat until the first Louisville drive in the second.
Later on, Louisville looked like the team that everyone had become accustomed to, one that scored four touchdowns in the second, the first two coming from 8-yard and 30-yard passes to senior tight end Cole Hikutini, and the third stemming from a four yard Lamar Jackson rush which all Louisville fans are accustomed to seeing.
Marshall scored immediately after, due to a muffed punt return by Jaire Alexander, coming shortly before the half. Of course, Louisville wouldn’t allow that touchdown to go unanswered, as Jackson passed eight yards to Reggie Bonnafon for another TD before the half.
After halftime, Louisville wasted no time whatsoever in scoring, as Jackson took the ball into the end zone himself at the 12:33 mark in the third. Louisville would go on to score another TD and field goal, bringing the score to 52-7 en route of a 59-28 win for The Cards.
It was the closest margin of victory for the Cards, but still saw Jackson set a personal record for passing yards with 417, and five total passing TDs. Louisville saw 682 yards of total offense, and allowed only 185.
Lamar Jackson may have given himself a grade of F for this game, but it sure didn’t look like it.
Louisville goes into Memorial Stadium against the Clemson Tigers this upcoming Saturday at 8:00 p.m., on ABC. The game will also be featured on College GameDay, the second time in three weeks that Louisville will be featured.