Charlottesville, Va.- Cardiac Cards. It goes toward every sport Louisville has. U of L defeated Virginia 32-25.
Lamar Jackson put the offense on his back and carried them up and down the field for 25 second half points. His totals include 18 rushes for 90 yards, completed 24 of 41 passes for 361 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception.
Jackson's most important touchdown pass went to Jaylen Smith with 13 seconds remaining and the lead. A few plays beforehand on 4th down, Jackson completed an impossible pass for a first down. It snuck between the arms of two Virginia defensive linemen into the arms of tight end Cole Hikutini.
The offense totaled 508 yards on the day. The offensive line struggled in containing the Cavaliers' front seven. Jackson got sacked five times. Jeremy Smith rushed for -2 yards and Brandon Radcliff accumulated 56 yards. This was the first game dating back to mid-last season U of L did not score a rushing touchdown.
The defense had its ups and downs during the game. Jaire Alexander highlighted the defense with five tackles and a pass deflection. Alexander's two interceptions- one in the red zone- may have been the most crucial part of the game. The front line recorded one sack on the night, as they could not get to the quarterback.
Creque seems to have solidified himself as the top kicker after another perfect outing on extra points and a field goal.
The Cards' playoff chances remain alive with the win and Jackson's Heisman chances improve from a strong outing. #5 Louisville improves to 7-1 on the season and 5-1 in the ACC.