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Last week’s game was stressful. This week’s bout at North Carolina was no different. The actual game was a whole lot closer than the box score shows.
No. 17 Louisville trailed 28-27 at the start of the fourth quarter. The Tar Heels limited the Cards to a pair of field goals on two early drives that should have been touchdowns. But The Cards locked the game down in the middle of the fourth to earn the 47-35 victory.
Louisville led 20-14 through halftime. Touchdowns to Desmond Fitzpatrick and Jaylen Smith, as well as 37 and 19-yard field goals gave Louisville the lead. Then, shortly after the start of the third, Lamar Jackson rushed out of the pocket 43 yards to score another touchdown, putting the score at 27-14.
Then, North Carolina felt life. Anthony Ratliff-Williams returned a kick 94 yards to put North Carolina within seven. Seven minutes later, North Carolina scored again, in part due to a pass interference penalty committed by Trumaine Washington. The touchdown gave the Tar Heels the 28-27 lead.
Then, at the start of the fourth quarter, Lamar Jackson rushed to the outside from North Carolina’s three-yard line to give Louisville the 33-28 lead. The Cards failed the two-point conversion attempt.
Louisville scored their next possession. Lamar Jackson connected with Fitzpatrick once again, on a third down play that went for a 30-yard touchdown.
Then, The Cards put the game completely out of reach. Louisville started on their own one-yard line, and drove all the way down the field, capped off by Jackson’s third rushing touchdown.
The Cards put up 705 yard of offense, with all six Cardinal Touchdowns from Lamar Jackson (three passing and three rushing). The Cards move to 2-0, going into a huge week three matchup against the Clemson Tigers.