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Cardinals sharpen their talons on the 49ers

Petrino vs charlotte

The Louisville Cardinals #19 dismembered the Charlotte 49ers in record breaking fashion.

Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is the nest where Charlotte was eaten alive by Coach Bobby Petrino and his hungry Cardinals.


L_Jackson 1The final score was 14-70. But what’s more impressive than that is the first half stats of sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson.

ESPN reports that Jackson completed 17 of 23 passes for 286 yards. He threw to 16 different receivers and 6 of them scored a touchdown. Jackson also rushed for 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That is a combined 405 yards and 8 touchdowns… just in the first half! This is a new record, breaking the previous record of Chris Redman in 1998.


Louisville continued their defensive dominance from where they left off last year. The Cards held the 49ers to a measly 48 rushing yards and 168 passing yards. Ville Defense

All 3 of Louisville’s starting running backs-Brandon Radcliff, L.J. Scott, and Jeremy Smith-scored on passes from Jackson as well.

Coach Bobby Petrino decided to relax the claws of his starting Cardinals at halftime and sent in the second-team offense in the following half. However, the backups were almost as brutal as the starters.

Led in the second half by quarterback, Kyle Bolin, the Cards threw for another 105 yards and 2 more touchdowns. Although Bolin threw an interception early, he still completed 75% his passes.

Bolin is the same “backup” that came off the bench to lead Louisville to a 44-40 win over the Kentucky Wildcats in 2014 when Reggie Bonnafon was injured. This is the same “backup” that threw for  300 yards against Georgia in the 2014 Belk Bowl.


The fact is, that the Charlotte 49ers were outmatched before they even got off the bus at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. I’m sure they had nightmares about U of L that were nursery rhymes compared to the actual torment delivered by the talons of the Louisville Cardinals.

So what’s next for Louisville? They travel to Syracuse on September 9th for an 8 p.m. game at the Carrier Dome. The ESPN Football Power Index predicts an 84.5% chance that Louisville beats the Orangemen of Syracuse on their own turf.

More stats and predictions at

Support our Cards this Friday. Wear your red, throw up your L’s, and catch the game on ESPN 2 at 8 p.m. Until then, Go CARDS! L1C4

(Written by Beau Kilpatrick, University of Louisville, Sept. 5 2016)



I am a recent graduate from the University of Louisville. I have my B.A. in English and a minor in communication. I am a Composition Instructor at UofL and graduate student pursuing a M.A. in English. Louisville is my home town and I am very passionate about my city and my university.

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