The No. 10 Louisville Cardinals demanded the nation’s attention Saturday when they dominated No. 2 Florida State on ESPN College GameDay with a 63-20 win.
Sports writers around the country doubted Bobby Petrino’s program and questioned Lamar Jackson’s stats due to the level of UL’s scheduled opponents this season.
Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals have quieted the naysayers and solidified the hype of Cardinal football.
The Cardinals came out swinging and when they hit, they hit hard. Lamar Jackson threw for 216 yards with 1 TD and rushed for 146 yards scoring 4 times. Jackson had a combined 362 yards with 5 touchdowns.
Senior running back, Brandon Radcliff, dismantled FSU’s defense with 118 yards and 1 touchdown. His partner in the backfield, Jeremy Smith, scored twice on 4 carries.
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The highlight of this game wasn’t another epic performance from Lamar Jackson, or the fantastic running game of Radcliff and Smith, the most impressive performance was from Louisville’s defense and special teams.
Cornerback and punt returner, Jaire Alexander, established his beastliness on special teams. Alexander returned 2 punts for 130 yards, including a 68 yard touchdown return.
The swarming defense of Louisville caused 2 turnovers, including a forced fumble and an interception by Chucky Williams. The defense, led by Josh Harvey-Clemons, held the ‘Noles to 284 offensive yards and 2 TD’s.
FSU quarterback, Deondre Francois, could never establish a rhythm against UL’s fierce defense. The Cardinal secondary held Francois to only 101 passing yards and caught him for a negative 34 yards on the ground. FSU premier running back, Dalvin Cook, was held in check to a pitiful 54 yards.
The updated Associated Press Top 25 Poll reveals that the University of Louisville has soared up the leader boards to take the number 3 position. Florida State fell to number 13 after being crushed by coach Petrino’s squad.
The Cardinals travel to West Virginia on Saturday to face the Thundering Herd of Marshall University.
Louisville at Marshall will be broadcasted Saturday 9/24 at 8 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network (TWC channel 531).
(Article by Beau Kilpatrick, University of Louisville, 9/18/2016)