The Louisville Cardinals remain undefeated after their stampeding of the Marshall Thundering Herd.
No. 3 Louisville won 59-28 against Marshall University. This has been considered a sandwich game for U of L because it falls between ACC powerhouses Florida State and Clemson on the schedule.
Louisville started off shaky with Marshall holding the Cards to only 7 points in the first quarter. Marshall’s defense came out with heart and determination. Their defense applied enough pressure on QB Lamar Jackson that he only completed 4-11 and threw an interception in the first quarter.
Bobby Petrino’s offense found their rhythm in the second quarter. They finished the first half with the score UL 35 to MU 7. By the end of the game, four different U of L receivers had scored and Cole Hikutini reached the end zone twice. Jackson rushed for a pair of TDs and Brandon Radcliff raked in 131 yards and a score.
More game stats at: http://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=400869366
Marshall had a few shining moments during the game. Their defense was stout at times. They disrupted Jackson’s rhythm in the beginning; forced three turnovers, and made a fourth quarter surge against Louisville’s backup squad.
Coach Bobby Petrino pulled Lamar Jackson out of the game at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Kyle Bolin came in for a short series. Jackson was sent back in after Bolin’s second snap when Jeremy Smith fumbled the ball. The fumble resulted in a Marshall touchdown. Marshall scored 21 points in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals made mistakes against the Thundering Herd but still walked away with a win. Louisville finished with an impressive 690 total yards and 8 touchdowns.
Petrino’s No. 3 Cardinals now turn their eyes towards the No. 5 Clemson Tigers next weekend where they will make their second appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay.
Lamar Jackson leads the nation in scoring with 25 TDs and he leads in overall quarterback rating (QBR) with 93.7. He will be opposed by Deshaun Watson, with a QBR of 58.3, and 9 TDs on the year.
More stats on Jackson: http://www.espn.com/college-football/player/_/id/3916387/lamar-jackson
If Louisville beats Clemson, it will elevate the Cardinals to a two-game lead in the ACC Atlantic division. Louisville could become the favorite for winning the conference. This would put the Cards in serious discussion about reaching the College Football Playoffs.
College Football Playoff predictions: http://collegefootballnews.com/2016/college-football-playoff-rankings-what-would-they-be-after-week-4
The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals will battle No. 5 Clemson next Saturday, October 1st. The game will be aired on ABC at 8 p.m. ESPN College GameDay will be providing pregame coverage of the top 5 matchup.
(Article by Beau Kilpatrick. University of Louisville. September 25, 2016)