The Cards had been washing the horrid taste of their Wake Forest loss out of their mouths. But thanks to one of their most complete games this season they were able to defeat Virginia 38-21.
The two squads traded touchdowns in the first quarter, with the Cavaliers scoring first on a seven-yard touchdown run a few minutes into the game. Lamar responded with a 68-yard touchdown run of his own on the next series.
The second quarter saw Louisville kicking a field goal and a 14-yard touchdown pass to Seth Dawkins. Virginia scored another touchdown in the last minute of the second quarter.
Both teams appeared to leave points on the board, and suspect play calling, and clock management seemed to prevent the Cards from at least attempting a field goal at the end of the first half, and Louisville would head into halftime only up 17-14.
The Cards dominated the second half.
The third quarter was all Louisville, with Lamar throwing his second and third touchdown passes, both to Jaylen Smith and the last one being an amazing one-handed grab. They would also put themselves in great position to score in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter on a short run by Dae Williams.
The Cards defense would allow another touchdown in garbage time, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the deficit and Louisville would reach bowl eligibility.
The Louisville defense, much maligned the past few games, came up big tonight. Linebacker James Hearns forced three fumbles, one for a turnover. Dee Smith also intercepted a pass in the third quarter.
Lamar completed 15 of his 26 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns. He would run for 147 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.
He became the first player in FBS history with consecutive seasons of 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards.
Dae Williams would rush for 88 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Jaylen Smith would lead the Cards in receiving with five catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Seth Dawkins would also catch a touchdown pass.
Louisville finishes up their home season as they go up against Syracuse on November 18.
Chris Acree joined The Cardinal Connect as a contributing writer in August of 2016.