After a win over Purdue that was too close for comfort, the #17 Louisville Cardinals traveled to Chapel Hill and achieved a much more convincing 47-35 victory against North Carolina.
While Louisville’s opening drive ended in a field goal, UNC scored a touchdown in the next series to take the lead.
The teams would trade scores for most of the first three quarters, which featured more electric play from reigning Heisman-winner Lamar Jackson, including a 75-yard bomb to Jaylen Smith late in the second to go into halftime up 20-14.
Jackson scored his first rushing touchdown of the season five minutes into the second half on a monster 43-yard run, but the Cards allowed a 94-yard return for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff. The Tarheels regained the lead late in the third on a 22-yard touchdown pass, and the Cards went into the fourth quarter down by one.
The last quarter was almost all Louisville. Jackson scored on a three-yard run early in the quarter and increased the lead with a 30-yard pass to Dez Fitzpatrick about five minutes later. He would score his sixth and final touchdown on an 11-yard run with about three minutes left.
The Tarheels would find the endzone in the last minute of the game, but it was too little, too late for North Carolina.
Jackson finished with 393 yards on 25-39 passing with three touchdowns. He also rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
It was the 15th 100-yard rushing game for Jackson, tying him with Walter Peacock for the school record. He was also the second player along with Johnny Manziel to have consecutive games with at least 300 yards passing and 100 rushing.
Louisville running back Malik Williams led all rushers with 149 yards on 13 carries. Jaylen Smith had nine catches for 183 yards and a touchdown, while Dez Fitzpatrick had four catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
While the Cards committed some stupid penalties, they were only flagged six times in the game. This was down from 16 penalties, including ten false starts, against Purdue.
Louisville looks to continue their win-streak with their first home game against #3 Clemson on September 16.
Chris Acree joined The Cardinal Connect as a contributing writer in August of 2016.