Cardinal Football

Louisville 54 – NC State 13: Cards Use Dominant First Half Cruising To Easy Win

Chris Humphrey

After a close loss at #4 Clemson and a scary win against Duke the Cards faced NC State, a team that was a missed field goal away from beating the Clemson Tigers last Saturday. A dominant first half would lead Louisville to a 54-14 victory.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson continued his record-setting ways and continued to buff up his Heisman resume. His four touchdowns, all in the first half, brought his season total to 34, leading the FBS and breaking the school record.

The Cards dominated defensively in the first half, holding NC State to 54 yards and causing three turnovers.

Louisville had a rougher time in the third quarter, allowing the Wolfpack to score twice, including on a 70-yard touchdown pass, without putting up any points of their own. It was only the second quarter all season where the Cards had not scored at all. They wouldn’t score again until midway through the fourth on a Jeremy Smith run.

Jackson would sit after that last score, having completed 20 of his 34 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns. He would also run for 76 yards and a score. His 36-yard touchdown run was his 16th of the season, leading the FBS.

Running back Jeremy Smith would run in two more touchdowns of his own and ran for 51 yards on 14 carries.

Linebacker Keith Kelsey led the Louisville defense with eight tackles.

Tight end Cole Hikutini would lead the Louisville receiving corps with six catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. Jaylen Smith and Jamari Staples would also catch touchdown passes.

Louisville special teams even got into the act, blocking a punt late in the second half that gave the Cards offense great field position. Kicker Blanton Creque made four field goals and six PATs and the three punts that Mason King kicked pinned the Wolfpack deep in their own territory.

The Cards look to continue their winning ways on the road next Saturday against Virginia.

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