Cardinal Football

LSU 29 – Louisville 9: Tigers Defense Mauls Cards

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The #13 Cards went down to Orlando to face #20 LSU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl trying to end the season on a positive note after two-straight losses. Unfortunately, they were overwhelmed by the Tiger defense and lost 29-9.

Louisville got on the board first with a Blanton Creque field goal midway through the first quarter, however the kicker was the only player who could score during the game, with the Cards unable to find the endzone and only gaining 220 total yards from scrimmage.

Meanwhile LSU was able to score on offense and defense with two touchdowns and a safety in the second quarter. Despite all this, another late field goal had the Cards going into halftime only down ten.

However, the Tigers outscored Louisville 13-3 in the second half to give the Tigers the trophy.

The offensive line woes that had reared their ugly head for the Cards in the last few weeks of the regular season were still on full display in the bowl game as they struggled to block the fast, athletic LSU defense the whole day.

The hobbled Louisville defense, missing players such as safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and linebacker James Hearns, couldn’t contain the Tiger offense, allowing them to gain 394 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown run by LSU backup running back Derrius Guice.

Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman winner, only completed 10 of his 27 passes for 153 yards and was only able to gain 33 yards on the ground with one fumble. Jackson, who has been hit more than any other quarterback this season (although many of those hits on runs), was sacked eight time and hurried many others.

Receiver James Quick led the team with three catches for 81 yards.

Linebacker Keith Kelsey led the Cards in tackles with 12. Defensive back Zykiesis Cannon had three tackles and an interception.

Louisville finishes the 2015-2016 season with a 9-4 record (7-1 ACC).

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