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LEWIS | Lack of effort may be to blame in Cardinals loss to Florida St

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TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WDRB) - How did a 7-6 Louisville halftime lead turn into a 41-21 Florida State rout? U of L head coach Bobby Petrino says the film may tell the truth.

"We'll look at the video and see. I thought I saw some guys out there that didn't play hard all the time. And, if you're not playing hard and going full speed against (Dalvin Cook), he's going to make you pay, and he sure did," Petrino said after the loss.

Cook, Florida State's star sophomore tailback, ripped U of L's defense for 163 yards rushing and two touchdowns. His 54 yard score in the third quarter appeared to be a combination of his running ability and Louisville's inability to make a tackle.

"When you look at a couple of games earlier in the year, tackling hurt us," Petrino said, adding that he thought they had those issues worked out after the NC State win. "But we didn't get it done today."

True freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson was 20-of-35 passing for 307 yards and three touchdowns and one interception. Junior receiver James Quick was the recipient of those three scores and finished with a team high 130 yards receiving. 

Jackson felt he needed to answer the criticism about his arm.

"What I've been hearing was I can't throw. And I just have to prove my arm and prove it to (the critics)," Jackson said.

"I felt as if Lamar kind of had something to prove," said freshman wide receiver Jaylen Smith. "We always knew (in the summer and in practice) that Lamar had a great arm. He could always sling it. It was nice to see him throw it out there today."

The Cardinals now sit at 2-4 on the season after the loss to the undefeated Seminoles. U of L returns home Saturday to take on Boston College.

"It has been a tough schedule and we are very young. So what we have to do is really focus on one game. We get to come back home. We need to find a way to beat Boston College," Petrino said.

Game time for Saturday's game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is set for 12:30pm.

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