BOZICH | 13 more ridiculous Louisville football offensive numbers
Louisville's ridiculous offensive numbers over the Cardinals first three games have inspired a check of the U of L and national record books.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You look at the offensive numbers the University of Louisville football team has delivered in three games and you start outracing Lamar Jackson to find a record book.
How does this team compare to past Louisville teams? How different is Jackson from Teddy Bridgewater, Brian Brohm, Chris Redman and past U of L QBs?
How many school and national records are in sight? How ridiculous is the pace that Bobby Petrino's team has established?
Let's take a look at 13 numbers that make you wonder where this season is headed -- beyond the cover of the current edition of Sports Illustrated, that is.
1. Louisville has averaged 65 points over its first three games. The FBS (Division I) record for season scoring average is 56, set by Army in 1944.
The record for the modern era -- last 30 years -- is 53.5. Houston did that in 1989.
The leader the last decade? Baylor. The Bears averaged 52.3 points in 2013, edging Florida State, which averaged 51.6 while winning the BCS title that season.
It's early, but … read on, please.
2. The Cardinals are primed to have plenty of marshmallows ahead over the final nine games on their regular-season schedule.
Five future Louisville opponents (Marshall, North Carolina State, Virginia, Boston College and Kentucky) do not rank among the top 50 teams nationally in scoring defense.
In fact, three do not rank in the Top 90 -- Marshall (98th, 32.5 per game); Virginia (91st, 31.3 per game) and Kentucky (122, 43.7 per game).
(For the record, three future opponents -- Clemson, Wake Forest and Houston -- do rank in the top 15 nationally in scoring defense).
3. Nobody would hyperventilate if the Cardinals scored 60 for the fourth consecutive game Saturday night at Marshall.
How many of the 128 FBS teams scored 60 or more four straight times last season?
The Bears put together five straight 60-point games, starting with Game Two when they hung 66 on Lamar. They followed that with 70 (Rice), 63 (Texas Tech), 66 (Kansas) and 62 (West Virginia).
After that, the Bears slumped to a 45-27 win over Iowa State.
Oregon and Memphis were the only other FBS programs to deliver three 60-point games last season.
4. Louisville has scored 27 touchdowns in its first three games, putting the Cards on a pace to finish with 108. They can't continue that pace, but they can slow down and still do great things. The school record for touchdowns in one season is 80.
The 2016 team has already scored one more touchdown than the 2009 team scored all year.
Don't howl at Steve Kragthorpe (that was his farewell team). In 1991, under Howard Schnellenberger, Louisville managed 15 touchdowns in 11 games.
Sorry, Howard. I didn't believe it either.
5. The Louisville team record for rushing yards in a 3,005, set in 2004. The Cards are on pace for a 4,000-yard rushing season.
6. This is Bobby Petrino's 12th season as a college head coach -- seven at U of L, four at Arkansas, one at Western Kentucky.
His record for most 60-point games in a season is three -- that's the current streak as well as 2005, when Louisville scored 63 against Oregon State, 61 vs Florida Atlantic and 69 vs North Carolina, but not in consecutive games.
During the 2004 season, Petrino's second Louisville team scored 190 points in a three-game stretch -- 65 (Houston), 70 (Cincinnati) and 55 (Tulane).
The Cards have scored 195 points to start this season. Add that to the record book.
7. Louisville is favored by 26 1/2 points at Marshall Saturday. The last time the Cardinals were favored by more points on the road was Nov. 8, 2013.
That team was a 27-point favorite at Connecticut. The Cards won 31-10.
8. The Cardinals have scored at least 62 points in every game this season. Louisville scored more than 45 once -- 66 vs. Murray in 2014 -- the previous two seasons under Petrino.
9. In six-plus seasons at Louisville, Petrino's teams have scored 60 or more in 11 games.
Here are the 60-point games delivered by the five other Louisville coaches since Howard Schnellenberger arrived in 1985:
Charlie Strong, one in four seasons.
Steve Kragthorpe, one in three seasons.
John L. Smith, three in five seasons.
Ron Cooper, one in three seasons.
Schnellenberger, one in 10 seasons.
10. Lamar Jackson's 10 rushing touchdowns have him on a pace for 40 rushing TDs. The U of L season record for rushing TDs is 23 -- set by Michael Bush in 2005.
The only two other former Cards who have delivered 20 rushing TDs in a season are Lenny Lyles (1957) and Eric Shelton (2004). Each had 20.
11. Jackson has rushed for 464 yards in three games, which has him on track to finish with 1,856 yards. The FBS (formerly Division I) record for most rushing yards in a season is a quarterback is 1,881, set by Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois in 2013.
Pick up the pace, young fella.
12. Jackson's scoring pace -- 40 TDs -- is fine. The national single season touchdown record for a quarterback is 31. Keenan Reynolds, the master of Navy's triple-option ground game, danced into the end zone 31 times in 2013 -- but needed 300 carries to do that.
13. How do Jackson's 10 rushing touchdowns measure up against several recent great U of L quarterbacks?
How do you think?
Brian Brohm and Dave Ragone both ran for 9 scores -- in their entire careers. I always considered Ragone the best rushing quarterback I had seen at Louisville. He did not have a single rushing touchdown in 2002, his senior season.
Other career rushing TD totals: Teddy Bridgewater, 6; Stefan LeFors 6; and Chris Redman, 3.
Spike the ball, young man.
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