CRAWFORD | At the horn: Lamar Jackson (7 TDs) runs Louisville past Boston College 52-7
It was another Heisman Trophy kind of day for Lamar Jackson, with 7 touchdowns (4 passing, 3 rushing) to lead Louisville past Boston College.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (WDRB) — Lamar Jackson is starting to pick up lapped traffic. Four days after the College Football Playoff committee told Jackson and the University of Louisville football team that essentially they’re overrated — not as good as the Associated Press and coaches’ poll rankings they hold — the Cardinals torched one of the nation’s more highly rated defenses.
Jackson responded to U of L’s No. 7 CFP ranking with seven touchdowns — four passing, three rushing — in three quarters, as the Cardinals hammered Boston College 52-7.
Only two teams had run for more than 100 yards all season against BC, which had the nation’s No. 4-rated defense against the run coming in. Jackson carried for 185 by himself, on 15 carries. His TD runs included breakaways of 69 and 53 yards.
He also had four first-half TD passes, matching the number that Clemson’s Deshaun Watson put up in the Tigers 56-10 win over Boston College in October.
A quick look at the victory:
1). GOT THE JOB DONE. Give an A-plus to Louisville’s players and coaches for preparation in this game. It was exemplary, especially given that most of the talk surrounding this team was that its playoff chances had headed south with Tuesday’s rankings announcement. The Cards weren’t distracted, and wasted no time jumping to a 14-0 lead in the game’s first six minutes.
Defensively, the Cards gave up just 57 yards rushing and the only touchdown BC recorded came with a short field after a Louisville fumble.
Jaylen Smith had six catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. James Quick had three early catches, two of them for touchdowns and another on an impressive layout for a deep ball.
2). DIDN’T GET THE JOB DONE. It was another tough day for Patrick Towles against Louisville. He finishes his college career 0-3 against the Cardinals after transferring from Kentucky. Towles finished 13-21 for 147 yards and a touchdown. He had a negative 18 yards rushing, thanks to three Louisville sacks.
3). TURNING POINT. It might’ve been when Jackson read that some Boston College players were saying he was susceptible to being rattled by pressure, and didn’t work through his progressions as well as Clemson’s Watson.
4). SURPRISE, SURPRISE. There was a bit of drama at the end of the first half, when Jackson sat for two series while trainers worked on what team officials called a cramp in his left forearm. Jackson returned to play all but the final series of the third quarter before sitting down for good.
5). PLAYER OF THE GAME. Jackson: 416 yards, 7 touchdowns accounted for, passer rating of 250.6, rushing average of 12.3 yards per carry. And don’t forget this — after his only interception of the game, he registered a solo tackle on the return.
6). STAT OF THE DAY. Jackson now has accounted for 45 touchdowns. Boston College has scored 21 all season.
7). WHAT WE LEARNED. Lamar Jackson can do more in three quarters than just about anyone in college football can do in four, even if he has to take a quick injury break.
8). WHAT’S NEXT. The Cardinals return home for a rare prime-time home game — a 7 p.m. game against Wake Forest this coming Saturday. U of L will honor Veterans Day with special uniforms during the game.
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