CRAWFORD | LSU defense shuts down Louisville, Jackson, in 29-9 Citrus Bowl win
The LSU defense was far too much for Louisville, holding the high-powered Cardinals' offense without a third-down conversion for most of the game on its way to a 29-9 victory in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
ORLANDO, Fla. (WDRB) — University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said that his team hadn’t seen a defense like the one from LSU all season.
After the Tigers throttled Louisville 29-9 in the Citrus Bowl on Saturday, the Cardinals are no doubt glad they likely won’t see one like it again for a while.
LSU completely shut down the Cardinals and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. Through three quarters, he had completed only five passes for 97 yards and run 22 times for 21 net yards.
The Cardinals didn’t get their first third-down conversion until just under the 10-minute mark in the fourth quarter, and didn’t have a drive of more than five plays until their final possession of the third quarter.
Louisville (9-4) finished a promising 2016 season with three consecutive losses, as its high-powered offense ground to a halt behind inconsistent play from its offensive line. LSU, which had won at least eight games in each of the past 16 seasons, extended that streak by improving to 8-4.
Jackson snapped a streak of seven straight Heisman winners to win their subsequent bowl games. His day ended badly, with a lost fumble in the fourth quarter at the LSU 32. He finished with 153 yards passing, completing 10 of 27 passes. He also ran 26 times for a net of 33 yards. He was sacked eight times. For the game, the Cardinals, who were No. 2 in the nation in total offense, had just 220 yards of offense and did not score a touchdown. LSU rolled up 394 yards of offense. Running back Derrius Guice carried for 138 yards. Wideout Malachi Dupre had 139 yards receiving.
Even after the Cardinals were able to get something going, trailing 29-9 in the fourth quarter, they couldn’t find the end zone against an LSU team that gave up just 16 touchdowns in 11 regular-season games.
Jackson drove the Cardinals 73 yards to the LSU 2-yard line, then dropped back to pass and was flushed, and tried to throw a shovel pass out of bounds but it failed to cross the line of scrimmage. That gave the Cards second down at the 14-yard line, and they couldn’t score from that point.
The Cards led in the first quarter, but LSU scored on its first play of the second quarter. Petrino gambled late in the second quarter, dropping Jackson back into his own end zone on third down, but he was sacked for the safety, and LSU led 16-3. Louisville intercepted a Danny Etling pass, however, and a Blanton Creque field goal made it 16-6 at halftime.
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