Analyzed Sports | Charron Elliott
Cardinals’ Defense was Dominant Against the Racers
The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Murray State Racers 55-10 on Saturday at home in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals’ defense was a huge key in the win, holding the Racers offense scoreless and allowing just 80 total yards of offense for the entire game.
“I thought we really controlled the line of scrimmage and tackled well,” said Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino about his team’s performance defensively.
Of course, Lamar Jackson did what Lamar Jackson does, which is put up great numbers! In the first half alone he scored four touchdowns (three passing and one rushing) and registered 337 total yards of offense. Louisville’s freshman wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick caught two of Jackson’s passing touchdowns.
Jackson didn’t see any action in the second half, as redshirt freshmen Jawon Pass got his opportunity to lead the Cardinals at quarterback. Murray State’s only touchdown in the game came from a 23-yard fumble recovery that Jason Johnson had after Pass coughed up the football on Louisville’s first possession of the second half. Jawon would bounce back scoring a passing touchdown in the third quarter and a rushing TD in the fourth, which would be the game’s final points.
Louisville will play on the road against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in a Thursday night matchup. Both teams are 4-1 on the season and the Wolfpack recently defeated a tough Florida State team in Tallahassee. It will be interesting to see how NC State not only handles Lamar Jackson and the explosive Louisville offense, but also a Cardinals’ defense that could see the return of their top player in Jaire Alexander.