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Lamar Jackson's historic night leads Louisville to dominating win

  • By Max Meyer
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How did Lamar Jackson follow up his eight-touchdown performance in the season opener last week? By etching his name into the record books Friday night at the Carrier Dome.

Louisville's sophomore quarterback became the first player in FBS history to accumulate 400 passing yards and 175 rushing yards in a single game in the Cardinals' 62-28 win over Syracuse. He finished just one rushing yard shy of becoming the inaugural member of the 400-200 club. In all, Jackson ended up with 610 total yards and five touchdowns, continuing his torrid start in September.

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Jackson went full Bo Jackson in Tecmo Bowl mode on Louisville's first five offensive plays, racking up 212 total yards as Louisville sprinted to a 21-0 lead five minutes in.

His most jaw-dropping highlight, however, came later. Jackson had "only" one touchdown in the second quarter, but he certainly made it count. Jackson held a read-option inside the Syracuse 10-yard line and ended up in the end zone, though not before he completely hurdled a helpless Syracuse defender.

Tailback Brandon Radcliff added 155 rushing yards and a score on only nine carries, adding another dimension to Louisville's lethal backfield. In fact, the Cardinals had nearly as many rushing yards (413) as the Orange had total yards (414).

Don't be surprised to see Jackson's name at or near the top of all Heisman watch lists. After two games, he has thrown for 697 yards and seven touchdowns against only one interception. Oh yeah, and he has also added in 318 rushing yards on just 32 attempts.

Louisville's hot start will be tested in a big way next weekend, as Florida State rolls into town for a highly anticipated ACC showdown next Saturday.



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