In the last home game of the season, Louisville turned in its best total performance of the season. The Cards defeated the visiting Orange by a final score of 56-10.
Louisville started early, scoring within the game’s first minute on a 46-yard touchdown run by Malik Williams. The Cards never looked back and routed Syracuse behind Lamar Jackson’s 4 total touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing) and 381 total yards (270 passing, 111 rushing). Jawon Pass even threw a dime of a touchdown. Malik Williams had a fantastic day running the ball, finishing with 180 yards on only 9 carries for 2 touchdowns. Jaylen Smith, Reggie Bonnafon, and Dez Fitzpatrick caught the touchdown passes. Smith had 3 receptions for 95 yards with the touchdown, Seth Dawkins caught 3 passes for 60 yards, and Dez Fitzpatrick reeled in 3 catches of his own for 51 yards and his touchdown.
Lamar has posted better numbers this year than he did last year, when he actually won the Heisman Trophy and is the youngest player ever to do so. Yet this year, he is fourth in voting with his only hope of winning being some type sort of miracle. David Hale with ESPN dives into the mystery a little deeper.
How to Watch: Kickoff at 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Spread: Louisville -13 (Bovada)
Last Time: It was a historic performance for the entire Louisville offense, as #13 Louisville roared to a 62-28 win over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. The Cards scored touchdowns on three of their first five offensive plays, and set a school-record with 845 total yards of offense. Lamar Jackson led the way with an ACC-record 610 total yards (411 passing, 199 rushing), including the highlight-reel hurdling touchdown that arguably gave him his first of many Heisman moments in 2016.
Louisville leads the all-time series 9-6.
With UofL’s final home game of the season coming Saturday, they are having quite a few recruits visiting. There is a lot of local flavor with the bulk of visitors from within the city and state. There is also a current 2019 QB commit visiting. Here is the list below.
YEAR-NAME-POSITION-HIGH SCHOOL/JUNIOR COLLEGE-STATE
2018-Shannon Bishop-CB-PRP HS-KY
2018-Nick Bohn-QB-Trinity HS-KY
2018-Jackson Burke-OL-Owensboro HS-KY
2018-Charles Cameron-DT-Copiah-Lincoln CC-MS
2018-Joe Comer-ATH-West Georgia-GA
2018-Jimmy Edmonds-DE-Ballard HS-KY
2018-Gunner Henderson-WR-McAllen HS-TX
2018-Chad Holleran-LB-Franklin County HS-KY
2018-Christion Horton-ATH-Ballard HS-KY
2018-Ethan Hull-LB-Trinity HS-KY
2018-Nigel Kilby-TE-Garden City CC-KS
2018-Zach Rodgers-RB-Floyd Central HS-IN
2018-Leonard Taylor-TE-Springfield HS-OH
2018-Russell Thomas-WR-Manual HS-KY
2018-Evan Walton-DT-Boardman HS-OH
2018-Tyrese Wynn-WR-Bendle HS-MI
2019-Keevan Bailey-ATH-Salem HS-GA
2019-Daniel Balanganayi-OL-Palatine HS-IL
2019-Tanner Bowles-OL-Glasgow HS-KY
2019-Drew Brenowitz-LS-Good Counsel HS-MD
2019-Jared Casey-LB-Ballard HS-KY
2019-Charles Coleman-RB-Oswego HS-IL
2019-DJ Dale-DL-Clay-Chalkville HS-AL
2019-Moses Douglas-SAF-Springfield HS-OH
2019-Jonathan Fells-RB-Carroll HS-AL
2019-Andrew Gaylor-OLB-Dora HS-AL
2019-Isaiah Gibson-DT-Springfield HS-OH
2019-MJ Griffin-CB-Saline HS-MI
2019-Nolan Groulx-WR-Hough HS-NC
2019-Brett Hiatt-ATH-Timberland HS-MO
2019-Treyvion Houston-QB-Greer HS-GA
2019-Bryan Hudson-OL-Scott County HS-KY
2019-Ben Jackson-OL-Clark County HS-KY
2019-Jehdon Jenkins-LB-Clark County HS-KY
2019-Thomas Kiessling-LB-St Xavier HS-OH
2019-Shawnkel Knight-Goff-ATH-Doss HS-KY
2019-Devin Lester-RB-Graham HS-VA
2019-AJ McCorkle-CB-Salem HS-GA
2019-Jevin Murray-CB-Shadow Creek HS-TX
2019-Frederick Orr, Jr.-RB-Rossview HS-TN
2019-Adonis Otey-CB-Blackman HS-TN
2019-Nathan Presnell-QB-Hiram HS-GA
2019-Adam Renfro-ATH-Paris HS-KY
2019-Aidan Robbins-RB-Manual HS-KY
2019-Wandale Robinson-WR-Western Hills HS-KY
2019-David Russell-DE-Father Ryan HS-TN
2019-Matt Salopek-WR-Archbishop Hoban HS-OH
2019-Nitavius Thomas-RB-Clark County HS-KY
2019-Shemar Thompson-RB-Williams HS-NC
2019-Marquel Tinsley-WR-Daviess County HS-KY
2019-Bryson Washington-ATH-C.E. King HS-TX
2019-Jashon Watkins-SAF-East Nashville HS-TN
2019-JJ Weaver-DE-Moore HS-KY
2019-Von Williams-RB-Owensboro Catholic HS-KY
2020-Landen Bartleson-RB-Boyle County HS-KY
2020-Alexander Collett-OL-Ballard HS-KY
2020-Izayah Cummings-WR-Male HS-KY
2020-Marcus Hodge-RB-Hilliard Bradley HS-OH
2020-Skyelar Johnson-WR-Woodford County HS-KY
2020-Aiden Moore-DE-Central HS-KY
2020-Vito Tisdale-CB-Bowling Green HS-KY
2020-John Young-OL-Christian Academy of Louisville-KY
2021-Junious “JuJu” Johnson-ATH-Kirby HS-TN
2021-Julius Orr-ATH-Rossview HS-TN
2018-Brandon Wellington-OL-Jeffersonville HS-IN
2019-Jaden Johnson-QB-Kirby HS-TN
Lamar Jackson is the best player in college football. Hands down. He leads the country in offense, and as UofL Football’s twitter points out, it is not even close. #LamarForHeisman
Through the first 11 weeks of the college football season, wide receivers across the country have gone above and beyond to help pack their quarterback’s stats, as well as their own. Seth Dawkins and Dez Fitzpatrick have some of the highest passer ratings when targeted thus far in the ACC. PFF helps break down the numbers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Seniors Chucky Williams and Stacy Thomas know their careers with the University of Louisville football program are coming to a close.
The duo, part of Louisville’s senior class, play their final game in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday against Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. The group has combined for a 32-17 record and became bowl-eligible for the fourth-consecutive season.
Thomas, over the last two seasons, has been a pivotal piece to that success. The Miami, Fla., native has gradually excelled into one of the defense’s crucial components. He totaled 85 tackles a year ago and boasts 43 stops through seven games this year. He missed a string of two key games – Boston College and Florida State – with an injury, but has totaled 16 tackles, 3.5 for loss since his return.
Not only has Thomas’ production on the field been an incredible lift for the defense, but his work ethic has been a spark for the unit as well.
“He’s a very intelligent football player and recognizes routes,” Petrino said. “It was great to see him back at practice at full speed because I think that everybody else recognized that and gave us a lot of energy.” Read the rest of this entry
Football Seniors Ready for Farewell at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
The Cardinals’ 14-member senior class will be honored before Saturday’s kickoff.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In what is sure to be an emotional time, the University of Louisville football team will honor its senior class before prior to the 3:30 p.m. kickoff against Syracuse at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
A total of 14 seniors will walk on to their home field for the final time in their careers, which has been filled with many fine moments and accomplishments.
“It’s kind of overwhelming,” senior tight end Charles Standberry said following Tuesday’s practice. “These four years really flew past and I didn’t expect it to go this fast, but I’m very excited. I want to go out there and leave it all on the field.”
For senior running back Reggie Bonnafon, a Louisville, Ky., native, the emotions will be wide-ranging. He played at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium growing up, playing little league football and for local powerhouse Trinity High, so his feelings are a little different than the other seniors on the team.
He’s backkkkkk. After somehow falling from the rankings for a few weeks, Lamar Jackson has made his rightful return to the Heisman rankings. With just a few more weeks left to play, it will be interesting to see where the reigning Heisman winner lands.
Cardinal forever and current LA Ram, Jamon Brown is looking to give back to the Louisville community this holiday season.
(Louisville, KY) NFL star Jamon Brown and his foundation (J. Brown Foundation) are teaming up with WHAS11 TV and the Homeless Coalition For The “#502StepUp” for the Holidays Fundraiser.
Photo Courtesy of Jaguars.com
Cardinal forever, Colin Holba announced today he has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as their long snapper. Congratulations Colin!
Cardinals to Honor Former QB Stefan LeFors on Saturday
Stefan LeFors led the nation in completion percentage in 2004.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Former University of Louisville quarterback Stefan LeFors will become the 23rd football player to have his jersey honored, when the Cardinals face Syracuse in their final home game of the year at 3:30 p.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The mood around the University of Louisville football program is positive heading into Saturday’s regular-season home finale against Syracuse after the 38-21 win over Virginia last Saturday.
“I think it was our overall best game of the year when you look at offense, defense, (and) special teams,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “Defensively, I liked the way we played. I thought our defensive front set the tone early, getting the pass rush out of (redshirt senior linebacker) James (Hearns) and (redshirt sophomore) Jonathan Greenard and (senior linebacker) Trevon (Young).”
“Offensively, I was happy with our offensive line. They had a lot of new looks for us, some crazy stuff, and our offensive line did a good job of sorting it all out and blocking well. We ran the ball with a lot of physicalness.”
Here is a TweetCap of today’s press conference from University of Louisville Head Coach, Bobby Petrino via @UofLFootball.
Jaire Alexander returned this week after breaking his hand in practice in October. He put crazy stats as usual and reminded everyone why he is a preseason AP All-American. PFF College breaks down the numbers for us from this past week.
Lamar Jackson threw an insane pass to Jaylen Smith, which ended in one of the greatest catches you will see this season. It was good for #7 on the SportsCenter Top 10!
Lamar Jackson became the first player ever in college football to record 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in back to back seasons. Check out his highlights from the win against Virginia.
Head Coach Bobby Petrino, sophomore linebacker Jon Greenard, senior linebacker James Hearn, senior running back Reggie Bonnafon, freshman running back Dae Williams, junior wide receiver Jaylen Smith, and junior quarterback Lamar Jackson all sat down with the media after the win against Virginia. Listen to what they had to say below.