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UofL takes down Duke 24-14

Lamar Jackson. (Source: WAVE 3 News file) Lamar Jackson. (Source: WAVE 3 News file)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It wasn't the blowout many expected. 

In fact, it wasn't even close to that.  

The University of Louisville football team downed visiting Duke 24-14 in a hard-fought Atlantic Coast Conference game - that was much closer than anticipated - Friday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. 

Once again star quarterback Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals (5-1, 3-1), who are ranked No. 7 in both national polls, to victory. The sophomore, and Heisman Trophy frontrunner, accounted for 325 yards of total offense and two touchdowns against the Blue Devils (3-4, 0-3), who were a more than 30-point underdog according to oddsmakers. 

The Blue Devils showed early that it wasn't going to be a runaway for UofL, which entered averaging an FBS-best 58 points per game. 

That's because after the Cards took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards for a touchdown - on a 5-yard pass from Jackson to Jaylen Smith - Duke answered. 

The Blue Devils went 79 yards in eight plays - finding paydirt on Daniel Jones' 9-yards TD pass to Erich Schneider - on their first possession. 

An Evan O'Hara 22-yard field goal gave Louisville a 10-7 lead at halftime. 

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The Cards increased that lead to 17-7 early in the third quarter on Jeremy Smith's spectacular 80-yard TD run. 

It stayed that way until the fourth quarter. Jones' 20-yard TD pass to a wide open Johnathan Lloyd cut the Cards' lead to 17-14 with 6 minutes, 34 seconds to play. 

UofL responded with a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that was kept alive by a roughing the kicker penalty on Duke.  

UofL won nearly every statistical category except one - time of possession. Despite being outgained 469-239 - including 288-110 on the ground - Duke dominated TOP. In the game the Blue Devils had the ball for 36:55, compared to the Cards' 22:48. 

Louisville hosts N.C. State (4-1, 1-0) at noon next Saturday. The Wolfpack plays at No. 3 Clemson at noon tomorrow. 

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