LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Led by a record night from Lamar Jackson, the University of Louisville football team slammed Syracuse 62-28 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both Friday night in Syracuse, N.Y.
The sophomore quarterback threw for 411 yards and one touchdown and ran for 199 yards and four more scores to lead the Cardinals (2-0, 1-0) to a decisive victory over the Orange (1-1, 0-1). He fell 1 yard short of becoming the first player in FBS history to pass for 400+ yards and rush for 200+ yards, but definitely gave his Heisman Trophy campaign a shot in the arm.
Jackson, fresh off his eight-TD performance in UofL's season-opener against Charlotte, threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to James Quick on the first play of the game. The Cards, who are No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25, were off and running from there behind Jackson. The QB ran for TDs of 7, 72 and 13 yards and UofL's second, third and fifth possessions, respectively. He scored on a 9-yard run late in the second quarter to boost Louisville's lead to 35-7.
Syracuse cut the Cards' lead to 35-21 by halftime.
UofL, however, outscored the Orange 27-7 in the second half on its way to a school and ACC record with 845 yards of total offense.
Jackson finished 20 for 39 through the air (his receivers dropped several passes) with one interception, while rushing 21 times. He averaged 9.5 yards per carry.
Louisville hosts No. 3 Florida State at noon next Saturday.