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If you don’t already know the name Lamar Jackson, it’s time to get familiar with it.
Jackson, Louisville’s standout quarterback, burst onto the scene in 2015 as a true freshman and steadily improved as the season progressed. He has taken his game to a new level so far in 2016.
The sophomore played just a half in Louisville’s season-opening win over Charlotte, but he racked up 405 total yards (286 passing, 119 rushing) and eight (6 passing, 2 rushing) touchdowns in a 70-14 win. He picked up right where left off Friday night at Syracuse, totaling 483 yards (344 passing, 139 rushing) and five touchdowns (1 passing, 4 rushing) in the first half alone.
By the time the dust had settled and the Cardinals pulled out the 62-28 win, Jackson (who sat out the final seven minutes of the game) finished with 411 yards passing and 199 yards on the ground — a total of 610 yards, an ACC record. He became the second player in FBS history with 400 passing yards and 150 rushing yards in a game and was just a single rushing yard away from becoming the only player in FBS history to pass for 400 yards and rush for 200 yards in a game.
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In particular, two of those rushing touchdowns especially showed off Jackson’s electric skillset. Louisville was already up 14-0 a few minutes into the game when Jackson kept on a read option, juked a Syracuse defender out of his shoes and scampered 72 yards to the end zone.
Lamar Jackson goes 72 yards for another score. It's 21-0 Louisville. Not even five minutes into the game. pic.twitter.com/HPjkwxcoe4
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) September 10, 2016
His fifth score of the game was his best one. Jackson completely hurdled over Cuse defensive back Cordell Hudson at the five-yard line and tiptoed across the goal line:
That score gave the Cardinals a 35-7 lead with 3:23 left in the half, but Syracuse responded with two touchdowns before going into the break, cutting the lead to 35-21.
Jackson wouldn’t reach the end zone in the second half, but he continued to add yards on to his record-setting night as the Cardinals pulled away from the overmatched Orange. As a team, the Cardinals finished with a whopping 844 yards of total offense, a program record. And that number could have been even higher if not for a number of drops and turnovers from the offense.
Nonetheless, the dominant performance improved UL’s record to 2-0 headed into next Saturday’s home matchup with No. 3 Florida State. That should be a great one.
Syracuse dropped to 1-1.
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