Cards fall to Clemson 47-21

Matt Willinger, Associate Editor
Cardinal Sports
Louisville fell 47-21 at home to 3rd-ranked Clemson in a Saturday night Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.

Cards fall to Clemson 47-21

Louisville fell 47-21 at home to 3rd-ranked Clemson in a Saturday night Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.

RECAP

Louisville pulled out all the stops against Clemson leading up to Saturday night's showcase matchup, but the Cards came up short once more against the Tigers, falling 40-14 in the team's home opener at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

With the loss, Louisville falls to 2-1 on the season in what was the program's fourth consecutive loss to conference rival Clemson.

The Cards looked out of sorts and uncharacteristically unprepared as they were topped by Clemson in all phases of the game. Despite a ton of missed opportunities, coach Bobby Petrino's team trailed just 19-7 at halftime.

In the second half, things would turn from ugly to worst. Louisville was outscored 28-14, allowing a pair of Clemson touchdowns in each quarter. The Cards were able to tack on a couple scores late in the fourth quarter to make the margin look a bit more respectable.

LAMAR WATCH

Louisville's leader and Heisman Trophy winner was stymied all game by Clemson's smothering defense. Jackson looked out of sorts all game with Louisville's offense failing to do much on the ground or through the air.

Jackson finished with 317 yards passing on 21 of 42 attempts. On the ground, he rushed for 64 yards on 17 carries.

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