A look back at the series between Louisville and Clemson prior to Thursday night's game

Cardinal Authority will provide a weekly look at the series between the University of Louisville and that week's opponent. Well, this week it's a look back at the only game - last season - between Louisville and Clemson. The two teams will meet on Thursday night in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

It's a short all-time series between the University of Louisville and Clemson on the football field.

But it sure was a memorable game.

The two teams will play on Thursday night in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and in front of an ESPN for just the second time following last year's game in Death Valley that was won by Clemson 23-17.

The opening game in the series between the two schools was a defensive struggle last season with Clemson losing quarterback Deshaun Watson on the sixth play of the game. The Louisville defense did a number on Clemson's offense.

But the Tigers had a punt return for a touchdown by Adam Humphries, three field goals by Ammon Lakip and a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Grady Jarrett. It was all the points the Tigers needed to win the game.

U of L did make a run in the end.

Will Gardner hit James Quick on a 73-yard strike to inside the 5-yard-line late in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals couldn't get into the end zone on four downs and the Tigers survived.

"We remember that game," defensive end Sheldon Rankins said in a recent interview. "I can see us being a rival."


  • Previous times met: 1
  • First meeting: 2014 (Clemson won 23-17)
  • Last meeting: 2014 (Clemson won 23-17)
  • Series record: Clemson leads 1-0

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