Finally, a victory.
After starting the season 0-3 for the first time since 1984, the University of Louisville football team ended a four-game losing streak with a 45-3 victory over Samford on Saturday night before 50,121 fans at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
True freshman Lamar Jackson got the start at quarterback and was the star attraction, passing for 212 yards and one touchdown and ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the first victory of the season for the Cardinals.
"After the last three weeks, it feels amazing right now," Jackson said. "I just need to let it sink in."
Jackson set a new school-record for a quarterback rushing in a single game, eclipsing the old mark by 20 yards. He scored on runs of 13 and 14 yards in the first six minutes of the game and then his 73-yard scamper set up Brandon Radcliff's 2-yard TD to make it 21-0.
Jackson also passed to James Quick for a 36-yard TD strike.
Reggie Bonnafon, the backup quarterback for the game, played a lot of snaps as a tailback in the offense. He finished with 62 yards passing and one TD, while he rushed for 26 yards and caught a pass for 13 yards from Jackson.
"We did what we were supposed to do," U of L coacoh Bobby Petrino said. "We were supposed to perform well and win the game. I was happy for our players. I know the last three weeks have been hard on them."
Louisville's defense held Samford to 201 total yards and caused four turnovers. Trumaine Washington, Chucky Williams and Jaire Alexander had interceptions, while Keith Kelsey had a fumble recovery and led the team with seven tackles.
The Cardinals entered the game averaging 109 yards a game rushing and finished with 288. Quick led 12 receivers with a catch by hauling in three for 69 yards in his return from a leg injury.
John Wallace added a 50-yard field goal, while L.J. Scott ran for a TD and Micky Crum had a TD catch.
Louisville (1-3) plays at North Carolina State next Saturday at 12:30 p.m.