Louisville needed to win at NC State and a strong effort by both sides of the ball led the Cardinals claming a 20-13.
Following two lackluster offensive series to begin the game, the Cardinals found a spark following a defensive turnover that set them up at their own eight yard line. Highlighted by a 68 yard touchdown run by quarterback Lamar Jackson, U of L drove 92 yards for the games first score. The Cardinals began its following series at its own seven yard line to begin the second quarter and used a balance attacked to drive for its second score of the opening half. The 13-play 93 yard drive was capped with a 20-yard Jackson throw to Devante Peete to give the visitors a 14-0 advantage.
NC State trimmed the lead in half following a 90 yard kickoff return that set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Matthew Dayes with 7:24 remaining in the first half. Entering the game among the nation's leaders in rushing, averaging 259 yards per outing, the Wolfpack was limited to just seven yards in the first two quarters.
John Wallace connected for a 36 yard field goal to top off a 10-play, 72-yard drive to give Louisville a 17-7 lead at the half.
Then the rain came, forcing both teams to become more conservative offensively, while both defensive squads became more aggressive.
The Wolfpack added a third quarter touchdown when they drove 80 yards, highlighted by a pair of plays of over 20 yards, but a missed extra point kept the margin 17-13.
The Cardinals widened the gap for the final margin when John Wallace converted a 26-yard field goal late in the third quarter.
The Louisville defense had its best outing the season. NC State highly-ranked rushing attack averaged just 1.5 yards per carry and managed a season low 45 total yards. The Wolfpack was limited to just 228 total offensive yards and were only able to convert 5 of 15 third down attempts.
Louisville improves to 2-3 on the season, 1-1 in ACC play. The Cardinals will be off next weekend before traveling to Florida State on