Following a month away from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the University of Louisville returned home for an ACC contest against Boston College on Saturday afternoon and picked up a much needed 17-14 victory over the Eagles.
The Cardinals grabbed an first quater lead when Lamar Jackson ran four yards to cap a seven play, 48 yard touchdown drive late in the first quarter. The drive was highlighted by a 29 yard run by Reggie Bonnafon that moved U of L into the red zone for the first time in the game. The Louisville defense provided the team's next score when Trumaine Washington sacked and forced a fumble by Boston College quarterback Jeff Smith that was scooped up by Sheldon Rankins who avoided tacklers for a 46 yard touchdown.
Boston College, which struggled to move the ball throughout, trimmed the U of L lead in half by returning a blocked Josh Apppleby punt 12 yards for a second quarter touchdown.
Louisville added a 34 yard field goal by John Wallace with 1:46 left in the second quarter to grab a 17-7 advantage at the break.
Facing an Eagles defense that ranked first in yards allowed, surrending just 196 per game, entering the contest, Louisville's offense gained 199 yard in the first half, while the U of L defense kept the Boston College offense in check throughout the first two quarters, allowing just 35 total yards.
Sparked by a Jeremy Smith fumble inside Louisville's own 20 sparked the second Boston College touchdown. Quarterback Jeff Smith rushed for an 8-yard touchdown with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter or the game's final score.
The Louisville defense limited Boston College to just 79 total yards, including -14 yards rushing.
The Cardinals improved to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in ACC play. Up next for Louisville is a Friday night contest at Wake Forest.
- The teams combined for 14 sacks and 30 tackles for loss.
- Boston College's four first downs are the second fewest by an opponent since 1989.
- Reggie Bonnafon led all rushers with 56 yards on 10 carries.
- Lamar Jackson completed 15 of 25 for 230 yards and a pair of interceptions. He finished with a 121.3 QB rating.
- James Burgess led the U of L defense with a game-high 10 tackles.
- Jamari Staples led all receivers with four receptions for 96 yards.
- U of L dominated the time of possession by 12 minutes.
- Boston College converted just 1 of 14 third down conversions. U of L was 6 of 17.
- Louisville's seven sacks are the most since the Cardinals recorded eight against Wake Forest last season.