As Louisville opened the 2016 season, much of the opening-game attention was focused on the Cardinals sophomore quarterback and how much he has progressed as a pocket-passer.
Playing against an over-matched Charlotte squad, Lamar Jackson needed just a half to help put the contest out of reach and further entrench himself in the school's record books.
The Cardinals defeated the visiting 49ers 70-14 in front of 53,127 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for the team's fifth consecutive home-opening victory, but it was Jackson's performance that had the stadium buzzing.
After establishing new school rushing records as a freshman, Jackson used a combination of nice strikes to multiple receivers and explosive running to accumulate 182 total yards and four touchdowns in the first quarter alone. By the time halftime arrived, the Pompano Beach, Fla., native had broken one school record and equaled another.
Jackson added four more touchdowns in the second quarter, all through the air. His six touchdown passes equaled a the program mark set by Chris Redman in 1998. His eight total touchdowns broke Redman's prior mark of six for most touchdowns in a game. He finished 17-of-23 for a career-best 286 yards, while also running for an additional 119 yards on 11 attempts. And remember, this was all in just two quarters.
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The Louisville offense racked up 663 total yards and averaged a staggering 9.5 yards per play.
The Cardinals defense, which saw most of the first-team watching from the sideline for most of the second half, kept Charlotte in check throughout. The 49ers managed just 208 total yards. Linebacker Stacy Thomas, who missed much of fall camp recovering from an unknown injury, led the defense with seven tackles. James Hearns, Devonte Fields, Jonathan Greenard and Chris Williams each recorded a sack.
Led by Jamari Staples four receptions, 13 different Cardinals recorded at least one catch.
Up next for Louisville is its ACC opener at Syracuse on Friday, September 9.