RADCLIFF ANOTHER 100-YARD GAME
Louisville senior running back Brandon Radcliff likes playing Syracuse.
Radcliff rushed 10 times for 156 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals’ 62-28 blowout of the Orange. It was his third consecutive 100-yard game against Syracuse.
“They say good things come in three,” U of L coach Bobby Petrino said.
Radcliff ran for 110 yards and two TDs two years ago in the Carrier Dome and had 117 yards against the Orange last season in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
“God blessed me to come out here and do that,” Radcliff said. “But I can’t even focus on 100 yards. I had a wide-open pass there (dropped) and I am going to be my worst critique when I watch film.
“If we would have made all the plays, no telling what the score could have been.”
It was the sixth 100-yard game of Radcliff’s career. He now has 1,640 career rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.
A ‘QUICK’ STRIKE OFFENSE
There was a lot of talk about the tempo of the Syracuse offense coming into the game, but it was Louisville’s quick-strike offense that made the difference.
The Cardinals scored three times in the first five plays of the game.
The first play of the game was scripted and Lamar Jackson said “practiced a lot,” during the week and ended up being a 72-yard TD strike to James Quick.
“We came out and just wanted to set the pace early,” Quick said. “Coach called the play for me and we executed it well.
“We have been practicing it for a while and have been running it a lot. We knew what the first play was going to be and they lined up in the defense we wanted and we just executed as a unit.”
The next series was three plays for 75 yards and ended with a 7-yard run by Jackson, who followed that up with a 72-yard run on one play to score.
“That’s what we want to do,” Quick said. “It was fun. We want to score every time.”
JACKSON SAYS DROPS HAPPEN
Lamar Jackson completed 20 of 39 passes but had a few more – perhaps around 10 – that would be considered as drops by the receivers.
It was multiple guys but Jackson said, “Those things happen.”
“Those guys were getting excited to get the ball,” he said. “They wanted to get into the end zone and score. They’ll be OK.”
Jackson said perhaps the most important thing was the drops didn’t linger.
“We moved on,” he said. “We didn’t worry about it and made the next play.”
OFFENSE LINE COMING ALONG
Petrino was pleased with his offense line, which only allowed one sack against a Syracuse team that was brining a lot of pressure.
“They grew up a lot,” Petrino said. “I thought they did a really good job.”
Senior guard Khalil Hunter missed several series because of cramps but Kenny Thomas spelled him and played well.
"Those guys did a great job,” Radcliff said. “They’re still improving all the time.”
O’HARA GETS TWO FIELD GOALS
Redshirt freshman kicker Evan O’Hara kicked nine extra points in the opener against Charlotte but didn’t get a chance to kick a field goal.
But he did on Friday night.
O’Hara made all eight of his extra points and was 2-for-3 on field goals. He missed a 28-yard field goal that was pushed left, but connected on 26 and 41 yarders.