For a third consecutive season, Louisville's attempt to defeat Clemson came up just a bit short.
Having lost to the Tigers the past two seasons by a combined nine points, the latest meeting was decided by the difference, with No.5 Clemson defeating No.3 Louisville 42-36.
The Cardinals overcame a multitude of early penalties and five turnovers to build a 36-28 midway through the fourth quarter before the host Tigers scored a pair of unanswered touchdowns to remain undefeated.
After building a 7-0 early quarter lead, Louisville was outscored 28-3 for the remaining of the opening half. Trailing by 18 to start the second half, the Cardinals scored 26 unanswered points to grab the lead with 7:52 to play.
A last minute drive that marched 72 yards came up short when a pass from Lamar Jackson to James Quick on fourth and 12 possession ended a yard shy of the first down marker.
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Lamar Jackson completed 27 of 44 attempts for 295 yards and a touchdown, with an interception. He also rushed 31 times for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Cole Hikutini led U of L with seven receptions for 84 yards. Quick finished with seven catches for 83 yards and a score. Brandon Radcliff led the Cardinals with 69 yards on 13 carries, with Jeremy Smith adding 51 yards on eight attempts.
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