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Louisville comes up about a yard short at Clemson, drops a 42-36 decision in top-five matchup on Saturday night

CLEMSON, S.C. - The University of Louisville football team fell about one yard short in a 42-36 loss at Clemson on Saturday night in a matchup of top-five teams. The Cardinals scored 26 unanswered points in the second half but fell when the Tigers stopped James Quick one yard short on a fourth down play.

The University of Louisville football team fell about a yard short on Saturday night.

The Cardinals fell behind 28-10 at halftime but rallied back behind the play of Lamar Jackson and held a 36-34 before Clemson scored in the final few minutes of the contest.

But Jackson and the Cardinals' offense had one last shot.

And the Cardinals drove the ball down the field and had it on the nine-yard line with a fourth-and-seven when Jackson hit James Quick, who ran towards the first down marker but was hit and spun out of bounds about a yard short.

Clemson took over and ran out the final seconds.

"It's a shame we came up a yard short," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "I was proud of the way they competed. But we have to finish that game. We need to finish it."

Petrino said the Cardinals hurt themselves with turnovers and penalties in the first half. U of L made some adjustments and scored 26 consecutive points to start the second half and get back into the game.

Jackson threw for two TDs and ran for another in the comeback.

"We wanted to come out and continue to try and run the ball," Petrino said. "We wanted to run the ball, get better protection and continue to stop their run. Our defense did a nice job."

Louisville was more calm on the field than in the first half when the 82,000 fans and loud stadium seem to cause them a ton of trouble. Louisville has nine penalties for 93 yards in the first half and just two for 10 yards in the second half.

"We know you have to play in that," Petrino said of the noise. "(Jackson) he did everything possible to win that game."

The Cardinals now have a week off to regroup and prepare for Duke on Oct. 14. Louisville (4-1) is likely still going to be ranked among the top 10 teams and still have a shot to win the ACC crown and make the College Football Playoff. The Cardinals need Florida State to beat Clemson in a few weeks when the two teams meet.

"We have a lot of games left," Petrino said. "We had a very difficult scheudle early - playing two of the best teams in the conference in back-to-back conference games. We'll be back."

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