A recap of Louisville's 42-36 loss at Clemson on Saturday night; the Cardinals fall to 4-1 and 2-1 in ACC Conference play

CLEMSON, S.C. - A recap of Louisville's 42-36 loss at Clemson on Saturday night. The Cardinals fall to 4-1 and 2-1 in ACC Conference play and will host Duke on Oct. 14.

The University of Louisville football team dropped a 42-36 loss to Clemson on Saturday night in Death Valley.

Here's a recap of the contest:

BIGGER PICTURE: Yes, it's a tough loss to swallow for the Cardinals but the goals are still there.

Louisville is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in ACC play with the hope now for Florida State to upset Clemson in a few weeks. The Cardinals now have a favorable schedule to end the season in league play and still have hopes to in the ACC title game.

As far as the College Football Playoff, the game was so tightly contested - decided by one yard in the end - that many national pundits are still saying the Cardinals are likely to end up in the mix with an 11-1 record.

OFFENSIVE MVP: Well, that's easy - Lamar Jackson.

After a tough first half, Jackson was as Clemson coach put it "an incredible player" in the second half. Jackson threw for a touchdown and ran for two more in the second half to get the Cardinals back in the game. He finished 27 of 44 passing for 295 yards and one touchdown with also an interception, while rushing 31 times for 162 yards.

Jackson, who had 39 yards of losses on runs and sacks, now has accounted for 28 touchdowns on the season.

DEFENSIVE MVP: Jaire Alexander had a huge night for the defense.

The sophomore had three tackles, forced a fumble and had two interceptions. It was Chucky Williams' interception that got Louisville going in the second half, but Alexander's a little later was in the end zone and really had the Cardinals' flying high.

He also had a 14-yard kickoff return.

UNSUNG HERO: On this one, I'll go with Blanton Creque.

The redshirt freshman took over the kicking job last week from Evan O'Hara and had a good week of practice.

Against the Tigers, Creque hit three field goals - 21, 26 and 28 yards - and the final one gave the Cardinals a lead. He did have an extra point blocked but it was a mixup with the protection on the miscue.

KEY PLAY: Louisville had all the momentum in the world, scoring on a Jackson run to take a 36-28 lead with 7:52 left in the game.

Clemson's Artavius Scott then returned the kickoff 77 yards to give the Tigers' some life. Starting at Louisville’s 23-yard line, Clemson needed just two plays to get into the end zone for the TD.

The Tigers did miss the two-point conversion, but still had the momentum back on their side.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: Bobby Petrino: "We can't let them have that (kickoff return) but when you look back on a close game like this there's 10 or 15 plays that you wish you had back."

Dabo Swinney: "I've seen enough of them (Louisville). They've got an awesome team. I told coach Petrino after the game, 'Y'all win out'. They're not out of it."

UP NEXT: Louisville has next week off and will play host to Duke on Oct. 14.

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