University of Louisville sophomore Jaylen Smith has scored five touchdowns on just 14 catches this season for the Cardinals.
On Saturday, Smith had just two catches but one was the biggest of his career to date.
Smith turned one-on-one coverage into a game-winning touchdown, leaping high into the air in the right corner of the end zone and snagging a 29-yard TD catch from Lamar Jackson to give the Cardinals a 32-25 victory at Virginia.
"I I feel very fortunate to be able to make that play," Smith said.
Added U of L coach Bobby Petrino: "Jaylen made a great catch. It was a great throw by Lamar and Jaylen went up and got it."
Smith, who had two catches for 45 yards, said he knew when he saw the coverage at the line of scrimmage that he knew Jackson was going to come his way and he had to make a play.
"I had the corner one-on-one and he tried to take away the inside," he said. "It was one-on-one and that's when the best quarterback in college football gave me a chance to make the play.
"He threw it to the spot where only I could get it and the DB had no chance."
The victory saved the Cardinals' hopes at the College Football Playoff.
The Cardinals, who still amassed 508 yards of total offense, didn't play a very sharp game but still managed to get the win as Smith and Jackson saved the day with the huge play in the end.
"This is just one step closer to our goals," Smith said. "It's a great team win. There were times when the offense wasn't clicking, the defense did their job to hold us up. It was a team win on the road."
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