Lamar Jackson didn't have his best game of the season.
The University of Louisville sophomore quarterback missed on some throws, admitted he had some bad reads, threw an interception, was sacked five times and wasn't helped by his receivers with a bunch of drops.
But he still had his Heisman moment.
With his team trailing 25-24 and just 1:57 left against host Virginia, Jackson trotted back into the field and said he knew "everything" was on the line for the Cardinals. And he came through in a big-time way.
Jackson directed a game-winning drive in the final 1:57 and hit Jaylen Smith on a 29-yard touchdown strike with 13 seconds left to give the Cardinals a 32-25 victory over the Cavaliers.
"Our whole season,"Jackson said. "We just knew what we had to do, go get a touchdown.
"I knew we had to just get in the end zone and get this victory."
Jackson led the Cardinals on the eight-play, 75-yard drive that included a huge fourth-and-three pass to Cole Hikituni and two Jackson runs for 34 yards. He was 3-for-4 for 34 yards on the drive as well.
"We go through the two-minute drill in practice all the time," Jackson said. ""It’s fun being the quarterback and the leader of the team. You’ve got to know what you’re doing. You just have to stay focused. I just tried to stay calm."
Jackson still put up ridiculous numbers.
He was 24 of 41 passing for 361 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing 18 times for 90 yards.
On the season, Jackson has completed 158 of 271 passes for 2,522 yards and 22 touchdowns, while also rushing for 998 yards and 16 touchdowns and is still the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
"I have not seen anyone better," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "But then again, I don’t see everybody. But I see Lamar and I cannot imagine anyone there being someone better than he is."
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