SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- University of Louisville set the ACC record for total offense with 845 yards, as the Cardinals—literally—leapt over Syracuse Friday night, 62-28 at the Carrier Dome.
Cardinal QB Lamar Jackson hurdled over Syracuse DB Cordell Hudson and into the end zone in one of his four rushing touchdowns on the night; a play that will be seen on every highlight reel in weeks to come.
Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo ended the night with 104 yards and two touchdowns. But Friday night, as expected, it was all about Jackson. His 609 yards of total offense also topped the ACC record book.
Each of Louisville’s first three drives ended in the end zone. A 72-yard pass from Jackson that was completed to WR James Quick was followed by two rushing TDs for Jackson—the first was for seven yards and the second for 72. It was 21-0 just four minutes into the game with very little sign of life from the Syracuse offense.
But, seven minutes in, QB Eric Dungey’s cross pass connected with Brisly Estime in the end zone, putting his team on the board. Jackson, however, responded with yet another rushing TD. This time for 13 yards. It was 28-7 at the end of the first.
Syracuse was able to keep Jackson to just one touchdown in the second quarter while Dungey connected twice to Etta-Tawo for 47- and 4-yard passes.
The Orange kept the Cards to just a 14-point lead at the end of the second (35-21) and even the third (42-28).
But then there was the fourth: fifteen plays, 125 yards, two field goals, two touchdowns. Louisville 62, Syracuse 28.
Syracuse drops to 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in the ACC while Louisville rises to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
The teams played the last seven minutes with little support of the fans, who started clearing out of the Dome as early as half time.
There were four times when Syracuse was in the red zone and a Louisville player fell on the ground due to injury. Orange players on the sideline were throwing their hands up in disgust, believing it was a scheme to slow down the offense. Two of those drives, however, ended with a touchdown.
“This game would have been a lot shorter if it weren’t for that,” Babers suspiciously said in a post-game press conference.
Syracuse walks away from tonight’s game with a tough blow to their confidence. But, tomorrow is brand-new day. They will look to get back on track against the University of South Florida Saturday, Sept. 17. The game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.
“We’re bruised,” Babers said, “but not broken.”