Louisville Dominates Florida State

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LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 17: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs with the ball against the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Jackson’s Five Touchdowns Leads the Cardinals Past the Seminoles

Lamar Jackson ran for four touchdowns and added another through the air in 10th ranked Louisville’s (3-0, 2-0) 63-20 blow out defeat of second ranked Florida State (2-1, 0-1) on Saturday. The 43-point loss was the largest of Jimbo Fisher’s career in Tallahassee.

Louisville held Florida State to 284 yards of total offense and forced an interception in the rout. Red-shirt freshman quarterback, Deondre Francois, had his worst performance of his career throwing for just 101 yards on one completion for the Seminoles. The Cardinals also held Dalvin Cook to 54 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Jackson paced the Cardinals’ offense with 362 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. He ran rampant over Florida State’s defense racking up 146 yards on 17 carries. Jackson’s lone blemish was an interception in the end zone after the game was well out of hand.

Louisville came out of the gates quickly, jumping out to a 14-0 lead. Florida State answered with 10 straight points of its own. However, the Seminoles never got closer than being down 14-10. Louisville answered with a nine play, 79-yard touchdown drive. Florida State would give the ball right back to Louisville on a botched exchange between Francois and Cook. The Cardinals scored on a 23-yard drive that ended with Jackson’s lone touchdown pass. After another Florida State punt, Louisville added a fifth first half touchdown drive in 58 seconds to go into halftime with a 35-10 lead.

Any hopes of a miraculous comeback ended following Florida State’s opening drive of the second half. The Seminoles were forced to punt after three plays, and Jabri Alexander returned that punt 69 yards for a score. Louisville continued to light up the scoreboard from that point adding three more rushing touchdowns before time ran out.

Louisville has now scored 60 or more points in all three of its games this year. The 63-point outing was also the most ever given up by a Florida State defense.

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