Jackson's Record Night Powers Louisville to Win at Syracuse



SYRACUSE, N.Y. (cuse.com)-- In a game that featured more aircraft than the local Hancock Airport, #13/15 Louisville (2-0, 1-0 ACC) took off with a 62-28 victory against host Syracuse (1-1, 0-1 ACC) in an Orange-clad Carrier Dome.

Footballs and football players filled the air during the evening. Both quarterbacks, Syracuse's Eric Dungey and Louisville's Lamar Jackson, passed the ball more than 38 times and each also dramatically jumped over a defender on rushing attempts.

Jackson finished the contest with 21 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns and 20 completions on 39 attempts for 411 yards and a touchdown. His 609 yards of total offense established an ACC record. Louisville ended up with 845 yards of total offense, another league mark.

Dungey was 25-of-51 for 255 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran 16 times for 31 yards and a score.

Jackson, who made plenty of noise in week one by accounting for eight touchdowns, picked right up were he left off. He connected with James Quick on a 72-yard touchdown pass on the Cardinals' first play from scrimmage. He switched from his arm to his legs on the next two Louisville possessions, scoring on runs of seven and 72 yards. Extra points from Evan O'Hara had the Cardinals ahead, 21-0 less than five minutes into the game.

Syracuse bounced back in the form of a 12-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Dungey to Brisly Estime. Cole Murphy's extra point narrowed the gap to 21-7.

The SU defense forced the first Louisville punt of the game but the Orange were unable to capitalize and Jackson went right back to work. He hit Jamari Staples for a 55-yard gain and then ran the last 13 yards to paydirt to put the visitors ahead, 28-7, in the first period. Jackson then finished off a 10-play, 79-yard drive with his move of the night, hurdling an SU defender before strolling into the end zone. A fifth point after from O'Hara had the Cardinals ahead 35-7 with 3:23 left in the first half.

Dungey then went to work, finding Steve Ishmael for 32 yards and Amba Etta-Tawo for 47 yards and a touchdown. Etta-Tawo broke away from a would-be tackler to finish of the scoring play. The Orange forced a Louisville punt and had the ball back with 2:15 left before intermission. Syracuse ran off 11 plays and converted two third-down plays before Dungey's lob fell into the hands of Etta-Tawo for a four-yard touchdown. Dungey did his own "Superman" impression on the drive, leaping over a Louisville defender on a 10-yard scramble for a first down. Murphy's extra point shaved the Louisville edge to 35-21.

Syracuse had one more chance in the opening half after Daivon Ellison intercepted Jackson and returned it 50 yards to the Louisville 38. With enough time for one play, the Orange opted for a 55-yard field-goal attempt from Murphy which was wide.

It took until Louisville's sixth touchdown before a Cardinal score didn't have Jackson's name on it. He took the initial snap but a reverse ended up in the hands of Traveon Samuel who ran 21 yards into the end zone. An O'Hara kick made it 42-21, with 12:18 remaining in the third quarter.

Dungey changed gears on Syracuse's next scoring drive, mixing in scrambles for 17 and nine yards and finishing off the possession with a one-yard dive. Murphy converted again, and Louisville led 42-28.

Before the end of the third quarter, Jackson had already shattered the ACC's single-game total offense record of 568 set by Miami's Stephen Morris. Louisville had 710 yards of total offense, the most ever yielded by Syracuse in a game, with a period still to play.

The first scoring play other than a touchdown didn't occur until the fourth quarter. Syracuse made a defensive stand near the goal line and the Cardinals settled for an O'Hara 26-yard field goal. He added a 41-yard three-pointer on the next possession to extend the Louisville margin to 48-28.

Louisville returned to touchdown mode soon enough. Following an interception by Jaire Alexander, Brandon Radcliffe scampered 48 yards for the team's sixth rushing score. Another Syracuse turnover, this time a fumble recovered by Chucky Williams, led to Jeremy Smith's 30-yard touchdown run. O'Hara's ninth extra point finished off the scoring in a 62-28 decision.