HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP & GoCards.com) — Lamar Jackson threw five touchdown passes, ran for two more scores and No. 3 Louisville breezed past Marshall 59-28 on Saturday night.
Jackson capped off a September to remember with another solid effort against an overmatched opponent.
The sophomore completed 24 of 44 passes for a career-high 417 yards against a Marshall secondary whose most experienced player had five starts. Jackson also ran for 62 yards.
Louisville (4-0) didn't slow down against a nonconference opponent on the road a week after beating Florida State 63-20 at home.
After a punt and a missed field goal on two of their first three series, Jackson said the Cardinals "got mad at ourselves. We're used to going out there and executing everything right.
"We got into our groove," he said.
The Cardinals raced to a 35-7 halftime lead on Marshall and cruised in the second half to break a four-game losing streak to the Thundering Herd. Jackson's scoring passes covered 71, 8, 30, 8 and 51 yards.
"The things we wanted him to do, he did a good job with," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said.
Marshall (1-2) was limited to 207 yards of offense in the first start for freshman quarterback Garet Morrell. Chase Litton missed the game with an undisclosed injury that was announced an hour before kickoff. Marshall coach Doc Holliday said Litton didn't practice all week.