By Micah Brown —
Football showed no lack of intensity for the second straight week as the 17th-ranked Cards overwhelmed FCS opponent Murray State 55-10.
“I thought our players came out and did what they were supposed to do,” coach Bobby Petrino said.
“I like the way we prepared throughout the week, and one of the things that we really wanted to do was do a good job in the classroom, do a good job on the practice field, and be able to focus and stick together as a team.”
Lamar Jackson continued to impress, throwing for 249 yards on 18 completions and three touchdowns. On the ground, Jackson ran for 100 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries. After one half of play, Lamar was pulled from the game to get redshirt-freshman Jawon Pass some in-game experience.
Although he fumbled the first snap from scrimmage, which led to a Murray State touchdown, Jawon “Puma” Pass made the most of his opportunity. Pass completed his first seven pass attempts, finishing 14-of-19 for 115 yards and a touchdown.
While discussing the offense, Petrino said, “I really wanted to get Puma in with the (starting) offense, and I thought he did a good job with the exception of the first snap.”
After forcing Murray State to a three-and-out on their opening possession, the Cards took over and wasted no time putting points on the scoreboard. Jackson completed all three of his passes for 38 yards and ran the ball twice for 24 yards and a rushing touchdown.
The following possession, the Cards took over on Murray State’s 21 yard-line after a muffed punt by the Racers. Thirty seconds later, Jackson completed two passes to Dez Fitzpatrick for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Louisville lead the Racers 14-3 going into the second quarter.
After converting on a fourth-and-seven, Jackson found Charles Standberry in the endzone, pushing the lead to 28-3
Reggie Bonnafon rushed for 25 yards on three carries and scored a touchdown.
Jawon Pass came in for Lamar Jackson at qurterback.
Pass connected with Javonte Bagley for Pass’ first career touchdown as a cardinal.
Blanton Creque converted on a 44-yard field goal, pushing the lead to 48-10.
Pass scored on a read-option that concluded the scoring for the day, putting Louisville ahead 55-10 with 29 seconds to play.
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