On Tuesday, Louisville was slated seventh by the College Football Playoff committee and talking heads reduced the team's entire season to sluggish performances against Duke and Virginia. On Saturday, Louisville reverted to its hyper-explosive form leading to a 52-7 demolition of Boston College. Louisville improved to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the ACC on the season.
The team as a whole made its statement and Heisman Trophy frontrunner Lamar Jackson made his as well. Despite not playing the fourth quarter yet again, Jackson finished the day completing 12 of 17 passes for 231 yards and 4 touchdowns. On the ground, Jackson added 185 yards on just 15 carries and 3 more touchdowns. Jackson's day was defined by big plays. On the games opening drive, Jackson took an option keeper 69 yards for a touchdown. Still in the first half, Jackson added touchdown passes of 30 yards and 44 yards to James Quick and Jaylen Smith respectively. In the second half, Jackson added a 39 yard touchdown runs of 13 yards and 53 yards. He gave way to Kyle Bolin after three quarters.
It wasn't just the offense yet again. Against an offensively challenged Boston College team, Louisville harassed familiar face and graduate transfer Patrick Towles from the opening snap. The Cardinals defense allowed just one scoring drive, sacked Boston College three times, had 8 tackles for loss, forced three turnovers, and forced Boston College to its backup quarterback Darius Wade early in the 4th quarter.
As Louisville's game goes final, Texas A&M, ranked #4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, is still trailing Mississippi State in the 4th quarter. Perhaps today might be full of even more good news for Louisville.