Louisville set a school and ACC record for offensive yards in a single game, and Lamar Jackson was briefly the first player in FBS history to throw for 400 yards and rush for 200 more in a single game. Jackson lost that distinction with a negative 2-yard run on his final carry of the game, putting him at a 199 yards, but the Cards still routed Syracuse, 62-28.
Despite his wide receivers dropping no fewer than nine passes, Jackson still managed to add 411 passing yards to his total, finishing the game with a U of L record 610. As a team, the Cards finished with 844 total yards of offense, more than Louisville or ACC team before them.
Although it was a record-setting night, the game was far from perfect for Louisville.
In addition to the previously mentioned drops, Louisville turned the ball over three times and recovered their own fumbles two more times. U of L was also penalized 99 yards, and surrendered 414 yards of offense to Syracuse.
While I would have loved to have seen no drops and 1,000 yards of total offense (that seriously would have happened), I think this is sort of a perfect scenario for Louisville. Lamar was the top trending topic on Twitter all night, he put up historical numbers, and he play of the college football season thus far.
Louisville also posted record-setting numbers as a team, and pasted their first ACC opponent of the year. Still, the performance left so much to be desired that it's impossible for there too be any overly inflated egos heading into next week's monumental matchup with Florida State ... which we can now finally talk about.
I'm ready to start tailgating right now. Bring GameDay, bring the Heisman hype, and bring the debates about whether or not this could win dup being the biggest home game in the history of PJCS. I want it all.
This is going to be extremely fun.
Here are the final numbers from Friday night:
Louisville Kick Returns
Syracuse Kick Returns
Louisville Punt Returns
Syracuse Punt Returns