#17 Cards Fall at #24 NC State

  • #17 Cards Fall at #24 NC State

#17 Cards Fall at #24 NC State

As with every time Lamar Jackson takes the field, analysts marvel over what the Louisville quarterback can do with his feet, analyzing how the Heisman Trophy victor can plant in an instant and deliver a 50-yard throw on target.

To be sure, bad luck has overwhelmed this program at times, including close losses a year ago to both Clemson (on a missed chip shot field goal) and Florida State (on a dropped interception).

With a win on Thursday, NC State would be off to a 3-0 start in the ACC for the first time since 1994. Asked about the benefits, he said, "Just keeping my body fresh and keeping me focused with a big game coming up this week".

"You can just feel it right now in our locker room", coach Dave Doeren said. "And they're playing hard and they're playing together and they're tough and it's fun ... a lot of fun". "A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into it".

Finley connected with Harmon on a 48-yard touchdown pass on the first play after Finley's sneak to convert on fourth-and-1. "We can't let him out of the pocket, " Chubb said.

The Pack's defense had a big night as well.

Reigning Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson tried to rally Louisville, which closed within 32-25 when he ran into the end zone from 3 yards with 4:10 remaining.

This year's team appears different, though, despite that opening loss to the Gamecocks.

N.C. State: DE Bradley Chubb. "Some of you believed me, some of you didn't". "I told y'all it was coming". "He's a very, very gifted athlete, and you know that without me saying that". "If we get in a position to win, we've got to make the plays to go do it". A freshman at the time, he came off the bench and unleashed a stunning 63-yard touchdown run that set the tone for a 20-13 Louisville victory. Kelvin Harmon hauled in six catches for 133 yards and a touchdown.

The Pack's answering drive opened with a attractive play from Samuels, who took a catch-and-run play 79 yards, shaking multiple defenders, including a handsome shed tackle at midfield to give the Pack its longest pass play of the year and set up the Pack at the Louisville 8, but the team would be forced to settle for a field goal.

What: No. 17 Louisville Cardinals (4-1, 1-1 ACC) at No. 24 NC State (4-1, 2-0 ACC).

"Our guys just wanted it", Doeren said. He's one of those players you only see every couple of years. "He hates not playing well". Hines followed that with a seven-yard rushing touchdown on the following drive.

The Pack opened the second half with a missed field goal from graduate kicker Carson Wise, and Louisville nailed a 48-yarder to cut the lead to four.

Louisville finished with 443 total yards, but those weren't the numbers that told the game's story. Jackson has also rushed for 437 yards and five touchdowns. Jackson mostly did his thing, with 354 passing yards, 73 rushing yards, and three total touchdowns, but a late pick-six extended the margin in a 39-25 win for N.C. State.

NC State scored 10 points in a 3 1/2-minute span of the second quarter to break a tie and forge a 17-10 halftime lead. Indeed, a ranked NC State hadn't beaten another ranked team, as it did Thursday, since 2002. "He's just a great overall athlete and quarterback".

The Cardinals have one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Lamar Jackson.

Early in the second half, NC State was able to easily get into the red zone but unable to punch the ball in the end zone, which allowed Louisville to get back in the game.

"The guys are making really, really good plays in the pass game", Finley said.