Lamar Jackson showed why he’s the best player in college football in Louisville football’s 47-35 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels
Lamar Jackson looked like a Heisman Trophy incumbent quarterback on Saturday passing for 393 yards and three touchdowns adding 132 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns to those stats. Jackson was the Cardinals’ offense. He contributed to all of their touchdowns and all but 180 yards. The Cardinals will once again rely on Jackson for their offensive output.
Louisville, ranked 14th in the S&P+ rankings, are now 2-0 (1-0 ACC). UNC, even after the fiasco against Cal, was still ranked 38th by the S&P+. I can see the Cardinals skyrocket up the S&P+ rankings on the heels of that offensive performance.
In the first half, Chazz Surratt and Lamar Jackson had a passing duel like we haven’t seen since Joe Kane faced Tim Wayman in 1993’s “The Program.” Surratt looked like the next great ACC quarterback until an injury relegated him to the bench. Brandon Harris, the LSU grad transfer, took over. Harris started the Cal game but was replaced by Surratt. Chazz started this game 12 of 14 passing for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tar Heels were up 28-27 before Jackson and Louisville scored went on a scoring spree and the Tar Heels’ offense went dormant in the fourth quarter. Now let’s look at the overreactions from the Louisville victory.