Louisville football: 3 takeaways from nail-biting win over Virginia

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Virginia has been a thorn in the sides of some top ACC contenders lately, and Louisville football nearly fell victim to the improved Cavaliers on Thursday night.

A massive third quarter by the Cavaliers erased a 14-point deficit and put them up by seven heading into the fourth. Louisville cut the lead to four, but it was stretched back to seven thanks to a field goal by Virginia. And then the Cardinals tied it up at 24 before senior running back Isaac Guerendo put the nail in the coffin with a 73-yard touchdown run.

That was the difference and it kept the Cardinals’ playoff hopes alive.

What’d we learn from this shocking nail-biter?

3. Jawhar Jordan may be the ACC’s most underrated running back

We almost never hear about Jawhar Jordan and that’s just a shame because he might be a top 2-3 running back in the ACC.

Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he still puts up solid numbers. In fact, the junior didn’t have his best game against the Cavaliers, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, but he did rush for 95 yards. He approached 100 yards in a game that he would even tell you was just average for his standards.

Jordan’s play was also overshadowed by Isaac Guerendo’s game-winning 73-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, but it’s about time we give this kid some respect.

Louisville’s top rusher needs more national recognition and if the Cardinals keep on winning, he’s going to get just that.

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