Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome Kelly Dickey as a guest contributor. He’s the go-to source on UofL records and statistics for many local fans. including numerous media sources. Kelly is also known as CardGame on Louisville.scout.com and @RealCardGame on Twitter.
When the University of Louisville football team opened the 1998 season in a new stadium with a new coaching staff, Cards’ fans were hoping for a rejuvenated offense to bring excitement back to the program. Offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino and quarterback Chris Redman were key in that season’s offensive explosion that left its marks on the UofL record book.
Many of those records remained unchallenged for 16 years. Then Lamar Jackson came along. Two of Redman’s single-game records have already fallen and some of his single-season and career records may be next.
Jackson ended an inconsistent freshman season in 2015 by leading the Cards to a 21-point comeback victory over Kentucky and a Music City Bowl win over Texas A&M in which he became the third player in bowl history to pass and run for 200 yards each.
Over the summer Jackson admitted to not knowing the Louisville playbook last season. All indications are that he knows a lot more of the plays now. Jackson has accounted for 13 touchdowns – 7 passing and 6 rushing – in six quarters of action this season. Jackson has more total touchdowns than 115 FBS teams. Only seven teams not named Louisville have more touchdowns than he does.