Boston College teams have typically been tough opposition for University of Louisville football teams, quite often one suspects, not getting a lot of respect from UofL. Not the case on Saturday with the Cardinals putting their collective foot on the neck of the Golden Eagles early and never looking back in a 56-28 shellacking.
Kid’s play for UofL on Kids Day, thousands more youngsters it seemed in the crowd of 48,294 at L&N Stadium. Gleefully enjoying the occasion, their heroes taking their opponent seriously this time around. Cultivating future UofL fanatics in the high-scoring affair, reminiscent of past glory days and the promise of more in the future.
To signal kickoff time, two little girls and a boy sitting on the traditional train whistle until the batterly seemingly gave out. No time for being nice. Let’s play football.
Boston College would start from its own 25 after the opening kickoff, move the ball 38 yards in eight plays, one yard short of a first down on its first drive. Louisville had survived the early threat and was ready to dominate, but not until two series of downs later. Jawhar Jordan would break loose for a 35-yard scoring jaunt in the first of his three touchdowns on the day. He would score again in the second quarter and on a pass from quarterback Jack Plummer for 75 yards early in the third quarter.
Plummer would connect with Ahmari Bruce-Higgins for a touchdown on a 45-yard pass play and he would score on a nine-yard keeper to put UofL up 28-0. The Cardinals would decompress a bit at that point, allowing the Golden Eagles the cut the lead to 28-14 at the half. There would be no miracle comebacks this week, with Plummer and Jordan hooking up on that 75-yard touchdown pass on the first series in the third quarter.
Coach Jeff Brohm well aware of disappointing performances against BC. “They wake up our players when they almost beat Florida State at home last week. Because of that, we practiced well with the sense of urgency needed to come out and win,” he said.
“To be quite honest, it starts at Card March. We had a great showing. Our kids love that. It makes them more ready to play. We came out firing on a lot of cylinders, scoring points and being productive. The defense started pretty hot early on, but of course a few things cooled down after that. I am really proud of the start we had.”
Quite a game for Jack Plummer, completing 18 of 21 passes for five touchdowns and 388 yards. He would tack on nine-yard run for another six points. The pass witnesses will remember was that needle threader from Plummer to Jamari Thrash, with defenders hanging on from all sides. NFL quality, raising future expectations of Plummer to exponential levels.