Sunday, February 26, 2023


University of Louisville News & Perspectives

Jackson not happy, but Louisville pummels Marshall

Brandon Radcliff was quietly putting up 131 yards and a touchdown. (Cindy Rice Shelton photo)
Brandon Radcliff was quietly putting up 131 yards and a touchdown. (Cindy Rice Shelton photo)

Just a Marshall Thundering Herd between major opponents. Nothing to get overly excited about. Go through the motions. Don’t show Clemson anything it hasn’t seen before.

Play with one hand tied behind your back. Put the second and third stringers in there early. Pull them if they’re slow learners. If Marshall shows signs of life or disrespect, tack on a few more points.

Keep Malik Williams a secret, let the clock run out at the end of the game with the ball on the Marshall four-yard line. Don’t let that secret out of the bag just yet. Let him score that first touchdown against the Tigers.

The University of Louisville football team drubs Marshall 59-28, ending a four-game losing streak over three decades to the Thundering Herd. The nation’s third-ranked team improves its won-lost record to 4-0.

“Offensively we were a little sloppy at times,” said Coach Bobby Petrino. “We had a great effort from out defense (which gave up only 220 offensive yards).”

Lamar Jackson looking more excitable than exciting during the first 15 minutes, tossing lots of incompletions, struggling for yardage, looking almost average. Still managing to turn in a 72-yard touchdown pass play to James Quick, however, to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead after the first quarter.

The sophomore quarterback, who said after the game he made a lot of mistakes, would still complete 24 of 44 passes for a career-high 417 yards while running for 62 yards. He would pass for five touchdowns and rush for two more.

James Quick, Jamari Staples and Cole Hikutini collecting 98, 94 and 85 yards, respectively. Hikutini good for two touchdowns, Quick for the one getting UofL on the scoreboard first.

Brandon Radcliff taking some of the running game heat off of Jackson, chalking up 131 yards on 19 carries, including a touchdown.

Asked how he would grade himself on this game, Jackson replied, “I would give myself an F.”  Pity the poor opponent when Jackson finally brings his A game.

After four games, he has 13 TD passes and 12 rushing touchdowns.



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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.