Lamar Jackson needs 30 minutes to dispose of Charlotte

Lamar Jackson eludes a would-be tackler en route to his first touchdown in 2016.
Lamar Jackson eludes a would-be tackler en route to his first touchdown in the 2016 opener.

Just needed to loosen up and it wouldn’t take long.

Lamar Jackson would miss four out of his first passing attempts, but he was only zeroing his sights in the University of Louisville football team’s 70-14 rout of UNC Charlotte on Thursday.

Brandon Radcliff gets his TD on a 16-yard pass play.
Brandon Radcliff gets his TD on a 16-yard pass play, courtesy of Lamar Jackson (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

The UofL sophomore would wind up connecting on 17 of 23 of them during the first half, turning six of them into touchdowns while for for two more of them.  He would turn in a total of 405 yards, including 286 through the air and 119 on the ground.

UofL would score a record 28 points in both the first and second quarters to take a 56-0 lead at halftime. Lamar Jackson was done, enjoying the remainder of the game on the sideline.

Jackson broke the ice with a 36-yard touchdown run two minutes and 57 seconds after the opening kickoff. After that it was little question about how the game would go, just a matter of what the final margin would be for the home team.

The 6-foot-4 sophomore quarterback would throw touchdown passes to six different receivers, including Reggie Bonnafon, Jeremy Smith, Brandon Radcliff, L. J. Scott, James Quick and Cole Hikutini.

Kyle Bolin would call signals in the second half, making touchdown throws to Traveon Samuel and Seth Dawkins.

UofL would accumulate 391 yards passing and another 272 yards rushing while Charlotte was eking out 48 yards on the ground 160 through the air, the vast majority of those coming in the second half.

Everything going according to plan on a weeknight, allowing the vast majority of people in the crowd of 53,197 to go home early.

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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.