Louisville didn't need much from star quarterback Lamar Jackson as the 19th-ranked Cardinals cruised to a 42-3 blowout victory over Kent State on Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner exited the blowout after three quarters with 333 total yards (299 passing, 34 rushing) and three touchdowns accounted for against two interceptions. He was efficient through the air, completing 18 of 22 attempts to help Louisville pull away.
His third TD of the afternoon, a 15-yard hookup with Javonte Bagley in the third quarter, broke a Cardinals record.
Louisville Football relayed word of the accomplishment:
Bleacher Report's Ian Wharton provided his assessment of the aerial attack:
Jackson tossed a pick and lost a fumble before accounting for his first touchdown of the day, though.
Kent State cornerback Demetrius Monday intercepted Jackson midway through the second quarter. Then, on the Cardinals' next drive, the quarterback fumbled on a first-down run, and it was recovered by the Golden Flashes' Elvis Hines.
Louisville built a 21-0 lead before the mistakes, which only cost the Cardinals three points. Malik Williams scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, and Trumaine Washington returned an interception for a touchdown late in the period.
ESPN Stats & Info noted Louisville's rare production without Jackson's involvement:
The 20-year-old Florida native ended the minor scoring drought with a 13-yard scoring run with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.
Fox Sports South highlighted the QB draw for six:
Jackson picked up his first passing touchdown midway through the third quarter, capping a seven-play, 77-yard drive. He found Seth Dawkins open over the middle, and the sophomore wide receiver took care of the rest on a 32-yard catch-and-run, as Fox Sports South showcased:
It wasn't the cleanest performance by Jackson. Three turnovers against a MAC opponent surely didn't help his case for a second straight Heisman. But he still mixed in a couple of brilliant moments.
Louisville didn't need him to play like Superman either. The Cardinals wouldn't mind if he saves his best outings for tougher games on the horizon, like at the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Oct. 5 and at the No. 12 Florida State Seminoles on Oct. 21.
Next up is what should be another lopsided contest at home against the Murray State Racers next Saturday.