Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson had over 300 total yards and two touchdowns against UNC on Saturday — by the halftime break. Jackson finished the game with 393 passing yards and three passing touchdowns, plus 132 rushing yards and another three rushing touchdowns.
Impressive performance from the reigning Heisman winner, who now has over 1,000 all purpose yards this season — in just two games. He looks to be on pace to become the first two-time Heisman winner since Ohio State running back Archie Griffin won back-to-back trophies in 1974-75.
Jackson's 525 yards were the second most of his career, and the most the UNC defense has ever allowed to a single player in a single game. Check out this strike to Thomas Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown:
This was Louisville's first offensive play after one of very few miscues by Jackson — instead of taking a sack in the red zone (inside the UNC 10-yard-line), Jackson tossed the ball into a crowd of defenders as he fell to his back. The ball fell harmlessly to the turf, but Louisville was lucky it didn't turn into a turnover. The Cardinals kicked a field goal one play later.
One of very few bad decisions Lamar Jackson made during the Cardinals' 47-35 win at UNC. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)[/credit]
He had a similar play on the Cardinals' next possession, but luckily for Louisville, that pass was incomplete as well. Jackson cleaned up his play significantly in the second half and really didn't make a mistake from the third quarter on.
Jackson became the second player in FBS history to accrue over 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in back-to-back games. He had 378 passing yards and 107 rushing yards in the Cardinals' season-opening 35-28 win over Purdue last weekend.
We will have to see what happens the rest of the day, but odds are good that Jackson will finish the day as one of the top offenses in college football — by himself. Next weekend comes the real test: the Cardinals' home-opener vs. Clemson. If Jackson performs similarly well and leads Louisville to a win in that one, he will be the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman trophy for a second time.