The Louisville Cardinals were 33-point favorites in this game. They have the most explosive player in college football and the likely Heisman Trophy incumbent throwing the ball in Lamar Jackson. By all accounts, they should have run away with this game.
And yet, it took some heroics in the waning seconds of the game to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive.
Trailing for a large portion of the game, Louisville surrendered a touchdown to the upset minded Cavaliers, who then went for two and converted. The gutsy call put the Cavaliers ahead and in prime position to ruin the Cardinals season.
On the final drive, Jackson took over. Converting on fourth-downs and amassing huge gains on the ground, Jackson showed why he’s a favorite for the Heisman Trophy. But it was his 29 yard touchdown pass against airtight coverage with :13 remaining on the clock that gives you an idea of just how clutch this young man can be.
Virginia was a team with nothing to lose, and they played as such. They put forth a valiant effort, but ultimately lacked the horses to outpace a thoroughbred like Louisville.