Lamar Jackson Is Really Good At College Football: Louisville 31, FSU 28
Louisville stunned FSU with a season-changing win. What does it all mean?
Lamar Jackson was able to come though when he had to, and FSU QB James Blackman didn’t. Plagued by some key drops, Jackson still completed 13-of-21 passes for 156 yards and a score, and ran 23 times for 178 yards and a touchdown. Obviously, he was the one guy FSU had to stop, and didn’t.
What more can Jackson do? In terms of being an MVP, he’s it. There’s no player in college football doing more to carry his team than the reigning Heisman-winner, doing everything possible to make things happen even though the entire defensive gameplan is all about keeping him in check.
On a team field of elite athletes, the guy who ran through FSU for 146 yards and four scores against the Noles, and threw for 216 yards and a touchdown, pulled it off again.
Yes, Blackman will get dogged a bit for his three turnovers – throwing two picks and fumbling on what was about to be a probably game-winning drive – but where was the help? This continues to be FSU’s big issue.
This defense is full of NFL talent, and it’s not pulling its weight. Lamar Jackson might be amazing, but after the Blackman fumble, UofL had the ball deep in its own territory, and the Seminole D didn’t come up with the stop.
FSU at home, had to pull this off, and now it’s in big, big trouble. The Noles only play 11 games this year with an early cancellation thanks to the hurricane, and now it goes from being a possible No. 1 team coming into the season, to potentially missing out on a bowl game if it loses at Boston College, at Clemson and/or at Florida. Lose two more, and FSU is sitting at home as the nation’s biggest disappointment.
Louisville season … back on. It’s not going to win the ACC title after starting out the conference slate 1-3, but it would’ve had to battle a bit for a bowl game had it lost. Now at 5-3 with the toughest games out of the way, it’s in the mix for one of the ACC’s biggest games.