Thursday, December 14, 2017
Colleges

Lamar Jackson, Louisville take out North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Lamar Jackson shrugged off preseason questions about his chances of becoming only the second two-time Heisman Trophy winner, saying it wasn't a focus when he won it last year, nor would it be this fall.

That approach is working just fine, too.

Jackson accounted for 525 total yards and six touchdowns to help No. 17 Louisville pull away late and beat North Carolina 47-35 Saturday, giving him more than 1,000 yards of total offense in two games.

"Last night I thought about that, like, 'Wow, this man here is special,' " said receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, who had two touchdown catches from Jackson. "He can do it all. He can throw, he can run, his football IQ is off the charts — everything. Really, just a once-in-a-lifetime type of quarterback."

The junior from Pompano Beach threw for 393 yards and three scores while also running for 132 yards and three TDs. The last came on a spinning-through-tacklers 11-yard run with 3:06 left to punctuate a dominant fourth-quarter effort by the Cardinals (2-0, 1-0 ACC).

Jackson had 485 total yards in last week's win against Purdue, 107 on the ground.

"When you're in a situation, in a one-on-one with him, in open space, he's going to win," UNC coach Larry Fedora said. "And there's times when you're in a two-on-one in open space he's going to win. There aren't a whole lot of guys that can do that."

Junior Jaylen Smith had nine catches for a career-high 183 yards and a score for Louisville, which rolled to 705 yards.

The Cardinals trailed 28-27 entering the fourth quarter but went ahead on Jackson's 3-yard keeper with 13:50 left. Louisville then came up with two fourth-down stops — one at its 1-yard line — to end promising drives by the Tar Heels (0-2, 0-1).

There didn't seem to be a lot of preseason buzz about Jackson's Heisman chances. But this game was a reminder of how effortless he can make things look, whether he was connecting downfield or weaving through the defense on sticks-moving runs.

The Tar Heels are 0-2 for the first time since 2010. UNC's shuffled offensive line lost starting center Cam Dillard in the third quarter and was already without injured starter Bentley Spain (hand injury). Meanwhile, the defense that was supposed to be improved offered meager resistance.

"It's shocking, it's disappointing, it's something we've definitely got to pick up on," Tar Heels linebacker Cayson Collins said.

UNC linebacker Andre Smith had caused a midweek stir by saying his team would "just stop anything" Jackson tried to do.

"I thought about what they said," said Jackson, who spoke with Smith afterward and shared a brief hug.

The Tar Heels started redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt at quarterback over LSU graduate transfer Brandon Harris, who started last week. Surratt threw for 168 yards on 12-for-14 passing and two scores but didn't play after halftime due to right leg discomfort.

Penn State pounds Pitt

Trace McSorley passed for three touchdowns, including Saquon Barkley's 46-yard catch-and-run, and No. 4 Penn State pulled away from visiting Pittsburgh for a 33-14 win.

McSorley completed 15 of 28 for 164 yards, helping the Nittany Lions (2-0) avenge a loss to their in-state rivals a year ago. Tight end Mike Gesicki had two touchdown receptions, and Barkley ran for 88 yards as Penn State ended a two-game skid against the Panthers.

Qadree Ollison rushed for 96 yards for the Panthers (1-1), but the offense struggled to finish early drives. Max Browne completed 19 of 32 for 138 yards and two interceptions.

Pitt dominated time of possession, at more than 38 minutes. Penn State countered with a quick strike attack in front of the largest Beaver Stadium crowd in nearly a decade — 109,898, largest in the 98-game history of the rivalry and seventh-largest in Beaver Stadium history..

NO. 18 VIRGINIA TECH 27, DELAWARE 0: Greg Stroman returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown and Josh Jackson threw two scoring passes for the host Hokies (2-0). Stroman is the first player in Virginia Tech history to return a punt for a touchdown in three consecutive seasons.

Georgia Tech 37, Jacksonville St. 10: TaQuon Marshall passed for three touchdowns and receiver Ricky Jeune scored twice for the host Yellow Jackets. Marshall, making his second career start, was 5-for-7 passing for 112 yards but had just 25 yards rushing on 13 carries. In the opener, he ran for five touchdowns and set an ACC record for yards rushing by a quarterback with 249.

DUKE 41, NORTHWESTERN 17: Daniel Jones accounted for 413 total yards and four touchdowns for the host Blue Devils. Jones passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 108 yards and two scores. His streak of 202 consecutive passes without an interception, longest in the nation, ended in the first quarter.

Wake Forest 34, Boston College 10: John Wolford ran for one touchdown and threw for another and the visiting Deacons forced four turnovers.

Quotable

"I know last year beating us for them was like the Super Bowl. This was just like beating Akron for us."

James Franklin, Penn State coach, after Saturday's victory over Pittsburgh

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