Lamar Jackson cuts up North Carolina defense in 47-35 win
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 10, 2017,
Sep 10, 2017, 23:58
The defending Heisman Trophy victor recorded his 15th game with at least 100 yards rushing, tying a school record. That is expected to pay huge dividends this week, with a North Carolina team that is known to have an up-tempo style and the Cardinals' likelihood of using plenty of substitutions.
Roc Thomas rushed 18 times for 86 yards for Jacksonville State (1-1).
Hurts recorded touchdown runs of 55 yards and three yards in the opening minutes of the first and second quarters as Alabama (2-0) totaled 305 yards on the ground.
Instead, miscommunications, blown coverages and frustration reigned supreme against a man hell-bent on taking advantage of them. "He did the right thing". The Cardinals lost three fumbles last week.
Jackson was like grease, constantly avoiding sacks and finishing what looked like dead plays into giant gains.
A couple of missed opportunities came at the hands of overthrown passes or other throwing errors, but numerous receivers failed to make themselves an open target.
No player had ever racked up more than 500 yards individually against the Tar Heels, but the junior quarterback showed fans in attendance just how special he truly is on the way to handing UNC (0-2, 0-1 ACC) its second consecutive loss to begin the season.
Tanner Lee finished with 252 yards passing and three touchdowns for Nebraska, but he was intercepted four times, including on the Huskers' final drive.
Lamar Jackson, as described by North Carolina coach Larry Fedora earlier in the week, is "a guy where you can do everything perfectly and he can (still) make you look bad".
"Lamar Jackson is every bit as good as everybody says he is and thinks he is", Fedora said.
As the young running backs take on a more challenging defense than the Bears, the wide receivers will face heightened pressure to perform. He's not going to beat us. And we're going to cover downfield. "Based on Saturday what we saw whether that was enough to make a change, I don't know yet". "We got four sacks". But U of L did hold up on UNC's two most important fourth-quarter drives, which boosted the defense's grades across the board. He went with LSU graduate transfer Brandon Harris against Cal but leaned more on redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt as the game wore on. "They did exactly what (defensive coordinator John Papuchis) said they were gonna do, and at times, we made plays".
Chucky Williams made a silly mistake on punt coverage, but he played well once again at safety, with three tackles, one pass break-up and one forced fumble. Senior Ronald Walker or freshman Russ Yeast are the likely replacements for the Charlotte native.
At 8:57 a.m. on Friday, Lamar Jackson issued the warning in the form of a Dragon Ball Z reference. "You just, you can't". The Louisville quarterback is as enjoyable to watch as any NCAA star in memory, a whirlwind of touchdown passes and touchdown runs that never seem predictable.
What might have National Football League scouts most intrigued, however, were the flashes of progress Jackson showed as a pocket passer Saturday. UNC (0-2) saw what was coming, but couldn't do anything to stop the Cardinals from racking up 705 yards of total offense. He also had a team-high nine catches for 53 yards.