College Football
Louisville at Virginia
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 29, 2016
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has already established a statistical pace unmatched by any quarterback in school history - one that has made him the clear frontrunner in the Heisman Trophy race. The record-breaking sophomore looks to continue his assault on the record books Saturday as the fifth-ranked Cardinals travel to Virginia.

Jackson ran or threw for four first-half touchdowns in last weekend's 54-13 rout of North Carolina State, allowing him to set one of many single-season school records (34 total TDs) he is on pace to break with five regular-season games left to play. He amassed 359 of his 431 total yards by halftime against the Wolfpack and the rest of his team followed his lead, as the Cardinals' defense recorded three interceptions and rolled past a NC State team that took No. 3 Clemson to overtime in Death Valley one week earlier. Although the schools have split the two meetings by a total of nine points since Louisville joined the ACC in 2014, the Cavaliers figure to face an uphill battle this time around as they enter this contest with the 100th-ranked scoring defense and 108th-ranked total defense. Virginia opened conference play with a victory over Duke but has since surrendered a total of 80 points in home losses to Pittsburgh and North Carolina - the latter of which came one day after a former player filed a lawsuit against the school for "(fostering) a culture of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination".

TV: Noon ET, ABC. LINE: Louisville -31.5.

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (6-1, 4-1 ACC): Jackson is 92 yards shy of becoming the 15th player - and first quarterback - in school history to run for 1,000 yards; he leads all quarterbacks with 138.7 rushing yards per game and has run and passed for at least one score in a FBS-best 10 straight contests. Senior tight end Cole Hikutini posted a career-high 118 yards receiving on six catches versus the Wolfpack and has managed to accumulate at least 84 yards in three of his last four games. Sophomore Blanton Creque tied a school record with four field goals and set another by scoring 18 points as a kicker - marks good enough to net him ACC Specialist and Co-Rookie of the Week honors.

ABOUT VIRGINIA (2-5, 1-2): Taquan Mizzell was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise listless performance for the Cavaliers against North Carolina, posting his second career 100-yard rushing effort while accounting for 131 of the team's 253 total yards in the 35-14 defeat. Kurt Benkert, who threw for a school-record 421 yards passing against Central Michigan last month, was held to a season-low 126 and has only one passing TD over his last two games after throwing for 13 over his first five outings. Linebacker Micah Kiser (11) and safety Quin Blanding (10.7) lead the ACC in tackles per game - one of only two defensive duos from the same school to rank first and second for their respective conference.


1. Jackson is four rushing TDs and two passing scores shy of becoming the seventh FBS player to record at least 20 touchdowns as a runner and a passer in the same season.

2. Virginia has scored a touchdown on 82.6 percent of its red zone chances - good for the second-best mark in the country.

3. Louisville has scored at least 35 points in the first half five times and topped the 50-point mark for an entire game five times this season - each of which is the most in FBS.

PREDICTION: Louisville 58, Virginia 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Louisville 6-1 W2 52.6 22.7 4-0 2-1 0-1 0-0 4-1
Virginia 2-5 L2 26.3 32.7 1-3 1-2 2-4 0-0 1-2
Last Meeting
Louisville Virginia
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/14/15 UVA 31 LOU 38 425 266 159 358 98 260
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Louisville K. Bolin 47.6 139 1 0
Virginia M. Johns 61.0 260 4 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Louisville B. Radcliff 21 146 7.0 2
Virginia T. Mizzell 13 47 3.6 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Louisville C. Hikutini 4 59 14.8 1
Virginia C. Severin 8 116 14.5 3
Touchdowns Player TD
Louisville B. Radcliff 2
Virginia C. Severin 3
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Louisville L. Jackson 58.3 2161 18 4
Virginia K. Benkert 57.5 1859 14 7
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Louisville L. Jackson 130 908 7.0 16
Virginia T. Mizzell 83 461 5.6 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Louisville J. Quick 32 523 16.3 4
Virginia O. Zaccheaus 31 439 14.2 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Louisville L. Jackson 16
Virginia A. Reid 7
Quickchart Matchup
Louisville Louisville Off vs  Virginia Virginia Def
Louisville 616.9 yards
Virginia 456 yards
Louisville 6.7 yards/rush
Virginia 4.3 yards/rush
Louisville 9.5 yards/attempt
Virginia 8.3 yards/attempt
Virginia Virginia Off vs  Louisville Louisville Def
Virginia 381.9 yards
Louisville 301.3 yards
Virginia 3.6 yards/rush
Louisville 3.2 yards/rush
Virginia 6.5 yards/attempt
Louisville 5.9 yards/attempt