Sep 9, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Miller Moss (7) throws the ball against the Stanford Cardinal in the second half at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tall task awaits USC in No. 15 Louisville at Holiday Bowl

Southern California felt it was a national championship contender and certainly was resembling one when the squad was unbeaten through six games.

But the rest of the season was a disaster for the Trojans, who finish the campaign in a mid-level bowl when it opposes No. 15 Louisville in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

USC (7-5) limped to the finish with five losses in six games and had to rally from 14 points down in the fourth quarter in the one victory — 50-49 over Cal on Oct. 28.

In the eyes of Trojans coach Lincoln Riley, his team needs to forget what happened over the second half of the season.

“We got to make the most of it,” Riley said of the bowl experience. “You can’t let all that outside stuff take away from the opportunities at hand.”

Nearly 20 USC players have opted out of the Holiday Bowl, including 2022 Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams (3,633 passing yards, 30 TDs in 2023).

Miller Moss makes his first career start at quarterback. That’s no easy task with Louisville (10-3) ranking 16th in total defense (307.4 yards per game) entering the bowl season. The Cardinals also feature an elite defensive end in Ashton Gillotte (11 sacks), who announced he will return in 2024.

Moss has thrown just 59 passes — completing 72.9 percent — in his three seasons with the Trojans. He has passed for 542 yards and three touchdowns.

“I worked my whole life for this,” Moss said. “I’m excited to step in this role and I’m very confident in our team. … I think I just try to treat it like any other game.

“Obviously excited about the opportunity, but not gonna make it more than what it is. We have a game to prepare for and we’re going to do everything we can to win.”

The Cardinals are looking to finish with a bang after back-to-back losses erased some shine off their stellar campaign. Still, they have won 10 games for the first time since 2013.

Louisville blew a 10-point lead while succumbing 38-31 to in-state rival Kentucky in late November and then the offense struggled in a 16-6 loss to then-No. 4 Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.

“It’s unfortunate we didn’t finish the season exactly the way we wanted,” Cardinals coach Jeff Brohm said. “I thought our guys came ready to play, they practiced hard. It’s just the game did not go the way we wanted, and that starts with me. We just got to fix a few things up.”

Louisville also has to figure out how to plug the losses of star running back Jawhar Jordan (1,128 yards, 15 touchdowns) and top receiver Jamari Thrash (63 catches, 858 yards). Both players opted out of the bowl to focus on the NFL draft.

Isaac Guerendo (649 yards, eight TDs) and Maurice Turner (251 yards, one score) will split the ball-carrying duties.

Quarterback Jack Plummer has passed for 3,063 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

The contest will mark just the third time that Louisville has ever played in the state of California. Both of the previous games ended in ties — 24-24 against Long Beach State in the 1970 Pasadena Bowl and 10-10 versus San Jose State in 1990.

Brohm said the program is happy to be playing out west and he has cautioned his players that the Trojans are much better than their record.

“I think our team understands that when you play a brand team like that, it’ll be an exciting game,” Brohm said. “They have a ton of talent, are well-coached, and I think our guys will be fired up to go out there and play.”

The Cardinals are 12-12-1 all-time in bowls. This is their 12th appearance in the past 14 seasons.

USC is playing in its 57th bowl game. The Trojans have a 34-20 record with two others vacated (one win, one loss) due to NCAA penalties. USC is 1-2 in past Holiday Bowl appearances.

This is the first-ever meeting between USC and Louisville.

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Nov 25, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA;  Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Dane Key (6) catches a touchdown pass under the pressure of Louisville Cardinals defensive back Storm Duck (29) during the first half at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky strikes late to take down No. 10 Louisville

Ray Davis raced 37 yards for the winning touchdown with 1:02 remaining to give visiting Kentucky a wild 38-31 victory over No. 10 Louisville on Saturday afternoon.

Davis also caught two touchdown passes and Barion Brown returned a kickoff for a score as the Wildcats (7-5) won the Governor’s Cup for the fifth straight time. Devin Leary threw three touchdown passes and J.J. Weaver recovered two fumbles, forced one and also recorded a sack as Kentucky won for just the second time in its past seven games.

Jack Plummer completed 24 of 33 passes for 242 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the Cardinals (10-2), who had a four-game winning streak halted. Jahwar Jordan rushed for 67 yards and two scores and Joey Gatewood and Ahmari Huggins-Bruce had touchdown catches.

Louisville’s last shot came up empty when Plummer’s deep throw was intercepted by Jordan Lovett in the end zone with two seconds left.

Davis rushed for 76 yards to move over 1,000 for the season. He has 1,066. Leary completed 12 of 22 passes for 206 yards and an interception. Dane Key caught a touchdown pass.

The contest was tied at 24 in the fourth quarter when Kentucky’s D’Eryk Jackson punched the ball out of Plummer’s hand and Weaver chased it down at the Louisville 22-yard line. Two plays later, Davis caught a swing pass from Leary and raced 20 yards for a touchdown to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 31-24 with 8:37 left.

Six minutes later, Plummer connected with Huggins-Bruce on the tying 21-yard scoring pass with 2:33 left.

Davis then broke free to the left on his decisive scoring dash.

The Cardinals received the kickoff to start the second half and possessed the ball for 9:10. Jordan scored from the 1 to cap the 15-play, 75-yard drive and give Louisville a 17-7 lead with 5:50 left in the third quarter.

Kentucky struck immediately on Brown’s 100-yard kickoff return. It is Brown’s second kickoff return score this season and the third of his career.

Louisville responded with Plummer’s 11-yard pass to Gatewood to make it a 10-point margin with 2:48 left in the third quarter.

Just 59 seconds later, Leary connected with Davis on a 20-yard touchdown pass to bring Kentucky within 24-21.

A short time later, Weaver forced Jordan to fumble and recovered the ball at the Louisville 48. That set up Alex Raynor’s tying 46-yard field goal with 10:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Jordan began the scoring when he rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead with 3:40 left in the first quarter.

Kentucky tied the score on Leary’s 9-yard scoring pass to Key with 8:07 left in the first half. Brock Travelstead booted a 46-yard field goal with 4:25 left as Louisville led 10-7.

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Nov 18, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Chris Bell (0) breaks a tackle attempt from Miami Hurricanes defensive back Jadais Richard (25) during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

No. 10 Louisville downs Miami to reach ACC title game

For the first time ever, Louisville will play for the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in football.

Jack Plummer’s 58-yard touchdown pass to Keon Coleman Jr. with 4:17 left in the game proved to be the winning score for visiting No. 10 Louisville in its 38-31 triumph on Saturday over Miami in South Florida.

Louisville (10-1, 7-1 ACC) will face No. 4 Florida State for the conference title in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 2.

The victory marks the first double-digit-win season for the Cardinals since 2013, their lone campaign in the American Athletic Conference. Meanwhile, Miami (6-5, 2-5) will finish with a losing record in conference play for the second straight season.

The Cardinals clinched the win over the Hurricanes by forcing a third consecutive incomplete pass in a fourth-and-goal situation from Louisville’s 4-yard-line. Miami put itself in a position to tie the game with under two minutes to play by driving 75 yards in eight plays, but the Canes couldn’t find the endzone.

Miami got the ball back with 19 seconds left but failed to score. The Hurricanes completed a Hail Mary pass with 5 seconds left, with Xavier Restrepo hauling in a 45-yard completion, but he was brought down 4 yards short of the goal line.

Plummer completed 24 of 37 passes for 308 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Louisville also got rushing touchdowns from Isaac Guerendo and Evan Conley, who were key parts of a Louisville rushing attack that piled up 162 yards on 34 carries.

Tyler Van Dyke completed 24 of 39 passes for 327 yards for Miami, throwing one touchdown. Mark Fletcher Jr. led the Canes’ rushing game with 126 yards and two scores on 17 carries.

The contest was a back-and-forth one that featured five lead changes. Miami led 21-20 at halftime. Just before intermission, Louisville defensive back Trey Franklin was ejected for targeting.

Miami defensive back Kamren Kinchens came up with the lone turnover in the game, picking off Plummer in the first quarter. Louisville defensive end Mason Reiger tallied the only sack of the contest.

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Oct 26, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Bhayshul Tuten (33) runs the ball against Syracuse Orange defensive back Justin Barron (8) during the fourth quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

No. 13 Louisville faces Va. Tech in pivotal ACC matchup

No. 13 Louisville and visiting Virginia Tech have plenty at stake during their pivotal Atlantic Coast Conference clash on Saturday.

With the Cardinals (7-1, 4-1 ACC) and Hokies (4-4, 3-1) each having just one conference loss, the winner of Saturday’s contest will have the inside track toward advancing to the conference title game on Dec. 2 in Charlotte.

Just don’t mention that to Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry.

“Yeah, we don’t think about that. I’d be disappointed if somebody was,” Pry said. “We work really hard on focusing on the next opponent. These guys understand and know that that’s part of the key to our success, to us improving.

“Anytime you look ahead, you get your butt beat. I hope we’re not doing that. I’m not. Staff isn’t. And certainly continue to talk to our players about that.”

The Hokies have rebounded from a 1-3 start to win three of their past four games, averaging 30.8 points over that span.

Bhayshul Tuten rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown and Malachi Thomas added 87 yards on the ground last week for Virginia Tech, which rolled up a season-high 318 rushing yards in a 38-10 romp over Syracuse.

Louisville rebounded from a 38-21 setback at Pitt on Oct. 14 with a 23-0 rout of visiting Duke last week.

Jawhar Jordan rolled up a career-high 163 rushing yards and two touchdowns vs. the Blue Devils en route to being named ACC Running Back of the Week. He has set career-high totals in rushing yards (824) and touchdowns (10) this season.

Jordan’s two scores staked Louisville to an early 14-0 lead.

From there, Cardinals first-year coach Jeff Brohm saw his defensive charges take over the game. Duke mustered just 202 yards of total offense, marking the fourth straight game in which Louisville held its foe under 300 yards.

“I think our defense has confidence in themselves and the package that we’re using, and they play aggressive,” Brohm said. “If we cannot give (the opposing) offense the ball back by having turnovers early on and sustaining some drives like we did this past game and putting points on the board early, it definitely plays to our advantage.

“Our defense has taken advantage of it, and they’ve done a really good job, so it’s really a credit to our players. I think they play really hard early on, and they come ready to play.”

That’s a recipe for success, especially at home. Louisville’s last loss in front of its home fans was to Florida State on Sept. 16, 2022.

Virginia Tech safety Jalen Stroman was listed as questionable for the Saturday game due to a right shoulder injury.

“He’s one of our tougher players,” Pry said on Tuesday. “He’s had some injuries before. He seems to always come back a little quicker. I hope we have him. We need him. He’s one of those guys that can run and get you on the ground back there, and they’ve certainly got some guys that can do some things with the ball. But he’s questionable at this point.”

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Oct 7, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA;  Louisville Cardinals running back Jawhar Jordan (25) runs the ball to score a touchdown against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second half at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Louisville defeated Notre Dame 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

No. 14 Louisville aims to extend Pitt’s losing streak

Minutes after Louisville finished a 33-20 upset of then-No. 10 Notre Dame last weekend, first-year Cardinals coach Jeff Brohm sounded a warning.

“Once you win a game like that, the bar goes from here up to here,” he said. “Every week in college football, if you don’t come ready to play, you are not going to win.”

Complacency might pose a bigger danger for the 14th-ranked Cardinals than host Pitt for Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.

While Louisville (6-0, 3-0) is undefeated and jumped 11 spots in the AP poll this week, the Panthers (1-4, 0-2) are licking a plethora of wounds that come with a four-game losing streak and the benching of a quarterback.

Former Boston College starter Phil Jurkovec, who threw for 5,184 yards and 35 touchdowns in three years with the Eagles, completed just 50.9 percent of his passes before Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi pulled the plug days after a 38-21 loss on Sept. 30 at Virginia Tech.

Penn State transfer Christian Veilleux, who’s completed 12 of 27 passes for 145 yards in two games this year, will get the call against Louisville. Narduzzi hopes Veilleux can provide a spark for an offense that has been held under 300 yards in three of the last four games.

“Christian will be the guy lined up there,” Narduzzi said, “and we expect to have a good week this week. Nobody in our program is happy with where we are right now. It goes to everybody that sits in this room on a normal day here to get it done. Coaches coach and players play. So nobody’s happy.”

Not that lack of production on offense is the sole reason for Pitt’s skid. The Panthers allowed 79 points in ACC losses to North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

“We’ve got to play championship defense,” Narduzzi said. “We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to make more plays. We need to get off the field and give the ball back to our offense.”

That might be easier said than done against the Cardinals. Brohm has put together a balanced offense that pairs the passing of Cal transfer Jack Plummer with the explosive running of Jawhar Jordan.

In the win over Notre Dame, Jordan rushed 21 times for 143 yards, scoring on 45- and 21-yard runs in the second half after Louisville fell behind 10-7. Plummer was an efficient 17 of 24 for 145 yards and a 9-yard touchdown to Jamari Thrash in the first quarter.

Thrash has 30 catches for 519 yards and six scores, while Jordan has rushed for 653 yards and eight touchdowns. Plummer has 1,551 yards in the air with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. In other words, the Cardinals are on pace to have a 1,000-yard receiver, 1,000-yard rusher and 3,000-yard passer halfway through the season.

The Panthers own a 10-9 edge in the all-time series, although Louisville won last year’s matchup 24-10 at home.

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Sep 16, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Louisville Cardinals running back Jawhar Jordan (25) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Indiana Hoosiers in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Unbeaten Louisville expecting a fight from Boston College

Off to its best start since 2016, Louisville entertains Boston College in its Atlantic Coast Conference home opener on Saturday.

The Cardinals (3-0, 1-0) beat ACC foe Georgia Tech in Atlanta to open the season and have since won a pair of nonconference games, including last Saturday’s 21-14 triumph against Indiana in Indianapolis.

Thanks in large part to the nation’s ninth-ranked offense (528.7 yards per game), Louisville coach Jeff Brohm’s team has found a way thus far.

“I think if you want to win games, you have to find ways to get big plays,” Brohm said. “Being good at running the ball while having play action off of it … and being efficient in the control passing game are all vital to success.”

Against Indiana, the Cardinals scored all 21 points on 302 yards of total offense in the first half alone.

Jamari Thrash had four catches for 159 yards, including an 85-yard score from Jack Plummer that was the eighth-longest touchdown reception in program history.

Jawhar Jordan posted his sixth career 100-yard rushing effort with 18 carries for 113 yards and a score.

“He was a little nicked up last week in practice, so he gutted it out and played a really good game,” Brohm said of Jordan. “He’s very talented and elusive with the ball, yet he’ll lower his pads and run.”

Safety Josh Minkins (hamstring) is expected back this week after a two-game absence.

Boston College (1-2, 0-1) is the only FBS team with every game decided by three or fewer points.

The Eagles scored the game’s final three touchdowns in last week’s 31-29 loss to then-No. 3 Florida State, narrowly missing their first top-5 win since 2002.

“They’ve been pretty draining games, but our guys are fighters and they’re going to stay in it until the end,” BC coach Jeff Hafley said after going toe-to-toe with the Seminoles.

“I feel like we grew in confidence. … Now, can we build off of that?”

Thomas Castellanos continued to impress, passing for 305 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 95 yards and a score against FSU.

Castellanos has thrown for 644 yards and rushed for a team-leading 231 through three games.

“We’re turning into a pretty athletic offense with the threat of a quarterback who can really run the ball and keep plays alive, then you have some big wideouts, some good catch-and-run wideouts and a guy like Ryan (O’Keefe) who can do a lot of different things,” Hafley said.

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Sep 7, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Jeff Brohm watches warmups before facing off against the Murray State Racers at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville vies to ignite high-octane offense vs. Indiana

It’s no surprise to see a Jeff Brohm-coached team scoring a lot of points.

His Louisville squad is lighting up the scoreboard, following up a 39-34 season-opening win at Georgia Tech on Sept. 1 by blanking FCS opponent Murray State 56-0 on Sept. 7.

The Cardinals (2-0) step up in class on Saturday with a trip to Indianapolis for a non-conference matchup with Indiana (1-1). The Hoosiers’ defense has looked very good in holding No. 6 Ohio State to 23 points and stifling FCS foe Indiana State on Sept. 8.

Louisville has shown a good run-pass balance so far. Cal transfer Jack Plummer threw for 247 yards and a touchdown against Murray State, while running back Jawhar Jordan piled up 135 yards and a pair of scores on just seven carries.

“I thought we came out and did exactly what we needed to do, which was execute better, find ways to score points and keep them out of the end zone,” Brohm said. “We have to get ready for a tough stretch of games and understand everything from here on out will be a dogfight.”

Meanwhile, the Hoosiers have shown signs of improvement after a disappointing 2022 that saw them start 3-0 and lose eight of the last nine games. After making Ohio State work for a full 60 minutes, they routed Indiana State 41-7 last week with the Sycamores’ only touchdown coming on a fumble return.

Indiana limited its punchless in-state opponent, which was blanked in its first game, to eight first downs and 93 total yards. The Hoosiers rolled up 558 total yards with quarterback Tayven Jackson completing 18 of 21 passes for 236 yards.

That was enough for Jackson to win the starting job from Brendan Sorsby. The two were battling for the job throughout the preseason and the first two games.

“It’s been hard going through a quarterback battle but that’s life,” Jackson said. “It was a relief.”

This is the first meeting of the two schools since 1986, when Indiana blanked the Cardinals 21-0. The Hoosiers own a 2-0 lead in the series.

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Sep 7, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals defensive lineman Dezmond Tell (99) sacks Murray State Racers quarterback DJ Williams (2) during the first quarter at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville blanks Murray State in Jeff Brohm’s home opener

Jawhar Jordan scored two touchdowns and rushed for 135 yards to help Louisville wipe out Murray State 56-0 on Thursday night in the Cardinals’ first home game under coach Jeff Brohm.

Jamari Thrash scored on a run and a reception and Louisville quarterback Jack Plummer threw for a touchdown and was intercepted twice.

Brohm, a former Cardinals quarterback, saw his team dominate with 690 yards of total offense.

Plummer, a transfer from California who previously played for Brohm at Purdue, went 16-for-22 for 247 yards in the air in the home debut with his new team. He played less than three quarters.

Jordan, who carried only seven times in the game, scored on a 72-yard run late in the first half as the Cardinals went into halftime up 28-0. He scored on a 1-yard run to open the second-half scoring.

Plummer’s big pass play came on his first throw after tossing a second-quarter interception. It also came one snap after he fumbled, but Jordan recovered the ball. Plummer and Thrash then connected on a 73-yard scoring play as the Cardinals stretched their lead to 21-0. Thrash ran more than 60 yards untouched after making the grab.

Louisville (2-0) was in control throughout this game, so it didn’t need a comeback like the one put together against Georgia Tech last week in Atlanta.

Quarterback DJ Williams was credited for 68 passing yards and 21 rushing yards for Murray State (1-1), a Football Championship Subdivision team. The Racers, who were limited to 166 yards of total offense, were denied in their bid to knock off a Football Bowl Subdivision team for the first time since topping Louisville in 1984.

Harrison Bailey threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass for the Cardinals.

Louisville scored on its first possession, going 76 yards in six plays. Thrash ran 12 yards for a touchdown.

The Cardinals went up 14-0 in the opening minute of the second quarter. Isaac Guerendo’s 1-yard run capped an 85-yard march that took nine plays. Louisville also benefited from two pass-interference penalties on the Racers.

Murray State reached Louisville territory on its third and fourth possessions of the game, but the Racers ended up punting both times.

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Sep 1, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Jeff Brohm on the sideline against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Murray State next for Louisville in coach Jeff Brohm’s home debut

Louisville received good marks for its first game under head coach Jeff Brohm. Now the Cardinals try to treat the program’s former star quarterback to success in his home debut in the job.

Louisville takes on Murray State on Thursday night.

“I know our players are excited to get back on the field as well and show some improvement, and go out there and try to execute as well as we can,” Brohm said. “It’s a short week. I think for us, we just need to improve, improve in a lot of areas.”

The Cardinals rallied to win 39-34 last Friday night against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Murray State also had a successful opener by trouncing visiting Presbyterian 41-10 on Saturday. The Racers had a big second half, holding a 24-0 edge after halftime.

“We had to figure our team out. (The Presbyterian game) helped,” Murray State coach Dean Hood. “The next two will be helpful as well to try to figure our guys out.”

In the Georgia Tech game, Cardinals quarterback Jack Plummer threw for three touchdowns, with two of those going to Jamari Thrash.

Plummer played for Brohm at Purdue before spending the 2022 season at California, so Brohm knows what he has at that position.

“A lot of guys, even other than Jack, were jittery a little bit in the first half and didn’t play as well as we’d like,” Brohm said of the opener. “But that’s part of playing that position. I just think if he can relax and do what he does every day in practice, and throw with conviction, and stand in there and be tough and realize that he can make those throws.”

Louisville rallied from a 15-point hole, 28-13, in the second quarter for its largest comeback in eight years.

Louisville officials have said they’re expecting the largest home crowd post-COVID for this week’s game.

“I know if you play a good brand of football, and your team shows fight and grit and toughness, and you find ways to improve each and every week and compete at the highest level you can, people are going to come watch,” Brohm said. “So that’s what we’ve got to provide.”

These teams last met in 2017, with the Cardinals owning a 14-6 mark overall and 11-4 at home. Murray State hasn’t toppled a Football Bowl Subdivision team since knocking off Louisville 26-23 in 1984 when the divisions were NCAA I-A and I-AA.

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Sep 1, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Jack Plummer (13) looks to throw against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Plummer tosses 3 TDs as Louisville gets past Georgia Tech

Jack Plummer threw three touchdown passes and Jawhar Jordan ran for 96 yards and a score Friday as visiting Louisville topped Georgia Tech 39-34 in Atlanta in the season opener for both ACC programs.

In the Louisville coaching debut for Jeff Brohm, a former standout quarterback for the Cardinals, the visitors outscored the Yellow Jackets 26-6 during the second half. Plummer finished 18 of 31 for 247 yards for Louisville (1-0, 1-0 ACC), while Jamari Thrash caught seven balls for 88 yards and two scores.

Haynes King went 19 of 32 for 313 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for Georgia Tech (0-1, 0-1).

Trailing by one, the Yellow Jackets were in field-goal range with under four minutes remaining before Dezmond Tell hit King from the blind side, forcing a fumble that Lou Wilson recovered. On the next play, Jordan sprinted up the middle for a 74-yard touchdown.

Brock Travelstead drilled a 38-yard field goal with 2:39 left to push the Louisville lead to 39-28. Georgia Tech found the end zone with 1:07 to play, but the Yellow Jackets were unable to secure the ensuing onside kick.

Georgia Tech trailed 6-0 after the first quarter before erupting for four touchdowns in the second stanza.

King had two passing touchdowns in the period — a 2-yard touchdown pass to Brett Seither and a quick screen with Chase Lane, who stormed down the right sideline for a 48-yard score. Trey Cooley added two TD runs during the second quarter, finding the end zone from 1 and 23 yards to help the Yellow Jackets lead 28-13 at the break.

The hosts’ momentum did not carry into the third quarter, however, as Louisville scored the only 10 points of the period. The Cardinals outgained the Yellow Jackets 142-21 in the quarter, highlighted by Plummer’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Thrash.

After a missed 33-yard field goal by Georgia Tech’s Gavin Stewart early in the fourth quarter, Louisville regained the lead with 8:08 remaining on Plummer’s 20-yard hookup with Thrash.

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