Defense Scores In Loss At Louisville


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Just The Facts
The Murray State football team dropped a 55-10 decision to 17th-ranked FBS Louisville, Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.

How It Happened
The Cards struck first on their first drive of the game on a two-yard run by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. The Racers quickly answered with a Gabriel Vicente field goal, cutting the lead to 7-3 and keeping Vicente perfect on the season. Louisville would end the half on a 28-0 run, before botching their first snap of the second half which Jason Johnson picked up and returned for a touchdown. The touchdown would hold as MSU’s only of the game, as the Cards picked up the 55-10 win.

About The Cards
Lamar Jackson passed for 249 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 100 yards and another score on the ground. Dez Fitzpatrick hauled in two touchdowns on the afternoon, while Corey Reed had a game-high 94 yards. Stacy Thomas led the Louisville defense with five tackles, four of which were solo, one tackle-for-loss and a pass breakup.

A Big Time Effort
Zachary Wade led MSU with a game-high 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Dylan Boone had a game-high seven solo tackles. Marico Paige had 10 tackles on the day to go along with a sack and a quarterback hurry, while Marquez Sanford had five tackles and a forced fumble. Johnson’s touchdown was the second of the season for the Murray State defense and the two fumble recoveries on the day game the Racers the win

in the turnover battle, 2-1.

The Murray State defense picked up 3.0 sacks in the contest, while the offensive line did not allow Louisville to sack a Racer quarterback all day. Marico Paige, Chris Stahl and Troy-Wayne Quinn all sacked UL backup quarterback Puma Pass in the game.

Still Flawless
Gabriel Vicente continued to the unbelievable start to his football career Sunday by knocking down his lone field goal and extra point attempt in the game. His lone field goal of the game was good from 36 yards out.

The Boom Kick
Landon Stratton had a terrific day at punter for Murray State with an average of 46.8 yards on nine punts. The redshirt junior had four punts of 50 yards or more in the game with a long of 59 yards, while pinning Louisville inside their own 20 three different times.

OK, What’s Next?
The Racers will close out their two-game road trip when they travel to 18th-ranked UT Martin. Kickoff from Hardy M. Graham Stadium in Martin is set for 2 p.m.

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