LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sporting Alert – Scores and results from selected college football matches that took place on Thursday night.
Associated Press Top 25 ranked clubs No. 9 Tennessee and No. 19 Louisville secured contrasting victories on the night, while there were wins as well for South Carolina and Utah.
NO. 19 LOUISVILLE 70, CHARLOTTE 14
Louisville used a very powerful start to destroy Charlotte 70-14 at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Kentucky, as records tumbled in the season opener.
Starting quarterback Lamar Jackson accounted for a school-record eight touchdowns and 405 offensive yards by halftime, as the Cardinals (1-0) blasted from the gates and race out to a 56-0 lead on Thursday night.
Jackson, who went 17 of 23 on passes for 286 yards and six touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 119 yards and two scores, eclipsed Chris Redman’s 1998 record for combined rushing and passing TDs in Thursday’s walkover.
The sophomore also tied Redman’s record for passing TDs, finishing the contest without a single interception.
“I was just trying to get everyone the ball,” said Jackson. “We have a lot of big-time players, and I’m trying to get the ball in their hands instead of it looking like me running around all the time.”
Kevin Olsen completed 16 of 29 passes for 141 yards and had one touchdown pass to Austin Duke for Charlotte in the defeat.
“We were having a hard time handling Lamar,” the 49ers head coach Brad Lambert said.
“We had some free guys early in the game on some blitzes and he can do that to you. He can make you look bad.”
NO. 9 TENNESSEE 20, APPALACHIAN 13
Meanwhile, ninth-ranked Tennessee needed overtime to survive a scare in its 20-13 victory over Appalachian State in another AP Top 25 college football game on Thursday night.
The Volunteers (1-0) trailed 13-3 at halftime and deep into the third quarter before finally putting things together to tie the contest at 13-13 in the fourth quarter.
Jalen Hurd then recovered an overtime fumble by Appalachian State quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the end zone to wrap up the game.
Tennessee struggled on the night, but head coach Butch Jones said he was just happy to get away with a win.
“At the end of the day we found a way to win the football game,” Jones said. “We had some players step up and make some critical plays.
“Just about anything and everything went wrong. We found a way to win, got it to overtime and had a clutch play to Josh Malone.”
Joshua Dobbs went 16 of 29 on passes for 192 yards and a touchdown, while Jalen Hurd rushed 28 times for 110 yards and a score and Josh Malone took two catches for 81 yards, including a 67-yard pass from Dobbs for a touchdown.
Taylor Lamb completed 15 of 23 passes for 108 yards and a TD in the defeat for the Mountaineers.
College Football Top 25 and Selected Scores
Thursday, September 1
Appalachian State 13, No. 9 Tennessee 20 (OT)
Charlotte 14, No. 19 Louisville 70
Presbyterian College 3, Central Michigan 49
Tulane 3, Wake Forest 7
Tennessee-Martin 7, Cincinnati 28
Maine 21, Connecticut 24
William & Mary 14, NC State 48
Indiana 34, Florida Intl 13
South Carolina 13, Vanderbilt 10
Southern Utah 0, Utah 24
Weber State 6, Utah State 45
Rice 14, Western Kentucky 46
Oregon State 23, Minnesota 30
South Dakota 21, New Mexico 48
Montana State 17, Idaho 20
Jackson State 13 UNLV 63