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Ryan Cooper | NCAA.com | September 1, 2016

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson has insane first half

  Lamar Jackson had a ridiculous first half against Charlotte, scoring eight touchdowns.

When a team holds a 56-0 lead heading into the half, you know there are going to be some eye-popping numbers. But what Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson did in 30 minutes of work against Charlotte on Thursday is still hard to believe.

The sophomore out of Boynton Beach, Florida, picked up eight — that's right, eight — touchdowns in the first half of the Cardinals' thrashing of Charlotte. It got so bad that Louisville coach Bobby Petrino didn't bother sending him back out when the teams emerged from the tunnels.

Jackson had a phenomenal rookie season in 2015, and this game might have thrust him into the upper class of college quarterbacks.

Let's dive into some numbers:

  • 405 yards of total offense (17-for-23, 286 yards passing; 11 carries for 189 yards)
  • Eight touchdowns (six passing, two rushing)
  • As many passing touchdowns in one half as he had through six games in 2015
  • Eight fewer yards of total offense in one half than he had through three games in 2015
  • Responsible for as many offensive touchdowns as it took Charlotte six games to get to in 2015

All in all, that is what you would call one impressive season debut. The Cardinals ended up winning 70-14.

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