LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) " Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson provided a cushion with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:32 remaining as the Cardinals held off Duke 24-14 on Friday.
The Cardinals got a lucky break as Duke's Breon Borders was called for roughing the kicker as Evan O'Hara's 46-yard field goal missed. The penalty moved the ball to the 14-yard line and Jackson did the rest with a 12-yard run followed by the short score that Louisville sorely needed.
Jackson accounted for 325 yards of offense and two touchdowns, hitting Jaylen Smith with a 5-yard scoring pass on the opening drive. Jeremy Smith added an 80-yard TD run in the third quarter, and O'Hara kicked a 22-yard field goal as the Cardinals came off the bye and earned the program's 500th victory.
Duke fell to 0-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference but gave Louisville more than it expected.
The Cardinals had sought a big bounce back after losing at Clemson, especially with a week off. The Cardinals' offense certainly looked refreshed from the break as they drove 80 yards in 10 plays with Jackson TD pass capping the drive.
Duke wasn't fazed and answered quickly as Daniel Jones hit Erich Schneider for a 9-yard TD to tie it and trail just 10-7 at halftime.
Louisville played better in the third quarter as Smith's big run providing some space and Jackson adding a couple more highlight-reel runs to his impressive collection. Louisville just couldn't capitalize on its chances as Brandon Radcliff lost a fumble at the 5 and O'Hara missed a 42-yard field goal attempt.
The Blue Devils regrouped to close within three as Jones hit a 20-yard TD to Johnathan Lloyd with 6:34 remaining. But the penalty quashed their hopes of getting a final chance at an upset as Jackson took control for Louisville " as usual.
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