Instant analysis from No. 14 Louisville’s 47-21 loss to No. 3 Clemson:
How the game was won
Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant outdueled reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson by throwing for 316 yards and a touchdown and running for two scores as the defending national champions dominated Louisville.
1. Kelly Bryant. Making his first career road start, it was Clemson’s 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior quarterback who looked like the Heisman Trophy candidate.
2. Clemson defense. Was billed entering the game as the best “D” in the country and walked that talk in a big way.
3. Dabo Swinney. The Clemson coach has now led his team to 11 straight road victories and nine wins in its past 10 games against foes ranked in the top 15.
4. Louisville fans. The second-largest crowd in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium history (55,588) created an electric atmosphere.
1. Lamar Jackson. The U of L QB was 21-of-42 passing for 317 yards and three TDs — two of which came after the game had long been decided — and also threw a crucial pick-six. His chance for a second straight Heisman Trophy likely took a fatal blow in 2017’s third game.
2. Louisville’s talent around Lamar Jackson. Against high-level defenses such as Clemson, the Cardinals quarterback doesn’t seem to have much help.
3. Louisville defense. The Cardinals may have changed coordinators, but this looked like the same U of L defense that Kentucky torched for 41 points in the 2016 regular-season finale.
4. Bobby Petrino. Louisville took the p.r. hit of bringing the controversial coach back to compete at the highest levels of the ACC. Petrino is now 1-6 against league kingpins Clemson (0-4) and Florida State (1-2).
3-1. With Clemson’s victory, defending national champions are now 3-1 in contests against reigning Heisman Trophy winners. Clemson joined USC (which beat Jason White and Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl) and Alabama (which beat Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in 2013). LSU in 2008 (Florida’s Tim Tebow) is the defending national champ which fell to the reigning Heisman winner.
Passion for fashion
For its home opener, Louisville held a “black out” and the Cardinals wore red acrylic helmets, black jerseys with red letters and numbers and black pants.
Visiting Clemson wore orange helmets, white jerseys with orange numbers and letters and white pants.
Decked out in an authentic Lamar Jackson game jersey, Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino was the celebrity guest game picker on ESPN’s “College GameDay” from The Ville. Twitter noticed that Lamar’s game jersey fit Pitino rather snugly … Lonnie Ali, widow of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, was on hand … NBA players from U of L Donovan Mitchell (Utah) and Terry Rozier (Boston) were introduced to the crowd.
Louisville (2-1, 0-1 ACC) will face Kent State on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in a game that will kick off at noon. The Golden Flashes (1-2) lost to Marshall 21-0 Saturday.