Can rookie Lamar Jackson be Louisville’s answer this fall?

Louisville found itself in a tough spot at halftime of its recent game against Auburn in the Georgia Dome, trailing 17-0 at halftime against the Tigers. The Cardinals buried themselves with turnovers in the opening 30 minutes, including an interception by quarterback Lamar Jackson on the game’s first play from scrimmage that set up a touchdown, and a fumble by another UofL quarterback, Reggie Bonnafon, that resulted in another seven points for Auburn.

Louisville rallied in the second half behind Jackson, as the rookie had three rushes for 21 yards in Louisville’s first scoring drive of the game, a third quarter field goal, and then he had three more carries for 20 yards as the Cardinals scored their first touchdown of the game. Jackson would lead Louisville on two more touchdown drives from there, running and passing his way through Auburn’s stiff defense.

Though it wasn’t enough to lead the Cardinals to a stirring comeback, Jackson’s 206 all-purpose yards (100 through the air on 9-of-20 passing, 106 rushing yards on 16 carries) helped lead the Cardinals to 24 second half points.[hr]