Lamar Jackson provided a cushion with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1 minute 32 seconds remaining, and No. 7 Louisville held off visiting Duke, 24-14, on Friday night.
The Cardinals caught a break after a 46-yard field goal attempt by Evan O’Hara missed wide left. Duke’s Breon Borders was called for roughing the kicker, and the penalty moved the ball to the 14. Jackson did the rest with a 12-yard run followed by the short score that Louisville (5-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) sorely needed.
“We didn’t blow them out, but we did win the game,” said Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino, whose team had averaged 58 points coming into the game. “I’ll take it.”
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 touchdown run in the third quarter, and O’Hara kicked a 22-yard field goal.
Duke (3-4, 0-3) remained winless in A.C.C. play but…