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A weak first half—particularly from Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson—doomed Louisville to a 29-9 loss to LSU in the Citrus Bowl.

Louisville was first to score, with a field goal halfway through the first quarter. Everything got worse from there. They didn’t get another first down for the rest of the half, with four straight three-and-outs before giving up a safety. Jackson was sacked five times in the half, going 2-for-10 with passing and putting together -40 yards rushing. (I generally am not a fan of the fact that the NCAA counts sacks against a quarterback’s rushing total, but there’s something kind of special in the opportunity it allows for lines that profoundly sad to exist.) That’s not all Jackson, of course; the offensive line was an equally big part of that failure. Regardless of how the blame is distributed, it looked terrible.

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The no. 13 Cardinals were better in the second half, but not enough so. No. 20 LSU continued to dominate, particularly on defense, and Louisville didn’t score a touchdown in the loss. Running back Derrius Guice led the way for the Tigers, with 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while the defense had eight sacks in total.

Ouch.