"First and foremost, shoutout to Purdue," the Heisman quarterback said after the 35-28 win, according to Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal. "They played a helluva game. We underestimated them, I feel."
Louisville came into the contest expected to all but wipe the floor with the Boilermakers, who went 3-9 last season - two of those victories came over FCS opponents, the third came against a woeful Illinois team. The contest didn't go according to script, though, as Jackson was forced to rally the troops en route to a fourth-quarter road comeback.
Jackson had 485 yards of total offense in the win. Following the contest, first-year Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm labelled the junior "a once-in-a-generation player," per Greer.
The Cardinals hoped the experience they gained last year, when they started the year on fire but fizzled down the stretch, would be a source of motivation in 2017. Louisville barely looked inspired Saturday night, but will take a 1-0 record into a Week 2 affair with North Carolina, nonetheless.
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