No. 16 Louisville self-imploded in the first half Saturday night.
The Cardinals were called for five false starts in the first 16 minutes. They lost two fumbles at the goal line. They even botched a blocked field goal after the ball bounced around inside the 10-yard line, losing 19 yards on the play and sustaining an injury to starting cornerback Jaire Alexander. Then, to cap it off, Louisville mismanaged the clock at the end of the half when Lamar Jackson completed a 21-yard pass inside the Purdue 15-yard line _ as time expired.
The result: Purdue led 14-10 at halftime and was 30 minutes away from snapping a seven-game losing streak.
All the problems didn’t hurt Jackson, though. The defending Heisman Trophy champion had 272 yards in total offense and threw a TD pass for the Cardinals only touchdown but was credited with one of the goal line because he couldn’t make a clean handoff.