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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Lamar Jackson and Louisville needed less than two minutes Saturday to get rid of a whole weeks worth of bad feelings from a lackluster effort against Duke.Jackson broke a school single-season record with four first-half touchdowns, Louisville had three interceptions leading to 17 points and the seventh-ranked Cardinals burst past North Carolina State 54-13 on Saturday.I was mad at myself from the Duke game and coach saw that, said Jackson, who completed 20 of 34 passes for 355 yards. I was like, `Ive got to prove I cant be out here, looking bad, looking to run all the time. I tried to do less running and more throwing.Jackson passed for three touchdowns and ran for a 36-yard score on the opening drive, giving him 34 TDs with five games to play. Dave Ragone and Brian Brohm each had 33.Jackson, a sophomore quarterback and Heisman frontrunner, had 359 of his 431 yards on offense by halftime. He threw TD passes of 74 yards to Jaylen Smith, 3 yards to Cole Hikutini and 16 yards to Jamari Staples.As for the record, Jackson added, Thats a goal, I guess. I accomplished it.Jeremy Smith ran for a pair of 1-yard TDs for Louisville (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which reclaimed its high-scoring ways a week after managing a season-low 24 points against Duke and holding the ball for just 22 minutes.Not to mention, its physicality.I think our guys took it personal and felt like we were the most physical team out there today, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. We executed well. ... The game plan was to throw the football and our guys ran really good routes.Blanton Creque had four field goals and six conversions to set a single-game school scoring record for a kicker with 18 points. Consecutive pickoffs by Jonathan Greenard and Stacy Thomas set up second-quarter TDs.Whatever hope North Carolina State (4-3, 1-2 ACC) had of using its athleticism to slow the Cardinals and Jackson was quashed after kickoff.Jacksons TD run capped a 72-yard, 93-second drive just as 55,218 were settling into their seats on homecoming. Louisvilles next two scoring drives totaled 2:48 and the Cardinals might have had another if not for James Quicks fumble after a catch.Jackson was just getting started making big plays.His 67-yard pass to Hikutini -- who finished with a career-best 118 yards receiving on six catches -- set up Jeremy Smiths first touchdown run. Hikutinis TD catch capped the next drive and Staples grabbed his first scoring pass of the season. Louisville outgained the Wolfpack 553-250 and held them to just 14 yards rushing on 25 attempts.All this against an N.C. State defense that last week forced four turnovers and returned an interception for a TD at then-No. 3 Clemson before falling in overtime. The Wolfpack managed two third-quarter touchdowns to avoid a shutout, but not the rout.And while N.C. State coach Dave Doeren acknowledged that players were hurt by the Clemson loss, he didnt expect this kind of hangover.We werent ready to play today and thats on me, Doeren said. It was not our best against their best. When you turn the ball over, youre going to look bad. When you give up long plays, you are not going to look good. ... That wasnt the team we played with seven days ago.THE TAKEAWAYN.C. State: The Wolfpacks upset quest after last weeks game slipped away at Clemson never got started. They were outgained 244 to minus-1 after one quarter before finishing with their second-lowest yardage this season.Louisville: Other than a scoreless third quarter, Jackson and the Cardinals clicked on all phases in their most emphatic win since destroying Florida State. Jacksons TD passes to Jaylen Smith and Staples might have been his best, along with his run that got his day started. The Cardinals became bowl eligible for the seventh straight season.POLL IMPLICATIONSLouisvilles latest rout could boost its poll position and grab the attention of the playoff committee with the initial rankings just a couple of weeks away. Thomas, a linebacker, certainly thinks so.I feel like we made a pretty good statement that were a team to contend for the playoff, he said. Although they (the Wolfpack) had a pretty good game against Clemson, we knew we had to come in and handle our business.GOOD COMPANYJackson (16 rushing touchdowns, 18 TD passes) is closing in on becoming the seventh FBS player and first since Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois in 2013 to score at least 20 touchdowns and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in the same season. Among the other six are three Heisman winners (Tim Tebow, 2007; Cam Newton, 2010; Johnny Manziel, 2012).NUMBERS GAMEAccording to a tweet by ESPN Stats and Info, there have been eight instances of an ACC team yielding 40-plus points before halftime. N.C. State has been involved in three.UP NEXTNorth Carolina State: The Wolfpack host Boston College next Saturday in search of their second straight series win against the Eagles.Louisville: The Cardinals visit Virginia next Saturday, seeking to break a 2-2 series tie with their first win in Charlottesville over the Cavaliers.---AP College Football: Rode Duivels Wk 2018 . Oaklands loss to Seattle clinched the ALs best record for the Red Sox with one day to spare in the regular season. "I think everybody was kind of watching," catcher David Ross said. "Demp (Ryan Dempster) came out before he went to the bullpen and was just yelling that they lost. Voetbalshirt Adnan Januzaj . The Canadian squad, skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, got on the board first with two in the second end, and followed that with two more apiece in the fourth and sixth ends. . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. Shirt Thibaut Courtois . Walcott is available for Saturdays home match against Southampton as Arsenal looks to extend its two-point lead at the top of the Premier League. The Gunners are currently the second highest scorers in the league but Wenger insists Walcott will add something extra to his team. Axel Witsel 2018 . PETERSBURG, Fla. NEW YORK -- For years, the duo of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal dominated mens tennis.Along came Novak Djokovic, and suddenly there was a group of stars known as the Big 3, a trio that has won 39 of the past 47 major championships.And then Andy Murray elbowed his way in at the top, creating what some referred to as a Big 4.So now where does Stan Wawrinka fit among the sports elite? After all, his U.S. Open title gives him three Grand Slam trophies, the same total as Murray, and each one came via a victory in the final against the man ranked No. 1 at the time. Should the discussion shift to a Big 5, perhaps?At least one person says absolutely not: Stan the Man, himself.First, I think its not fair for them to put me there. I think theyve been there more than 10 years. ... Theyve been winning everything, and I think its just not fair, Wawrinka said Monday, meeting with reporters a day after beating Djokovic 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in the final at Flushing Meadows.The Big 4 stays the Big 4, like that, he added with a smile. Im me.Maybe it doesnt matter how Wawrinka is characterized. His accomplishments are worthy enough on their own, without any sort of embellishment or stamp of approval via a status conferred by others.Wawrinka is ranked No. 3, behind Djokovic and Murray, and ahead of the recently injured Nadal and Federer at the moment. He also has a bit of a confounding overall record.Yes, Wawrinka owns those three all-important trophies and stands one Wimbledon title away from becoming the ninth man to complete a career Grand Slam; and, yes, he beat Djokovic en route to all three; and, yes, he is 3-0 in major finals; and, yes, he has beaten the owner of the No. 1 ranking in each of those; and, yes, he has won his past 11 tournament finals.There are, however, some gaps that could use filling.For one thing, he is 0-19 against whoever is No. 1 in all settings other than a title match at a major. For another, he owns exactly one Masters 1000 title, well behind the pack: Since 2009, Djokovic has 26, Nadal 16, and Federer and Murray 10 apiece.Wawrinka says thats a big reason he wont put himself in the same class as the others.dddddddddddd And he acknowledges he wants to be more consistent throughout the season, faring better in those types of tournaments.Rod Laver tends to agree, saying Monday that Wawrinka can prove hes up there with that other quartet with some better showings at the Masters.That said, Laver -- owner of 11 major titles, and the only two-time winner of a calendar-year Grand Slam -- was impressed by what he saw of Wawrinka from the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands Sunday.His game has improved. He used to have an OK forehand, and now it really is a weapon. That backhand was always there, Laver said. Its neat, the way he doesnt let up. Even when its a tough one, hes still going for `em. Because you think, `God, hes just got to mis-hit a few of them when hes down break points. And he never did.Wawrinka said Monday he stepped on court the evening earlier knowing he could beat Djokovic and assured his coach, Magnus Norman, as much.Just before the match, when we were talking, I told him I had a feeling that, this time, Im even more confident to beat him. I feel better than him, Wawrinka said. And its the first time ever I had that feeling in a tournament and in a match. And maybe thats also one of the reasons I played so well.At 31, Wawrinka is the oldest U.S. Open mens champion since 1970. Hes only the fifth man in the Open era with at least two major titles after 30.Not bad for a guy who said his goal when he started out was to maybe one day play a French Open.Not win it. Just get in the draw.So labels dont matter to him. Big 4? Big 5? Who cares?I dont want to keep talking about being part of them or close (to) them, because I think the Big 4 has to stay the Big 4, Wawrinka said, his shiny silver trophy on the table in front of him. Its a part of tennis history and it will always be like that, and I think its great like that.---Howard Fendrich covers tennis for The Associated Press. Write to him at hfendrich(at) or on Twitter at Wholesale NFL Hoodies Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Black Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap NFL T-shirts Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Discount NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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