Louisville star quarterback Lamar Jackson wasn't his normal self in the first half against Clemson, looking noticeably frustrated while failing to put up the same type of numbers — that make him the clear-cut Heisman favorite — against the Tigers' stout defense.
Jackson finished the first half with 111 yards on 10-for-21 passing and just 27 yards rushing on 14 attempts. He had one interception and no touchdown passes while getting sacked four times. The Tigers held control of the game, leading 28-10 at halftime. Louisville stormed back on the second half, but Clemson ended up winning the ACC thriller, 42-36. Jackson finished the game with 295 yards passing and 162 yards rushing, while accounting for three touchdowns.
The sophomore dual-threat QB showed serious frustration late in the first half when Clemson LB Ben Boulware grabbed him around the neck in a pile and twisted, appearing to choke him — WWE style — in a pile. He appeared to be yelling furiously, "they grabbed my neck" to the official.
(Update: After the game, Boulware told ESPN about the play: "I was just trying to pull him down. ... If he thought it was a dirty play, I definitely apologize. I was just trying to get him down.")
That is why Jackson is mad https://t.co/BLPyI58j0E— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) October 2, 2016
#Louisville now with 9 penalties for 94 yards in the 1st half. That and 3 turnovers hobbling the Cards.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 2, 2016
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