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Final Takeaways From Louisville Football’s Win Over Duke

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - OCTOBER 28: Jawhar Jordan #25 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates a touchdown with Ahmari Huggins-Bruce #9 during the first half in the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cardinal Stadium on October 28, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - OCTOBER 28: Jawhar Jordan #25 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates a touchdown with Ahmari Huggins-Bruce #9 during the first half in the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cardinal Stadium on October 28, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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Oct 28, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals defensive lineman Ashton Gillotte (9) celebrates after sacking Duke Blue Devils quarterback Riley Leonard (13) during the second quarter at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals defensive lineman Ashton Gillotte (9) celebrates after sacking Duke Blue Devils quarterback Riley Leonard (13) during the second quarter at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports /

Final Takeaways from Louisville’s shutout win over the Duke Blue Devils

The Louisville Cardinals had a statement win over previously ranked #20 Duke last saturday, and the Cardinals are looking to get back on a roll going into November.

Duke came into the game with one of the best defenses and run games in the ACC, and Louisville absolutely gashed them. While the Cardinals didn’t score a touchdown outside of the 4th quarter, that didn’t stop the Cardinals from still moving the ball into the red zone and kicking field goals. Duke also could not get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. Louisville bullied them up front and had good coverage on their receivers.

It was one of the Cardinals most impressive wins of the season, and proved that the Pitt loss 3 weeks ago was in fact a fluke game. Before taking a look at Virginia Tech this weekend, we need to look at what happened in the Duke win more in depth.

Here are 3 final takeaways from last weeks 23-0 shutout win over Duke:

No. 3: Jawhar Jordan is the best player on the roster

It might be a hot take but Jawhar Jordan has proved he is the best player so far this year on Louisville’s roster. Jordan has had good games against nearly every team Louisville has played this year, and has had amazing games when running against ranked teams. Jordan had 2 TDs in the first quarter against Duke and had a career high 163 rushing yards on 21 carries. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry, and absolutely wore out the Duke defense. On both touchdowns he powered his way into the endzone, even carrying defenders on his back on his first TD.

Jordan plays very well against high quality teams, and nobody has seemingly been able to stop him all season, except for when he had under 30 yards against NC State.

While players like Ashton Gillotte and Jamari Thrash are key playmakers for the Cardinals, Jordan has been on a roll in recent weeks, and proved he is the best player on this roster so far this year.