Traveon Samuel, Khane Pass help lead Louisville to season-opening victory

Traveon Samuel (Central) and Khane Pass (Carver) were part of a record-setting night for the 19th-ranked Louisville Cardinals on Thursday night.

Louisville opened its season with a 70-14 rout of Charlotte.

Samuel caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, which gave the Cardinals a 62-7 lead. He finished with two catches for 25 yards.

Pass, a linebacker, finished with three tackles (two solo and one assist), including a tackle for loss

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson accounted for a school-record eight touchdowns and 405 offensive yards by halftime.

Jackson broke Chris Redman’s 1998 record for combined rushing and passing TDs and he tied Redman’s mark for passing TDs. He seemed poised to add a few more before exiting without taking a snap in the second half.

He completed 17 of 23 passes for 286 yards and rushed 11 times for 119 yards, including a 36-yard TD run on Louisville’s opening drive. Louisville gained 663 yards overall.

Associated Press contributed to this report