NC State’s offense goes quiet in loss at Louisville

The Wolfpack have lost three of their last five

Louisville defensive lineman YaYa Diaby attempts to grab NC State quarterback Ben Finley during the Cardinals' 25-10 win Saturday. (Timothy D. Easley / AP Photo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jahwar Jordan scored two touchdowns, one a 98-yard kickoff return, James Turner kicked four field goals and Louisville beat NC State 25-10, Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

Jordan, a sophomore finished with 105 yards in 16 carries His second touchdown, a 2-yard run, gave Louisville a 22-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Turner had field goals of 26, 22, 30 and 28 yards. Jordan’s kickoff return with 4:31 in the second quarter gave the Cardinals a 10-3 advantage. Another Turner field goal pushed the Cardinals (7-4, 4-3 ACC) lead to 13-3 at halftime.

Backup quarterback Brock Domann, playing in place of the injured Malik Cunningham, finished 12 of 24 for 153 yards. Cunningham hurt his shoulder last week against Clemson.

“A lot of times, people write you off,” Domann said. “We trust our preparation. Everybody around me was good (today).”

The Wolfpack (7-4, 3-4) got within 13-10 in the third quarter when Ben Finley connected with Michael Allen for a 34-yard touchdown pass.

NC State started the season with four straight wins and a national ranking. However, the Wolfpack have lost two straight and three of their last five. The Wolfpack again struggled offensively, gaining 245 total yards and just 63 rushing.

Louisville had its four-game win streak stopped last week at Clemson. A win next week at Kentucky would mark the highest win total in the regular season under coach Scott Satterfied.

NC State plays at rival UNC on Saturday.