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BC learned very, very quickly why Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is the Heisman favorite

This 69-yard touchdown run introduced him to the Eagles' ACC-best defense.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson running for a touchdown against Boston College. ESPN

That was fast. And so is he.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson didn’t waste much time before showing Boston College’s vaunted defense why he is considered the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. The 6-3, 205-pound sophomore — who once outpaced former Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo in a footrace — burst through the Eagles’ defense for a 69-yard touchdown run less than 90 seconds into the first quarter on Saturday afternoon in Chestnut Hill.

The early touchdown staked No. 5 Louisville (7-1) to a 7-0 lead over the Eagles (4-4). The advantage — and Jackson’s stats — would only grow as the first half wore on.



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