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Jackson's 4 TDs help Louisville roll past Virginia 38-21

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Jackson's 4 TDs help Louisville roll past Virginia 38-21

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville players hadn't laughed this much, or this loudly, for a while. Coach Bobby Petrino even grinned a couple of times.

That joy spoke volumes about the Cardinals' 38-21 victory over Virginia achieved with big efforts on both sides of the ball.

Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson accounted for four touchdowns and 342 yards while becoming the first NCAA FBS player to have two seasons with 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing. Dae Williams rushed for 88 yards and a TD, and Louisville's defense posted one of its best efforts this season on Saturday.

"It seemed like everything was going well," defensive end James Hearns said. "It was one of the most fun games we played this year."

Improvement was certainly needed after three Atlantic Coast Conference losses in four games -- a stretch in which Louisville yielded an average of nearly 526 yards -- made its bowl prospects shaky.

Credit last week's bye for recharging the Cardinals and providing the basis for a rebound.

Louisville (6-4, 3-3) outgained the Cavaliers 493-277 and become bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive season. Virginia (6-4, 3-3) managed just 115 yards and a late touchdown after the break.

"I thought it helped us a lot," Petrino said of the break. "We had nine straight games and to be able to take a little breath, relax a little bit, still work hard. ... They came back with a tremendous attitude and a lot of energy and we practiced like that all week."

Jackson again provided the spark with yet another energetic game featuring highlight-worthy plays.

The junior quarterback threw for 195 yards and three TDs, including remarkable TD passes of 24 and 21 yards to Jaylen Smith. Jackson also rushed 15 times for 147 yards, including a 68-yarder for Louisville's first score.

Told of the NCAA milestone, Jackson said, "It's just a blessing. The O-line put me in the situation and my receivers to make plays."

The Cardinals' defense meanwhile allowed its third-fewest yards this season, a big improvement after yielding 625 two weeks ago at Wake Forest.

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.