There was no shortage of big plays for the victors as the No. 7 University of Louisville football team romped their way to a 72-0 win against Florida International on Saturday afternoon.
Arguably the most exciting play of the team's dominating effort came when junior running back Dominique Brown took a handoff from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the left side of the offensive line, made a quick cut to the middle of the field and raced down field for a 77-yard gain.
Brown was rewarded for the long run, which came in a second quarter that saw the Cardinal offense explode for 28 points, when the coaching staff allowed him to punch it in for a one-yard touchdown on the next play.
"It was very frustrating (to fall short of the goal line on the 77-yard run)," Brown said with a smile after the game. "(I just needed) one more yard, I could've just dove or something like that and scored."
"But it was the longest run of my career, and it felt great."
After struggling to produce in their first two games, the Cardinals seem to have finally found a rhythm in the running game the last two weeks.
Against Kentucky the team amassed 242 yards on the ground. They followed that performance by gaining 210 yards between four running backs against the Panthers. Additionally, all four Louisville backs tallied a touchdown on Saturday.
Having a deep running back rotation could potentially cause controversy amongst the group as they vie for touches, but Brown insists that the chemistry of the Louisville backfield has only grown with their newfound success.
"It's a great chemistry. We all know our roles," Brown said. "Today was good, there was a new guy going in there every series."
"It's not really hard (to share carries with Perry and Dyer). We don't get selfish about that," Brown said. "We can't worry about that. We're just worried about the win."
Spelling Perry and Dyer has helped Brown this season, as each back provides a change of pace to the offense. On the season, Brown has carried 28 times for a total of 176 yards- good for an average of 6.3 yards-per-carry.
Between the team's four lead rushers (Brown, Perry, Dyer, and Brandon Radcliff), the lowest per-carry average is 5.5. The group has racked up eight touchdowns between them through the first four weeks.
"It's hard on a defense (to deal with the running back rotation)," Brown said. "You've got different people with different roles and different abilities. We all specialize in something."
"You've (always) got fresh legs running out there."
Following a bye this week, the Cardinals will travel to Temple on Oct. 5. The Owls are currently allowing opponents 202.3 rushing yards-per-game. The Owls will face a Louisville backfield that has only begun to tap into their potential.