Brown gets the start; runs through the Bulls

TAMPA, Fla. – University of Louisville running back Dominique Brown made the most of his first start this season, rushing for a career high 125 yards as the Cardinals took out South Florida 34-3 in Raymond James Stadium. Cardinal Authority has the latest on Brown's big effort.

On this day, Brown did a lot for the University of Louisville football team.

Getting the nod to start the game for the first time this season, junior Dominique Brown made the most of it with a career game.

Brown ran 18 times for 125 yards and caught six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinals dismantled South Florida 34-3.

"Dominique runs so hard and does a very good job of catching the ball," U of L coach Charlie Strong said. "It's good because he has that toughness to him and he just runs so hard. It was a good one for him."

Brown has been splitting series with Senorise Perry and Michael Dyer the entire season. But after his 88-yard, two-touchdown performance against Central Florida last week, Brown was told mid-week he would start against the Bulls.

"Getting the start and getting the momentum helped," Brown said. "Just getting my blood going. It's all about momentum."

The 6-foot-2, 216-pound Brown seemingly put himself on top of the depth chart for the future with his performance. Perry did have 13 carries for 35 yards and caught one pass for 32 yards, while Dyer didn't play.

"I thought Dom played a great game from start to finish," U of L offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said. "We weren't always real clean in our blocking patterns but he did a really nice job."

It was the first 100-yard game for the former quarterback and was also a career-high six receptions. His TD catch was the second receiving of his career.

Brown now has a team-high 484 yards rushing on the season, while Perry has 435 and Dyer has 223.

U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he was excited to see Brown run so hard and knew the running backs would be open in the passing game. Brown's biggest catch was a 14-yard, one-handed catch on third-and-five in the second quarter, on a drive that resulted in a John Wallace field goal.

"The defense they were running, we knew they were defending everything deep," Bridgewater said. "We knew we had to beat them with the underneath routes. (Brown) did a nice job today."

Added Brown: "We knew with the coverages they play it was going to be there. Teddy just kept reminding me, ‘It's coming Dom, get out there.' He does a great job of looking down field and checking down to the back."

While he knows the other two backs will get their chance again, Brown said he was "really happy" to be the go-to guy on this day.

"It's a great experience," Brown said. "I had to stay humble throughout the entire process and when I went out there I tried to make the most of my opportunity. It's about all that I could do.

"All you can do is wait to get your number called and do your best."

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