Player of the Game: Dominique Brown

Dominique Brown was the hot running back again Saturday night and the University of Louisville rode him to a 20-13 win over Houston. Brown carried for a U of L season-high 137 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Cardinal Authority takes a look at the play of the Player of the Game.

Dominique Brown did a little bit of everything on Saturday night.

The University of Louisville junior running back ran over, ran around and ran through defenders as he led the Cardinals to a 20-13 win over Houston.

Brown finished with 27 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the game, marking the highest single-game rushing total for a U of L back this season.

"I was very pleased with the way Dominique ran the ball," U of L coach Charlie Strong said. "I told him we were going to ride him. You like to see that happen."

It was the second 100-yard game in the past three – and the second of his career for Brown, who also rushed for two TDs for the first time in a game.

He had eight runs of 10 yards or more.

"You have to take advantage of every opportunity that you get," Brown said. "We have really good backs. So when your number is called, you have to show out."

Brown showed up from the opening kick. He carried eight times for 43 yards on the opening U of L drive, including a 13-yard TD run.

The TD came when he cut back to the left side and there were no Houston defenders anywhere near him, with Brown noting the "wide receivers did a great job and the tight end (Ryan Hubbell) did a great job on the end.

"The offensive line did a great job the whole night," Brown said.

Brown, who has only started three games this season, now leads the team with 650 yards on 111 carries. He's scored five TDs and averages 5.9 yards a carry.

"Well, you know he's one of those guys who bought into the system," quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said. "He believes everything the coaches are telling him, and he's waited his turn, so he just took advantage of the opportunity. He ran with his pads low. He trusted the offensive line would open holes, trusted that the coaches would call the right play and he had a ton of success tonight."

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