Watson: U of L offense executes game plan

University of Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson updates the media on his offense after s 9-1 start. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

The University of Louisville football team downed Houston 20-13 last Saturday night at Papap John's Cardinal Stadium, improving to 9-1 on the season.

Despite the low scoring output from his unit, offensive coordinator Shawn Watson was sure to make one thing clear when he met with the media on Tuesday after practice.

"When we play here, we don't look for style points," Watson said. "That's not (head coach Charlie Strong's) deal and that's not how we manage our staff.

"We don't really concern ourselves with what anybody thinks. We kind of win like coach (Nick) Saban does at Alabama. We do what it takes to win ball games here."

The Cardinals scored 14 of the 20 points against the Cougars via the way of two Dominique Brown touchdown runs. The junior had a career outing, racking up 137 yards on 27 carries.

According to Watson, the big night from the back helped the Cardinals execute their game plan- which was to keep the fast-paced Houston offense off of the field.

"We knew that we had to possess the ball from the no-huddle offense," Watson said. "So our game plan was really to possess the ball.

"We were on the field 64 percent of the time in that ball game, and we wanted to be, we need to be. We leaned toward the run game, which was the game plan."

The 6-foot-2, 216-pound Brown, who had eight carries on the night that went for 10 or more yards, wore down the Cougar defense with his physical style of running.

"People don't want to tackle him after a while," Watson said of his workhorse back. "He wears out linebackers, wears out safeties, and corners don't want any part of him. He was our player of the game, and he deserved to be that."

The Cardinals' next challenge will be Memphis, who will visit Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday. Despite their 3-6 record, the Tigers have managed to reel off two consecutive victories, and have been competitive in all of their losses- half of them coming by seven points or less.

Saturday will also mark Senior Day for the Cardinals, who will honor 20 players before the game. This batch of seniors marks the first to play four years under head coach Charlie Strong.

"(The seniors) have been through a lot," Watson said. "They've been through all the good stuff that has come of late, but they went through all the hard stuff in the early years.

"They've been huge. Their temperament, their attitude they brought to work everyday, and their desire want to change the complexion of the program and what people thought of us nationally. (They helped) give us a trademark and a brand name.

"They've done a nice job of that. They've got a lot to be proud of."

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