OFFENSE Radcliff to the rescue for Louisville

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Two weeks after getting limited carries as the fourth option at running back, University of Louisville sophomore Brandon Radcliff has turned into the feature back. He ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns and was the offensive star as the Cardinals beat Syracuse 28-6 before 37,569 fans at the Carrier Dome.

Brandon Radcliff waited his turn.

The University of Louisville sophomore running back was patient and knew that his time was going to come and so did his teammates.

"He's been doing this all the time," quarterback Reggie Bonnafon said.

But now the 5-foot-9, 215-pound Radcliff, a native of Miami, is doing it against the opposition and not just in practice. He carried 23 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-6 win over Syracuse on Friday night.

"All I can think of is following my assignments and running hard," Radcliff said. "It's been pretty amazing seeing my work come together and coming out here and it produces. It's great to see everything come together."

Radcliff had 129 yards last week in a win over Wake Forest and becomes the first U of L back to rush for back-to-back 100-yard games since Senorise Perry did it in 2012. He now leads the team with 365 yards and five TDs on the season.

"The patience part was pretty tough," he said. "But you just know one day your number is going to be called and you have to capitalize. I knew they were not going to skip over me, so I knew I was going to get my chance."

And he's made the most of it.

Radcliff was in the script to get the first carry against Wake Forest and said he knew this week he was going to see more action against the Orange.

"I knew I was going to get more carries than I normally get," he said. "So, I was just trying to go over all the plays and make sure I knew what my assignments were. I just wanted to do what I needed to do out there."

There's no statistic kept for broken tackles but on consecutive plays on the first TD drive - which ended with a 4-yard run - he had five broken tackles. He broke a handful the rest of the night and said that "makes me feel good when I do that."

"I felt they were really going low for a lot of tackles," he said. "So, I was trying to make a lot of one cut moves on them."

U of L coach Bobby Petrino praised how hard Radcliff runs the ball and said he has answered the call when his number was called by the coaches.

"He hit the holes very hard," Petrino said. "He hugged the walls and does a good job of pressing and then comes out of it with good speed. He broke a lot of tackles and when you break tackles it allows you to get the ball in the end zone."

Petrino and Radcliff both praised the offensive line, with the coach noting he "felt like we were controlling the line of scrimmage," for much of the second half and "we took it over again in the fourth quarter."

"I feel like the line has come on each week," he said. "They're giving me holes that I could run in there."


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