Louisville shines in ACC debut
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bobby Petrino watched his offense come together, and also enjoyed a solid performance for his defense. The opening of the Petrino sequel at Louisville doubled as one successful ACC debut for the Cardinals.
Dominique Brown had a 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian scored on a 10-yard TD catch late in the fourth, leading Louisville to a 31-13 victory over Miami on Monday night.
Despite the 18-point margin, Louisville showed little of the offensive efficiency expected to be a staple of Petrino’ssecond coaching stint at the school. The Cardinals outgained the Hurricanes 336-244 in a ragged offensive game for both teams.
But Louisville’s new 3-4 defense had three takeaways in the program’s first game in the Atlantic Coast Conference, including one that followed a costly fumble by Cardinals quarterback Will Gardner inside his 15.
The defense was especially good on third down, allowing the Hurricanes one conversion in 13 attempts.