Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Dominique Brown rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown as the Louisville Cardinals beat the Miami-Florida Hurricanes, 31-13, in a rematch of last season's Russell Athletic Bowl.
Louisville went 12-1 under Charlie Strong last year, including a 36-9 rout of these same Hurricanes in the aforementioned bowl game. Soon after that win, star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater departed for the NFL draft and Strong soon followed him out the door for the Texas coaching job.
The Cardinals decided to bring back a familiar face in former coach Bobby Petrino, who also coached the team from 2003-06. On Monday, Petrino led Louisville to a victory in its ACC debut.
Will Gardner completed 20-of-28 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals (1-0, 1-0 ACC). Gerald Christian caught six passes for 59 yards and a score.
Freshman Brad Kaaya connected on 17-of-29 passes for 174 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Hurricanes (0-1, 0-1), who went 9-4 last season.
Duke Johnson carried the ball 20 times for 90 yards. A broken ankle ended his 2013 season.
Louisville took a 21-13 lead on Brown's 15-yard TD run with 3:34 left in the third quarter.
Kaaya was intercepted by James Sample on the ensuing Miami possession. That led to John Wallace's 28-yard field goal early in the fourth.
After the Hurricanes turned the ball over on downs, Gardner led Louisville on a 14-play drive that Christian capped with a 10-yard touchdown catch.