A crowd of 53,027 on hand, all but assuring that University of Louisville football will surpass average attendance of more than 50,000 per game for the first time in the program’s history.

UofL’s ninth win, a 20-13 decision over Houston, against only one loss. The Cougars were still in contention with less than a minute remaining, despite managing only 195 yards compared to Louisville’s 332 yards.

Dominique Brown
Dominique Brown

Fans would see two potent offenses seemingly struggle on the ground and through the air, Teddy Bridgewater not making a touchdown pass for the first time in 23 games.

Dominique Brown could not be stopped, however, a one-man rushing offense, carrying the ball 27 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Thanks to a redshirt season last year, Brown is only a junior and should return next season.

Houston’s vaunted offense, averaging 38 points per game, would be held in check, largely by Preston Brown with nine tackles and James Burgess and Roy Philon with seven each. Philon, Lorenzo Mauldin and Marcus Smith would sack O’Korn three times.

Despite what appeared to be an off night for him, Bridgewater would still connect with seven different receivers, completing 19 of 29 attempts for 203 yards.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.