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Second-half TDs by Brown, Christian, defense helps Louisville beat Miami 31-13 in ACC debut

  • Louisville quarterback Will Gardner (11) launches this pass over Miami lineman Anthony Chickillo (71) in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Louisville quarterback Will Gardner (11) launches this pass over Miami lineman Anthony Chickillo (71) in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville wide receiver James Quick (17) tries to run away from Miami defensive back Deon Bush (2) after a pass reception in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Louisville wide receiver James Quick (17) tries to run away from Miami defensive back Deon Bush (2) after a pass reception in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville coach Bobby Petrino shouts instructions to his team during the first half of a NCAA college football game against Miami in Louisville, Ky., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. At left is wide receivers' coach Lamar Thomas. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Louisville coach Bobby Petrino shouts instructions to his team during the first half of a NCAA college football game against Miami in Louisville, Ky., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. At left is wide receivers' coach Lamar Thomas. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

Dominique Brown's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian's 10-yard TD catch late in the fourth followed Louisville's big defensive performance that helped beat Miami 31-13 Monday night.

The victory provided a successful Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Cardinals and to Bobby Petrino's second coaching stint at the school.

Despite the 18-point margin, Louisville showed none of the offensive prowess expected in Petrino's return as the Cardinals outgained the Hurricanes 336-244 in a ragged game offensively for both teams. Louisville's new 3-4 defense provided many of the opportunities by forcing three takeaways, including one that followed a costly fumble by Cardinals quarterback Will Gardner inside his 15.

After Louisville held Miami to a field goal following Gardner's second fumble in the third quarter, Brown's TD provided a 21-13 cushion. Christian's scoring pass from Gardner with 1:43 remaining sealed the win.