Brown the winner in his return trip home

Dominique Brown

CINCINNATI - University of Louisville junior Dominique Brown had a memorable return trip home. The Cincinnati product scored the game-winning touchdown in a 31-24 overtime win against the Bearcats.

A hometown hero made the difference in Thursday night's Battle for the Keg of Nails in Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium.

But that hero was playing for the opponent.

Returning to his hometown for the team's final regular-season game, Louisville running back Dominique Brown accounted for the deciding score when he punched it in from two yards out in overtime. Brown carried five times for 22 yards in the extra period.

Only calling one pass play in overtime, which resulted in a pass interference call, head coach Charlie Strong said after the game that the coaching staff planned on riding their workhorse back to victory.

"We got the pass interference, but Dominique was running so well, and our offensive line was (doing a good job of) blocking," Strong said.

Brown, who rushed for 79 yards on 19 carries in the game, was happy to carry the load for the late score.

"Our offensive coordinator told the guy on the headset that we were going to run the ball, that we were going to go right at them and attack them," Brown said after the game.

"We did it in the red zone, and it helped us."

For Brown, a Winton Woods High School product who was committed to Cincinnati before flipping his commitment when Strong was hired at U of L, the homecoming could not have ended in a more spectacular fashion.

"It's a great feeling," Brown said of scoring the winning touchdown with his family in the stands. He had over 50 family and friends in attendance, including his entire offensive line from Winton Woods High School.

"I had family members who came, I knew it was going to be an emotional game for me, and to end it the way we ended it as a team, it was great."

Brown has now rushed for 783 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.

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