NCAAF Game Recap - Notre Dame at Louisville
Mon Sep 2, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Sep 2, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

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2

3

4

T

(9) Notre Dame (1-0)

14

7

7

7

35

Louisville (0-1)

14

0

0

3

17

No. 9 Notre Dame pulls away from Louisville 35-17
Tue Sep 3, 2019 1:30 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Briefly caught off guard by Louisville's intensity, Notre Dame turned up its energy as well to take control with big plays.

Ian Book ran for one touchdown and threw for another, Jahmir Smith rushed for two scores and the No. 9 Fighting Irish beat Louisville 35-17 on Monday night.

Tony Jones Jr. rushed 15 times for 110 yards, including an 11-yard TD, as the Fighting Irish worked harder than expected to put away the rebuilding Cardinals in Scott Satterfield's debut as coach.

Figuring it out in time pleased Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.

"There's a litany of things we can get better at," he said. "We still won the game, and we have some good things to take away."

Starting good was important to the Irish in their first game since a 30-3 Cotton Bowl loss to Clemson last December in the College Football Playoff semifinal. Besides wanting to put that defeat behind them and mounting another national championship run, Kelly was interested to see how his team replaced key players in many phases, especially on defense.

Their answer to Louisville's challenge might have been the most impressive part.

Notre Dame trailed 14-7 in the first before Jones' score tied it, and Book followed with an 11-yard score just before halftime.

Book's TD came after a bizarre sequence featuring three consecutive fumbles between the teams, the last of which Notre Dame recovered at Louisville's 20. The Irish forced five fumbles overall and recovered three.

"We just had to focus on some smaller details," said Book, who rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries. "They were there. Just had to execute what was called. We trust the coaches to put in the right decision and we just had to execute it. All 11 guys."

Book hit Tommy Tremble with a 26-yard TD pass midway through the third for a 28-14 lead. He finished 14 of 23 passing for 193 yards. Smith rushed for touchdowns of 3 and 1 yards and totaled 24 on eight carries.

Louisville junior quarterback Jawon Pass rushed for touchdowns of 8 and 17 yards in the first quarter, but the Cardinals struggled after that and managed only Blanton Creque's 46-yard field goal midway in the fourth quarter.

Louisville freshman Javian Hawkins rushed for 122 yards on 19 carries.

Playing before a record home crowd of 58,187, the Cardinals were outgained 425-383.

Satterfield nonetheless found bright spots in the Cardinals' performance against Notre Dame, a storied program coming off a quest for a national championship.

"I was extremely proud of the way our guys played," he said. "The fight, the energy they had was awesome to see. The one thing coming into this game that we didn't know about was when they faced adversity, how were they going to react to it. And they did a great job."

KICK STARTERS

Notre Dame freshman punter Jay Bramblett averaged 39.3 yards on six kicks, with a long of 46 and two inside the 20. Junior placekicker Jonathan Doerer made all five extra points and averaged 61.8 yards on six kickoffs. Both were taking over for record-setters in Tyler Newsome and career scoring leader Justin Yoon, respectively.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

Pass started his second consecutive opener for Louisville and contributed with his feet and arm. He rushed 16 times for 67 and both scores while completing 12 of 27 passes for 134 yards. There were also three lost fumbles, one of which Notre Dame converted into the go-ahead score.

"I did alright, but we didn't win," he said. "I didn't do enough to help us win. We just have to go back to work and get better."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Irish struggled, but should remain in the Top 10.

THE TAKEAWAY

Notre Dame: The defense initially looked shaky before adjusting to keep Louisville out of the end zone after the first quarter. Four sacks highlighted that performance, along with the fumble recoveries that stopped drives and momentum. Book's feet helped set the offensive tone as the Irish rushed for 232 yards. He then threw the key touchdown for a cushion they never lost.

Louisville: The Scott Satterfield Era got off to an exciting start as the Cardinals showed more energy and execution on both sides of the ball than during a 2-10 season in grabbing an early lead. They have more work ahead after failing to sustain the effort, struggling to move the ball and coughing it up five times. They did outrush the Irish by 19 yards, though.

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UP NEXT

Notre Dame hosts New Mexico on Sept. 14.

Louisville hosts FCS Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night.

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Passing

ND Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
I. Book 23 14 60.9 1 193 34 0 102.3
Lou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Atwell 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
J. Pass 27 12 44.4 0 134 37 0 59.8

Rushing

ND Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Jones Jr. 15 110 7.3 35 1
I. Book 14 81 5.8 37 1
Lou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Hawkins 19 122 6.4 44 0
H. Hall 11 69 6.3 16 0

Receiving

ND Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Claypool 5 94 18.8 34 0
T. Tremble 3 49 16.3 26 1
Lou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Atwell 5 47 9.4 16 0
M. Ford 2 43 21.5 37 0

Fumbles

ND F FL
I. Book 2 1
Lou F FL
J. Hawkins 1 0

Returning

ND KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Williams 1 16.0 0 16 0 - 0 0
C. Finke 0 - 0 0 1 -2.0 0 0
Lou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
H. Hall 3 19.7 0 26 0 - 0 0

Punting

ND Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Bramblett 6 236 39.3 46
Lou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. King 5 207 41.4 52

Takeaways

ND Int Yds InTD
A. Gilman 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

ND Lou
Points For 35 17
Total Yards 423 383
Rushing Yards 230 249
Passing Yards 193 134
Passing Completions / Attempts 14/23 12/28
Turnovers 1 3
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 5/3
First Downs 18 21
Penalties - Yards 4/20 8/50
Time Of Possession 0:00 0:00
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/12 6/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 6/39 5/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter ND Lou
ND 2:21 TD Jahmir Smith 3 yd run (Jonathan Doerer kick) 7 0
Lou 7:33 TD Jawon Pass 8 yd run (Blanton Creque kick) 7 7
Lou 10:52 TD Jawon Pass 17 yd run (Blanton Creque kick) 7 14
ND 14:31 TD Tony Jones Jr. 11 yd run (Jonathan Doerer kick) 14 14
2nd Quarter ND Lou
ND 14:43 TD Ian Book 11 yd run (Jonathan Doerer kick) 21 14
3rd Quarter ND Lou
ND 6:54 TD Tommy Tremble 26 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 28 14
4th Quarter ND Lou
Lou 1:35 FG Blanton Creque 42 yd FG 28 17
ND 6:45 TD Jahmir Smith 1 yd run (Jonathan Doerer kick) 35 17

Game Information

Stadium: Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky
Attendance: 58,187
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