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September 3, 2019

Notre Dame came away a winner on the road against Louisville Monday night, but it the victory wasn’t without some concerning elements for the Fighting Irish.

Louisville, on the other hand, has some positive things to take away from the tough loss at home. The final score was 35-17 in favor of Brian Kelly’s squad, but the Cardinals kept it much closer than anyone anticipated.

These are the top takeaways from Monday night’s college football action. (READ MORE) by Jesse Reed | Sportsnaut

It certainly didn’t go as easily as many expected it would, but in the end, No. 9 Notre Dame was able to dispose of Louisville rather comfortably in its season-opener, winning 35-17 on Monday night in Cardinal Stadium.

Louisville, in its first game under new coach Scott Satterfield, came out hot and playing well. The Cardinals took a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter, but wouldn’t hold it for long. Notre Dame would score four minutes later to tie it at the end of the first, and then the Irish’s talent advantage slowly won out over the final 45 minutes of play by outscoring the Cardinals 21-3.

The Irish offense was led by Tony Jones Jr., who rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Chase Claypool caught five passes for 94 yards. QB Ian Book got off to a slow start but finished with a nice line, passing for 193 yards, rushing for 81 and finishing with two total touchdowns.

Louisville’s Jawon Pass finished with 134 yards passing, 67 yards rushing and two total touchdowns. (READ MORE) by Tom Fornelli | CBS Sports

His passes sailed at times, including one that allegedly caused Louisville cheerleader Elizabeth Scott to suffer a broken nose.

Notre Dame’s junior quarterback uncharacteristically threw behind his receivers and bolted out of the pocket at the first sign of trouble.

Book finished the first half with just 63 passing yards, three sacks and a pair of fumbles, including one that was lost after he ran up the back of tight end Brock Wright. That left a fallen Book to bang the front of his golden helmet into the plastic turf in obvious frustration. (READ MORE) by Mike Berardino |  Indianapolis Star

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book (12) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Louisville Cardinals at Cardinal Stadium.
PHOTO: Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book (12) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Louisville Cardinals at Cardinal Stadium. Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Opening the season as 20-point favorites at Louisville and at least that much at home against Bob Davie’s New Mexico team provides the perfect runway to the all-important test at third-ranked Georgia. By then tight end Cole Kmet should be back from collarbone surgery and roles should be more defined on a defense racked by the loss of six starters (including slot corner Nick Coleman) to graduation.

Despite underdog status between the hedges, the Irish escape with the narrow upset of the mighty Bulldogs. That doesn’t just send Notre Dame surging into the top five of the national polls, it gives Brian Kelly’s program a strong chance to be 6-0 rolling into the Big House a month later – and off a second bye week, no less. (READ MORE) by Mike Berardino |  Indianapolis Star

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Notre Dame vs. Louisville: The Cardinals got off to a hot start in the first quarter, but eventually lost 35-17 to Notre Dame. The Lousiville running game carried them in the first half with 164 yards and two Jawon Pass rushing touchdowns. The Cardinals had three players run for more than 65 yards in the game. Running back Javian Hawkins led the way with 122 yards, running back Hassan Hall ran for 69 yards, and quarterback Jawon Pass ran for 66 yards. For the Fighting Irish, quarterback Ian Book found success both throwing and passing the ball. Book went 14-23 for 193 yards and a touchdown passing, and also ran for 81 yards and another touchdown.

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