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Notre Dame gets a pass, and beats Louisville, 35-17

Not pretty. Not even average — really.

Notre Dame v Louisville Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The first game of the 2019 season was a stressful event for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as they went on the road and beat the Louisville Cardinals 35-17 inside Cardinal Stadium.

I’ll get to all of the madness in just a bit, but four Notre Dame receivers caught their first passes tonight with Tommy Tremble getting a 26 yard TD from Ian Book. Jahmir Smith scored twice, and Tony Jones Jr. ran for over 100 yards after Jafar Armstrong left the game with a groin injury early in the first quarter.

Louisville kept things extremely close early as both teams were tied up at 14 late in the 3rd until an 11 yard Book run put the Irish up at the half. Jawan Pass helped move the Cardinal offense, but the rushing of freshman Javian Hawkins was their best threat.

Louisville made plenty of mistakes and this was a game full of fumbles — fumbles everywhere (5 for UL).

Notre Dame’s defense was leaky early but managed to settle down with steady play from Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Freshman Kyle Hamilton helped his squad out a lot on the night with a couple of pass break-ups.

It was an ugly game, but not exactly terrible. More importantly, it means the Irish are 1-0 on the season.