Notre Dame spoiled Scott Satterfield’s debut as head coach of the Louisville Cardinals.
Both offenses got out to a hot start, scoring a combined 28 points in the first quarter. QB Jawon Pass scored both of Louisville’s touchdowns on runs of 8 and 17 yards. After scoring touchdowns on both of their first two drives, the Cardinals were held to just 3 points on their remaining 12 possessions of the game.
In the final few minutes of the first half, a crazy sequence of three straight fumbles occurred in a matter of 10 seconds. Notre Dame capitalized on the opportunity with an 11-yard go-ahead touchdown run by Tony Jones Jr. The score made it 21-14 at halftime.
The Irish carried that momentum into the second half, jumping out to a two-touchdown lead midway through the third quarter.
Louisville would close the gap with a 42-yard field goal to begin the fourth quarter, but it just wasn’t enough. Notre Dame marched down the field on a 12-play, 75 yard drive that ate up over five minutes. The drive ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jahmir Smith. Smith’s touchdown would be the final of the game, as the Irish held on for a 35-17 victory to open the 2019 campaign.
Here are the highlights:
1st Quarter… Jahmir Smith 3-yard TD run, 7-0 Notre Dame
1st Quarter… Jawon Pass 8-yard TD run, 7-7
1st Quarter… Jawon Pass 17-yard TD run, 14-7 Louisville
1st Quarter… Tony Jones Jr. 11-yard TD run, 14-14
2nd Quarter… Ian Book 11-yard TD run, 21-14 Notre Dame
3rd Quarter… Jawon Pass 3rd fumble of the game
3rd Quarter… Ian Book 26-yard TD pass to Tommy Tremble, 28-14 Notre Dame
4th Quarter… Blanton Creque 42-yard FG. 28-17 Notre Dame
4th Quarter… Jahmir Smith 1-yard TD run, 35-17 Notre Dame