No. 9 Notre Dame will have bigger tests than the one they faced from Louisville on Monday night, but the win will still be a nice one to look back upon and draw from after they held their nerve to shake off a somewhat slow start to eventually pull away from the Cardinals.
The Fighting Irish got on the board quickly, inside the first three minutes, but Louisville would score twice in just over three minutes to take a 14-7 lead. Notre Dame didn’t trail for too long, though, scoring with only 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter to end it at 14-14. They wouldn’t trail again following that. A late first half scamper from quarterback Ian Book for a touchdown, he had one in the air, too, gave them a 21-14 lead. They extended it with his aerial assault in the third before getting one more in the fourth to seal the game away at 35-17. They only gave up three points in the final three quarters, showing a definite improvement from the way they had started. Running back Tony Jones, Jr. led for much of the way, going for 110 yards on just 15 carries with one TD.