Game Day Chat: #4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals

Bryan Driskell

Notre Dame and Louisville kick off at 2:30 PM, and the Fighting Irish will look to improve to 4-0.

This game day chat is where you can talk about the game, get the latest analysis and get the latest updates from the game.

5:34 PM - Notre Dame earns an ugly 12-7 win over Louisville.

4:55 PM - After picking up a 3rd-and-6 with a run, Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham was injured and was helped off the field.

4:42 PM - The Irish offense responds with a touchdown drive of its own after Louisville's recovered onsides kick is negated by a penalty. The offense went to the ground and pounded out 44 hard-earned yards, and then Book added 13 more yards on a 3rd-and-8 scramble that went for a touchdown. It helped overcome a late throw by Book that allowed Louisville to break up a throw to McKinley. McKinley dropped a two-point conversion attempt as the Irish go up 12-7.

4:29 PM - Louisville opens up the second half with an 87-yard drive. Despite the interior of the defensive line dominating at the point of attack, Louisville converted a 4th-and-3, and three plays later a wheel route by RB Javian Hawkins set up a 1st-and-goal on a blown coverage by Shayne Simon. It was a rough series for Simon, who also poorly played the 4th-and-3 and whiffed on a quarterback scramble. 

FIRST HALF THOUGHTS

Notre Dame has tried to out-think themselves on offense today, and it's not going well. Once they got off the initial script the offense stalled, and the only reason they have six points instead of three is two dumb Louisville penalties that negated sacks.

Quarterback Ian Book went 7-14 for 79 yards in the first half, and he's struggled with his reads and accuracy. He under-threw Mayer on a wheel route, was off-target on other throws and isn't seeing the check down. He's also being impacted by the stunts and pressures by Louisville.

Notre Dame's unwillingness to tie RPOs with the run game is also hurting them, as they are needing to counter the loaded boxes with specific play calls after they've been stuffed or stopped. All the snaps with Ben Skowronek and Javon McKinley on the field together ties into that, as its getting your "blockers" on the field together, but that combo doesn't threaten the defense at all.

Defensively, Notre Dame has played quite well, holding Louisville to just six first downs and 120 yards. Almost half of that came on the final drive. Notre Dame is controlling the line of scrimmage, which has largely shut down the Louisville run game. A poor run fit by Shayne Simon on the final drive opened up a 28-yard run, but prior to that Louisville had done very little on the ground.

The fake field goal call, on 4th-and-9, was a terrible call.

3:59 PM - Half ends with Louisville missing a field goal. Irish lead just 6-0, but Louisville will start the second half with the football. The Notre Dame defense held Louisville to just 6 first downs and 120 yards in the half, but the Irish offense has been brutal through the first 30 minutes.

3:51 PM - Notre Dame drives the length of the field but comes away with no points. Kevin Austin's touchdown catch was rightfully negated, and Notre Dame faked a field goal attempt on 4th-and-9, which ended the drive.

3:49 PM - The last three-and-out by the defense was strong. Another Louisville penalty negated a first-down gain of seven, and on second-down end Adetokunbo Ogundeji and Kurt Hinish blew up the line for a loss, making it a 3rd-and-21 situation. Louisville could not convert.

3:27 PM - Irish offense goes three and out. TE Tommy Tremble got beat inside on first down, which resulted in a loss. On third down the right side of the line failed to pick up a DL twist, which ended with a Book sack and a punt.

3:22 PM - Notre Dame gave up a 28-yard gain to Tutu Atwell, who beat TaRiq Bracy, but the Irish defense stiffened up. Safety Shaun Crawford perfectly read a reverse and blew it up for a 3-yard loss. On third-down, rover Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah perfectly read a screen and blew it up, forcing the punt. The Irish rush defense was stout on this drive, giving up -4 yards on three rushes.

3:09 PM - Notre Dame again settles for a field goal after a long drive that was aided by a pair of Louisville penalties. After an early sack, Louisville was called for illegal hands to the face. After another sack, this time on third-down, Louisville was called for defensive holding. Notre Dame got inside the 10-yard line but Book threw an incomplete pass to Javon McKinley, whose release was poor, the second down run was stuffed and the third-down snap ended with another sack after the wideouts struggled to get separation.

2:58 PM - After giving up a 14-yard run on the first play the Irish defense tightened up and forced a punt. A strong backside fill from DT Jayson Ademilola and a great third-down breakup from sophomore safety Kyle Hamilton were the big plays.

2:53 PM - Notre Dame settles for a 32-yard field goal from Jonathan Doerer on drive one. The Irish got deep, but quarterback Ian Book took a second down sack, failing to see the open crossing route. That stalled the drive, which benefitted from an 18-yard gain from wideout Kevin Austin and a well-called 18-yard run on a quarterback draw.

2:39 PM - Notre Dame won the toss and elected to receive. The offense will start the game.

2:13 PM - Kevin Austin didn't get any reps during pre-game 7-on-7 drills.

2:12 PM - Ben Skowronek was playing with the first team offense at X, Braden Lenzy is working with the second team. 

2:11 PM - Shayne Simon is getting first team reps at Buck today despite playing poorly a week ago. Shaun Crawford is back to safety and Nick McCloud is in the starting lineup at corner.

2:02 PM - The flags are blowing hard at times. A lot of gusting winds down on the field. If it persists it could make an impact on the deep balls for both teams.

1:59 PM - Sophomore guard Hunter Spears is in his warm up outfit and is not in pads.

1:53 PM - Fifth-year senior transfer Ben Skowronek is going through warm ups and looks to be moving around fine.

1:21 PM - Heading into the game, junior wide receiver Lawrence Keys III is the only player we expect to be out. Keys was in the concussion protocol this week.

Before the game starts, get caught up on all the pre-game analysis and matchup conversations.

Notre Dame Depth Chart

Louisville Depth Chart

First Glance: Louisville Cardinals - Breaking down the Louisville season results, statistical leaders, and its offensive and defensive philosophy

Louisville At First Glance: Names To Know - Offense
Louisville At First Glance: Names To Know - Defense

Stacking Up: Notre Dame Offense vs. Louisville - Breaking down how the Notre Dame offense stacks up on paper against the Louisville defense.
Stacking Up: Notre Dame Defense vs. Louisville - Breaking down how the Notre Dame defense stacks up on paper against the Louisville offense.

Midweek Musings - Matchups to watch, biggest concerns for the Irish in this contest, stats to keep an eye on and players that must step up to ensure victory.

WSBT Interview - This week we talked about the Notre Dame vs. Louisville matchup, quarterback Ian Book, OC Tommy Rees, the Notre Dame ground attack and much, much more.

Podcast: Opponent Insider - Football analyst Vince DeDario talks with Louisville insider Jeremy Wahman.

Notre Dame vs. Louisville Q&A - Publisher Bryan Driskell answers questions about the Notre Dame vs. Louisville matchup.

Game Prediction: Notre Dame vs. Louisville - The Irish Breakdown staff make their picks for the Irish/Opponent matchup.

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Comments (138)
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chamgel
chamgel

Pitt’s offense is so unimpressive. The only way I see them getting to 3 touchdowns is if we give them short fields with turnovers..

chamgel
chamgel

Clemson just hung 52 on Georgia tech in the first half!! Goodness

Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan

Talk about going a step forward with Austin in the game plan to then just take a step back with putting Lenzy as a backup.

So annoying.

thomasna33
thomasna33

I hope Crawford can tackle a lot better today than he has so far this season.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Notre Dame won the toss and elected to receive. The offense will start the game.

RPalmeri
RPalmeri

I was hoping yo see Kyren early and often

Matt0315
Matt0315

hello Kevin Austin

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

Have to hit that throw to Mayer. That throw will be there all day

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

Have to see that blitz off the edge. He had the crosser. Need to know where your hot route is.

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

Book's movement in the pocket leaves a lot to be desired

IrishDeke
IrishDeke

Hamilton right on the $

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

I just LOVE the attitude Kyren runs with

BobSacamono
BobSacamono

Where is our speed

Fouledanchor
Fouledanchor

He needs to keep his eyes up

RPalmeri
RPalmeri

Book is looking a bit shakey.

BobSacamono
BobSacamono

Book looks like a freshman

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

For all the praise we gave Book for his pocket presence and reads last week he is looking very shaky so far in this one.

Fouledanchor
Fouledanchor

Not a good start for Book

Jherbeck91
Jherbeck91

Offense is going to be in serious trouble when we play a real Defense

chamgel
chamgel

You simply cannot have 11 and 88 on the field at the same time. That combined with Ian Book being off continues to limit this offense

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

Book is a college version of Alex Smith. The only time we challenge people downfield is when the play is specifically designed to go downfield.

Sheltonhager
Sheltonhager

Imagine if book could complete a pass.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Great series from the Irish run defense, and tremendous back-to-back plays from Crawford and Owusu-Koramoah to end that drive.

Matt0315
Matt0315

Offense looking really bad

IN_Irish
IN_Irish

Anyone else feeling like we're overrated at #4 in the country?

Brian Smith
Brian Smith

Must give credit to Louisville’s defensive players and the coordinator

chamgel
chamgel

Our offense is doing something no other team has been able to this season, make Louisville’s defense look good..

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

Louisville is doing what any defense will do that has watched Notre Dame so far this season. Load the box and bring pressure. ND needs to get the ball out bast because receivers are one on one. Have to loosen up the box if they want to have any sort of success. They are really relying on the defense so far.

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

When they send 2, Book has to have an internal clock that seems to be missing. I am thankful for all he has done, but the rest of this team is too talented for what he brings to our offense. There is plenty of tape available, and he is too limited. I am ready for Pyne. #StopMakingDrewRideThePyne

BobSacamono
BobSacamono

Can book throw a seem route?

Jacob15
Jacob15

This is very reminiscent of the season opener last year. Louisville is bringing pressure from various locations. Book seems rattled.

MDLambert
MDLambert

Hats off to the Louisville defense. They are giving us more trouble than we want. Book still tucks it way too quick. Gotta get our speed guys more involved on offense

IN_Irish
IN_Irish

A soul-crushing 96 yard drive would be nice here. :)

Jherbeck91
Jherbeck91

Rees needs to adjust and start calling plays to slow Louisville’s D down.

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

We could also slow the LBs down by making them respect an RPO, but we refuse to feature that play for some reason.

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

Patterson with a lot of borderline-high or high snaps today

Matt0315
Matt0315

Mayer is special

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

THROW. IT. AWAY.

Jherbeck91
Jherbeck91

We can’t get Kevin Austin in the game in the red zone? These route combos are awful in the red zone

Irish For Life
Irish For Life

I thought Book had McKinley is a mismatch. BIG height advantage

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

I think Louisville knows we are going to feature a QB draw to the left now....Please tell me they are setting something up for later with that!

RPalmeri
RPalmeri

What an ugly half

Matt0315
Matt0315

why not take the points and go up 2 scores

Jaymorrow
Jaymorrow

Wong personnel used most the game on offense.
Tyree should’ve been in earlier and he could’ve broke a big run. Before half, why not put Williams in and grind out the clock. Also, calling a pass play on fire down and a timeout with 1:47 left? Run it and then let the clock tick.

RPalmeri
RPalmeri

The fake isn't great either. I get trying to get momentum going into half but it just flipped

chamgel
chamgel

I still don’t know what the staff thinks they’re gaining with 88 and 11 on the field. It’s reminiscent of playing Freddy Canteen and Cam Smith early in 2017 when you had Claypool and Boykin behind them. They do nothing to stress the defense.

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

The over/under against Pitt next week is going to be freakin' 34.....and I still might take the under lol

at7724
at7724

Wait, we are watching the #4 team in the country, right?

KMoore-24
KMoore-24

It doesn't get much uglier than that offensively.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Half ends with Louisville missing a field goal. Irish lead just 6-0, but Louisville will start the second half with the football. The Notre Dame defense held Louisville to just 6 first downs and 120 yards in the half, but the Irish offense has been brutal through the first 30 minutes.


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