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.

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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.

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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.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Georgia Tech beat Louisville 46-27 last week.

Clemson beat Georgia Tech 73-7 today.

Notre Dame is leading Louisville 6-0 in the first half.

Thrillhouse
Thrillhouse

What a disgusting half of football.

Jaymorrow
Jaymorrow

Terrible clock management by ND before half on offense and defense Louisville is playing inspired on defense. Ian Book needs to take the second half over.

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

When you aren't able to reward receivers for winning their matchup, it typically leads to them eventually not running their routes as well, giving up on routes earlier, which leads to DBs helping earlier, much easier D-coordinating, safties playing in the box, etc....it snowballs

jameskroner3
jameskroner3

This offense......whoof. It’s very, very predictable. As mentioned, the personnel on the field telegraphs the intention of the play. But, that’s what you get with the hires you make.

Jacob15
Jacob15

This is embarrassing. Book looks like he’s in his 3rd start and is wide eyed by any “exotic blitz”.

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

Simon looked really bad on the 4th down conversion and on the wheel route by the back. Some really bad play from the Buck spot today. Oh and that's what you kick the field goal at the end of the half.

IrishDeke
IrishDeke

Out coached and out executed. ND better 180 immediately or we're in serious jeopardy of losing this game.

Matt0315
Matt0315

this is not looking good

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Shayne Simon was AWFUL on that series. Whiffed on a scramble, misplayed the 4th-and-3 and then blew a coverage on a wheel route. I told a buddy last night if I was an opponent I'd hit him with a wheel route. Louisville finally tried it and it worked.

Special teams also making big mistakes take. Missed a fake field goal, allowed a punt to be downed at the 5 and now just gave up an onsides kick.

ND being out-coached today, big time.

Matt0315
Matt0315

what a break

chamgel
chamgel

What a play by Book!! Great run there to get into the Endzone

mparrott84
mparrott84

Look, I am a huge McKinley fan, but the dude has dropped every pass today, why are you throwing it to him?

chamgel
chamgel

88 has to make that play on the 2 pt conversion... that ball was put on the money.

Jherbeck91
Jherbeck91

If only ND had a 6’2” super athlete to throw it up to! Oh there’s Kevin Austin as a decoy

Jaymorrow
Jaymorrow

McKinley is no Chase Claypool Lol or Boykin etc...
He has proven for 3 years or more, he’s just not a gamer.

IrishDeke
IrishDeke

Let's see how badly the Buck gets abused on this drive.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

That was way too early in the game to chase points. Now a field goal by ND and its still a one possession game. Kick the XP there IMO.

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

I'd be interested to see how the total time from kickoff to final stacks up against our other games in recent years. Feels like it is going by very fast. Even Navy games take longer than this.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

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

chamgel
chamgel

JOK has to make the play against the QB there on 3rd and 5... tackle him and force the pitch.

Jaymorrow
Jaymorrow

ND will pull away here by 17 plus in 4th
Too much depth and conditioning

Jherbeck91
Jherbeck91

Tommy Rees is not very good at his job

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Louisville came into this game giving up 34.3 points per game, 233 passing yards per game and 8.2 yards per attempt.

In the fourth quarter, Notre Dame has 12 points, 88 passing yards and is averaging 5.2 yards per attempt.

Jaymorrow
Jaymorrow

Tommy Rees obviously doesn’t set up for plays later in the game like Long.

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

If we are lucky enough to escape this, I would hope there is no game ball. There is nothing to feel good about in this kind of performance, outside of winning. I can hear the "winning is hard" post-game presser coach-speak already

mparrott84
mparrott84

If you are Tommy Kramer, how do you like being on TV with your running back pulling your pants down?

JayLonSmiff
JayLonSmiff

We have so much offensive talent, yet we only make teams defend 5 yards. We run into 8-9 man boxes, because we don't have a QB that can make bad defenses even pay for it.

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Thrillhouse
Thrillhouse

You aren’t lying. ND is a QB away from being a championship team

chamgel
chamgel

A QB and getting the talented WRs we have on the field.. can’t beat elite teams with Austin, Lenzy, Johnson and Watts on the sideline

Jaymorrow
Jaymorrow

I don’t blame the offensive line this game. This is a limited Qb with a under qualified offensive coordinator showing their stripes.

chamgel
chamgel

Love the hustle by Book there to attempt to throw a block to try and spring Williams.... especially after watching Spencer Rattler a few weeks ago completely avoid doing the same thing against Iowa State in the 4th quarter with the game on the line...

Jherbeck91
Jherbeck91

Offensively, there are zero things to feel good about. This is a shameful performance and deserves the utmost scrutiny by everyone.

IrishDeke
IrishDeke

Terrible game, I want my money back.

Jacob15
Jacob15

What did I just watch? God, that was brutal. I waited all week for that?!

IrishDeke
IrishDeke

Pitt must be terrified of us right about now.

seang347
seang347

That was a master class in offensive prowess

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

Brian Kelly press conference highlights coming.....

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

"Coach Sadderfield had them ready to play and they played like a 4-0 team. We have to do a better job. Red zone. We obviously have to score touchdowns and not field goals and we have to get off the field on third down. We will spend time on those areas. Lot of positive things to take from this game. Continue to execute at the line of scrimmage. We closed out the game at the end."

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

"22 consecutive wins at home and we don't want to lose sight of that."

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

On Book's game today "You evaluate the body of work. He wins. He is a winner. He hasn't lost at home. When it is time to make plays he makes huge third down conversions. When the game is on the line you can count on Ian Book to make plays."

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

Confidence level sending the offense back out on the field with 8:00 to go "I felt pretty confident that at the very least we would put the defense in a good position. We had been running the ball with pretty good effectiveness. We had a clear idea of what we wanted to do. We slowed down the tempo. A lot of confidence in the players and coaches."

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

Teaching moments out of this game "That's what we do. We are teachers. There isn't a game you play that you can't take something from it. We will take a number of things from this game. You build your football team in games like these. There are very teachable moments here and we will learn from it."

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

on fake FG try "We felt there was a vulnerability there. We felt it was going to for a TD or we would not have called it. Felt like the right time. Practiced it the whole week. The rationale behind it was that it would go for a TD"

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

Where is the team now? "I think it is really early. Still developing the WR. Still developing the defensive personnel. Pretty early in the season for us. We are going to be a better football team as we continue to grow and develop. This team is no where near where it can be or will be but we are going to have to improve. We need to make some plays to score touchdowns and we need to get off the field on third down."

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

on Ben S. "I mentioned him in post game. He has been injured and not able to contribute but it is nice to have him back. Certainly a guy we will be counting on down the stretch."

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

Key to make big plays "There was a 30 mph wind that doesn't help. The weather conditions weren't conducive to that. When dealing with a team that loads the box you have to make more plays on the outside. Austin, Skowronk and McKinley have to make more plays. Lenzy was slowed by a soft tissue injury. Ian has got to get them the football. We will continue to focus on that. they will get there."

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

On not many drives "We knew it was going to be tough. Can't out yourself in a position to be vulnerable to a turnover or a sack fumble. We protected our edges with more 6 man protections. You think about that in a low scoring game like this."

CoachDeDario
CoachDeDario

Editor

And Kelly is done


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