--By Roscelle Griffin
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals opened the 2019 football season Monday; Scott Satterfield and company took the field for the first time this season, in front of a record crowd of 58,187. Unfortunately, they lost to No. 9 Notre Dame, 35-17.
Louisville gained 383 yards against Notre Dame, and gave up 423. 249 of Louisville’s yards were on the ground, as were the two Cardinal touchdowns.
The Fighting Irish did not waste any time scoring. They scored a touchdown within the first two minutes of action, a three-yard rush from Jahmir Smith.
The Cards quickly answered back. Quarterback Jawon Pass scored back-to-back rushing touchdowns. The first was an eight-yard rush at the 7:27 mark in the first, and the second a 17-yard run with 4:08 left.
Notre Dame tied the game with 29 seconds left in the first quarter.
The game was a little sloppy at times. Both teams fumbled three consecutive times, twice by the Cardinals. Irish quarterback Ian Book rushed for an 11-yard touchdown with 17 seconds left in the first half. Notre Dame led 21-14 entering the locker room.
Louisville held Notre Dame to a touchdown in the third quarter. The score was off a pass to Tommy Tremble with 8:06 left in the third.
Blanton Creque kicked his only field goal with 13:25 left in the game- splitting the uprights from 42 yards.
Smith scored another touchdown with 8:15 left in the 4th quarter. The score gave the Irish a 35-17 lead over the Cardinals, which was the final score.
Javian Hawkins led the Cardinals with 106 yards rushing. Jawon Pass completed 12 of 27 for 134 yards, and no passing touchdowns. Pass also led the Cardinals with two rushing touchdowns. Tutu Atwell led Louisville receivers with five receptions for 47 yards. There were no interceptions in the game.
The Cards are back in action on Saturday, September 7th, as they host Eastern Kentucky at 7pm in Cardinal Stadium.