SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw a 21-yard scoring pass to DeVante Parker to lead Louisville to a 31-28 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday, the third straight loss for the Fighting Irish.
The Irish (7-4) had a chance to force overtime but Kyle Brindza missed a 32-yard field goal wide right with 51 seconds left. Notre Dame scored a pair of touchdowns early in the third quarter, the second set up by a 61-yard punt return by Greg Bryant, to take a 20-17 lead.
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But the Cardinals (8-3, No. 24 CFP) answered with the touchdown pass to Parker and a 15-yard run by Brandon Radcliff that he set up with a 41-yard run. Bonnafon's two scores gave Louisville, making its first-ever appearance at Notre Dame Stadium, a 14-3 lead in the first quarter, much to the delight of the thousands of UofL fans who made the trip up to wet. cold northern Indiana.
The Irish gave up 30 or more points for the sixth straight game, the first time that's happened in 126 seasons of football.
Louisville closes its regular season Saturday at home against in-state rival Kentucky. The annual battle for the Governor's Cup begins at noon at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Some college football writers are hinting that a ninth win could land Louisville in the Orange Bowl.