Notre Dame Fighting Irish Summaries In a pure football game that saw no turnovers or penalties, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were very lucky indeed to edge out the Louisville Cardinals, winning 35-31 on the road. The see-saw battle, sure to go in the books as one of Notre DameÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s greatest games in the past few years, saw Clausen throw for 5 touchdowns and 249 yards. But statistics are not on the IrishÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s side in this one ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Louisville had more first downs (22 to 13), more passing yards (317 to 249), and more rushing yards (132 to 115). The contest was decided in the fourth quarter ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ both teams had two touchdowns, but the Irish were able to finally make a stop when it counted. On the CardinalÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s last possession the secondary jarred the ball loose to prevent a sure catch deep in the Notre Dame zone, and then an Irish lineman came up with the sack to end LouisvilleÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s hopes. But if the game how no turnovers and the Cardinals won the stats game, how did Notre Dame pull out the victory? Chalk it up to the luck of the Irish.