|Date:||Monday, September 2|
|Time:||8:06 p.m. ET|
61,000 (Field Turf)
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IRISH AT CARDINALS – BY THE NUMBERS
|0||The Irish completed an undefeated season at Notre Dame Stadium for the second time in four seasons in 2018 (2015, also 6-0).|
|1||Notre Dame will be playing its first game ever on Labor Day Monday.|
|2||Monday evening will mark just the second meeting between Notre Dame and Louisville - and the first in Louisville, Kentucky.|
|3||The 10th year of the Brian Kelly era begins with just the third season-opener away from Notre Dame Stadium for a Kelly-coached team and the second on an opponent’s home field (2012 vs. Navy in Ireland, 2016 at Texas).|
|3rd||Junior Ian Book’s 68.2 completion percentage in 2018 places him as the third-most accurate passer returning in 2019 (Jack Abraham, Southern Mississippi, 73.1; Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, 69.0).|
|5||Book’s 154.0 passer rating in 2018 was the fifth-best single season in Irish history.|
|10||Brian Kelly begins his 10th season as the head coach at the University of Notre Dame, becoming just the fifth Irish coach to spend a decade or more at the school (Knute Rockne, 13; Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz 11).|
|10.5||Senior Julian Okwara enters the season with 10.5 career sacks, looking to break into the all-time top 10 at Notre Dame this season (Anthony Weaver, 1998-2001, is 10th with 17.0).|
|11||Notre Dame has won 11 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, including a 6-0 clean slate last season. It is the third-longest winning streak at home for the Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930.|
|23||Notre Dame boasts 23 wins over the past two seasons, the most over a two-year span since the Irish went 24-1 in 1988 and 1989.|
|50||Senior Chase Claypool is the top returning receiver for the Irish in 2019, grabbing 50 of his 84 career receptions last season.|
|68.2||Book’s 68.2 completion percentage in 2018 set a school single-season record, surpassing Jimmy Clausen (68.0) in 2009.|
|69||Pro Football Focus credited Julian Okwara (40) and senior Khalid Kareem (29) with 69 quarterback hurries in 2018 - making the defensive end duo the top pass rush tandem returning in the FBS for 2019.|
|77%||Notre Dame is 13-4 (.765) all-time in season opening prime time games.|
|200||Notre Dame is the only team in the FBS with three different 200-yard rushers over the past two seasons (Brandon Wimbush, Josh Adams - 2017; Dexter Williams - 2018).|
|268||The Notre Dame sell out streak stands at 268 consecutive games, the second-longest in NCAA history.|
|346ˆ||Games coached by Brian Kelly in his career, second active in the NCAA to Mack Brown (North Carolina).|
23-4 LAST TWO SEASONS
- Earning a College Football Playoff bid and finishing 12-1 in 2018, Notre Dame has compiled a 23-4 record over the past two seasons – the best two-year run for the program since 1992-93 (21-2-1, .883).
- A look at Notre Dame’s top two-year combined records since 1964:
SEVEN CAPTAINS IN 2019
- Quarterback Ian Book, safety Jalen Elliott, wide receiver Chris Finke, safety Alohi Gilman, offensive lineman Robert Hainsey, defensive lineman Khalid Kareem and defensive lineman Julian Okwara will serve as team captains for Notre Dame in 2019.
- The seven total captains matches a program-high from the 2017 season (DeShone Kizer was part of that group but eventually declared for the NFL Draft, leaving the Irish with six captains for the actual football season).
- Notre Dame is 106-17-5 (.848) in season openers, with victories in 26 of the last 32 lid-lifters.
- In eight of the last nine seasons, the Irish have scored the first points in the season’s opening game, including Jafar Armstrong’s 13-yard touchdown run against Michigan last season on Notre Dame’s season-opening drive.
- The Irish are 7-2 in season openers under Brian Kelly.
- Since 1958, the Irish are 36-4 (.900) in the season opener when scoring first, while they are 13-6 when the opponent registers the first score.
- Notre Dame will kick off the 2019 season in primetime at Louisville, marking the fourth time in five seasons the Irish will open the regular season in a night contest (2015 against Texas at Notre Dame Stadium; 2016 against Texas at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin; 2018 against Michigan in Notre Dame Stadium).
- 2019 is the 18th season in which Notre Dame will officially open a regular season under the lights. The Irish are 13-4 (.765) in prior season-opening night games, which includes a 5-0 record at Notre Dame Stadium.
- In the 108 seasons Notre Dame has won its opener, the Irish have gone on to post a winning record 92.7% of the time (99 seasons).
HOME FIELD WIN STREAK
- Notre Dame completed an undefeated season at Notre Dame Stadium for the second time in four seasons (2015, 6-0) after finishing 6-0 following a 42-13 win over Florida State. From 1990-2011, only the 1998 campaign (6-0) saw a perfect Notre Dame home slate.
- Notre Dame has won 11 straight games at home dating back to Sept. 30, 2017, against Miami (Ohio). It is the third-longest home winning streak for the Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930 (28 straight from 1942-50; 19 straight from 1987-90).
IAN BOOK NOTES
- In 2018, Ian Book became the first Notre Dame quarterback to win at least eight consecutive games after assuming the starting position in a season since Terry Hanratty was the Irish quarterback in eight straight victories in the 1966 national championship year. In fact, dating back to 1964, only seven quarterbacks (eight total occurrences) have been the victor in eight or more consecutive Notre Dame wins from their first start of a given season through the duration of the winning streak
- According to STATS, Book became the first FBS quarterback to win his first five starts of a season while completing 70.0-plus percent of his passes in each game since Russell Wilson at Wisconsin in 2011. Wilson did so in each of his first six starts of that season for the Badgers.
- Book boasts the third-best single-season completion percentage for a starting quarterback in 2018 returning to lead his team in 2019. Book completed 68.2 perecent of his attempts last season, with only Southern Mississippi’s Jack Abraham (73.1) and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa (69.0) returning this season with better completion percentage numbers from a year ago.
- Book finished the 2018 season with a 154.0 passer rating, 17th-best in the nation and 11th best among all returning signal callers for 2019.
JULIAN OKWARA NOTES
- Quarterback hurries are an inexact science(and therefore unofficial NCAA stat), but it is safe to say that Julian Okwara is one of the most prolific pass rushers returning to college football this season. Okwara was credited with 21 quarterback hurries last season and Pro Football Focus compiled 40 hurries for the Charlotte, NC, native.
- Utilizing that Pro Football Focus number of 40 hurries, only Chase Young (Ohio State) can boast more as a returning player in 2019.
KHALID KAREEM NOTES
- Kareem made a career-high eight tackles (six solo) and added 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack against Michigan in the 2018 season opener to be named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week on Sept 2.
- Kareem combined with Julian Okwara to give Notre Dame the top returning pass rushing duo, in terms of quarterback hurries, according to Pro Football Focus (69; 40 for Okwara, 29 for Kareem).
- Senior OL Tommy Kraemer leads the offense in career starts (21) while classmate Jalen Elliott (25) paces the Irish defense in career starts.
- Khalid Kareem combined with Julian Okwara to give Notre Dame the top returning pass rushing duo in the country, in terms of quarterback hurries, according to Pro Football Focus (69; 40 for Okwara, 29 for Kareem).
- Tony Jones Jr. (412) and Jafar Armstrong (402) are the top returning rushers for the Irish, with Armstrong boasting a 5.3 yards-per-carry average in 2018.