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Bonnafon scores 2 TD passes, runs for another as Louisville holds off Notre Dame for 31-28 win

  • Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon (7) scores a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon (7) scores a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson (5) hands off the ball to running back Tarean Folston, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson (5) hands off the ball to running back Tarean Folston, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

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. The Irish 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.

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.

The Irish gave up 30 or more points for the sixth straight game, the first time that's happened in 126 seasons of football.