When it looked like Notre Dame was going to lose a tough game for a second consecutive week, quarterback Sam Hartman stepped up. Photo Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports Sep 30, 2023; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Sam Hartman (10) prepares to throw the ball during the first half of the game against Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports

In Saturday’s brutal loss to the Louisville Cardinals, Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Sam Hartman did not have a terribly strong performance, throwing three interceptions that hurt the team. But head coach Marcus Freeman isn’t placing the blame on his quarterback.

During his postgame press conference, Marcus Freeman made it very clear that he does not blame Sam Hartman for the loss. Instead, he blames himself and the rest of the coaching staff.

“But you know, I know everybody’s going to point the finger at Sam, you better point the finger at us, at me,” Freeman said. “We got to protect him. We got to do a better job protecting our quarterback and putting him in situations to have a higher percentage for success. And so you know, a lot of self reflection, we’re gonna have to do a deep dive into exactly where the shortcomings happen.”

Notre Dame has a chance to bounce back in a big way this week with a a showdown against USC next week.

“We got to get this thing figured out and we’re going to turn it around because we know USC is coming next weekend so we don’t have a lot of time to feel sorry for ourselves. We’d better get back to work and start preparing for this next upcoming game,” Freeman said.

We’ll have to see how the Irish respond from the due appointment.

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