Out-of-bounds pass thrown by Irish QB Book breaks Louisville dancer's nose

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville dance team member will have to visit a specialist to repair a broken nose she sustained when she was hit by an out-of-bounds pass thrown by Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book.

Elizabeth Scott was hit in the fourth quarter of the eighth-ranked Irish's 35-17 victory over the Cardinals on Monday night. Book, under pressure, threw the ball out of bounds and struck Scott as she performed with other dancers near Cardinal Stadium's south end zone.

Sheryl Knight, the coach of the Ladybirds dance squad, said in a statement Tuesday that Scott is seeing a specialist because of the break's complicated nature. Knight added that added that Scott's pain is "manageable" and she is anxious to return to the sideline.

The dental hygiene major from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, joked on her verified Twitter account about her injury trending on social media.

The dancer tweeted this image after she was hit:


Scott told TODAY Sports that she was watching the play unfold on the big screen when she suddenly heard teammates and people around her shouting.

“They’re like, ‘Watch out! Watch out! Watch out!'” said Scott, a junior from Floyds Knobs, Indiana. "So I turn, because even when people tell you to watch out, your natural instinct is to turn in the direction they’re yelling at. So I turn to look, and as soon as I turned, it hit me right in the face. I didn’t even get to see the football.

Scott said Book sent her a message on Instagram to apologize after the game.

"I messaged him back, and I was like, ‘All is good, that’s not your fault,'" Scott said. "'Like, how are you supposed to know the ball’s going to go directly into my face? That’s not your fault.'"

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book looks for an open receiver during the Louisville game last week.