Sept. 10, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
8:12 p.m. ET
Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500); West Lafayette, Ind.
ABC national telecast with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analysis), Heather Cox (sideline), Bill Bonnell (producer) and Derek Mobley (director).
IMG College Sports is the exclusive national rights-holder for Irish football radio broadcasts. IMG College manages, produces and syndicates the Irish national football radio network. Notre Dame games will be broadcast by Don Criqui (play-by-play), former Irish great Allen Pinkett (analysis) and Jeff Jeffers (sideline). This broadcast can be heard live on both SIRIUS and XM Satellite Radio (channel 129).
All games can be heard in South Bend on News & Sports Radio 96.1 FM & 960 AM WSBT.
Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 257 of its previous 299 games (.860) overall. Notre Dame has played before 628 sellouts in 900 total games (.698) since 1930.
Saturday’s game has yet to sell out.
Notre Dame is ranked No. 21 in both the Associated Press AND USA Today Coaches’ poll. Purdue is not ranked in either poll.
Live in-game stats will be provided through CBS College Sports via UND.com.
Notre Dame and Purdue will meet for the 85th time in the all-time series Saturday. The Irish lead the series by a 56-26-2 count.
Over the last 27 meetings, Notre Dame holds a 22-5 advantage. The Irish won from 1986-96, 1998, 2000-02, 2005-06 and 2008-12. Purdue claimed victories in 1997, 1999, 2003-04 and 2007.
More on the series history is available on pages 2-6.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Notre Dame-Purdue series has been filled with offensive fireworks. Since 1982 (a span of 31 meetings), the winning team has scored at least 23 points in every contest except 1993 (Notre Dame’s 17-0 triumph) and 2012 (Notre Dame’s 20-17 victory). The winning team has eclipsed the 30-point barrier on 16 different occasions and averaged 34.0 points per game.
Notre Dame’s 56 series wins against Purdue are the second-most against any opponent – 73 against Navy is the highest.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
12 Junior TE Troy Niklas has 12 career receptions and three have resulted in Irish touchdowns. (Page 17)
11 Notre Dame is 11-0 under Brian Kelly when playing an entire game without committing a turnover. (Page 13)
10 Ten freshmen made their Notre Dame debut against Temple including Jaylon Smith (start), Max Redfield, William Fuller, James Onwualu, Cole Luke, Corey Robinson (start), Issac Rochell, Greg Bryant, Tarean Folston and Devin Butler. (Page 13)
9 Notre Dame has played 17 games decided by a touchdown or less since the arrival of Brian Kelly in 2010. The Irish went 2-5 in the first seven such games, but have since gone 9-1. (Page 13)
8 Junior WR DaVaris Daniels has registered at least one reception of 20+ yards in eight of his 13 career games played. (Page 17)
7 Senior WR TJ Jones (No. 7) has 126 career catches and 11 career receiving touchdowns. He is one TD grab and three receptions from moving into Notre Dame’s top 10 all-time in both categories. (Page 17)
6 Senior QB Tommy Rees became the sixth Irish quarterback in school history to surpass 5,000 career passing yards. (Page 15)
5 Senior QB Tommy Rees has already registered five completions of at least 32 yards over Notre Dame’s first two games of 2013. Irish signal callers recorded 11 such passes all of last year. (Page 14)
4 The Irish offense has started four possessions inside their own 20-yard line and scored touchdowns on three of those drives, including a 12-play, 90-yard scoring drive early in the second half against Michigan.
3 Brian Kelly is one of seven FBS coaches that have guided their respective schools to an undefeated regular season since 2009. Three of those head coaches, including Kelly, have done it on multiple occasions. (Page 9)
2 Among college coaches with at least five years of service or 50 victories at a school that was classified as a major college, Brian Kelly became the second youngest to reach 200 career victories. (Page 10)
1 Zack Martin and Nick Martin became the first set of brothers at Notre Dame to start on the offensive line together since 1978 (Dave and Tim Huffman). (Page 16)
0 No FBS defense has allowed fewer rushing touchdowns than the 15 by Notre Dame over the last 32 games. Alabama has also limited its opponents to 15. (Page 18)