Oct. 15, 2012
#5/5 Notre Dame (6-0) vs. BYU (4-3)
Saturday, October 20, 2012
3:40 p.m. ET
Notre Dame Stadium (80,795); Notre Dame, Ind.
NBC national telecast with Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analysis), Alex Flanagan (sideline), Rob Hyland (producer) and Pierre Moossa (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 Irish home games may be heard in South Bend on News & Sports Radio 96.1 FM & 960 AM WSBT.
Saturday is the 229th straight sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. Since 1966, every home game for the Irish has been a sellout except one – a 1973 Thanksgiving Day game vs. Air Force. Notre Dame has played in front of sellouts in 277 of its last 278 home games.
Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 249 of its previous 291 games (.856) overall.
Notre Dame has played before 620 sellouts in 892 total games (.695) since 1930.
Notre Dame (UND.com), BYU (BYUCougars.com)
Notre Dame is ranked No. 5 in this week’s Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls. The Irish also debuted at No. 5 in the season’s first BCS standings. BYU is unranked in both polls.
Live in-game stats will be provided through CBS College Sports GameTracker via UND.com.
Notre Dame leads the abbreviated series with BYU, 4-2, with three of the six meetings coming in a three-year stretch from 1992-94.
Notre Dame took the last meeting between the two foes in 2005 (49-23). The Irish have averaged 33.3 points in the series, while the Cougars have scored 19.0 points per game.
More on the series history is available on pages 30-31.
Countdown to Kickoff
10 Ten of senior TE Tyler Eifert’s 15 receptions this season have resulted in either a first down or touchdown for Notre Dame. He leads the Irish with 246 receiving yards this year. (Page 26)
9 Notre Dame has had 12 first-time starters in 2012. That total ties for the ninth-most first-time starters among all schools in a BCS automatic qualifying conference. Of the teams listed in this week’s BCS top-25 rankings, only No. 23 TCU has started more first-time starters than the Irish. (Page 7)
8 The Irish have not allowed a rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games. The streak extends 34 quarters back to the second quarter against Boston College on Nov. 19, 2011. (Page 7)
7 Notre Dame is 6-1 in its last seven games decided by a touchdown or less. (Page 4)
6 Through six games, 39.1 percent of all drives against the Irish defense have resulted in three-and-out possessions. That percentage ranks sixth among schools from a BCS automatic qualifying conference. (Page 11)
5 Notre Dame has limited each of its past five opponents to less than 300 total yards. It’s the first time the Irish have held five consecutive foes to less than 300 yards of total offense since the 1989 Fiesta Bowl and the first four games of the ’89 season. (Page 8)
4 Junior CB Bennett Jackson leads the Irish with four interceptions. He is tied for fourth in the FBS in interceptions per game. Jackson’s four picks are the most by a Notre Dame cornerback since Mike Richardson recorded four interceptions in 2006. (Pages 18-19)
3 Three of Notre Dame’s six wins have been over teams ranked in the top 25 by Associated Press at the time of the game. The Irish are the only team in the FBS to have already defeated three ranked foes. (Page 5)
2 In the first BCS standings, Notre Dame has a composite ranking of second by the six computer rankings. The Irish are ranked No. 1 in the two computer polls produced by Wes Colley and Kenneth Massey. (Page 3)
1 Notre Dame ranks first in the nation in red zone defense. The Irish are tied with Alabama as opponents are scoring on 50 percent of its trips to the red zone. Notre Dame ranks first in the nation as teams are scoring touchdowns on only 12.5 percent of its trips to the red zone. The Irish also rank first in fewest points allowed per red zone trip as opponents are averaging two points per red zone appearance. (Page 12)
0 Zero touchdowns have been scored against the Notre Dame defense in the last four games (16 quarters). It is the longest streak by an Irish defense since the 1980 defense did not allow a TD in 23 consecutive quarters.