Sept. 29, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. –
TIME, DATE AND PLACE
* 8:22 p.m. EDT; Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
* Memorial Stadium (81,500); Clemson, South Carolina
* ABC national telecast with Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analysis) and Heather Cox (sideline).
* ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcast live from Clemson. This marks the 26th time that GameDay has originated from a Notre Dame game site, including the once studio-based show’s road debut, live from Heritage Hall at the Joyce Center before the 1993 Florida State game.
* IMG College Sports is the exclusive national rights-holder for Irish football radio broadcasts. Notre Dame games will be broadcast to 117 affiliates by Don Criqui (play-by-play), Allen Pinkett (analysis) and Jeff Jeffers (sideline). This broadcast can be heard live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (channel 129).
* The broadcast will be preceded by a one hour pre-game show hosted by Tony Castricone with Criqui, Pinkett and interviews conducted by Jack Nolan. It will be followed by a national post-game show hosted by Castricone, Criqui and Pinkett.
* All games can be heard in South Bend on WSBT 96.1 FM & 960 AM, and Sunny 101.5 FM.
* Clemson will likely have a sellout crowd on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
* Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 278 of its previous 327 games (.850) overall. Notre Dame has played before 649 sellouts in 928 total games (.699) since 1930. The Irish have sold out 294 of their last 295 home games dating back to 1964, including each of the last 246 in a row since 1973.
* The series between Notre Dame and Clemson is tied, 1-1.
* This is the first meeting between the teams since 1979 and the first meeting at Clemson since 1977.
* Notre Dame: Brian Kelly, 49-20 at Notre Dame (6th year), 220-77-2 overall (25th year), 0-0 vs. CU
* Clemson: Dabo Swinney, 64-26 at Clemson (7th year), 64-26 overall (7th year), 0-0 vs. Notre Dame
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
* Clemson’s defense, ranked ninth in the nation, will match up against an explosive Irish offense which features RB C.J. Prosise (fourth in rushing yards) and WR Will Fuller (eighth in receiving yards).
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
14 In 1977, the first meeting between the teams, Joe Montana led the Irish to 14 fourth quarter points in a comeback win. (Page 5)
13 Notre Dame is 13-3 (.813) since 2010 when the halftime score differential is four points or less, third-best nationally. (Page 9)
12 The Irish rank 12th nationally in rushing offense at 284.8 yards per game. The last time Notre Dame had more than its current 1,139 rushing yards after four games came in 1992 (1,264 yards). (Page 12)
11 Notre Dame is 33-10 since the 2012 season, a .767 winning percentage that ties for 11th nationally over that span. (Page 8)
10 Of the teams in this week’s Associated Press top 10, Notre Dame has both the highest graduation success rate (GSR) and the highest academic progress rate (APR). (Page 7)
9 The other number nine in your program along with first-team All-American LB Jaylon Smith, C.J. Sanders returned a punt 50 yards for a TD against UMass. He became the first Irish freshman with a punt return TD since 1973. (Page 18)
8 WR Will Fuller ranks eighth nationally with 454 receiving yards. (Page 13)
7 The Irish have already scored seven TDs this year of at least 50 yards. It is already the most for the Irish in an entire season under head coach Brian Kelly. (Page 12)
6 The Irish have allowed just six points in the first quarter this season, outscoring their foes 47-6 in the opening 15 minutes of games. (Page 9)
5 The Irish have eclipsed 200 yards rushing in each of their last five games. It is the longest such streak since 2000. (Page 12)
3 Notre Dame has started 4-0 in three of the last four years, a feat last accomplished when the Irish did it four years in a row from 1970-73. (Page 7)
2 Under Brian Kelly, Notre Dame has allowed just 4.72% of its defensive plays to go for 20 yards or longer, the second-lowest percentage in the nation since 2010. (Page 16)
1 The 600 rushing yards by C.J. Prosise are the most in school history through the first four games of a season. (Page 12)
0 Since establishing a school record with 720 yards of total offense against Navy in 1969, Notre Dame has never had more total yards than its 681 gained against UMass. (Page 11)