Cierre Woods and George Atkinson III led an offensive explosion last Saturday when each player rushed for more than 100 yards in the 41-3 win over Miami.

#7 Irish Host #17 Stanford in a Showdown in South Bend

Oct. 9, 2012

Full Notes Package in PDF Format (recommended for easy reading and enhanced statistical data) 2012 Notre Dame Football Gameweek Central – Stanford


  • Saturday, October 13, 2012


  • 3:39 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 228th 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 276 of its last 277 home games.
  • Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 248 of its previous 290 games (.855) overall.
  • Notre Dame has played before 619 sellouts in 891 total games (.695) since 1930.



  • Notre Dame is ranked No. 7 in this week’s Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ poll. Stanford is ranked No. 17 in both polls.


  • Live in-game stats will be provided through CBS College Sports GameTracker via


  • Saturday’s game is the 27th meeting between


10. Notre Dame has won 10 consecutive games when rushing for at least 200 yards. The Irish gained 376 rushing yards vs. Miami last week, the most by a Notre Dame team since 2000. The Irish are 22-1 since 2002 when it gains at least 200 rushing yards. (Page 17)

9. The Irish rank among the top-20 Football Bowl Subdivision defenses in nine different categories, including scoring defense, red zone defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense, first downs defense, interceptions, turnovers forced, rush defense and sacks. (Page 8)

8. Eight of nine offensive drives by Notre Dame gained over 50 yards and eight of the nine possessions ended in Miami territory. (Page 17)

7. Sophomore DE Stephon Tuitt is tied for seventh in the nation in sacks per game. Tuitt is averaging 1.2 sacks per contest this season. (Page 15)

6. Notre Dame forced Miami into a third down play of at least six yards on nine of 12 third-down attempts.

5. Through five games, Notre Dame is the only team in the nation that has yet to trail. It is the first time a Notre Dame team has not trailed in any of its first five games of a season since the 1947 national championship team accomplished the feat. (Page 8)

4. Four Notre Dame running backs recorded rushing touchdowns against Miami. It marked the first time four Irish running backs had scored rushing touchdowns in the same game since Nov. 9, 1996 against Boston College. (Page 11)

3. The Irish defense has not allowed a touchdown in three straight games. In fact, Notre Dame has allowed only three touchdowns all season, the fewest in the nation. The current three-game streak of having not allowed a TD is the longest by an Irish defense since 1980. (Page 8)

2. Notre Dame’s defense ranks second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 7.8 points per game. The 39 points allowed by the Irish are the fewest in an opening five games of a season since the 1976 defense permitted 37 points. (Page 8)

1. Only one of the 51 rush attempts by the Irish against Miami resulted in negative yardage. The one carry went for a loss of four yards. The other 50 rushes gained 380 yards. (Page 17)

0. Zero rushing touchdowns have been scored against the Notre Dame defense this year. The Irish are the only team in the nation to have not allowed a rushing score this year. Going back to 2011, Notre Dame has not allowed a rushing TD in seven straight games (30 quarters), the longest streak by an Irish team since the 1976-77 seasons.

  • The celebration of 125 years of Fighting Irish football (1887-2012) is well underway.
  • The University last spring introduced a special 125 logo that is being utilized throughout the year on all signage identifying elements of the campaign. The logo will be seen on sideline apparel worn by Irish coaches during 2012 home games and on the back of the Irish helmets for the Sept. 22 Notre Dame-Michigan game.
  • The “Strong and True” slogan-taken from the University’s alma mater, “Notre Dame, Our Mother”-has been interwoven through various segments of the NDFB125 program.
  • Although the celebration lasts all fall, the Sept. 22 Notre Dame-Michigan game at Notre Dame Stadium featured special recognition events based on Irish football history dating back to the first Notre Dame game in 1887 against Michigan. The Notre Dame-Michigan relationship qualifies as the original and oldest Football Bowl Subdivision rivalry. Former Irish head coach Ara Parseghian took part in the coin toss for that game.
  • A Web site devoted to 125 years of Irish football has been created at It launched last spring, with three sample “Strong and True” moments featured. Beginning Aug. 27, 125 “Strong and True” moments will be released (one per day) via digital media, along with photo and video galleries. Some of those video moments will be featured at the Notre Dame Football Kickoff luncheons on the Fridays of home weekends.
  • Former Notre Dame players and fans have been and will be encouraged to engage and participate via the 125 site (as well as social media) by sharing stories, photos and videos of their “Strong and True” experiences via Facebook ( and Twitter (@125ndfb). The official NDFB125 site also will feature memories provided by former Irish football players and others connected with the program from their Notre Dame football experiences.
  • Here are specifics of other elements of the 125-year celebration:
    • NDFB125 banners featuring the official logo will be on display at all Notre Dame Stadium gates, as well as at the media entrance and on the ticket windows.
    • The pennant-style flags that fly over Notre Dame Stadium and normally feature all the different opponent names from that season instead in 2012 will display the NDFB125 logo.
    • The light posts surrounding Notre Dame Stadium, in the Joyce and Stadium parking lots and also around the Guglielmino Athletics Complex and the LaBar Practice Complex fields will feature NDFB125 flags.
    • A 360-degree megapixel photo will be taken to commemorate the Sept. 22 Notre Dame-Michigan game. Fans will be able to interact with the image via the NDFB125 Web site, tag themselves and share with friends via social media.
    • The 2012 Official Notre Dame Football Yearbook features a 125-year Irish football time line, including more than 140 pages of all-new prose in a scrapbook format and more than 1,200 images. It will be published Aug. 24 and will be sold through the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on the Notre Dame campus and via
      • Each of the Notre Dame football game programs (including the version for the Notre Dame-Miami game in Chicago) features a specially-designed, eight-page pullout insert devoted to 125 years of Notre Dame football. Each insert is based on an essay dealing with an aspect of Notre Dame football history.
      • Covers of the football games programs feature original art by nationally-known sports artist Tim Cortes from Duluth, Minn. Cortes’ work highlights the NDFB125 celebration and can be seen on all seven program covers (including the Soldier Field game).
  • Game tickets for the 2012 home season (and the Oct. 6 Soldier Field game against Miami) include both the NDFB125 logo as well as throwback looks based on tickets from past seasons.
  • A one-hour television special providing a behind-the-scenes look at the Notre Dame football program will air at 2:30 p.m. EDT, on Oct. 13 (just prior to the Notre Dame-Stanford game) on NBC.
  • The Leprechaun Legion, the official student group liaison to the athletics department, is coordinating a celebration of student traditions over 125 years of Notre Dame football.
  • The Notre Dame Licensing Office has worked with a variety of its licensees to produce commercial products that include the NDFB125 logo–including everything from pins and pennants to apparel and mini-helmets.
  • The 2012 version of “The Shirt” features the NDFB125 logo below the back collar.
  • A special NDFB125 commemorative coin has been produced and is being utilized throughout the 2012 season for pre-game coin tosses. A smaller version is being produced for retail sale.
  • Legends of Notre Dame, located just south of Notre Dame Stadium, is displaying signage related to the celebration.
  • Centerplate, the University’s official athletics concessionaire, has included the 125 logo on commemorative drink cups and popcorn boxes utilized throughout the 2012 football season.
  • The South Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau has joined in the celebration with a variety of programs–including streets renamed during the football season in both downtown South Bend and Mishawaka. Flags denoting NDFB125 will hang along Michigan Avenue in downtown South Bend all fall, as well as throughout downtown Mishawaka.
  • A large version of the official logo will appear throughout September on the side of the parking garage at Main and Colfax in downtown South Bend.
  • Hotels in the South Bend-Mishawaka area will feature commemorative room key cards featuring the NDFB125 logo all during the 2012 home season.
  • Notre Dame’s University Relations department will create a commemorative poster featuring images from the Notre Dame-Michigan game weekend.

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