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Fighting Irish Take On Stanford Saturday

Nov. 18, 2001

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-5) vs.
No. 13 Stanford Cardinal (7-2)

The Date and Time: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at 5:00 p.m. PST.

The Site: Stanford Stadium (85,500/Natural Grass) in Stanford, Calif.

The Tickets: Tickets are still available — If the Stanford game does sell out, it would mark the 137th sellout in the last 159 games involving Notre Dame, including the first 10 games of 1998, the first 11 in ’99, the first five in ’00 and the first 10 in ’01.

The TV Plans: ABC Sports regional telecast with Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Tim Brant (analysis), Todd Harris (sideline) and Mark Loomis (producer).

The Radio Plans: For the 34th consecutive season, all Notre Dame football games are broadcast nationally on radio by Westwood One with Tony Roberts (play-by-play), former Irish running back Allen Pinkett (game analysis) and Paul Hornung (pregame/halftime analysis). The Westwood One Network includes more than 200 stations. A live broadcast from the Notre Dame student radio station, WVFI, is available through the Notre Dame athletic department web site at All Notre Dame football games are heard on 1490-AM and U93-FM in South Bend and are also carried live in the Chicago market on ESPN Radio 1000.

Real-Time Stats: Live in-game statistics are available for the Stanford game, via the Notre Dame ( athletic website and the Stanford athletic website at ( Websites: Notre Dame (, Stanford (

Fifth-year Irish head coach Bob Davie owns a 34-24 (.586) career record at Notre Dame. Davie was one of three finalists for the 2000 Football News Coach of the Year Award and was one of 10 finalists for the 1998 Walter Camp Foundation/ Street and Smith’s Coach of the Year Award. The 2001 season marks Davie’s eighth year at Notre Dame overall, after serving as defensive coordinator and inside linebacker coach from 1994-96. He coached nine seasons at Texas A&M (’85-’93), two at Tulane (’83-’84), four at Pittsburgh (’77, ’80-’82) and two at Arizona (’78-’79), spending both years at Tulane as defensive coordinator and the last five at Texas A&M in that role. The University announced on Dec. 5, 2000, that Davie signed a five-year contract to continue coaching the Irish through the 2005 season.

THE INJURY UPDATE (as of Nov. 18)
Freshman TB Ryan Grant … Out indefinitely (hyperextended elbow vs. Navy)
Senior RE Ryan Roberts … Out for season (torn MCL vs. Tennessee)
Senior OT John Teasdale … Out indefinitely (neck stinger – preseason)
Senior NG Andy Wisne … Out indefinitely (concussion – Oct. 27)

Senior TB Tony Fisher … Out one week (hamstring vs. Tennessee)
Senior FL David Givens … Out one week (hamstring – Nov. 10)
Senior FB Jason Murray … Out indefinitely (sprained knee/ankle – Nov. 12)

Senior OLB Rocky Boiman … Sprained arch vs. Navy
Senior FS Donald Dykes … Out two weeks (ankle vs. Boston College)
Junior FS Glenn Earl … Separated shoulder vs. Tennessee
Senior TB Terrance Howard … Ankle vs. Navy
Junior TB Julius Jones … Back vs. Navy


  • Saturday’s game marks the 16th meeting between the Irish and Cardinal. Notre Dame leads the series 10-5-0 with the series tied at 3-3 in Stanford Stadium.
  • The winner of the Notre Dame-Stanford series receives The Legends Trophy, a combination of Irish crystal and California redwood. The trophy was presented for the first time in 1989 by the Notre Dame Club of the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Stanford enters the game ranked 13th in the nation — the series now has featured at least one ranked team in 12 of the last 13 games between the Irish and Cardinal.
  • After a five-game stretch from 1989-93 in which the visiting team won every game, the home team has won each of the last five games.


  • Notre Dame is 12-6-1 (.658) in its last 19 games vs. Pacific-10 schools (4-3-1 vs. USC, 4-2 vs. Stanford, 2-0 vs. Washington, 2-0 vs. Arizona State, 0-1 vs. Oregon State), starting with a ’92 victory over USC.
  • Notre Dame will win its first night game (0-8) since defeating Hawaii 23-22 on Nov. 29, 1997.
  • Notre Dame will be 19-7 in the month of November since 1995 (13-6 under Davie).


  • The home team will have won each of the last six games of the series.
  • Stanford will improve to 18-7 during the Tyrone Willingham era (1995-2001).
  • The Cardinal will end Notre Dame’s three-game, regular-season winning streak against Pac-10 schools.


  • Notre Dame leads the all-time series versus Stanford (10-5-0), including a 3-3 mark at Stanford Stadium.
  • Notre Dame and Stanford met for the first time in the 1925 Rose Bowl, with the famed Four Horsemen backfield leading Notre Dame to a 27-10 win and the national championship that season.
  • The series then included one game in the 1940s and two in the ’60s. This year’s game will represent the 12th meeting between the schools in the last 14 years (no games in ’95 or ’96), with the series scheduled to continue through 2008.
  • At least one of the teams was ranked in the AP poll in 11 of the previous 12 games in the series, with the 1992 matchup representing the last time where both teams were ranked (No. 19 Stanford won 33- 16 at seventh-ranked Notre Dame). The Irish had been ranked by the AP in eight straight games of the series before entering the 1997 game unranked.