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Football Notes

Sept. 18, 2000

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Irish watched their stock raise again. For the third consecutive week, Notre Dame rose in the polls. In the Associated Press poll, the team is currently ranked 16th which five slots ahead of where it stood last week.

Bob Davie’s squad is up to the 18th spot in the ESPN/USA Today. The team moved up five spots from its 23rd position last week.


With Saturday’s win over the Boilermakers, Notre Dame extended its home winning streak against them. The Irish have won the last 12 games at Notre Dame stadium. Back in 1974, the Boilermakers defeated the Irish, 31-20. Notre Dame leads the series with Purdue at 47-23-2.


Davie announced that no significant injuries showed up after Saturday’s game. In his Sunday press conference, he believed that a couple of players would be listed as probable for the game. Tight end Jabari Holloway has a sprained ankle. Tom Lopienski suffered a sprained shoulder and right tackle Kurt Vollers has a strained clavicle.


Cornerback Shane Walton’s interception in Saturday’s game marks his second consecutive this season. The junior picked off a Tim Crouch pass as well against Nebraska the prior week.

He picked off Drew Brees early in the first quarter and returned it 60-yards for his first touchdown.

Walton moved after his freshman season from the Notre Dame men’s soccer team to play football for the Irish. After seeing limited action last season, he has secured the starting spot over incumbent Clifford Jefferson.