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Home Opener Saturday vs. Nevada For #18 Irish

Sept. 6, 2016

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  • 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
  • Notre Dame Stadium (80,795); Notre Dame, Ind.


  • NBC national telecast with Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Doug Flutie (analysis), Kathryn Tappen (sideline), Rob Hyland (producer) and Pierre Moossa (director).
  • NBC Sports Network will also have live pre-game and post-game shows featuring Liam McHugh (host) and Dhani Jones (analyst).


  • 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) and Allen Pinkett (analysis). 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 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.


  • Saturday will be the 250th straight sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. Every Irish home game since the final two home games in 1964 has been a sellout except one — a 1973 Thanksgiving Day game vs. Air Force. Come Saturday, Notre Dame will have played in front of sellouts in 299 of its last 300 home games.
  • Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 287 of its previous 336 games (.854) overall. Notre Dame has played before 658 sellouts in 937 total games (.702) since 1930.
  • Every Notre Dame game since the 2014 game at USC has attracted a sellout crowd, including a Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium record of 102,315 on Sunday night.


  • Notre Dame leads the series 1-0, a 35-0 Irish win on Sept. 5, 2009, at Notre Dame Stadium.


  • Notre Dame: Brian Kelly, 55-24 at Notre Dame (7th year), 226-81-2 overall (26th year), 0-0 vs. Nevada
  • Nevada: Brian Polian, 19-20 at Nevada and overall (4th year), 0-0 vs. Notre Dame


  • Notre Dame will aim for its first win of the season after Sunday night’s loss at Texas. The Irish have not begun a season at 0-2 since 2011.


14 Freshman S Devin Studstill (uniform number 14) is projected to make his first career start on Saturday. He was one of 13 players to make their collegiate debut for the Irish on Sunday night. (Page 7)

13 Only 13 teams have more than Notre Dame’s 39 wins since 2012. (Page 9)

12 QBDeShone Kizer stands 12th in the nation with a 206.5 passing efficiency rating after the opening week of the season (Page 11)

11 The Irish routinely play a tough schedule and week one reflected that as 11 of Notre Dame’s 12 opponents this year won their opener with the lone exception being USC. (Page 6)

10 The Irish have played six times previously on Sept. 10 and possess a 4-2 record with each of the last four Sept. 10 games coming against Michigan. (Page 5)

9 PK Justin Yoon scored nine points at Texas, eclipsing the 100 career point plateau in just his 14th appearance for the Irish. He now has 104 career points scored. (Page 13)

8 Head coach Brian Kelly begins his seventh year at Notre Dame. He won at least eight games in each of his first six seasons at the helm, the only Irish coach to accomplish that feat. (Page 2)

7 Notre Dame had seven players make their first career start on Sunday night at Texas, four on offense and three on defense. (Page 2)

6 WR Equanimeous St. Brown (number six) caught two TD passes at Texas. It is the sixth season-opener in a row where a Notre Dame has had a player score at least two TDs. (Page 10)

5 DeShone Kizer threw five TD passes at Texas, matching the school record for a road game. (Page 11)

4 Notre Dame’s four captains for 2016 are WR Torii Hunter Jr., LT Mike McGlinchey, LB James Onuwalu and DL Isaac Rochell. (Page 8)

3 Three new buildings surrounding Notre Dame Stadium will greet Irish fans on Saturday. The Campus Crossroads Project is on schedule for completion in 2017. (Page 14)

2 This is the second all-time meeting with Nevada. The Irish lead the brief series, 1-0. (Page 5)

1 This is the first home game of the year at Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish are 68-16-2 in home openers at the facility. (Page 4)

0 Notre Dame has not had an empty seat for a home game since 1973. The sellout streak is the second-longest in NCAA history behind only Nebraska’s active run of 348 games.