DeShone Kizer was named the AutoZone National Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday

Irish Aim to Improve to 8-1 on Saturday

Nov. 3, 2015

Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader | Game Week Central

* 12:05 p.m. ET; Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015
* Heinz Field (65,050); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

* ABC national telecast with Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analysis) and Todd McShay (sideline).

* 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 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.

* Pittsburgh is expecting a good crowd on Saturday at Heinz Field although tickets remain available.
* Every Notre Dame game this season has attracted a sellout crowd, including a Temple record 69,280 last Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
* Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 282 of its previous 331 games (.852) overall. Notre Dame has played before 653 sellouts in 932 total games (.701) since 1930. The Irish have sold out 296 of their last 297 home games dating back to 1964, including each of the last 248 in a row since 1973.

* This is the 70th meeting between the sides and Notre Dame leads the series 47-21-1. The Irish are 26-11-1 in games played at Pittsburgh. The last meeting resulted in a 28-21 Panthers win at Heinz Field on Nov. 9, 2013.

* Notre Dame: Brian Kelly, 52-21 at Notre Dame (6th year), 223-78-2 overall (25th year), 5-2 vs. Pitt
* Pittsburgh: Pat Narduzzi, 6-2 at Pitt (1st year), 6-2 at Pitt (1st year), 0-0 vs. Notre Dame

* Notre Dame is looking to improve to 8-1 or better for the second time under head coach Brian Kelly, also doing it in 2012.

14 Notre Dame has a 14-2 record in LB Joe Schmidt’s 16 career starts. (Page 20)
13 The last Notre Dame lineman with more than Sheldon Day’s 10.5 tackles for loss in one season was current Pittsburgh Steeler Stephon Tuitt with 13 in 2012. (Page 20)
12 Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis is one of 12 Notre Dame players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Page 11)
11 Brian Kelly is 11-10 vs. AP ranked teams at Notre Dame. He is one of 11 head coaches at contract bowl eligible schools who is above .500 against AP ranked teams at his current job with a 10-game minimum. (Page 2)
10 Notre Dame has scored 10 TDs this year of at least 50 yards. It is the most since the 1988 consensus national championship team also scored 10 TDs of at least 50 yards. (Page 14)
9 LB Jaylon Smith (number nine) is a midseason first-team All-American. (Page 7)
8 WR Will Fuller ranks eighth nationally with his nine TD catches in 2015. Six of the nine TD grabs have been at least 30 yards in length. (Page 16)
7 With seven wins on the year, the Irish have ensured a winning record for the 108th time out of 127 seasons of play. (Page 11)
6 After QB DeShone Kizer’s 143-yard rushing day last week at No. 21 Temple, the Irish have had a 100-yard rusher in six of their eight games this year Kizer’s 143 yards was three shy of matching the single game rushing record for an Irish QB. (Page 17)
5 Notre Dame’s four opponents in October are 26-5 on the year with three of those five losses coming against the Irish. (Page 4)
4 It has been four years since Notre Dame has played a regular season game at noon ET. Since that 2011 game at Pittsburgh, the Irish have played 25 regular season primetime games for television. (Page 9)
3 The Irish have seen 16.23% of their total offensive plays result in a rush of at least 12 yards (50 of 546), a ratio which rankes third nationally. (Page 15)
2 Only two players nationally, Josh Doctson of TCU and Royce Freeman of Oregon, have more total offensive plays of at least 10 yards this year than RB C.J. Prosise’s 44. (Page 15)
1 Only one other Irish QB (Jarious Jackson) had ever thrown for 200 yards and rushed for 100 yards in the same game before DeShone Kizer did it at Temple. (Page 9)
0 Until last week, no Irish player had ever caught game-winning TD passes within the final 5:00 of a game twice in their career. Will Fuller has now done that twice this season (at Virginia and at Temple). (Page 11)