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Irish Play Host to Blue Devils

Sept. 20, 2016

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  • 3:40 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 24, 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).


  • 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 252nd 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 300 of its last 301 home games.
  • Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 289 of its previous 338 games (.855) overall. Notre Dame has played before 660 sellouts in 939 total games (.703) 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 Sept. 4.


  • Notre Dame leads the series 3-1, including victories in all three meetings at Notre Dame Stadium. The teams last met in 2007, a 28-7 Irish victory at Notre Dame.


  • Notre Dame: Brian Kelly, 56-25 at Notre Dame (7th year), 227-82-2 overall (26th year), 0-0 vs. Duke
  • Duke: David Cutcliffe, 48-52 at Duke (9th year), 92-82 overall (15th year), 0-0 vs. ND


  • Notre Dame and Duke meet for just the second time in the last 50 years on Saturday afternoon.


  • 20 Notre Dame has already played 20 different players in their first year of eligibility, including 12 true freshmen.

  • 16 Irish players who made their seventh career start or fewer against Michigan State.

  • 14 Freshman S Devin Studstill (#14) snagged his first career interception against Michigan State.

  • 13 QB DeShone Kizer ranks 13th nationally in passing efficiency and rushing TDs.

  • 12 Plays from scrimmage run by Nevada in the 2nd quarter of the Irish victory in week two. The 25 points scored by ND were the most in a quarter since 2005.

  • 11 Starters who made their fourth-career start or fewer against Michigan State.

  • 10 RB Tarean Folston recorded his 10th career rushing touchdown against Nevada.

  • 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 115 career points scored.

  • 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.

  • 7 Points allowed by the Irish in their last meeting with Duke, a 28-7 win in 2007.

  • 6 WR Equanimeous St. Brown (#6) has three TDs on the year, most among ND players not named DeShone Kizer.

  • 5 QB DeShone Kizer is fifth in the country with 26.0 points per game.

  • 4 Notre Dame’s four captains for 2016 are WR Torii Hunter Jr., LT Mike McGlinchey, LB James Onwualu and DL Isaac Rochell.

  • 3 WR C.J. Sanders (#3) leads the Irish with 123.33 all-purpose yards per game.

  • 2 Points scored by the Irish when Nevada conceded a safety, the first two-point score by Notre Dame since 2003.

  • 1 RB Josh Adams donned the #1 jersey for the Michigan State game.

  • 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.