Oct. 4, 2016
TIME, DATE AND PLACE
- 12:06 p.m. ET; Saturday, Oct. 8; Carter-Finley Stadium (57,583); Raleigh, N.C.
- ABC national telecast with Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analysis), Tom Luginbill (sideline), Bryan Ryder (producer) and Michael Roig (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.
- The game is sold out.
- Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 290 of its previous 340 games (.853) overall. Notre Dame has played before 661 sellouts in 940 total games (.703) since 1930.
- With the exception of last week’s game at Syracuse which drew 62,794 to MetLife Stadium (capacity 82,566) 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.
- NC State won the only meeting between the two schools, 28-6, in the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day 2003.
- Notre Dame: Brian Kelly, 57-26 at ND (7th year), 228-83-2 overall (26th year), 0-0 vs. Syracuse
- NC State: Dave Doeren, 21-21 at NC State (fourth year), 44-25 overall (sixth year), 0-0 vs. ND
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
- After a 50-point offensive outburst against Syracuse in the Meadowlands, the Irish look to continue building as they travel to NC State for the first time in program history.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
- 1,196 Junior QB DeShone Kizer has thrown for 1,196 yards over the last three games, second-most in school history over any three-game stretch.
- 471 Junior QB DeShone Kizer threw for 471 yards vs. Syracuse, the most ever by a Notre Dame quarterback in a victory.
- 18 The Irish scored the first points of the game vs. Syracuse in just 18 seconds, the quickest score since a 12-second strike against Western Michigan in 2010.
- 11 Notre Dame recorded a season-high 11 quarterback hurries vs. Syracuse, including a career-best four by senior DL Isaac Rochell.
- 10 Junior LB Nyles Morgan recorded 10 tackles vs. Syracuse, improving his team-best total to 47.
- 9 Sophomore 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 132 career points scored.
- 8 Seventh-year head coach Brian Kelly has won at least eight games in each of his first six seasons at the helm, the only Irish coach to accomplish that feat.
- 7 Notre Dame returned only seven starters from 2015, the fewest in program history since freshman eligibility was restored in 1972.
- 6 Graduate DL Jarron Jones blocked his school record sixth career kick, a PAT, vs. Syracuse. Both of his blocked PATs this season have been returned for Irish points.
- 5 Notre Dame scored five TDs of 50+ yards vs. Syracuse. Last season, the Irish set a school record with 15 such scoring plays.
- 4 Notre Dame’s four captains for 2016 are WR Torii Hunter Jr., LT Mike McGlinchey, LB James Onwualu and DL Isaac Rochell.
- 3 Syracuse entered last week’s game ranked 30th nationally in third down conversions (47.5%), but the Irish defense held them to just 3-of-15 (20.0%).
- 2 Sophomore WR C.J. Sanders, who has two career kickoff returns for TD, ranks seventh in the FBS with 436 kickoff-return yards.
- 1 Sophomore WR Equanimeous St. Brown averaged 45.5 yards per catch vs. Syracuse (4-182). Only Michael Floyd (2009 vs. Nevada, 47.3, 4-189) has ever recorded a higher single-game average.
- 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.