Current senior TJ Jones makes a catch in last year's win over BYU.

Irish Welcome BYU for Season's Final Home Game

Nov. 19, 2013

Game Notes | ND-BYU Gameweek Central


  • Saturday, November 23, 2013


  • 3:42 p.m. ET



  • NBC national telecast with Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analysis), Alex Flanagan (sideline), Rob Hyland (producer) and Pierre Moossa (director).


  • IMG College Sports is the exclusive national rights-holder for Irish football radio broadcasts. IMG College manages, produces and syndicates the Irish national football radio network. Notre Dame games will be broadcast by Don Criqui (play-by-play), former Irish great Allen Pinkett (analysis) and Jeff Jeffers (sideline). This broadcast can be heard live on both SIRIUS and XM Satellite Radio (channel 129).
  • All games can be heard in South Bend on News & Sports Radio 96.1 FM & 960 AM WSBT.


  • Saturday is the 237th straight sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. Since 1966, every home game for the Irish has been a sellout except one – a 1973 Thanksgiving Day game vs. Air Force. Notre Dame has played in front of sellouts in 285 of its last 286 home games.
  • Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 263 of its previous 307 games (.857) overall. Notre Dame has played before 634 sellouts in 908 total games (.698) since 1930.



  • Notre Dame is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll but not the USA Today Coaches’ poll. BYU is unranked in both.


  • Live in-game stats will be provided through CBS College Sports via


  • Notre Dame leads the series against BYU 5-2, including a 4-1 mark at Notre Dame Stadium.
  • The Cougars are becoming the first team to play at Notre Dame Stadium in consecutive seasons since Pittsburgh in 2001-02.
  • More on the series is available on pages 2-7.


  • Notre Dame enters this weekend’s matchup with BYU – 2013 Senior Day – with an all-time record of 94-24-4 (.787) in home finales. The Irish are 63-19-1 (.765) in home finales in Notre Dame Stadium.
  • This year’s seniors could be the first class since 2003 to win all four home finales.
  • Brian Kelly could become the first Irish coach to win his first four Senior Day games since Dan Devine (1975-78).


  1. Notre Dame is 13-0 under Brian Kelly when it does not commit a turnover in the contest.
  2. Junior K Kyle Brindza is nearly perfect (11-for-12) in game-winning, game-tying, overtime or fourth-quarter lead-extending field goals in his career. His only miss came vs. Temple with the Irish leading 28-6.
  3. Eleven different Notre Dame defensive players that opened the year in the two-deep depth chart have missed at least two games this season due to injury.
  4. Notre Dame has allowed an average of 19.04 points/game over the last four seasons combined (2010-13), which ranks as the 10th-best average of any team in the FBS.
  5. Senior QB Tommy Rees ranks among the top five in school history in nine career passing categories.
  6. Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack are one of the most productive tight end duos in schoolhistory in terms of finding the end zone. The duo has combined for eight TDs this season, which ranks as the second-most by tight ends in single-season school history.
  7. Senior WR TJ Jones, who has a reception in a school-record 37 straight games, has a TD grab in seven consecutive games. He could equal the school record of eight straight games with a TD catch held by Jeff Samardzija (2005) and Golden Tate (2009).
  8. Senior WR TJ Jones needs six receptions to move past Rhema McKnight (170, 2002-06) into third on the Irish all-time list.
  9. Notre Dame has only lost three fumbles in 2013, tying for fifth best in the FBS.
  10. Notre Dame ranks tied for fourth in the FBS in fewest sacks allowed (seven). No team in the nation has allowed fewer sacks and attempted more passes (320) than the Irish.
  11. Graduate LT Zack Martin has been in the starting lineup for 35 victories during his time at Notre Dame, tying for the third most in school history.
  12. Graduate LT Zack Martin has started all 49 games over the last four years, which ranks second in school history. Sam Young (2006-09) holds the school record of 50.
  13. With one more win this season, Brian Kelly would become the first Notre Dame coach ever to win at least eight games in each of his first four seasons.
  14. Notre Dame has defeated three teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25 poll: No. 13 Michigan State, No. 19 Arizona State and No. 23 USC. No FBS team has more victories against the current AP Top 25.