Tommy Rees throws against the Cardinal last year.

No. 25 Irish Head to No. 8 Stanford For Regular Season Finale

Nov. 26, 2013

Game Notes | ND-Stanford Gameweek Central


  • Saturday, November 30, 2013


  • 7:05 p.m. ET


  • Stanford Stadium (51,424); Stanford, Calif.


  • FOX national telecast with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analysis), Kristina Pink (sideline), Chuck McDonald (producer) and Rich Dewey (director).
  • This will be just the second time that Notre Dame has appeared on FOX, joining the 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl game against LSU.


  • 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.

    • Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 264 of its previous 308 games (.857) overall. Notre Dame has played before 635 sellouts in 909 total games (.699) since 1930.
    • Stanford is expecting a sellout for Saturday’s game.



    • Notre Dame is ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press poll and is first receiving votes the USA Today Coaches’ poll. Stanford is presently ranked No. 8 by the AP and No. 10 by the coaches.


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


    • Notre Dame leads the series against Stanford 18-9 although it is an even 6-6 at Stanford Stadium.
    • The Irish picked up an overtime win at home last fall to snap a three-game losing streak, the Cardinal’s longest run over the Irish all-time.
    • The teams have met annually since 1997.
    • More on the series is available on pages 2-7.


    • Notre Dame has defeated three teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25 poll, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 13 Arizona State and No. 23 USC.
    • The three wins tie Arizona State and Stanford for the most in the country against the current AP Top 25.
    • None of the ranked teams that Notre Dame has defeated have lost a game since the Irish, going a combined 18-0.

    13 Notre Dame is 13-0 under Brian Kelly when it does not commit a turnover.
    12 Junior K Kyle Brindza is nearly perfect (12-for-13) in game-winning, game-tying, overtime or fourth-quarter lead-extending field goals in his career.
    11 Eleven different Notre Dame defensive players that opened the year in the two-deep depth chart have missed at least three games this season due to injury.
    10 Senior QB Tommy Rees ranks among the top five in school history in 10 career passing categories.
    9 Notre Dame has allowed an average of 18.92 points/game over the last four seasons combined (2010-13), which ranks as the 9th-best average of any team in the FBS.
    8 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 catch in a school-record 38 straight games, needs 10 grabs to pass Jeff Samardzija (179, 2003-06) for second on the Irish career list.
    6 Senior QB Tommy Rees ranks sixth in the FBS in yards per completion (16.13). It’s the higest total by an Irish signal caller since Jarious Jackson in 1998 (16.73).
    5 Kyle Van Noy (BYU), Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh), Shilique Calhoun (MSU), Leonard Williams (USC) and Frank Clark (Michigan) have combined for 77 TFLs and 31 sacks in 2013. That same quintet had a total of 3.0 TFLs and no sacks against graduate LT Zack Martin and the Irish offensive line.
    4 Junior PK Kyle Brindza has made a school-record four field goals of at least 50 yards over his career. He has three this season (also a school record).
    3 Notre Dame has only lost three fumbles in 2013, tying for third best in the FBS.
    2 Notre Dame ranks tied for second in the FBS in fewest sacks allowed (seven). No team in the nation has allowed fewer sacks and attempted more passes (348).
    1 With a start Saturday vs. Stanford, graduate LT Zack Martin will make his 51st career start, which surpasses Sam Young’s (2006-09) previous school record of 50.
    0 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.