Mike Golic Jr. - one of the seniors who will play his final home game on Saturday - blocks against Wake Forest in 2011.

No. 3 Irish Set for Senior Day, First-Ever Visit by Wake Forest

Nov. 12, 2012

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  • Saturday, November 17, 2012


  • 3:41 p.m. ET


  • Notre Dame Stadium (80,795); Notre Dame, Ind.


  • NBC national telecast with Tom Hammond (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 231st 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 279 of its last 280 home games.
  • The Irish have played in front of sellout crowds in 253 of its previous 295 games (.858) overall. Notre Dame has played before 624 sellouts in 896 total games (.696) since 1930.


  • Notre Dame (UND.com), Wake Forest (WakeForestSports.com)


  • Notre Dame is ranked No. 3 this week in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls. The Irish returned to No. 3 in the season’s fifth BCS standings. Wake Forest is unranked in either poll.


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


  • Notre Dame captured the first-ever meeting between the two schools, 24-17, last season in Winston-Salem.

Countdown to Kickoff

10 The Irish are 10-0 for the eighth time in school history. Of the seven previous teams to open 10-0, five captured national championships and two others finished No. 2 in the nation. (Page 7)

9 In the nine games played in November under coach Brian Kelly, Notre Dame is 8-1. In the nine November games prior to his arrival, the Irish were 1-8. (Pages 10-12)

8 Eight of the last 11 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision national champions have ranked in the top eight of scoring defense. Notre Dame is ranked No. 1 in scoring defense and is the only undefeated team in the top 13. (Page 14)

7 Only seven FBS defenses in the last 11 years have allowed fewer points per game than the 11.1 points per game this year’s Notre Dame defense is permitting. The Irish have had the topranked scoring defense once in their storied history, 1946. (Pages 23-25)

6 Senior LB Manti Te’o recorded his team-leading sixth interception of the season at Boston College. Te’o broke the school record for most interceptions in a season by a Notre Dame linebacker. He ranks second in the FBS in interceptions and first among all linebackers. Only one FBS linebacker over the last 11 years has recorded more interceptions in a season than Te’o. (Page 34)

5 Senior TE Tyler Eifert needs five catches to break Ken MacAfee’s 35-year school record for most career receptions by a Notre Dame tight end. Eifert’s 124 career catches and 1,625 career receiving yards rank second in school history behind MacAfee’s 128 receptions for 1,759 yards. (Page 34)

4 Four Notre Dame opponents have failed to score at least 10 points against the Irish this year. The four games that Notre Dame has held opponents to less than 10 points are the most in a season since 2001. (Page 14)

3 Sophomore QB Everett Golson is tied for the fourth-best start to a career by a Notre Dame quarterback. Golson’s 8-0 record as a starter is tied with Terry Hanratty (1966) and trails only Kevin McDougal (9-0 in 1993), Frank Tripucka (1948) and Bob Williams (11-0 in 1949-50). (Page 32)

2 Sophomore DE Stephon Tuitt ranks second in school history with 11 sacks this season. He is tied for fourth nationally in total sacks and is tops among underclassmen (freshmen or sophomores). Only two FBS players since 2005 that were underclassmen averaged more sacks per game than Tuitt currently is averaging. (Pages 26-27)

1 Notre Dame is the one team in the FBS that has not allowed a touchdown drive longer than 75 yards. In fact, of the 93 opponent drives that started at or inside their 40-yard line, only one drive resulted in a touchdown, fewest of any FBS team. (Page 14)

0 Senior LT Zack Martin has allowed zero sacks since the second possession of the season opener. Martin, who grades out at a team-high 92 percent and leads the offensive line with 123 knockdown blocks, allowed his only sack of the season on the opening drive of the Navy game. (Page 37)