Oct. 31, 2011
Game-9 Notre Dame (5-3) at Wake Forest (5-3)
- Saturday, November 5, 2011
- 8:00 p.m. ET
- BB&T Field (31,500); Winston-Salem, N.C.
- ABC national telecast with Mark Jones (play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (analysis), Kim Belton (producer) and Jimmy Platt (director). In those areas of the country in which the game is not available on ABC, it will be available on ESPN2.
- 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 Notre Dame home games may be heard in South Bend on Sunny 101.5 FM and Newsradio 960 WSBT-AM.
- Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 277 of its previous 312 games, including 118 of its last 153 games away from the friendly confines of Notre Dame Stadium dating back to the start of the 1986 season (does not include this weekend’s tilt with Wake Forest).
- Notre Dame (UND.com), Wake Forest (WakeForestSports.com)
- Neither Notre Dame nor Wake Forest are ranked in either of this week’s Associated Press or USA Today Coaches’ polls, but the Irish are receiving votes in each poll.
- Live in-game statistics will be provided through CBS College Sports GameTracker via UND.com.
- Notre Dame and Wake Forest will meet on the gridiron for the first time in the 123-year history of Irish football. The Demon Deacons are the 141st different opponent in Notre Dame football history. The Irish own an all-time record of 117-20-3 (.846) when facing an opponent for the first time. Including Wake Forest, the Irish will have faced 72 of the other 119 teams currently competing at the FBS level. (more on the series on pages 36-40).
ALL THE NIGHT MOVES
- Notre Dame hosted a night game (Oct. 22, USC, 7:30 p.m.) for the first time in 21 years. The previous night game at Notre Dame Stadium came on Sept. 15, 1990 against Michigan.
- Notre Dame has already played under the lights Sept. 10 at Michigan and Oct. 1 at Purdue. The Irish will also play night games vs. Maryland at FedEx Field (Nov. 12), at Wake Forest (Nov. 5) and at Stanford (Nov. 26).
- Six night games is a Notre Dame regular season record.
- This year marks the 60th anniversary of Notre Dame’s first night game, a 48-6 rout of Detroit on Oct. 5, 1951 in Briggs Stadium.
- The Irish have played 96 night games overall with an overall record of 61-33-2 (.646), including 6-2 all-time at home.
- Notre Dame’s longest winning streak in night games is 11, beginning with an Oct. 13, 1973 win at Rice and concluding with a Sept. 24, 1983 shutout loss at Miami (20-0), which went on to win its first national title.
- The longest losing streak is nine under Davie.
- The largest margin of victory at night was 57-7 at Stanford on Nov. 29, 2004, when Willingham poured it on his former employer.
- The largest margin of defeat was 38-3 at USC on Nov. 29, 2008, eking out the Jan. 1, 1973 Orange Bowl to Nebraska (40-6) – which would inspire the Irish to win the national title the next year under Parseghian.
- Notre Dame has played more night games against Miami (Fla.) and USC (11) than any of foes. The Irish are 6-4-1 vs. the Hurricanes, with the lone loss at home at night occurring in 1984. Notre Dame is 3-7-1 against the Trojans.
- Notre Dame’s night history can almost be divided into two eras – the 35-year pre-Lou Holtz era from 1951-85, and the 25 years since Holtz took the reins in 1986. It was under Holtz that multiple night games in a season became standard at Notre Dame to woo a prime time audience. It eventually prompted the exclusive NBC contract for home games that commenced with the 1991 season.
- In the 35 years from 1951-85, Notre Dame was 21-6-1 (.768) in night games. In the 11 years under Holtz alone (1986-96), the Irish were an almost identical 20-5-1 (.788).
- Notre Dame is 6-7 at night in bowls, where it has a five-game losing streak and has not won since the 39-28 conquest of Florida in the 1992 Sugar Bowl.
- Here’s a breakdown of each Notre Dame head coach’s record at night:
|Frank Leahy: 1-0 Joe Kuharich: 0-1 Dan Devine: 5-0 Lou Holtz: 20-5-1 Ty Willingham: 5-2 Charlie Weis: 9-7||Terry Brennan: 1-1 Ara Parseghian: 10-2-1 Gerry Faust: 4-2 Bob Davie: 2-9 Kent Baer: 0-1
Brian Kelly: 4-3
A VICTORY OVER WAKE FOREST…
- Improves Notre Dame’s overall record to 6-3 overall and 3-1 on the road.
- Improves the Irish to 62-33-2 (.649) all-time in night games, including 2-2 in 2011.
- Improves Notre Dame to 118-20-3 (.848) all-time when facing an opponent for the first time, including 1-1 in 2011.
- Improves the Irish to 34-7 (.829) all-time when facing an opponent for the first time on the road.
- Extends Notre Dame’s winning streak to 18 in road games against first-time opponents.
- Extends the road winning streak for the Irish to three games (longest road winning streak since 2006).
- Improves Notre Dame’s all-time record to 851-298-42 (.732).
- Improves the all-time record for the Irish outside of South Bend to 391-180-29 (.676).
- Improves Notre Dame’s all-time record on the road to 282-144-23 (.654).
- Improves the Irish to 79-31-2 (.714) all-time against the ACC, including 35-19-2 (.643) away from South Bend and 28-15-2 (.644) on the road.
- Improves Kelly’s record to 185-65-2 (.738) overall.
- Improves Kelly’s record to 67-30 (.691) in FBS games.
- Improves Kelly’s record to 57-18 (.760) over the last six seasons.
- Improves Kelly’s record to 3-2 (.600) all-time against the ACC, including 2-0 (1.000) on the road.
- Improves Kelly’s record to 57-16 (.781) all-time in night games and 5-3 (.625) in night games at Notre Dame.
- Improves Kelly’s record to 80-36-1 (.688) all-time in road games and 5-2 (.714) in road games at Notre Dame.
A DEFEAT TO WAKE FOREST…
- Drops Notre Dame’s overall record to 5-4 overall and 2-2 on the road.
- Drops the Irish to 61-34-2 (.639) all-time in night games, including 1-3 in 2011.
- Drops Notre Dame to 117-21-3 (.840) all-time when facing an opponent for the first time, including 0-2 in 2011.
- Drops the Irish to 33-8 (.805) all-time when facing an opponent for the first time on the road.
- Snaps Notre Dame’s winning streak at 17 in road games against first-time opponents.
- Gives the Irish their first road loss against a first-time foe since Oct. 8, 1921 when Iowa bested Notre Dame, 10-7.
- Drops Notre Dame’s all-time record to 850-299-42 (.731).
- Drops the all-time record for the Irish outside of South Bend to 390-181-29 (.674).
- Drops Notre Dame’s all-time record on the road to 281-145-23 (.651).
- Drops the Irish to 78-32-2 (.705) all-time against the ACC, including 34-20-2 (.625) away from South Bend and 27-16-2 (.622) on the road.
- Drops Kelly’s record to 184-66-2 (.734) overall.
- Drops Kelly’s record to 66-31 (.680) in FBS games.
- Drops Kelly’s record to 56-19 (.747) over the last six seasons.
- Drops Kelly’s record to 2-3 (.400) all-time against the ACC, including 1-1 (.500) on the road.
- Drops Kelly’s record to 56-17 (.767) all-time in night games and 4-4 (.500) in night games at Notre Dame.
- Drops Kelly’s record to 79-37-1 (.679) all-time in road games and 4-3 (.571) in road games at Notre Dame.
ON THIS DATE
- Notre Dame has played 14 previous games in its history on Nov. 5. The Irish are 9-4-1 all-time on this date.
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