Oct. 11, 2014

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Notre Dame Postgame Notes


  • The victory improved Notre Dame’s all-time record to 880-305-42 (.734), which is the best winning percentage in college football history.
  • The win over the Tar Heels improves Notre Dame’s record against North Carolina to 17-2 (.895). Notre Dame has not lost to North Carolina at home (12-0).
  • Notre Dame is now 6-0 for the 32nd time in program history and second time in the last three years.
  • The 93 combined points in the game marks the most ever in the history of Notre Dame Stadium. The 93 combined points are the most for a Notre Dame contest since 1914 when the Irish defeated Rose Poly 102-0.
  • The 54 combined points at halftime marked the highest combined score at halftime in a Notre Dame game since Oct. 8, 2011, when Notre Dame and Air Force combined to score 58 points (Notre Dame 42, Air Force 16).
  • Notre Dame’s 28 points in the first half tied its season-high, matching the 28 scored against Rice on Aug. 30.
  • The 26 first-half points by North Carolina are the most the Irish have yielded before halftime since Michigan scored 27 in 2013.
  • Notre Dame had different players with a rushing TD in the first half for the first time since Sept. 30, 2006 vs. Purdue.
  • The Irish had three different players with a rushing TD in any half for the first time since the second half vs. Miami, Fla. in 2012.
  • Notre Dame scored 21 points in the second quarter. The last time the Irish had three TDs in one quarter was the fourth quarter at Purdue in 2013.
  • North Carolina’s field goal at 3:37 of the third quarter marked the first points that the Irish have allowed this year in the third quarter.
  • Notre Dame’s 88-yard scoring drive in the first quarter was its second longest of the year, eclipsed only by a 95-yard march against Syracuse (Sept. 27).
  • UNC collected 21 points off Notre Dame turnovers. Entering the day, Notre Dame allowed just 26 points off turnovers all year.
  • The 50 points in a win was the most since 2012 when Notre Dame defeated Navy by a score of 50-10.
  • Brian Kelly is now 6-10 (.375) when trailing after three quarters.
  • The 43 points scored by North Carolina marked the most points scored by an opponent in a Notre Dame win. The previous high was 42 by Hawaii in a 48-42 Notre Dame victory in November 30, 1991 at Hawaii.
  • North Carolina totaled 510 yards of offense. The last time the Irish allowed 500 or more yards of offense was against Alabama in the 2012 BCS National Championship, when the Crimson Tide totaled 529 yards of offense.
  • The 1,029 yards of combined offense (519 yards for Notre Dame, 510 yards for North Carolina) was the highest since October 8, 2011 when the Irish and Air Force combined for 1,125 yards (560 yards for Notre Dame, 565 yards for Air Force). Notre Dame won the contest against Air Force 59-33 win.


  • Golson is one of four Notre Dame quarterbacks with at least three career 300-yard games, joining Brady Quinn, Jimmy Clausen and Tommy Rees.
  • Golson threw for 3 touchdowns in a game for the fourth time in his career.
  • Will Fuller now has five touchdown catches this year of at least 20 yards. Today is his second multiple-TD catch game of the year.
  • Tarean Folston collected 169 yards of total offense (98 rushing, 71 receving) against the Tar Heels, which is a career high.
  • Fuller had his second career 100-yard receiving day, joining the 119-yard effort against Syracuse on Sept. 27.
  • Jarron Jones blocked a point-after attempt in the second quarter. It is the fourth blocked kick of his career and second this year.
  • Joe Schmidt had a career high in tackles today (11), topping his eight earlier this year against both Rice and Purdue.
  • Cole Luke intercepted a Marquise Williams’ pass in the fourth quarter. Luke now has three interceptions in the last two games.
  • Folston’s first quarter 37-yard reception is by far the longest of his career, eclipsing an 18-yard grab against Syracuse (Sept. 27).
  • Folston had his first touchdown of the year late in the first quarter. He also added his first career receiving touchdown and his first career multiple-TD game in today’s contest.
  • Former running back Amir Carlisle had his first rushing attempt of the season, a 12-yard gain early in the second quarter.
  • Kyle Brindza hit each of his seven point-after attempts today, extending the third-longest streak in school history to 75.
  • Safety Austin Collinsworth made his first start of the season and the 12th of his career.

North Carolina Postgame Notes

  • Carolina fell to 2-4 on the season with the 50-43 loss Saturday. The Tar Heels are now 2-17 all-time against Notre Dame and 0-12 in South Bend.
  • The 93 combined points are the most in the history of the series. The previous high was 71 in the 45-26 Notre Dame win in 2006. Carolina’s 43 points are also a high for the series.
  • The 93 points are the most combined points ever in a game in Notre Dame Stadium history (built in 1930). The previous high for Notre Dame Stadium was 92 on October 8, 2011, a 59-33 Irish win over Air Force.
  • The teams combined for 1,019 yards – 519 for Notre Dame and 510 for the Tar Heels.
  • Carolina ran 84 plays and the Irish ran 81. This is the second time this season that both teams ran at least 80 plays in a game (East Carolina 97, UNC 82). UNC’s have opponents have averaged 86.3 plays from scrimmage in the last four games.
  • This is the third time in the last four games that an opponent has scored 50 or more points. In each of those three games, Carolina also scored at least 35 points.
  • Carolina’s 43 points are the third most in a UNC loss in school history, surpassed only by a 68-50 loss to Georgia Tech in 2012 and a 49-47 loss to Syracuse (in overtime) in 2003. This is the most points in a road loss in UNC history.
  • Carolina amassed a season-high 30 first downs (previous was 29 vs. Liberty) and gained a season-best 510 yards of total offense (previous was 478 at Clemson).
  • QB Marquise Williams completed 24 of 41 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 18 times for a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Quinshad Davis. This marks the second time in his career Williams has had passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game. He also did it in 2013 against Virginia, becoming the first UNC quarterback to catch a touchdown pass since Kevin Anthony in 1984.
  • Williams became the first Tar Heel in school history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 in the same game. It is only the sixth time a UNC player had 100 rushing yards and at least 200 passing yards. Williams was also one of the previous five players to accomplish that when he had 104 rushing and 223 passing last year vs. Duke.
  • Williams had his second career 100-yard rushing game. His previous rushing high was 104 last year against Duke.
  • Williams posted his second 300-yard passing game this year (345 at Clemson) and the third of his career.
  • Williams moved past 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards with his performance today against Notre Dame. Williams is now 12th in school history with 3,279 passing yards and has 1,097 rushing yards. He is one of only two players in Carolina history to throw for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards in a career. Ronald Curry threw for 4,987 yards and rushed for 1,249 from 1998-2001.
  • Williams’ rushing touchdown was his third score on the ground in 2014 and the 12th of his career. Williams ranks second in school history in career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 12. Curry is the all-time leader with 13.
  • Williams came into today’s game with a career long rush of 28 yards. In the third quarter, he first tied that mark with a 28-yard run, then set a personal best two possessions later when he ran for 41 yards.
  • Today’s game marked the sixth time in his career Williams has thrown for at least one score and rushed for at least one score in the same game.
  • WR Quinshad Davis scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Williams in the second quarter. It was the 19th touchdown reception of his career, which ties him for second most in school history with Octavus Barnes (1994-97). He is just two shy of Hakeem Nicks’ 21 scoring receptions from 2006-08.
  • Davis now has 127 career receptions, just two shy of moving into the top 10 in school history.
  • Davis threw his third career touchdown pass to Williams late in the third quarter, a 23-yard scoring play to give Carolina the lead. Davis also threw touchdowns against Virginia (to Williams) and East Carolina (to T.J. Thorpe) in 2013. He is a perfect 3 for 3 in his career.
  • TB Elijah Hood scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on Carolina’s first drive of the game. He is tied with Davis for the team lead in touchdowns.
  • LB Jeff Schoettmer had his second interception return for a touchdown this season in the first quarter, 29-yard scoring play. Both of Schoettmer’s career interceptions have come this season and both were returned for touchdowns (also vs. Liberty).
  • WR Mack Hollins caught an 18-yard touchdown pass with 47 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. It was his fourth receiving score this season, which ties for the team lead with Davis. Hollins led the Tar Heels with six catches for 84 yards today.
  • The teams combined for 35 points off turnovers. Carolina scored 21 points off three Notre Dame turnovers; the Irish scored 14 points off a pair of UNC turnovers.