Oct. 3, 2015
NOTRE DAME POSTGAME NOTES
at Clemson * Memorial Stadium * Clemson, South Carolina * October 3, 2015
- Notre Dame stands at 4-1 on the year, the third time in four years the Irish have started 4-1 or better.
- Entering the game, Clemson and Notre Dame ranked first and fifth, respectively nationally in forcing three-and-outs on defense. The Irish forced six three-and-outs tonight while Clemson forced just two.
- The Irish ran the ball 33 times today but lost. Notre Dame is 31-4 in the last 35 games when it has rushed the ball at least 30 times.
- Notre Dame turned the ball over four times tonight, after committing just three turnovers through the first four games. The four turnovers only led to seven Tiger points.
- The game snaps a winning streak of 16 games for the Irish when holding its opposition under 300 yards of total offense. Clemson gained just 296 yards tonight.
- The 56-yard TD pass from DeShone Kizer to C.J. Prosise marked the seventh offensive TD for the Irish this year of at least 50 yards and the eighth overall. The seven offensive TDs of at least 50 yards are the most since Notre Dame had eight in 1992. The eight overall TDs of at least 50 yards ties the 2002 team for the most since having nine in 1992.
- After permitting 104 yards on 11 plays during the first two drives, Notre Dame’s defense clamped down and held the Tigers to 48 yards on 17 plays for the duration of the half, forcing four punts.
- Prior to C.J. Prosise’s 56-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, freshmen had scored each of Notre Dame’s last 24 points on TDs by Dexter Williams, Brandon Wimbush and Josh Adams against UMass (Sept. 26) along with three extra points by Justin Yoon against the Minutemen and a field goal tonight.
- The fumble lost by C.J. Prosise early in the third quarter marked the first fumble lost this year by an Irish running back and just the 13th by a running back in head coach Bran Kelly’s 70-game tenure at Notre Dame on 1,886 carries by running backs to that point.
- With his 26-yard first quarter scramble, DeShone Kizer became the fifth different Notre Dame player (three of which are quarterbacks) with a rush of at least 25 yards this year, joining C.J. Prosise, Josh Adams, Malik Zaire and Brandon Wimbush.
- Clemson became the first team to gain a first down on its opening drive against Notre Dame since USC (Nov. 29, 2014), the first team to score on its opening drive against the Irish since Louisville (Nov. 22, 2014) and the first team to score first against the Irish since USC (Nov. 29, 2014).
- Clemson’s 14 points in the first quarter were more than the Irish had yielded in the first quarter of its last five games in which it allowed just 13 – seven against LSU in the Music City Bowl and six last week against UMass.
- The Irish had not been outscored in the first quarter since trailing USC, 21-0, after 15 minutes on Nov. 29, 2014, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
- The 56-yard touchdown pass from DeShone Kizer to C.J. Prosise marked the longest pass of Kizer’s career. It is the third-longest reception for Prosise, trailing just a 78-yard TD grab against Navy on Nov. 1, 2014, at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, and a non-scoring 59-yard catch at Arizona State on Nov. 8, 2014.
- RB C.J. Prosise finished with a career-high 100 receiving yards.
- S Max Redfield made 14 tackles tonight after entering the game with just 10 all season. It ties his career high set against LSU in the 2014 Music City Bowl.
- CB Cole Luke made his second interception of the year tonight and the sixth of his career. Luke has both of Notre Dame’s interceptions on the season.
- Kizer’s 26-yard first quarter scamper doubled his previous career long of 13.
- Kizer now had a TD run and pass in each of the past two games.
- Kizer’s 321 passing yards tonight are the most by an Irish signal caller since Everett Golson threw for 446 at Arizona State on Nov. 8, 2014.
- WR Torii Hunter Jr. had his first TD catch since the night he made his collegiate debut, Sept. 27, 2014, vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
- WR Chris Brown had his two longest receptions of the season tonight, good for 34 and 33 yards.
- Freshman C.J. Sanders made his first career kickoff return during the first quarter, returning it 46 yards.
- Freshman PK Justin Yoon’s 46-yard first quarter field goal is a career-long, eclipsing his 45-yard boot at Virginia on Sept. 12.
- TE Nic Weishar made his first career start tonight.