Today’s game marks the 137th consecutive sellout in Notre Dame Stadium, the first 130 coming at the old 59,075 capacity and the six 1997 games at the 80,225 capacity. Today marks the Notre Dame’s 185th home sellout in the last 186 games, dating back to 1964.
Notre Dame now leads the series since its resumption in 1978 by 9-7-1 while Michigan leads the overall series 16-11-1 and games at Notre Dame 7-5-1. The Irish lead in Notre Dame Stadium 5-4-1.
Jarious Jackson is the eighth straight Irish quarterback to win his first career start. The previous seven are: Tom Krug vs. Air Force in 1995, Ron Powlus vs. Northwestern in 1994, Kevin McDougal vs. Northwestern in 1993, Rick Mirer vs. Michigan in 1990, Kent Graham vs. Boston College in 1987, Tony Rice vs. Air Force in 1987 and Terry Andrysiak vs. Mississippi in 1985.
The Irish are now 2-0 when opening the season against a defending national champion. Notre Dame also beat seventh-ranked Pittsburgh 19-9 in 1977. Overall, Notre Dame is 9-7-3 when playing a defending AP or UPI national champion at some point during the season.
Notre Dame’s 36 points are the most allowed by Michigan since Florida State beat the Wolverines 51-31 on Sept. 28, 1991.
Notre Dame’s 36 points are most the Irish have ever scored against Michigan. The previous most came in 1943 when top-ranked Notre Dame won 35-12 at second-ranked Michigan and the most points ever by one team in the series.
Fifth-ranked Michigan is the highest-ranked visitor at Notre Dame Stadium since fourth-ranked Ohio State played at Notre Dame Stadium in 1996.
Two quarterbacks made their first career starts in a season-opening game at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 1963 when Notre Dame’s Dennis Szot and Wisconsin’s Harold Brandt quarterbacked their teams for the first time as starters.
Notre Dame has failed to score a first-half touchdown for the second consecutive game. The Irish led LSU 6-3 at halftime of the Independence Bowl on two Scott Cengia field goals.
Dan O’Leary’s four-yard touchdown reception was the first touchdown of his career.
O’Leary’s touchdown snapped a streak of six quarters without a touchdown for the Irish after the Irish were held to three field goals in the Independence Bowl and two in the first half against Michigan.
Autry Denson’s 58-yard run on Notre Dame’s first offensive play was the longest of his career, topping his 50-yard run against Pittsburgh in 1997.
Notre Dame’s 17 third-quarter points are the most under a Bob Davie-coached Notre Dame team. The Irish scored 10 points in the third quarter against Pittsburgh in 1997. The 17 points are the most since Irish scored 21 points in the third quarter in the 54-20 win over Washington on Oct. 12, 1996.
After scoring just 27 third-quarter points in all of 1997, an average of just 2.1, Notre Dame scored 17 against Michigan.
Autry Denson’s 154 yards rushing marked his 18th career 100-yard rushing game, inching him closer to Allen Pinkett’s Notre Dame record of 21 career 100-yard rushing games.
Michigan’s Tai Streets (8-101) and Marcus Knight (5-126) are the first teammates to amass over 100-yards receiving against Notre Dame since Miami’s Cleveland Gary (11-130), Andre Brown (8-125) in a 31-30 Irish win on Oct. 15, 1988.
With two rushing touchdowns, Autry Denson has matched Stan Cofall with 30 career rushing touchdowns, fifth-best in Irish history.
After allowing just 89.0 yards/game in 1997, Michigan’s defense yielded 280 to the Irish.
Notre Dame is the lowest-ranked team (22nd) to beat Michigan since 1996 when 22nd-ranked Northwestern beat sixth-ranked Michigan 17-16.
The last time the Irish beat a team ranked higher than Michigan (5) was a 31-24 win over top-ranked Florida State in 1993. Notre Dame beat fifth-ranked USC in 1995.
Notre Dame hands Lloyd Carr is first loss during the month of September as head coach at Michigan. Carr had won all 10 games in September prior to today’s game.
Notre Dame’s win has ended Michigan’s winning streak at 12 games and is the first loss since a 17-14 loss to Alabama on Jan. 1, 1997 in the Outback Bowl.
The Irish are now 12-3-1 when opening the season against an A.P.-ranked team, since that poll began in 1936. The win over fifth-ranked Michigan is the first in a season opener since the top-ranked Irish beat the fourth-ranked Wolverines 28-24 in 1990.
Notre Dame is now 92-12-5 (.867) in season-openers, including 66-9-3 (.865) in season-opening games played at home. Michigan is now 98-18-3 (.836) in season openers and 16-5-1 (.750) when opening the season on the road.
Notre Dame has now won 11 of its last 12 season openers with the only loss coming to Northwestern in 1995.
Michigan starts the season 0-1 for the first time since a 28-24 loss at Notre Dame in 1990. The Wolverines had won five straight openers since a 17-17 tie at Notre Dame in 1992.
The win over the fifth-ranked Wolverines marks just the fourth time that an Irish team not ranked among the AP top 20 teams beat a top five team and the first time since a 31-16 win at top-ranked Pittsburgh in 1982.