Sept. 14, 2014

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  • The victory against Purdue improves Notre Dame’s all-time record to 877-305-42 (.734), which is the highest winning percentage in college football.
  • Notre Dame has now won its last two night games. The Irish own a 74-40-2 (.647) record in night contests.
  • After 138:47 of play this fall, Notre Dame committed its first turnover of the season on a Ben Koyack fumble in the second quarter. The Irish defense had forced seven turnovers prior to the offense’s first of 2014.
  • Notre Dame forced three turnovers against Purdue while only committing one. The Irish are now +8 in the turnover margin.
  • Notre Dame is now 14-14 in the red zone this year, scoring on each of its last 23 red zone scoring chances since a fourth-quarter interception against BYU last year.
  • Notre Dame’s defense has now stopped its opponents on fourth down four of six times this season.
  • The Irish allowed four sacks tonight, the most since yielding four to Stanford on Oct. 13, 2012.
  • Notre Dame has scored first in each of its three games this year. The Irish have now scored first in each of their last eight games, dating back to Oct. 26, 2013 when Air Force struck first on a Colton Huntsman 10-yard run at 5:05 of the first quarter. Notre Dame came back to win 45-10. The Irish are now 29-7 under Brian Kelly when scoring first.
  • The Irish are now 6-0 in Shamrock Series contests. The 2015 Shamrock Series game will be played against Boston College on Nov. 21 at Fenway Park in Boston. It will be the first football game played at Fenway Park since Dec. 1, 1968, when the Boston Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 33-14.
  • Notre Dame improved its record against Purdue to 58-26-2 (.686) and has won seven straight contests against the Boilermakers.
  • With the win, Notre Dame improves to 6-2 all-time when playing in the city of Indianapolis. It is the first win for the Irish in Indiana’s state capital since a 31-3 win at Butler on Nov. 18, 1922.
  • The Irish had 38 carries tonight and won the game. Notre Dame has now won each of its last 23 games when rushing the ball at least 30 times.
  • Notre Dame improves to 244-125-16 (.655) all-time against Big Ten teams with tonight’s win. The Irish will face Northwestern on Nov. 15 at Notre Dame Stadium.
  • Notre Dame held Purdue to 290 total yards of offense, which marked the second consecutive game the Irish held its opponent to under 300 yards of offense.
  • The Irish shutout the Boilermakers in the second half after allowing 14 points in the first half. Notre Dame held Purdue to just 121 yards in the second half after surrendering 169 yards in the first half.


  • Everett Golson has now passed for at least 200 yards in each of his last eight games played. The last Irish quarterback to accomplish that feat was Jimmy Clausen in the final eight games of the 2009 season.
  • Golson has now thrown 113 consecutive passes without being intercepted, a streak that began in the third quarter of the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7, 2013.
  • Golson completed a career high 25 passes against Purdue. His previous career high was 23, which he had accomplished twice (Sept. 6, 2014 against Michigan and Nov. 3, 2012 against Pittsburgh).
  • Golson’s touchdown run just before halftime was his fourth of the season and the 10th of his career.
  • Kyle Brindza made all three of his extra point attempts today and has now made each of his last 62. This matches Bob Thomas (1971-73) for the fourth longest streak in school history.
  • With his 19-yard field goal at 11:57 of the second quarter, Kyle Brindza moved into second place in school history for career field goals. He now has 49, trailing only John Carney’s 51 from 1984-86.
  • Five of Brindza’s seven kickoffs tonight went for touchbacks. On the season, 17 of his 22 kickoffs have gone for touchbacks.
  • Will Fuller now has a touchdown catch in each of Notre Dame’s first three games. It marks the first time an Irish receiver has caught at least one touchdown pass in each of the first three games since Michael Floyd in 2009.
  • Amir Carlisle’s 47-yard return of the opening kickoff is not only a career-long but stands as the longest kickoff return by Notre Dame since George Atkinson III had a 47-yard return against Purdue in 2013.
  • Greg Bryant had his first career reception, a 17-yard gain on the final play of the first quarter.
  • Devin Butler made his first career interception during the fourth quarter.
  • Senior captain Joe Schmidt also recorded his first career interception during the fourth quarter.
  • Isaac Rochell recorded his first career sack or tackle for loss when he split a sack with Jarron Jones on the opening drive of the second half.
  • Jarron Jones has at least a half of a tackle for loss in each of this season’s first three games.
  • Romeo Okwara easily surpassed his previous career high for tackles in a game (11). He had five against both Navy and Stanford in 2013.
  • Matt Hegarty made his first career start at right guard tonight. His first two career starts were at center.