Nov. 30, 2013

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  • The Irish wrap up the regular season at 8-4. It is the first time that ND has won at least eight games in four straight seasons since a run of seven straight from 1987-93.
  • Notre Dame retains an 18-10 lead in the all-time series but Stanford pulls ahead 7-6 on its home field.
  • The Irish is now 2-3 this year when trailing at the half, rallying to beat Purdue and Navy but falling to Michigan, Oklahoma and Stanford.
  • ND falls to 0-2 all-time on FOX with the other contest on the network being the 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl against LSU.
  • The Irish are now 2-2 in regular season finales under Brian Kelly, twice beating USC in Los Angeles but twice losing at Stanford.
  • Notre Dame is 12-3 in November under Brian Kelly.
  • The loss snaps a four game winning streak for Notre Dame over Pac-12 competition dating back to the 2011 loss at Stanford. ND is 91-50-6 all-time against the Pac-12’s current lineup.
  • Notre Dame only ran the ball 24 times tonight. The Irish have won 20 straight games when rushing the ball at least 30 times and lost six straight when rushing the ball fewer than 30 times.
  • Notre Dame was held without a first half touchdown for the second time this fall, the other coming at Purdue on Sept. 14 when the Boilermakers led 10-3 at intermission. The Irish rallied to win that game 31-24.
  • Notre Dame has now scored first in each of its last four games. The Irish only scored first in two of its first eight contests this fall.
  • The Cardinal was able to get just one sack of Tommy Rees today. Notre Dame has yielded just eight sacks this fall and entered the game tied for the second in the nation. Stanford’s defense had 34 sacks (3.1 per game) entering tonight’s contest.


  • Dan Fox by far passed his career high by making 15 tackles tonight. His previous best was 10, done this year against both Temple and Michigan.
  • With his efforts tonight, TJ Jones moved into third place on ND’s career reception chart with 176. He also matched Tom Gatewood (1969-71) with 19 career touchdown catches to tie for sixth in Irish lore.
  • Jones extended his school record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 39. He has multiple receptions in 35 of those 39 games.
  • Jones passed the 1,000 receiving yard plateau for the season and ranks eighth on the school seasonal chart with 1,042.
  • DaVaris Daniels now has a reception of at least 20 yards in 14 of his 22 career games played.
  • Tommy Rees’ two third quarter touchdowns gave him 61 in his career, eclipsing Jimmy Clausen (2007-09) for second-best in Notre Dame history.
  • It is the 10th time in 12 games this fall that Rees has thrown multiple touchdowns and the 20th time in his career.
  • Rees now has 27 touchdown passes this season, good for fourth in Notre Dame history.
  • Rees attempted 34 passes tonight, moving him into third place in Irish lore, passing Ron Powlus who threw the ball 969 times from 1994-97. He now has 1,001 in his Irish career.
  • Austin Collinsworth had his second career interception tonight and his second in as many games. His first career interception came last Saturday on BYU’s “Hail Mary” at the end of the first half. His 11 tackles tonight were a career high and he recorded his first half of a TFL.
  • Bennett Jackson made his second interception of the season tonight with the other coming against Purdue. It is the sixth of his career.
  • Kyle Brindza had his 12th career game with multiple field goals made and his fourth of the 2013 campaign, joining Michigan, Arizona State and BYU.
  • Prince Shembo’s sack of Kevin Hogan just before halftime is the 19th of his career, tying him with Ryan Roberts (1999-2002) for seventh in school history.
  • With his return of the opening kickoff, George Atkinson III broke the 2,000-yard plateau on his Irish career. He extended his school record for kickoff return yardage to 2,136. Atkinson had a season-high of 139 kickoff return yards tonight.
  • Zack Martin made his school-record setting 51st career start today. The previous mark of 50 was held by Sam Young (2006-09).
  • Jerron Jones made his first career start tonight and became the 18th different player to start a game on defense this fall for the Irish.