Oct. 8, 2016
NOTRE DAME POSTGAME NOTES
at NC State * CarterÂFinley Stadium * Raleigh, North Carolina * October 8, 2016
- Notre Dame is 0Â2 allÂtime against NC State and 73Â25 allÂtime against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
- Notre Dame is 389Â95Â8 allÂtime in October and 19Â6Â0 under Brian Kelly.
- The 198 yards gained by NC State were the fewest allowed by the Irish defense this season.
- With NC State’s lone touchdown coming on special teams, the Notre Dame defense did not surrender a touchdown for the first time since the 2015 opener against Texas, a 38Â3 Irish victory.
- The Irish defense came up big early, stopping NC State’s opening drive and preventing them from scoring a touchdown on the first drive at home for the first time in four games at CarterÂFinley Stadium this year.
- The stop on NC State’s first drive came after the Wolfpack had driven to the ND eightÂyard line before missing a 31Âyard field goal. Irish opponents were scoring at a clip of 85.7% in the red zone entering the game. For the game, Notre Dame held NC State to just a field goal in three red zone trips.
- For the first time this season, Notre Dame did not score the first points of the game.
- The Irish trailed at the conclusion of the first quarter for the first time this season.
- The Irish defense recovered an opponent fumble for the first time this season.
- The game was sold out with the capacity of CarterÂFinley at 58,200. Since 2014 contest at USC did not sell out, the only time Notre Dame has not played before a sold out crowd, home or away, was last weekend’s victory over Syracuse at MetLife Stadium, which was played before 62,794.
- Jerry Tillery recorded a career best nine total tackles.
- Daelin Hayes forced an opponent fumble for the first time in his career.
- Nyles Morgan recovered that fumble for his first career fumble recovery.
- Daniel Cage forced his first career fumble in the third quarter.
- James Onwualu recovered that fumble for his first career fumble recovery.
- Tyler Newsome bombed a 69Âyard punt in the second quarter, flipping the field from an Irish drive which stalled out at their own 14Âyard line, pushing the Wolfpack back to their own 17. It was just shy of Newsome’s 71Âyard career long against Michigan State earlier this year. It was the 31st career punt of at least 50Âyards for the junior.