Nov. 11, 2000
Boston College at Notre Dame (November 11, 2000)
The capacity crowd of 80,653 marks the 155th consecutive sellout in Notre Dame Stadium (the first 130 coming at the old 59,075 capacity). An additional 421 seats were added for today’s game, making it the largest crowd in Notre Dame Stadium history. Today’s game also marks the 203rd home sellout in the last 204 games (dating back to 1964) and the 126th sellout in the last 146 games involving Notre Dame, including the first five games in 2000, the first 11 games in 1999 and the first 10 games in 1998.
The crowd of 80,653 marks the largest of the season for the Eagles, topping the crowd of 49,786 at West Virginia in Boston College’s season opener.
The Irish now lead the series with Boston College 9-3, including a 5-2 record at Notre Dame Stadium.
Notre Dame snaps a five-game November losing streak with the win, the first Irish win in November since a 39-36 win over LSU on Nov. 21, 1998.
The Irish have won their 10th consecutive game following an opening date, dating back to a ’94 loss to Florida State. Notre Dame is 7-0 under head coach Bob Davie after bye weeks.
Matt LoVecchio becomes the first Irish QB to win his first five starting appearances since Kevin McDougal won his first nine in 1993.
Notre Dame improves to 14-4 vs. BIG EAST Conference teams since the formation of the BIG EAST football conference in 1993.
The non-conference loss in the regular season is the first for Boston College since a 31-26 loss to Notre Dame in 1998, snapping a streak of seven consecutive non-conference regular season victories.
The last time Notre Dame had a drive longer than its 98-yard TD drive came against Stanford in 1998 when Jarious Jackson capped a 99-yard drive with a five-yard TD run. The Irish also had a 98-yard TD drive against Oklahoma in 1999.
Tony Fisher’s 196 yards rushing on 26 carries are the most for an Irish player since Reggie Brooks’ 227 yard effort against Southern California in 1992. Fisher’s 196 yards also ranks as the 11th highest rushing total in Notre Dame history, and the fourth highest at home.
Tony Fisher’s rushing total was also his first hundred yard game of the season, and first since gaining 107 yards against Stanford in 1999. It is the fourth hundred yard game of his career.
Anthony Weaver’s interception on Boston College’s first possession was his second interception of the season and the second of his career.
Julius Jones’ one-yard TD run 1:20 into the game marked the fastest score for the Irish since Allen Rossum scored on an interception return against Hawaii 18 seconds into the final game of the 1997 regular season. Jones’ TD stands as the fastest offensive score for the Irish since Lee Becton scored 55 seconds into the 1993 USC game on a 70-yard run.
Notre Dame’s two lost fumbles doubled the season total coming into the game. The Irish now have three lost fumbles. The NCAA season record for fewest fumbles lost is one (Bowling Green in 1996 and Miami (OH) in 1998). Notre Dame’s school record is five fumbles lost by the 1993 team.
Tony Driver’s and Lance Legree’s first-quarter sacks were just the fifth and sixth allowed this season by Boston College. The Irish now have 26 sacks this season.
Chris Yura had four carries for seven yards entering today’s game before converting Notre Dame’s fake punt with a four-yard gain on fourth and two.
Notre Dame’s 380 yards rushing was the highest team total since 386 yards in the 1999 season opener against Kansas.