Irish Back From Bye Week To Face Rival USC
October 15, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
• Notre Dame and USC will be meeting for the 85th time in series history. The Irish lead the all-time series 44-35-5 overall and own a 23-14-1 advantage in the series when it shifts to Notre Dame. • This rivalry began in 1926, when legendary Irish head coach Knute Rocknebecame the first Midwestern coach to take a team to the West Coast (Notre Dame won that game, 13-12) and the teams have meet every season since (taking 1943-45 off due to travel restrictions during World War II).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Notre Dame has won nearly 80 percent of its games (62-17-2, .788) when it plays after a regular-season bye week (since 1900). • Fourth-year Irish head coach Brian Kelly is 13-2 over his career coming off a bye week.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
12 Notre Dame is 12-0 under Brian Kellywhen it does not commit a turnover in the contest.
11 Notre Dame has played 19 games decided by a TD or less since the arrival of Brian Kellyin 2010. The Irish went 2-5 in the first seven games, but have since gone 11-1.
10 Senior QB Tommy Reeshas 10 completions of at least 32 yards. Irish signal callers recorded 11 such passes in 2012.
9 Notre Dame has won 24 of its last 30 games. The Irish have the ninth-best overall FBS winning percentage since Sept. 17, 2011.
8 Notre Dame has won eight consecutive games under head coach Brian Kellywhen the game was decided by a TD or less. He ranks third on the all-time Notre Dame list.
7 Notre Dame has allowed an average of 18.91 points/game over the last four seasons combined, which would rank as the seventh-best average from a BCS automatically-qualifying conference.
6 Senior QB Tommy Reesranks among the top six in school history in six career passing categories. He ranks third in 300-yard games (five), third in completion percentage (60.7), fourth in completions (508), fourth in TD passes (47), fifth in attempts (837) and sixth in passing yards (5,907).
5 Notre Dame has allowed four sacks and ranks tied for fifth in the FBS. Only Fresno State (three sacks on 265 pass attempts) has allowed fewer sacks and attempted more passes than Notre Dame (four sacks on 210 pass attempts) this season.
4 Junior TE Troy Niklas has four TD catches in 2014. Only four tight ends in the FBS have collected more.
3 Senior OLB Prince Shemboequaled his career high with three sacks against No. 22 Arizona State. No FBS player has registered more sacks in a game this season.
1 Notre Dame has lost just one time in 28 games under Brian Kellywhen the Irish hold their opponent to 20 or fewer points. In fact, Kelly's teams have won 70 of its last 71 games when allowing 20 points or less.
0 No FBS defense has allowed fewer rushing touchdowns than the 16 by Notre Dame over the last 37 games. Alabama has also limited its opponents to 16.