The Irish finished with 376 yards on the ground- its most rushing yards, in a game, since putting 380 on Boston College in 2000. Cierre Wood tallied 118 yards and two touchdowns and George Atkinson added 123 yards and one touchdown- making them the first two Irish backs to eclipse the century mark, in the same game, since Rashon Powers-Neal and Ryan Grant in 2002.
"when you smack a team so many times in the mouth, eventually they're going to want to stop playing, and that's what happened today." –Cierre Wood, Notre Dame Running Back
48-10 Saturday’s 41-3 victory was Notre Dame’s biggest win over Miami since a 48-10 blowout in 1977- the Irish went on to win the National Championship. The quarterback was a kid named Joe Montana.
10-0-2 Notre Dame’s all time record at Soldier Field is now 10-0-2. Prior to Saturday, Notre Dame had not played in Soldier Field since 1994. In his first career start, Ron Powlus threw for four touchdowns in a 42-15 victory over Northwestern. In 1929, as Notre Dame Stadium was being built, Notre Dame played all their home games at Soldier Field. Rockne’s Ramblers finished 9-0 and won their 2nd national title in five years.
71-20-3 Notre Dame’s all time record in NFL Stadium’s is now 71-20-3.
66-36-2 Notre Dame’s all time record in night games is now 66-36-2. The Irish first played a night game in 1951 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.
4-0 In 2009, Notre Dame introduced the “Shamrock Series” as a way to enhance national awareness by hosting one, off-site, home game per year- an admirable idea sans the vomit-inducing uniforms. With a 2009 victory over Washington State in San Antonio, a 2010 victory over Army in Yankee Stadium, a 2011 victory over Maryland in Washington D.C. and now a 2012 victory over Miami in Chicago, Notre Dame is now 4-0 in the Shamrock Series. Next year, Notre Dame will play Arizona State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
7.8 Notre Dame is 2nd in the country in scoring defense, allowing 7.8 ppg.
1 Notre Dame is the only team in the country to not allow a rushing touchdown.
16.7% Notre Dame is #1 in country in red zone defense, holding its opponents to16.7% efficiency (2-12).
12 Notre Dame has not allowed a touchdown in over a month- or its last 12 quarters of football.
1 Notre Dame is the only team in the country that hasn’t trailed in a game. The last time Notre Dame didn’t trail through five games was1947- arguably the greatest college football team of all time.
21 Notre Dame has won five games by an average of 21 points.
16 In its last 19 games, Notre Dame has only allowed 16 3rd quarter points.
7 Notre Dame is #7 in the AP poll this week- its highest ranking since 2006. Of ND’s remaining opponents, SC (11th), Oklahoma (13th) and Stanford(17th) are also ranked in the top 25. The computers are even kinder to the Irish- BCS projections have Notre Dame #5.
2005 ESPN’s College Gameday will be on campus, Saturday, as #17 Stanford visits Notre Dame. It is the crew’s first trip to South Bend since ND-SC in 2005.
5-0 Notre Dame is 5-0 this season- its best start since 2002!
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