Saturday was the 213th consecutive sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. Since 1966, every home football game for the Irish has been a sellout except one - a 1973 Thanksgiving Day game vs. Air Force. Notre Dame has now played in front of sellouts in 261 of its last 262 home games.
Notre Dame's initial touchdown drive of the game went for 84 yards on seven plays. The Irish only had four longer touchdown drives in 2009.
Notre Dame did not register a sack in the first half against Purdue, but collected three in the opening seven minutes of the third quarter alone.
The Irish are 102-15-5 (.857) in season openers and have taken 20 of the last 24.
Notre Dame is 97-19-5 (.822) in home openers and has won 10 of its last 13.
When Notre Dame's season and home openers are one and the same, the Irish are 40-7-1 (.840).
Notre Dame has captured eight of its last nine such openers (five-game winning streak was snapped against Georgia Tech in 2007).
The Irish have captured their last 13 season openers when scoring first, a span that dates back to the 1986 defeat to Michigan.
Since 1958 (when play-by-play became available), the Irish are 32-3 when scoring first and 13-5 when the opponent scores first.
Kelly Keeps Collecting Victories...
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has had almost unparalleled success recently as a head coach, leading his team to victory in 19 consecutive regular-season games. Only one active FBS head coach (Chris Peterson, Boise State with 25) has won more consecutive regular-season contests than Kelly.
First-year Head Coaches Open Strong...
Brian Kelly continued a long trend of success among Irish mentors in their first career game. Dating back to 1896, Irish skippers are 26-3 (.897) in their debut contests. Only Frank E. Hering in 1896 (4-0 loss to Chicago Physicians & Surgeons), Elmer Layden in 1934 (7-6 loss to Texas) and Lou Holtz in 1986 (24-23 loss to Michigan) failed to win their first game at Notre Dame. This record includes two wins by interim head coaches -- Ed McKeever in 1944 (58-0 win at Pittsburgh) and Hugh Devore in 1945 (7-0 win over Illinois) spelled Frank Leahy while he was off serving his country in World War II.
We've Been Here Before...
Notre Dame has opened its season with Purdue on eight occasions. The Irish hold a 7-1 record in those season-opening meetings with the Boilermakers. Only two other programs, Michigan and Northwestern, have opened against Notre Dame more often that Purdue.
Junior signal caller Dayne Crist snapped Notre Dame's four-game losing streak with a first-time starting quarterback under center.
Since 1985, the Irish are now 14-6 under a first-time starting quarterback. Interestingly enough, Notre Dame is 9-2 under a first-time starting quarterback when playing in Notre Dame Stadium (also since 1985).
Crist's 205 yards passing are the third-most by a first-time starting Irish quarterback since 1985. Brady Quinn threw for 297 yards against Purdue on Sept. 27, 2003 and Ron Powlus had 291 yards against Northwestern on Sept. 3, 1994.
Notre Dame in September...
Notre Dame is 127-49-4 (.717) all-time during the month of September.
The Irish are 81-18-2 (.812) in September home games.
Against the Boilermakers...
Notre Dame limited Purdue to three points in the opening half today. It is the fewest points allowed by the Irish against Purdue in a half since the opening 30 minutes of the 2005 contest (ND led 28-0 at intermission).
Gave the Irish a 7-0 lead with a 22-yard touchdown run at 2:01 of the first quarter. The touchdown was his eighth overall and seventh on the ground in his career. The scamper was the longest scoring run of his career.