Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech Postgame Notes
Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech
Sept. 19, 2015
Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech
Notre Dame Stadium
Notre Dame, Indiana
September 19, 2015
- Notre Dame is the first team nationally to open with three straight wins over Power 5 conference opponents since 2012. That year, Northwestern opened its season with wins over Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Boston College.
- Brian Kelly is now 20-13 versus the Associated Press Top 25, seventh best among coaches at contract bowl eligible schools.
- Notre Dame is 13-2 under Brian Kelly when ranked in the AP top 10.
- Notre Dame quarterbacks improved to 17-6 in first career starts since 1985. Irish signal callers are 5-0 in first starts under Brian Kelly. Including his time at Cincinnati, quarterbacks have won each of their last eight career starts under Kelly.
- Georgia Tech finished the game 3-for-15 on third-down after starting the game 0-for-9. The Yellow Jackets led the NCAA with a 57.9 success rate on third-down in 2014.
- Notre Dame improved to 11-0-1 against Georgia Tech when the Irish are ranked in the AP top 10.
- The Irish have outscored opponents 33-0 in the first quarter this year. The last team to score against the Irish in the first quarter was LSU in the 2014 Music City Bowl.
- Notre Dame became the first team to hold Georgia Tech in the red zone this year with a first quarter missed field goal. The Yellow Jackets were 12-for-12 with 12 TDs in the red zone coming into today.
- The interception by D.J. White of Georgia Tech with 6:56 to play in the second quarter marked Notre Dame's first turnover of the year. The Irish went 143:04 into the season before committing their first turnover.
- Notre Dame has forced its opponent to go three-and-out on each of its first two possessions of all three games this year.
- Georgia Tech had not been held to a three-and-out at any point over its first two games this year. The Yellow Jackets went three-and-out on just 7.91 percent of their offensive possessions last season.
- Notre Dame's 215 team rushing yards secured the third straight 200-yard team rushing performance for the Irish this season. It was the first time Notre Dame has rushed for 200 or more yards as a team in three straight contests since 2012 (BYU, 270; Oklahoma, 215; Pittsburgh, 231).
- WR Will Fuller had his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and the seventh of his career with 131 yards on six receptions. That career mark ties him for sixth place in school history with Maurice Stovall (2002-05).
- The only other time a Notre Dame player opened a season with three-straight 100-yard receiving games was recent College Football Hall of Fame inductee Tom Gatewood in 1970.
- Will Fuller's 46-yard TD grab in the first quarter was his fourth TD catch this year of at least 39 yards.
- QB DeShone Kizer finished his first career start 21-of-30 passing for 242 yards with one touchdown. It was the most passing yards by a first-time starter since Brady Quinn threw for 297 yards against Purdue on Sept. 27, 2003, and the most in a Notre Dame victory since Ron Powlus finished with 291 yards through the air in a 42-15 win over Northwestern on Sept. 3, 1994.
- RB C.J. Prosise finished the game with 22 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns, all career-highs. The rushing yardage total was the most for a Notre Dame player since Julius Jones gained 218 yards on 23 carries in a 57-7 win over Stanford on Nov. 29, 2003.
- C.J. Prosise was the first Notre Dame running back to score three touchdowns in a single game since Jonas Gray had three touchdowns on the ground in a 56-14 win over Navy on Oct. 29, 2011.
- C.J. Prosise's 91-yard touchdown run with 6:58 left in the fourth quarter is believed to be the longest running play in the history of Notre Dame Stadium. The carry tied Larry Coutre (91 yards vs. Navy at Baltimore, 1949) for the second-longest run in school history, trailing only the 92-yard rush of Bob Livingstone at Southern California in 1947.
- C.J. Prosise's first carry in each of the first three games this fall has gone for a first down.
- WR Chris Brown's eight receptions today set a career-high.
- LB Drue Tranquill had two tackles for loss today. Entering today, he had just two halves of a TFL in his career, splitting yardage-losing stops last year against Michigan and North Carolina.
- TE Alizé Jones made his first career catch, good for five yards, on the first play of the game.
- TE Nic Weishar made his first career catch with about 5:00 left in the third quarter.
- Freshman TE Alizé Jones, sophomore QB DeShone Kizer and Freshman DL Jerry Tillery made their first career starts today. The first play of the game was a five-yard completion from Kizer to Jones.