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    Oct. 11, 1999

    ? Today marks the 146th consecutive sellout in Notre Dame Stadium history (the first 130 coming at the old 59,075 capacity and 12 during the 1997 and 1998 seasons at the 80,012 capacity). This game marks Notre Dame's 195th sellout in the last 196 games dating back to 1964.

    ? The Irish improve to 2-0 over the Sun Devils and improve to 10-4-1 in their last 15 games versus Pacific-10 Conference opponents. The Irish also won their 12th home game in the last 13 attempts.

    ? This is Notre's Dame biggest margin of victory since the Irish defeated Rutgers 62-0 in 1996.

    ? This marks Notre Dame's biggest win over a Pac-10 team since the Irish defeated Washington by 34 points (54-20) in 1996. It marked the 12th time that Notre Dame has defeated a Pac-10 team by 31 points or more.

    ? This is ASU's worst defeat since losing by 31 points to USC (31-0) in 1995.

    ? Notre Dame's 27-0 lead is its largest halftime lead since the Irish led Rutgers 35-0 at the half in 1996.

    ? The 27 points in the second quarter were the most points scored in a quarter during the Bob Davie era.

    ? Even though Notre Dame led 27-0 at halftime, Arizona State only trailed the Irish in total yards by one yard (239-238). Notre Dame finished the day with 450 total yards compared to 427 for Arizona State.

    ? Notre Dame once again had a balanced scoring attack with 227 yards rushing and 223 yards passing.

    ? Seven different Notre Dame players scored touchdowns today.

    ? Arizona State senior TB/KR J.R. Redmond moved into sixth place on the all-time Arizona State rushing list with 2,669 yards. Redmond needs 76 yards to overtake Darryl Clack (2,737 yards) and move into fifth place. Redmond left the game with an injured shoulder midway through the third quarter.

    ? Notre Dame senior PK Jim Sanson missed a first quarter field-goal attempt. On the season, Sanson is 3-of-8 and has missed his last three attempts - all inside 33 yards (22, 21 and 33 yards). Sophomore PK David Miller replaced Sanson on the next kicking sequence.

    ? ASU sophomore kicker Stephen Baker has had his own trouble in the field-goal department as he has converted only 5-of-9 this season after missing a 24-yard attempt in the second quarter. Prior to that miss, Baker had only missed kicks longer than 40 yards. Baker did convert a 45 yarder in the fourth quarter.

    ? Notre Dame has only given up 20 points total in the first quarter of all its games this season.

    ? The Notre Dame defense has allowed only nine touchdowns in 21 chances in the red zone this season.

    ? Notre Dame senior CB Deveron Harper intercepted his second pass of the season in the first quarter. Harper is the only Irish player with more than one interception this season. It is also the second INT of his career.

    ? With six turnovers (three INT and three fumbles) in the game, Arizona State has 18 on the year. The Sun Devils now have a ?8 turnover margin, its worst mark of the season. Previously, ASU was ?4 after the California game.

    ? Notre Dame's +6 turnover ratio and six turnovers forced in this game both are the highest of the Bob Davie era.

    ? Five of six of Arizona State's turnovers came on first down.

    ? ASU junior QB Ryan Kealy had three interceptions in the first half after having one all season. He also had three vs. Notre Dame last season (his career high).

    ? Sun Devil sophomore TE Todd Heap pulled in a career-high eight receptions and 100 yards today. He had four receptions in two games last season and his previous high receiving yards was 99 versus Oregon last season.

    ? Irish WR Bobby Brown's 42-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was his third receiving touchdown and his longest pass reception from scrimmage this season.

    ? Bobby Brown had 84 receiving yards in the first half. Coming into the game, Brown only had 130 yards receiving the entire season. Brown's career high is 88 yards against Stanford in 1997.

    ? David Miller replaced Jim Sanson to kick the extra point after the Brown touchdown. It was Miller's first career kicking attempt and first point scored for the Irish. Miller was 3-for-4 on extra-point attempts in the first half and 6-for-7 on the day. He did not attempt a field goal.

    ? Deja vu: Irish senior SS Ajani Sanders recorded his seventh career interception (second of 1999) when he returned a Ryan Kealy pass 28 yards for a touchdown putting the Irish ahead 14-0 with 10:47 remaining in the second quarter. Last year against the Sun Devils, Sanders also returned a Kealy pass 25 yards for a touchdown with 12:27 left in the second quarter, putting the Irish ahead 14-0.

    ? Irish senior FS Deke Cooper recovered two fumbles in the first half, the fifth and sixth of his career. He also had an interception in the first half leading to a Joey Getherall touchdown reception on the very next play putting the Irish up 28-0.

    ? Deja vu too: The last time Notre Dame had three interceptions in a game was in 1998 against Arizona State.

    ? Notre Dame senior QB Jarious Jackson's then career-long 44-yard yard run (broken later in the game) set up Notre Dame's third score as Jackson completed a six-yard pass to senior TE Dan O'Leary. It was O'Leary's second career touchdown. Jackson's previous career-long run was 43 yards versus Baylor in 1998.

    ? Jarious Jackson had a 48-yard TD run in the third quarter putting the Irish ahead 34-0. It was the longest rushing play in Jackson's career.

    ? On the day, Jarious Jackson rushed for 93 yards today and has averaged 100 yards in his last two games. He had 107 yards versus Oklahoma last week.

    ? Jarious Jackson's four (three in the first half, one in the second) touchdown passes marked the first time Jackson has had more than two TD passes in a game in his career. Jackson ties the Notre Dame record with four TD passes in a game. (Seven other players hold the record with Ron Powlus doing it three times in his career). Also, his first three touchdown passes came on three consecutive pass attempts.

    ? For the game, Jarious Jackson figured in five of the seven touchdowns (one rushing, four passing). Jackson finished the day with 29 points responsible for (scored or pass) just missing the record of 35 points set by Art Smith (seven TD's at five points each) against Loyola in 1911.

    ? Notre Dame senior SE Jay Johnson caught his first career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter putting the Irish ahead 48-10

    ? Prior to ASU's first TD, Notre Dame had allowed just seven points in the last four-plus quarters of play (Oklahoma scored early in the third quarter last week). The Notre Dame defense had held the opponents scoreless on 13 straight drives before ASU scored with 4:41 remaining in the third quarter. During that span, the Irish forced six turnovers.

    ? Notre Dame has not committed a turnover in eight-plus quarters (since 9:32 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Michigan State game). During that time the opponents have committed seven turnovers (+7 turnover ratio).

    ? Jarious Jackson has six TD passes and no interceptions in the last two weeks, compared to three TD passes and six INTs during the first four games.

    ? Freshman TB Julius Jones' 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the first of his career.

    ? The Irish now own an all-time record of 40-6-1 versus teams that were making their first visit to Notre Dame Stadium (not including teams that also played at Notre Dame prior to 1930).


     

     

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