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Notre Dame vs. Florida State - Postgame Notes

Oct. 18, 2014

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TEAM NOTES

  • The Irish suffer their first loss of the season after starting the year at 6-0. It snapped a 15-game winning streak for Notre Dame when holding a 6-0 record since 1940.
  • It is the first time (in 11 games) where Notre Dame has lost a contest when both teams entered at 6-0 or better with the Irish previously going 9-0-1 in those elite matchups.
  • Notre Dame ran the ball 35 times tonight, snapping a 26-game winning streak when rushing the ball at least 30 times in a game, one which extended back to the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl when the Irish ran the ball 5 times in a loss to Florida State.
  • Ten of Notre Dame's 12 drives tonight reached at least midfield.
  • Tonight marks the first time that both teams have scored at least 27 points in the history of the Notre Dame-Florida State series. At 58 points, it ties the 2002 game (a 34-24 Notre Dame win in Tallahassee) for the highest scoring matchup of the Irish and Seminoles.
  • Notre Dame ran 87 plays tonight, tying for third-most under Brian Kelly, trailing only its 104 in an overtime game against Pittsburgh (Nov. 3, 2012) and its 90 against Rutgers in the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl.
  • Notre Dame's 12-play, 84-yard, 6:43 scoring march in the first quarter was its second-longest of the season by time.
  • The Irish had three scoring marches of at least 80 yards last week against North Carolina (Oct. 11) and two more tonight. Conversely, Notre Dame has not allowed a scoring drive of at least 80 yards through seven games in 2014.
  • Despite the loss, Notre Dame remains the winningest team in college football history by percentage at .734 (880-306-42).
  • The Irish drop to 12-3 against the ACC under Brian Kelly with Florida State claiming two of the losses.
  • The Irish now stand at 11-2 under Brian Kelly when ranked in the top 10 with the other loss coming against Alabama in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
  • INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Everett Golson had his fourth three-TD pass game of the year and the fifth of his career. His 31 career TD passes tie Joe Theismann (1968-70) for seventh in Notre Dame history.
  • Golson had his third 300-yard passing game in the last four games. It is his fourth career 300-yard passing game, ranking fourth in school history behind only Brady Quinn's 11, Jimmy Clausen's 10 and Tommy Rees' seven.
  • Golson's 52 passing attempts tonight set a career-high. His 31 completions were one shy of his best performance for the Irish. He completed 32 passes against Syracuse (Sept. 27).
  • Tarean Folston had his second career 100-yard rushing game, joining his 140-yard effort against Navy on Nov. 2, 2013.
  • Corey Robinson had his first career multiple-TD day. His 99 receiving yards tonight were a career-high.
  • Will Fuller caught his eighth TD pass of the year tonight. He entered the game tied for fifth nationally with his seven.
  • Joe Schmidt recorded his second career interception during the second quarter. His other came on Sept. 13 against Purdue.
  • Kyle Brindza tonight broke Notre Dame's career record for field goals in a career. He now has 53. The previous benchmark was 51 by John Carney (1984-86).
  • Brindza is now 22 of 24 in his career in game-winning, game-tying, overtime or fourth-quarter lead-extending field goals.
  • Brindza connected on all three of his point-after attempts tonight. He has now made each of his last 77 tries, the third-longest streak in school history.
  • Brindza left two of his three punts inside the 20 yard line, including a placement at the seven yard line late in the game.
  • Jarron Jones had three tackles for loss tonight. He entered the game with three TFLs in his 18-game Irish career
  • DL Jacob Matuska made his first appearance since the season opener against Rice (Aug. 30).

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