Notre Dame vs. Florida State - Postgame 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.
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).
Oct. 18, 2014