Oct. 22, 2005
Weather information: 51 degrees, 59% humidity, winds out of the west at seven mph, forecast - lake effect rain in the afternoon, temperature to reach the mid 50s.
NOTRE DAME TEAM NOTES:
Notre Dame's captains this afternoon were senior Brandon Hoyte (defense), junior Brady Quinn (offense) and junior Tom Zbikowski (special teams). The special team's captain is selected by the Irish coaching staff week-to-week. Hoyte and Quinn were selected as season-long captains by their teammates. BYU won the toss and elected to receive. Notre Dame started the game defending the north end zone.
Notre Dame and BYU have now met six times with the Irish leading the all-time series 4-2. BYU won the most recent matchup prior to today's contest in Provo last season, spoiling Notre Dame's 2004 season opener with a 20-17 victory.
Notre Dame outscored BYU 14-0 in the second quarter today. The Irish have outscored six of their seven opponents this season in the second quarter (Michigan State matched Notre Dame 10-10), holding a scoring advantage of 103-19.
Through the first seven games of the 2005 season, Notre Dame has seen 25 players make their Irish playing debut. Freshman D.J. Hord made his first career appearance in the first quarter of today's game. Included in the 25 players are 11 true freshmen from Notre Dame's 15-player class signed last year. The complete list of players that have played for the first time this season: James Bent, Justin Brown, David Bruton*, Maurice Crum, Jr., Casey Cullen, Paul Duncan*, Leo Ferrine, David Fitzgerald, David Grimes*, LaBrose Hedgemon III, Ray Herring*, Joey Hiben*, D.J. Hord*, Pat Kuntz*, Terrail Lambert, Ashley McConnell, Marty Mooney, Steve Quinn * Asaph Schwapp*, Dwight Stephenson, Jr., Scott Smith*, Ronald Talley and Michael Turkovich*, Anthony Vernaglia.
* - indicates true freshman
NOTRE DAME PLAYER NOTES:
Junior QB Brady Quinn has thrown a touchdown pass in his last 12 games played (and started) for the Irish, extending his own school record. The Dublin, Ohio, native has totaled 24 scoring tosses during the run. Quinn's touchdown passes over the last 11 games: 2005 - 6 vs. BYU, 1 vs. USC, 3 at Purdue, 1 at Washington, 5 vs. Michigan State, 2 at Michigan, 2 at Pittsburgh 2004 - 2 vs. Oregon State (Insight Bowl), 1 at USC, 3 vs. Pittsburgh, 1 at Tennessee, 1 vs. Boston College
Quinn's six touchdown passes surpass his own school record of five set against Michigan State earlier this season and gives the junior 12 touchdown completions (five vs. MSU, one vs. USC, six vs. BYU) in Notre Dame Stadium this season.
Quinn threw his 20th touchdown pass of the season today, breaking Ron Powlus' Notre Dame record for single-season touchdown passes of 19 from 1994. He moves into second all-time for career touchdown passes with 46, behind Powlus (1994-97) with 52.
Quinn moved into second on the all-time passing yardage list this afternoon, pushing his total to 6,769. He trails Ron Powlus (7,602) for the Notre Dame record.
During the first and second quarter, Quinn completed 12 consecutive passes matching Jarious Jackson's streak against Navy in 1998 for the second-best in school history. Ron Powlus completed 14 straight against Michigan State in 1997 to establish the Notre Dame record. This season, Quinn has posted consecutive completion streaks of 12 (today) and 11 (at Pitt, at Purdue) twice this season.
Quinn's 287 passing yards in the first half of today's game is the most ever for a Notre Dame quarterback in the first half. It surpasses the 283 that Quinn posted against Purdue this season. Quinn also extends his school record for games with 250-or-more passing yards, posting his 11th today. He eventually threw for 467 yards in the game, his sixth career 300-plus passing performance (Notre Dame school record). Quinn has posted six of Notre Dame's 14 300-yard passing performances.
Senior WR Maurice Stovall caught four touchdown passes in today's game, becoming the only Notre Dame player to accomplish that feat. The previous record was three held by seven different players, including teammate Jeff Samardzija this season against Michigan State.
Stovall's four touchdown receptions in today's game give him 12 in his career, which passed Bobby Brown (1996-99) and Tim Brown (1984-87) into fifth place on the all-time list. Ken MacAfee is fourth on the all-time list with 15. Today's game marked the first multiple touchdown performance in Stovall's career (41 games).
Stovall's 14 catches in today's game mark is also a Notre Dame single-game record for the Philadelphia, Pa., native. He broke Jim Seymour's record of 13 against Purdue in 1966. Stovall also set a career-high for single-season receiving yards this season in today's game. His previous high was 421 in 2003, he currently has 628.
Eleven of Stovall's 14 grabs came in the first half - that is a Notre Dame record for receptions in the first 30 minutes.
With his touchdown reception in the second quarter, junior WR Jeff Samardzija has set the school record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception, posting his seventh today. The record of six was held by Malcolm Johnson (1998). Samardzija also has scored in his seventh consecutive game. He was ranked fourth in the nation for scoring streaks entering today's action.
Samardzija also has matched the school-record for touchdown passes in a single season with 11, tying Derrick Mayes from 1994.
Samardzija (10) and Stovall (14) became the first pair of Notre Dame players to post at least 10 receptions in a game.
First career starts - two Irish players made their first career start in today's game. Sophomore DE Ronald Talley started at right defensive end, while freshman WR David Grimes made his first start in Notre Dame's five wide receiver alignment that began today's game.
Zbikowski's 83-yard interception return for a touchdown was the longest interception return for a score by an Irish player since Bobbie Howard's 89-yard return versus LSU in 1998.
Notre Dame's 49-point performance was the most for the Irish at home since a 52-20 win over Boston College on Oct. 25, 1997.