Notre Dame won the coin toss and elected to defer. The Huskies will receive and the Irish will defend the West end zone.
Notre Dame exploded out of the gates with a pair of touchdowns to grab a 14-0 first quarter lead. It took the Irish just three offensive plays to score their first touchdown (drive was three plays for 61 yards). Notre Dame added another seven-play, 70-yard scoring drive. The 14 first quarter points mark the second time this season the Irish have scored at least 14 points in the opening quarter (ND scored 21 against Michigan earlier this season).
The Irish ran 18 plays in the opening 15 minutes and racked up 154 total yards, good for an average of 8.6 yards per play. On the other hand, Notre Dame limited Washington to 16 total yards on 15 plays or 1.1 yards per play.
The Irish also picked up a pair of sacks, both by sophomore DS Harrison Smith. Notre Dame entered today's contest with just seven sacks over its first six games of the season, which ranked 100th in the NCAA FBS.
Notre Dame has now opened each of its last three games with touchdown drives on its opening possession of the game.
Washington's starting quarterback Ronnie Fouch went 17-of-32 for 276 yards last week against Oregon State, but the Irish limited the signal caller to complete just 1-of-9 for five yards in the opening half.
Notre Dame blanked Washington in the first half. The Irish last blanked an opponent over the first 30 minutes against Michigan earlier this season.
Notre Dame not only stated two freshmen today, but played a total of 10 true freshmen in the game, including the first career appearance for TE Joseph Fauria.
The Irish have scored 24 touchdowns already this season and 20 have come from either freshmen or sophomores, including both scores in today's game. The only touchdowns scored this season by upper classmen were senior WR David Grimes (2) and junior James Aldridge (2).
The 20 of 24 touchdowns by under classmen does not include sophomore QB Jimmy Clausen, who has tossed 15 touchdown passes this season.
Washington ran 26 plays in the first half and not one inside the Irish 50-yard line. By contrast, 30 of Notre Dame's 42 plays were run inside Huskies' territory.
Notre Dame's averaged drive start was its own 43-yard line, while Washington's was its own 20. When you take into consideration each team had six first half possessions, the Irish had an advantage of 138 hidden yards.
Washington did not enter the Irish territory until 5:50 to go in the game.
IRISH GROUND GAME
Notre Dame recorded 104 yards rushing in the first half today. The 104 yards on the ground are the most in any first half this season and the second most of any half overall. The Irish rumbled for 139 yards rushing in the second half against Purdue.
Notre surpassed the 200-yard rushing barrier for the second time this season. The Irish rushed for 201 yards against Purdue earlier this season. The 254 yards on the ground were the most since 275 against Pittsburgh in 2005.
Improve Notre Dame to 5-2 on the season.
Improve Notre Dame to 2-0 (1.000) this season and 8-9 (.471) under Weis coming off a defeat.
Give the Irish their third victory in the last five road games.
Give Notre Dame a victory over Washington for the seventh consecutive meeting.
Improve the Irish to 7-0 (1.000) in the all-time series with the Huskies - the most victories over a NCAA FBS opponent without a tie or defeat.
Improve Notre Dame to 4-0 (1.000) in the all-time series with Washington in Seattle.
Give Notre Dame its fourth consecutive victory over the Huskies in Husky Stadium.
Improve an unranked Irish squad (post 1932) to 3-0 (1.000) all-time against Washington.
Improve an unranked Notre Dame squad to 2-0 (1.000) all-time against the Huskies in Husky Stadium.
Improve Notre Dame to 5-0 (1.000) all-time against Washington when the Huskies are unranked.
Improve Notre Dame to 3-0 (1.000) all-time against Washington in Husky Stadium when the Huskies are unranked.
Improve Notre Dame to 80-41-6 (.654) all-time against the Pac-10 Conference.
Improve Notre Dame's all-time road record against the Pac-10 to 32-24-5 (.566).
Improve Weis' record to 27-17 overall (.614), 2-0 (1.000) against Washington and 8-3 (.727) against the Pac-10.
Improve Weis' overall road record to 11-6 (.647) and his road record against the Pac-10 to 5-1 (.833).
Improve Weis' record to 9-5 (.643) in October games.
Improve Weis' record to 22-14 (.611) in afternoon games.
Improve Notre Dame's all-time record to 829-280-42 (.738).
Improve Notre Dame's all-time record on the road to 290-139-22 (.667).
Improve Notre Dame's all-time record to 61-15-2 (.795) when it plays after a bye week (since 1900).
Improve Notre Dame's record to 29-5 (.853) when it plays after a bye week (since 1984).
Improve Notre Dame's record to 3-2 (.600) when it plays after a bye week under Weis.
NOTRE DAME'S RECORD WHEN...
On The Road
Coming of an open date
Neither team is ranked
Leading At Halftime
Leading After 3 Qtrs.
Scoring 30+ Points
Allowing 0-19 Points
Passing For More Yds
Winning Time of Poss.
More Penalty Yards
Losing Turnover Battle
Individual 100-yard receiver
Individual 200-yard passer
CHECKING THE WEIS ERA RECORD BOOK
With seven points allowed, the Irish allowed the second fewest points under Weis. The fewest points Notre Dame has allowed under Weis were the six points in a 20-6 victory over UCLA on Oct. 6, 2007.
With 26 rushing yards allowed, the Irish allowed the second fewest during the Weis era (tied). Notre Dame allowed just minus-11 yards on the ground against Setanford in 2005.
With 98 passing yards allowed, Notre Dame allowed the seventh-fewest under Weis.
With 124 yards total yards allowed, the Irish allowed the fewest in the Weis era.
With nine first downs allowed, Notre Dame surrendered the fewest under Weis.
With 254 yards rushing, the Irish ran for the second-most in a single game in the Weis era. Notre Dame rushed for 275 yards against Pittsburgh in 2005.
Registered his seventh consecutive start, seventh of the season and seventh of his career
Here is how Rudolph's season already compares to final numbers for three other outstanding Notre Dame rookies tight ends (Brown and McAfee each were named first team All-Americans later in their career).