Notre Dame Vs. Michigan Game Notes
Sept. 2, 2014
- Saturday, September 6, 2014
- 7:42 p.m. ET
- Notre Dame Stadium (80,795); Notre Dame, Ind.
- NBC national telecast with Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analysis), Kathryn Tappen (sideline), Doug Flutie (sideline), Rob Hyland (producer) and Pierre Moossa (director).
- NBC Sports Network will also have live pre-game and post-game shows featuring Liam McHugh (host), Flutie (analyst) and Hines Ward (analyst).
- IMG College Sports is the exclusive national rights holder for Irish football radio broadcasts. IMG College manages, produces and syndicates the Irish national football radio network. Notre Dame games are broadcast on up to 117 affiliates by Don Criqui (play-by-play), former Irish great Allen Pinkett (analysis) and Jeff Jeffers (sideline). This broadcast can be heard live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (channel 129).
- The broadcast will be preceded by a one hour pre-game show hosted by Criqui and Pinkett with interviews conducted by Jack Nolan.
- All games can be heard in South Bend on News & Sports Radio 96.1 FM & 960 AM and Sunny 101.5 FM.
- Saturday will be the 239th straight sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. Every Irish home game since the final two home games in 1964 has been a sellout except one - a 1973 Thanksgiving Day game vs. Air Force. Notre Dame has played in front of sellouts in 287 of its last 288 home games.
- Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 267 of its previous 311 games (.859) overall. Notre Dame has played before 638 sellouts in 912 total games (.700) since 1930.
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- Notre Dame is ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the Amway Coaches' poll. Michigan received votes in both polls. Six Irish opponents for 2014 are currently ranked by the AP.
- Live in-game stats will be provided through CBS College Sports GameTracker via UND.com.
- Michigan leads the series 24-16-1 all-time and 15-14-1 since it restarted in 1978. It is deadlocked at 9-9-1 all-time at Notre Dame.
- For more information on the series, turn to pages 3-7.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
- The Irish play their lone night game of the year at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame is 8-2 all-time in home night games, including a 4-0 mark against Michigan under the lights at Notre Dame.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
- 15. Senior K Kyle Brindza is nearly perfect (15 of 16) in game-winning, game-tying, overtime or fourth-quarter lead-extending field goals over his career.
- 14. Notre Dame is 14-0 under Brian Kelly when it does not commit a turnover.
- 13. Brian Kelly is one of 13 coaches at contract bowl eligible schools who is at least .500 against AP-ranked teams at his current job.
- 12. Kyle Brindza scored 12 points against Rice, moving him into fifth place on Notre Dame's career scoring chart among kickers with 207 points.
- 11. This is the 11th night game in the history of Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish are 8-2 in the previous 10, and 4-0 vs. Michigan.
- 10. Notre Dame played 10 true freshmen in the season-opening victory over Rice. Ten other players also made their Irish debut.
- 9. Notre Dame has allowed a combined average of 19.04 points/game over the last five years, which is ninth-best average over 2010-14 of any team in the FBS.
- 8. Joe Schmidt made his first career start at linebacker against Rice and led the Irish with eight tackles.
- 7. Notre Dame fields the youngest squad in the five-year tenure of Brian Kelly. Only seven scholarship players in their last year of eligibility played in the season-opening victory over Rice.
- 6. The Irish face six teams this year that won at least 10 games in 2013.
- 5. Notre Dame had five different rushers gain at least 40 yards on the ground in the season-opening victory over Rice. The Irish have not accomplished a similar feat in a game since Nov. 9, 1996 (at Boston College).
- 4. Notre Dame lost a fumble just four times in 2013, which was tied for the fewest in the nation.
- 3. Senior QB Everett Golson tied a school record by a quarterback with three rushing touchdowns in the season-opening victory over Rice.
- 2. Since 2011, Notre Dame has allowed just 25 rushing touchdowns, which is tied for the second-fewest among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams. Alabama is the only FBS school to allow fewer (21).
- 1. Brian Kelly is the first coach in Notre Dame history to lead the Irish to a bowl game in each of his first four seasons.
- 0. Brian Kelly led Notre Dame to 37 victories over his first four seasons. No Irish coach has registered more wins over his first four years at the University.