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Sept. 15, 2015

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TIME, DATE AND PLACE
* 3:42 p.m. EDT; Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
* Notre Dame Stadium (80,795); Notre Dame, Indiana

TELEVISION
* NBC national telecast with Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Doug Flutie (analysis), Kathryn Tappen (sideline), Rob Hyland (producer) and Pierre Moossa (director).

RADIO
* IMG College Sports is the exclusive national rights-holder for Irish football radio broadcasts. Notre Dame games will be broadcast to 117 affiliates by Don Criqui (play-by-play), Allen Pinkett (analysis) and Jeff Jeffers (sideline). This broadcast can be heard live on Sirius 145 / XM 198 / Online Channel 967.
* The broadcast will be preceded by a one hour pre-game show hosted by Tony Castricone with Criqui, Pinkett and interviews conducted by Jack Nolan. It will be followed by a national post-game show hosted by Castricone, Criqui and Pinkett.
* All games can be heard in South Bend on WSBT 96.1 FM & 960 AM, and Sunny 101.5 FM.

TICKETS
* Saturday will be the 245th 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.
* Come Saturday, Notre Dame will have played in front of sellouts in 293 of its last 294 home games. Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 276 of its previous 324 games (.852) overall. Notre Dame has played before 647 sellouts in 926 total games (.699) since 1930.

SERIES INFO
* Notre Dame leads the series with Georgia Tech, 27-6-1, including a 15-3-0 record at home
* The teams are meeting for the first time since 2007 when the Yellow Jackets defeated the Irish, 33-3, in South Bend.

THE COACHES
Notre Dame: Brian Kelly, 47-20 at Notre Dame (6th year), 218-77-2 overall (25th year), 0-0 vs. GT
Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson, 60-35 at Georgia Tech (8th year), 167-74 overall (19th year), 1-5 vs. ND

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Irish will play four of their next five games at Notre Dame Stadium, starting with Saturday's game against No. 14 Georgia Tech. Notre Dame is 330-109-5 (.749) all-time in the historic edifice.

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
14 Notre Dame has played host to a team ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press poll in each of the past three seasons (Oklahoma in 2013, Stanford in 2014).

13 Notre Dame is 13-2 under head coach Brian Kelly when ranked in the AP top 10.

12 Notre Dame is 31-10 since the start of the 2012 season. Only 12 teams nationally have won more games over that span.

11 Notre Dame has played Georgia Tech 11 times when ranked in the AP top 10 and gone 10-0-1 (.955) to date.

10 Senior RB C.J. Prosise made his 10th career start on Saturday at Virginia but his first as a running back. The converted wide receiver ran for 155 yards and one TD on 17 carries. It marked the most rushing yards by an Irish ball carrier since 2011.

9 Notre Dame is playing Georgia Tech for the 35th time on Saturday, marking the ninth-longest series in school history.

8 The Irish are presently ranked No. 8 in the AP poll. Notre Dame has ascended into the top 10 in three of the past four seasons.

7 Brian Kelly is 19-13 in his career against AP top 25 teams, the seventh-best winning percentage of any active coach at a contract bowl eligible school.

6 Georgia Tech is the second of six ACC schools the Irish will face in 2015. It is the most schools from any single conference that Notre Dame has ever faced in one year.

5 WR Will Fuller ranks fifth nationally in receiving yards per game (133.0 yards). He also ranks second nationally with four receiving TDs on the young season.

4 Each of the last four Notre Dame quarterbacks who made their first career starts were victorious in those contests.

3 Two of Notre Dame's last three games have been won in the final 12 seconds. Kyle Brindza's field goal as time expired game the Irish a 31-28 win over LSU in the 2014 Music City Bowl. DeShone Kizer's TD pass to Will Fuller with 12 seconds left gave the irish a 34-27 win on Saturday.

2 Notre Dame has opened a season with consecutive 200-yard rushing efforts for the first time since 1996.

1 Notre Dame is the only team in the country that has beaten two teams from "Power 5" conference so far in 2015.

0 Notre Dame has not turned the ball over in each of its last three games, a span of 218:13 since a second quarter Everett Golson fumble at USC on Nov. 29, 2014.

 

 

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