Irish Ready to Host Cardinal

Stanford next on the gridiron for Notre Dame.

September 28, 1998

Stanford Cardinal (1-3)
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-1)

The Date and Time: Saturday, October 3, 1998, at 1:30 p.m. EST
The Site: Notre Dame Stadium (80,012/natural grass) in Notre Dame, Ind.
The Tickets: This game marks the 139th consecutive sellout in Notre Dame Stadium (the first 130 coming at the old 59,075 capacity and the six 1997 games at the 80,225 capacity). Today marks Notre Dame's 187th home sellout in the last 188 games, dating back to 1964.
The TV Plans: NBC Sports national telecast with Dick Enberg (play by play), Pat Haden (analysis) and Ed Feibischoff (producer).
The Radio Plans: For the 31st consecutive season, all Irish football games are broadcast nationally by Mutual/Westwood One with Tony Roberts (play by play), Tom Pagna (analysis) and Chris Castleberry (producer). The Mutual Network includes nearly 300 stations and many games receive worldwide exposure on Armed Forces Radio.
Real-Time Stats: Live in-game statistics are available during every Notre Dame home game, via the Notre Dame athletic website (

The Head Coach
Bob Davie owns an 9-7 (.563) career record in the midst of his second season as a college head coach in '98. His squad's wins over #11 LSU and #22 West Virginia in i97 marked the first time a Notre Dame team beat ranked foes on consecutive weeks since November '92 (54-7 vs. #9 Boston College, 17-16 vs. #22 Penn State). The '98 opening win over #5 Michigan gives him a 3-4 record versus ranked opponents. The '98 season marks Davie's fifth year at Notre Dame overall after serving as defensive coordinator and inside linebacker coach from 1994-96. He coached nine seasons at Texas A&M ('85-'93), two at Tulane ('83-'84), four at Pittsburgh ('77, '80-'82) and two at Arizona ('78-'79), spending both years at Tulane as defensive coordinator and the last five at Texas A&M in that role.

The Injury Update (as of Sept. 27)
Junior split end Raki Nelson -- Sprained right ankle vs. Michigan State (out 2-3 weeks)
Freshman cornerback Donald Dykes -- Fractured left clavicle in practice (9/16)
Freshman tight end Gerald Morgan -- Torn left MCL in practice (9/9)
Senior strong safety Benny Guilbeaux -- Torn left MCL vs. Michigan State (out 4-6 weeks)

Junior inside linebacker Ronnie Nicks Sprained neck vs. Michigan State

Another Tough Task: For the fourth straight game, Notre Dame will face a team it lost to in '97, with two other squads that beat the Irish in '97 -- LSU and USC -- waiting in the wings.

Night and Day: Notre Dame has met with decidedly different results during the 1998 season in the first and second half.

Getting Closer: Senior TB Autry Denson last week moved into second place on the Irish career rushing list and tied the Notre Dame-Purdue series record for career TDs.

Stanford took command in the third quarter en route to an Irish opponent record 34 first downs and a 33-15 win at Stanford Stadium on Oct. 4, 1997. Notre Dame's Autry Denson had 106 yards on 15 first-half carries but was limited to 10 yards on 10 rushes in the second half. A missed extra point by Jim Sanson resulted in a 10-9 lead for Stanford at halftime, highlighted by Mike Mitchell's 15-yard TD run. Mitchell (72 yards) and Anthony Bookman (124) erupted for a combined 196 second-half rushing yards. Bookman had just 18 rushing yards in the first half but finished with an average of over 10 yards per rush (142 yards on 14 attempts). Mitchell had 63 first-half rushing yards and 135 total on 29 carries. Mitchell's three-yard run late in the third quarter gave the Cardinal a 17-9 lead and Bookman scored 2:41 later, on a 58-yard sprint. A 27-yard TD pass from Ron Powlus to Bobby Brown kept the Irish close but Bookman scored again, from four yards, and Kailee Wong capped the scoring by sacking Powlus for a safety. Stanford held major edges in offensive plays (91-56), possession (36:32-23:28), net yards (514-298) and third-down efficiency (11-of-17, to 2-of-9). Powlus finished 13-of-21 for 177 yards and two TDs, including an 11-yard toss to TE Jabari Holloway in the second quarter. Stanford's Chad Hutchinson completed 26 of 38 passes for 192 yards.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S 31-30 WIN OVER PURDUE Sophomore SS Tony Driver's 37-yard interception return set up Jim Sanson's 17-yard field goal with 0:57 left and Driver intercepted Drew Brees seconds later to seal the win. Purdue jumped ahead 14-0 only to see its lead sliced to 24-14 at halftime. The Boilermakers then led 30-21, after Travis Dorsch's 47-yard field goal (his third of the game) with 7:52 left to play, but senior quarterback Jarious Jackson led the Irish on a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Jackson completed 5-of-8 passes on that drive for 68 yards, including four catches by senior split end Malcolm Johnson and a 17-yard touchdown strike to sophomore tight end Jabari Holloway. The drive was kept alive on a fourth-and-five play from the Purdue 32, when Jackson scrambled from heavy pressure and threw across the field to his left for a 15-yard completion to Jay Johnson. Brees completed 24 of 36 passes for 261 yards, two TDs and two INTs while also rushing for 45 yards and a score. Notre Dame senior tailback Autry Denson rushed 31 times for 143 yards and his 32nd and 33rd career touchdowns, while Holloway hauled in four passes for a pair of TDs and 94 yardsnmost by an Irish tight end since Derek Brown's 101 yards vs. Purdue in '89.


  • Tickets are available for the third '98 Notre Dame football luncheon, scheduled for noon on Oct. 2 in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse (north dome). The luncheons will be held noon on Fridays before every home game. The '98 luncheons are sponsored by the Notre Dame Athletic Department and the speaking program each week includes remarks from head coach Bob Davie, several of his assistant coaches and several members of the Irish squad, in addition to video features. Tickets are $16 each (plus $3 handling charge per order) and are available by calling (219) 272-2870.
  • Notre Dame's traditional Friday night pep rallies have returned to the Joyce Center Arena (south dome), with the Stanford pep rally set to begin at 6:40 p.m. on Oct. 2 . The 1998 season-opening pep rally prior to the Michigan game was held in Notre Dame Stadium, as were the 1997 pep rallies prior to the games versus Georgia Tech and Michigan State. The final three 1998 pep rallies will be held in the Joyce Center Arena. The 1997 Georgia Tech pep rally drew a crowd of more than 35,000 to Notre Dame Stadium while the 1997 Michigan rally drew 25,000 fans.
Notre Dame has won exactly two-thirds of its games versus Pacific-10 Conference opponents (excluding six ties), with an overall mark of 60-30-6 against Pac-10 schools. More than 70 percent of those games (69) have come versus USC while another 12 have come against Stanford (8-4-0). Notre Dame also has played a handful of games versus California (4-0), Washington (4-0), Arizona (2-1), Oregon (1-0-1) and UCLA (2-0). Notre Dame and next week's opponent, Arizona State, will meet for the first time, while the Irish still have yet to face Oregon State or Washington State. The Irish won at Washington in 1995 (29-21) and beat the Huskies at Notre Dame Stadium in '96 (54-20), with the only other previous games in that series coming in '48 and '49. The most recent games versus the other Pac-10 teams are as follows: a 16-13 home loss to Arizona in '82, a 41-8 home win over California in '67, a 13-13 tie at Oregon in '82 and a 24-0 home win over UCLA in '64.

The upcoming games versus Stanford and Arizona State represent Notre Dame's first back-to-back games versus Pac-10 teams since 1982, when the Irish lost 16-13 versus Arizona before playing to a 13-13 tie the next week at Oregon. The Irish in 1998 also will be playing three Pac-10 teams (at USC on Nov. 28) for the first time since 1982, as the '82 team lost 17-13 at USC on Nov. 27. Ironically, each of those 1982 games versus Pac-10 teams saw the winning or tying points scored with under a minute to play, as did the game versus Miami that preceded the Arizona matchup. At no other time in Notre Dame football history have back-to-back games been decided in the final 60 seconds (not to mention three consecutive last-minute finishes). Mike Johnston's 32-yard FG with 0:11 to play beat Miami while Arizona's Max Zendejas drilled one from 48 yards a week later to sink the Irish as time expired. The next week, Johnston again connected, this time from 25 yards with 0:11 to play for the tie at Oregon. The 1982 season-ending USC game featured Michael Harper's one-yard TD plunge with 0:48 left on the clock, with the ball squirting free as Harper crossed the goaline for a controversial clinching score (the Irish recovered but the play was ruled a TD).

1998 Notre Dame Opponent UPDATE
Below is a look at Notre Dame opponents' recent results and upcoming games. Since 1977 when the NCAA started rating strength of schedule, Notre Dame's schedule has been rated the most difficult five times in the last 20 years (1978, 1985, 1987, 1989 and 1995). The '98 Irish schedule was ranked 16th-toughest in the annual NCAA preseason survey.

Opponent		Record		Sept. 26			Oct. 3	
Michigan		2-2	        W, 29-17, Michigan State	at Iowa	
Michigan State	        1-3	        L, 17-29, at Michigan	        Central Michiga
Purdue			2-2	        L, 30-31, at Notre Dame		Minnesota
Stanford		1-3	        L, 28-63, at Oregon	        at Notre Dame
Arizona State	        2-2	        W, 24-3, Oregon State		at USC
Army			1-2	        L, 15-27, at Rutgers		at East Carolina
Baylor			1-2	        L, 16-18, at Colorado		at Texas Tech
Boston College	        3-1	        L, 28-52, at Louisville		Idle	
Navy			1-2	        L, 24-42, at Tulane	        West Virginia	
LSU		        4-0	        W, 53-20, Idaho			Georgia
USC			2-1	        L, 10-30, at Florida State	Arizona State

Notre Dame Opponents' Season Record (Does not include games vs. ND): 19-18 (.514)


  • Notre Dame leads the all-time series versus Stanford (8-4-0), including a 4-2 mark at Notre Dame Stadium.
  • Notre Dame and Stanford met for the first time in the 1925 Rose Bowl, with the famed Four Horsemen backfield leading Notre Dame to a 27-10 win and the national championship. The series then included one game in the 1940s and two in the '60s. This year's game will represent the ninth meeting between the schools in the last 11 years (no games in '95 or '96), with the series scheduled to continue through 2008.
  • At least one of the teams has been ranked in the AP poll in each of the last nine games of the series, with the 1992 matchup representing the only game where both teams were ranked (#19 Stanford won 33-16 at #7 Notre Dame).
  • The Irish had been ranked by the AP in eight straight games of the series before entering last year's game unranked.
  • Stanford has never won consecutive games versus Notre Dame.

The higher-ranked team (in the AP poll) has won seven of the nine times in the series that at least one team was ranked.

Both upsets were pulled off by Stanford at Notre Dame Stadium: a 36-31 win in 1990 by the unranked Cardinal that knocked the Irish from #1; and the 33-16 victory for the #19 Cardinal over the #7 Irish in 1992.

Since the series resumed in 1988, the last nine games between Notre Dame and Stanford have been decided by an average of 17.1 points, including a pair of 28-point wins by the Irish (in '88 and '93).

Since 1988, the only game decided by fewer than six points was Stanford's 36-31 upset of the top-ranked Irish in 1990.


  • First-year Notre Dame offensive line coach Dave Borbely spent the previous three seasons at Stanford in the same capacity.
  • Second-year Cardinal running back coach Earle Mosley held the same position at Notre Dame from 1992-96.
  • Trent Walters, father of Stanford flanker Troy Walters, coached the secondary at Texas A&M from 1991-93 during Bob Davie's stint there as defensive coordinator. Walters now is the Minnesota Vikings' outside linebacker coach.
  • The winner of the Notre Dame-Stanford series receives The Legends Trophy, a combination of Irish crystal and California redwood. The trophy was presented for the first time in 1989 by the Notre Dame Club of the San Francisco Bay Area.


  • Angelo Bertelli's four TD passes and 10 consecutive pass completions versus Stanford in 1942 both are tied for first in the Notre Dame record book.
  • The following rank second in the Irish record book and came versus Stanford: Clint Johnson's 100-yard kickoff return in 1993; and Elmer Layden's 80-yard punt return in the 1925 Rose Bowl. Layden also returned an interception 78 yards in that game, which still ranks as the 11th-longest interception return in Irish football history.
  • Paul Failla and Derrick Mayes hooked up on an 80-yard pass versus Stanford in 1993, with that pass play standing tied for sixth-longest in Irish history.


  • Stanford players hold nine different Notre Dame opponent records while the Cardinal still maintains four Irish opponent team records.
  • Steve Smith set still-standing Irish opponent records in 1989 for pass attempts (68), completions (39) and total offense attempts (68).
  • Jim Price shares the Irish opponent record for receptions in a game, latching onto 14 in that 1989 meeting.
  • Steve Stenstrom (1991-94) occupies five Irish opponent records for career statistics: pass attempts (163), completions (100) and yards (1,020) and total offense attempts (172) and yards (928).
  • Three different Stanford teams maintain records for Irish opponents: the 1989 squad for pass attempts (68) and completions (39); the '94 team for total offense attempts (95); and the '97 squad for first downs (34).

While big plays certainly have played a role in Notre Dame's 2-1 start, the Irish also can point to their consistency in converting solid scoring chances. In fact, Notre Dame has come away with points in all 14 of its trips into "red zone" territory while opponents have cashed in on just 70.6 percent of their chances. Here's a look at how Notre Dame and its opponents have fared in the red zone (inside the opponent's 20-yard line) so far in the 1998:

	Notre Dame	        Category		Opponents
	14			Chances			17		
	3 			Passing TDs		5 	
	6 			Rushing TDs		3 
	9			Total TDs		8
	.643 (9/14)		TD Pct.		.471 (8/17)
	5			FGs Made		4 
	0			FGs Missed		2
	0			FGs Blocked		1
	100.00 (14/14)	 	Scoring Pct.	.706 (12/17)
	0			Turnovers		1
	3 			Penalties		2
	0			Failed 4th Downs	1
	0			Opponent Return for TD	1


  • First-down efficiency again played a role in the Notre Dame win over Purdue. Both teams had similar average gains on first down during the first half (Purdue-5.85, Notre Dame-5.00) but the Irish clearly made more big first-down plays in the final 30:00, averaging 8.1 yards per first-down play in the second half (14 for 113) compared to Purdue's 3.1 first-down average (13 for 40). The Boilermakers were ready for the Irish first-down rushing game in the second half, holding Notre Dame to 11 net yards on eight first-down rushes, but Jarious Jackson completed five of his six first-down passes in the final two quarters for a total of 102 yards. Those plays included the 51-yard catch and ramble by TE Jabari Holloway, two catches by Malcolm Johnson that moved the chains (for 15 and 12 yards), and the final Irish TD, a 17-yard strike to Holloway.
  • Notre Dame ran 25 first-and-10 plays vs. Michigan (not counting the final play of the first half), with 23 of those plays coming on the ground. The other two plays on first and 10 produced a first-quarter interception and Jarious Jackson's 35-yard touchdown pass to Raki Nelson. Notre Dame's 23 first-and-10 runs netted an impressive 179 yards, or 7.7 per carry (compared to the overall average of 5.1), including Autry Denson's early 58-yard scamper and four other first-down runs of 10-plus yards.
  • In the Michigan State game, the Irish totaled 16 rushes and eight passes on first downs. Those 16 runs accounted for just 20 net yards, thanks to five negative-yardage rushing plays that totaled 41 yards. Five of the eight first-down passes fell incomplete and another was intercepted for a touchdown. Notre Dame's average second-down play versus Michigan was second and four, compared to an average of just second and 10 in the Michigan State game. The Irish also produced five new first downs and a touchdown on first-down plays in the opener. At MSU, Jackson's 21-yard pass to Johnson and Arnaz Battle's 40-yard toss to Joey Getherall were the only first-down plays to move the chains.

Since 1984, Notre Dame is 14-2 in regular-season games following a bye week, including last week's 31-30 comeback victory over Purdue and seven memorable wins over ranked teams: 24-10 over #19 Army in 1985, 24-19 at #1 Michigan in '89, 31-23 at #19 USC in '92, 31-24 over #1 Florida State in '93, 54-20 over #16 Washington in '96 and 24-6 at #11 LSU in '97.

Notre Dame's jump from 22nd to 10th in the AP poll following the win over Michigan represented the biggest one-week improvement in that poll for the Irish in 39 years. The 1959 Irish squad was not ranked in the Sept. 21 AP top 20 but rose to #8 just one week later, following a 28-8 win over North Carolina in the season opener (the AP poll switched from 20 to 25 teams beginning in 1989).

The opening win for the #22 Irish over #5 Michigan ranks among the top upsets -- based on rankings -- in the program's history. In fact, there were just three previous games in which an Irish team that was not ranked among the AP top 20 defeated a team that was in the top five (since the AP poll began in 1936). Since 1987, Notre Dame is 10-2-1 in Notre Dame Stadium versus teams ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll, including an impressive 6-1 record versus top-five ranked teams. During that 12-year span, the Irish are 9-4 versus teams ranked 11th-25th in the AP poll and 36-5 vs. unranked teams.

The opening win over Michigan marked the first time Notre Dame has opened a season by beating a team ranked more than seven spots higher in the AP poll. Notre Dame had faced the defending AP national champ just once previously in a season opener (since 1937), coming away with a 19-9 win at #7-ranked and defending champ Pittsburgh in 77 (the Irish were ranked #3 prior to that game).


  • Notre Dame's last five victories have included two in which the winning points were scored on last-minute kicks and three that came versus ranked opponents.
  • On Nov. 29, 1997, Ron Powlus hooked with Raki Nelson on a third-and-17 play from the Notre Dame 44-yard line, with that 47-yard completion placing the ball at the Hawaii eight-yard line. Moments later, Scott Cengia knocked home a 20-yard field goal with 0:05 left on the clock for a 23-22 Irish win.
  • In last week's 31-30 win over Purdue, Tony Driver's 37-yard interception return to the Purdue five-yard line set up Jim Sanson's winning 17-yard field goal with 0:57 left in the fourth quarter.
  • The remainder of Notre Dame's last five wins have come at #11 LSU on Nov. 15, 1997 (24-6), at home versus #22 West Virginia (21-14) on the following Saturday, and the 36-20 win over #5 Michigan on Sept. 5, 1998. The win over West Virginia also featured a late game-winning score, when a five-yard pass from Ron Powlus to Bobby Brown broke the 14-14 tie with 4:56 left to play.

The New Bowl Alignment
While Notre Dame remains an independent, the '98 season brings a noteworthy tie between the Irish and the BIG EAST Conference. Additionally, the new Bowl Championship Series, a four-game package including the Fiesta, Orange, Sugar and Rose Bowlsnfor the first time will include the Big Ten and Pacific-10 Conferences, in the attempt to create the ultimate national title game.

Also beginning in '98, in years in which Notre Dame is not selected for a top-four bowl game, the Irish can be selected as part of the BIG EAST rotation of bowl options, specifically involving the Gator Bowl and the Insight. com Bowl. The Gator may select Notre Dame twice in a four-year period. The may select the Irish once over that four-year period. Both bowls will adhere to the BIG EAST one-win rule, in which a team selected for a particular game must be within one win of all other bowl eligible teams (i.e. a 7-4 team cannot be selected over a team that is 9-2).

Notre Dame's 1998 schedule was ranked 16th-toughest in Division I heading into the season, according to the NCAA's annual preseason survey. Notre Dame's 11 opponents for 1998 compiled a .570 combined winning percentage in 1997, ranking the Irish just behind LSU (.575), Virginia (.573) and Oregon (.571) on that list. The 10 toughest preseason schedules belonged to Auburn (.693), Florida (.639), Alabama (.636), Washington (.636), USC (.621), Georgia (.620), South Carolina (.610), Texas A&M (.603), Stanford (.602) and California (.597).

Since 1978, Notre Dame has faced the toughest Division I preseason schedule in 1979 (.639), 1986 (.634), 1987 (.673) and 1990 (.618). The Irish went on to have the toughest schedule in the final rankings in 1978 (.552, 25th preseason), 1985 (.566, 14th preseason), 1987 (.657, 1st preseason), 1989 (.600, 5th preseason) and 1995 (.547, 26th preseason).

Since '78, the national polls champion has ranked first in the final toughest schedule survey twice: Penn State in '82 (.591) and Florida in '96 (.547), plus '90 co-champion Colorado (.561).

The 1998 Schedule
Notre Dame began its 1998 schedule in daunting fashion by playing host to defending national champion Michigan in the season opener, followed by Michigan State, Purdue and Stanford, all of whom defeated the Irish in '97. The fifth game comes on the road against an Arizona State team ranked ninth in the USA Today/ESPN preseason poll (Michigan was fifth, Michigan State 23rd).

Five of Notre Dame's '98 opponents played in '97 bowl games: Michigan (Rose winner), Michigan State (Aloha), Purdue (Alamo winner), Arizona State (Sun winner) and LSU (Independence winner). Notre Dame played six ranked teams in '97, the first time that happened since '92. In '97, the Irish lost their three games vs. ranked teams before a 24-6 win at #11 LSU and a 21-14 home win over #22 West Virginia.

The Irish played eight games vs. teams that ended up in '97 bowl games, the most Irish opponents to end up in bowls since eight of Notre Dame's 1989 foes qualified for postseason play.

Notre Dame's rushing attack has ranked 20th or better nationally 10 of the last 11 years, with the Irish currently ranking 30th for 1998:

Year	Rushing Average	    NCAA Rank	Rushing TDs
1987		252.1		14th		33
1988		258.0		11th		30
1989		287.7		8th		42
1990		250.3		12th		33
1991		268.0		5th		31
1992		280.9		3rd		34
1993		260.7		6th		36
1994		215.6		20th		18
1995		233.5		6th		29
1996		269.5		8th		34
1997		174.9		36th		22
1998		193.7		t-33rd		6
Notre Dame has five lettermen back on the offensive line to put together a solid starting unit that has allowed just two sacks while leading the way for an Irish ground game that ranks 33rd in the nation with 193.7 rushing yards per game (including the most rushing yards allowed by Michigan since 1987) ... senior tri-captain Mike Rosenthal is in his third year as a starter (at tackle instead of guard, where he played in i96 and i97) ... senior Luke Petitgout returns at the other tackle after taking over impressively last season when Chris Clevengeris career ended with a back injury in '97 ... at guard is senior Jerry Wisne (18 career starts) and senior Tim Ridder (started three games in '97 at TE) ... the newcomer is junior C John Merandi, who took over for graduated Rick Kaczenski.

Senior QB Jarious Jackson won his first career start in the 1998 opener vs. Michigan (4-of-10 passing for 96 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT, plus 16 rushes for 62 yds) ... for the season, Jackson is 29-of-64 for 460 yards (3 INTs) while rushing 39 times for a net of 96 yards ... Jackson is the only Irish QB with any previous game experience, as he was 8-of-17 in the air in '97 for 146 yards and a TD ... freshman QB Arnaz Battle (four rushes for 22 yards, plus a 40-yard completion on his only pass) led the Irish on a 10-play, 80-yard TD drive in the fourth quarter at MSU ... Autry Denson (122.3 yards/gm, 5.2 yards/rush in '98, 5 rushing TDs) returns for his senior season at TB and in '97 became the third Irish back ever to post back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons ... Denson gained a career-high 162 yards on 24 carries with a pair of short TD runs vs. Michigan and in the Purdue game moved past Vagas Ferguson into second on the Irish career rushing yards list, thanks to 143 rushing yards (plus two more TDs) ... sophomore TB Darcey Levy backs up Denson and scored on a three-yard run at MSU ... FB is being shared by senior Jamie Spencer and junior Joey Goodspeed ... both were plagued by injuries in '97 and never hit top form ... Spencer has started the first three games, averaged 2.8 yards on his 11 total rushes ... Goodspeed has averaged 4.4 yards on 13 rushes in '98 ... sophomore FB Jason Murray also expects to compete but has been hampered by a hamstring pull and shoulder injury.

An overachieving '97 receiving corps returns its principal parts, notably senior SE Malcolm Johnson (10 catches for 145 yards) and senior FL Bobby Brown (held to just one catch in '98) ... Johnson had five catches for 56 yards in the win over Purdue ... sophomore Joey Getherall had an excellent fall and started the MSU game at flanker ... Getherall started the '97 opener vs. Georgia Tech but suffered a knee injury in that game ... Getherall also returns punts ... junior SE Raki Nelson had two receptions for 68 yards vs. Michigan, including a 35-yard TD, but is out for two to three weeks with an ankle sprain ... freshmen David Givens and Javin Hunter also should see playing time .... sophomore starting TE Jabari Holloway has five catches for 101 yards, including a big game versus Purdue (four catches for 94 yards and two TDs) ... junior Dan OiLeary had a four-yard TD catch vs. Michigan (he started at MSU as a second TE).

Notre Dame lost Melvin Dansby and Corey Bennett to graduation and also was hurt here with fall injuries ... Notre Dame rotates eight players on the defensive line to keep the troops fresh ... freshman Anthony Weaver started at left end vs. Michigan in his collegiate debut, forcing a fumble, and had a tackle at MSU in his second start ... Weaver did not start versus Purdue, as the Irish opened with five DBs ... junior Brad Williams (12 tackles in '97, five in '98) has been the starter at right end ... junior Antwon Jones (nine tackles in '98) had an impressive fall and started vs. Michigan at nose guard, while Lance Legree (16 tackles in i97, nine in '98) has drawn the last two starts at NG ... junior B.J. Scott (four tackles in '98) backs up Williams while Weaver is backed up by junior Jason Ching (one tackle in '98) and senior Lamont Bryant (10 tackles in '98, after coming back from offseason knee surgery).

Notre Dame's defense is built around a LB corps led by senior tri-captain Kory Minor (85 tackles in '97, led team in sacks, missed MSU game with turf toe, three tackles in '98) at one outside position and seniors Bobbie Howard (tri-captain, 91 tackles in seven '97 games) and Jimmy Friday (led team with 109 stops in '97) on the inside ... Howard is second on the '98 team with 25 tackles while Friday is fifth with 18 ... the other outside spot is being split between sophomore Grant Irons (50 tackles in '97; 13 in '98) and junior Joe Ferrer (14 tackles in '97; nine in '98, plus two sacks) ... Irons made two big plays in the win over Michigan, on a sack and recovered fumble ... senior Joe Thomas, junior Ronnie Nicks and freshman Tyreo Harrison provide depth inside while sophomore Anthony Denman is available on the outside (he started vs. Purdue).

Both senior starting safeties have gone down to injury, with SS Benny Guilbeaux (led team with 4 INTs in i97) out 4-6 weeks due to a torn MCL at MSU ... FS A'Jani Sanders (58 tackles in '97) did not play at MSU due to an ankle sprain but still ranks third on the team with 21 tackles ... Sanders had 14 tackles in the win over Michigan and Guilbeaux had 13 ... taking over at SS is converted sophomore TB Tony Driver (he played FS in the spring and also returns kickoffs in '98) ... Driver's pair of late interceptions provided the final touches in Notre Dame's 31-30 comeback vs. Purdue ... experienced junior Deke Cooper is the backup FS and earned the start vs. MSU and Purdue ... Driver has 16 tackles in '98, plus a recovered fumble vs. Michigan, while Cooper owns a team-best 28 tackles ... Cooper's 14 tackles and 96-yard fumble return for a TD at Michigan State earned him the ABC/Chevrolet Notre Dame MVP Award ... senior Ty Goode (33 tackles in '97, 15 in '98) and junior Deveron Harper (60 tackles as starter for much of i97 at FS; 20 tackles, two sacks in '98) are the cornerbacks, with sophomore Brock Williams and freshman Donald Dykes providing depth ... Williams started versus Purdue in the nickel package, making four tackles.

Senior Hunter Smith returns for his fourth year as the starting punter (42.6-yard avg. in i97, 44.5 in '98) while junior Jim Sanson (13 of 22 career field goals, 5-of-6 in '98) returns as placekicker ... Sanson, who was 3-of-3 on FG tries vs. Michigan and converted the last-minute chip shot from 17 yards that beat Purdue, had a leg injury in fall camp, with Smith currently handling kickoff duties ... sophomore Tony Driver (avg. of 22.0 yards on four returns) is No. 1 at kickoff returns while his classmate Darcey Levy has averaged 25.8 yards on five kick returns, including one for 52 yards at MSU ... their classmate Joey Getherall is the selection for punt returns (one return in '98 for 14 yards).

Sophomore tight end Jabari Holloway collected four pass receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-30 win over Purdue, including a 17-yard catch on a slant pattern over the middle that cut Purdue's lead to 30-28 with 3:36 left in the fourth quarter.

Holloway's 94 receiving yards were the most by a Notre Dame tight end in 110 games, stretching back to the Sept. 30, 1989 game at Purdue when Derek Brown latched onto four Tony Rice passes for a total of 101 yards. Brown's big day included catches of 27, 23, 38 and 13 yards but no TDs, with the Irish winning 40-7.

Holloway's two touchdown's are the most by a Notre Dame player in 22 games, since Pete Chryplewicz caught two passes for scores in the 54-20 win over Washington at Notre Dame Stadium on Oct. 12, 1996. That game versus the Huskies, like last week's Purdue game, is part of Notre Dame's active streak of four straight regular-season wins following an off-week.

Holloway's noteworthy day included: a 16-yard catch on play action followed moments later by a 10-yard score on a slant play, both midway through the second quarter; a 21-yard catch and 30-yard ramble (51 total yards) down the right sideline early in the third quarter, ending at the Purdue five-yard line; and the 17-yard, fourth-quarter TD catch.

Here are updated 1998 NCAA statistical rankings for Notre Dame and Stanford (top 50 for team ranking):

Team Rankings	Notre Dame		Stanford	 
Rushing Offense	t33rd at 193.7	        104.3
Passing Offense	166.7	 		9th at 297.8
Total Offense	360.33			37th at 402.0 
Scoring Offense	t37th at 30.0	        25.5	 
Rushing Defense	171.7			200.5 
Passing Defense	264.0			286.3	
Total Defense	435.7			486.8 
Scoring Defense	31.7			40.8 
Net Punting	 36.1			33.0
Punt Returns	16th at 14.0	t28th at 12.3
Kickoff Returns	20.1			19.0
Turnover Margin	t18th at 1.00	t28th at 0.75

Senior TB Autry Denson (3,509 career yards) has eight regular-season games left in his Notre Dame career and he needs to total 623 yards in those gamesnan average of 77.8 yards per game (his career average is 94.8)nto surpass all-time Irish rushing leader Allen Pinkett (4,131 yards). Denson ranks second on the Irish all-time groundgaining list, after his 143-yard performance last week versus Pudue pushed him past Vagas Ferguson (3,472). Denson also stands in sixth place among NCAA active career rushing leaders. With his 1,179 rushing yards in 1996, Denson became the sixth player in Notre Dame history to reach the 1,000-yard mark in a season. He is a nominee for the annual Doak Walker Award, given to the top running back in the country each year.

Autry Denson's two touchdowns last week versus Purdue give him seven in his career versus the Boilermakers, which equals the most in the 70-game history of the series. Recent Irish fullback and South Bend native Anthony Johnson (1986-89) also totaled seven career touchdowns versus the Boildermakers. Denson had two touchdown runs and a TD catch versus Purdue in 1996 before adding touchdowns on the ground and through the air at Purdue last season. His two TDs last week versus Purdue (on rushes or 14 and five yards) also moved him past Johnson and Vagas Ferguson (1976-79) into third on the Irish all-time list, with 33 career rushing TDs (Johnson and Ferguson each had 32).

Autry Denson heads into the Stanford game having rushed for 100-plus yards in five of his last six games and six of the last eight. He ended the 1997 season with 125 rushing yards vs. Navy, 92 at LSU, 144 vs. West Virginia, 143 at Hawaii and 101 vs. LSU in the Independence Bowl. Denson then kicked off the 1998 season with a career-best 162 yards vs. Michigan and was held to 62 by Michigan State before equaling his sixth-best career total with 143 yards versus Purdue. During his last eight games, Denson has totaled 972 yards on the ground for a solid 121.5 yards per game average.

Autry Denson in 1997 became the third Irish player to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, joining Vagas Ferguson (1978-79) and Allen Pinkett (1983-85). Denson's 1,268 yards in '97 marked the fourth-highest single-season total in Irish annals (he was voted MVP of the '97 Irish squad by his teammates) while Denson's 1,179 yards in 1996 rank sixth on the Irish single-season list.

Autry Denson's 143 yards last week versus Purdue represented his 19th career game with 100-plus yards, just two shy of Allen Pinkett's Irish record. Denson's 143 yards versus Hawaii on Nov. 29, 1997 marked his seventh overall 100-yard effort of the '97 season (he also had seven 100-yard games in '96). The above figures don't include his 101 yards versus LSU in the 1997 Independence Bowl, since bowl games are not included in NCAA season or career statistics.

Autry Denson's 30 receptions in '97 marked the most by an Irish running back since Bob Gladieux caught 37 in 1968. He also returned seven punts for 68 yards and owns 444 career return yards (on 11 kickoffs and 25 punts). Denson's combined rushing (3,509), receiving (309) and return yards (444) account for nearly 4,300 career all-purpose yards (4,262).

During the 1995-98 seasons, Notre Dame is 15-5 when Autry Denson has rushed for 100-plus yards, with a loss at USC in 1996 (27-20, OT) and losses in '97 at Purdue (28-17), Stanford (33-15), USC (20-17) and versus #15 LSU in the Independence Bowl (27-9). The Irish won the first nine 100-yard games of Denson's career but are just 6-5 during his last 11 century-mark games (including the 1998 wins over Michigan and Purdue).

Autry Denson entered the 1998 season as the sixth-leading active rusher in NCAA Division 1-A, with Texas senior Ricky Williams (4,530) and Toledo junior Wasean Tait (3,634 yards) remaining the frontrunners on that list. Denson's current total of 3,509 career yards remains within striking distance of New Mexico State senior Denvis Manns (3,689), LSU senior Kevin Faulk (3,724)n and Wisconsin junior Ron Dayne (3,671). Denson and Faulk are slated for a head-to-head meeting this season, when LSU plays at Notre Dame on Nov. 21.

Autry Denson's career-best 162 yards versus Michigan in the 1998 opener were 59 yards more than Michigan allowed by an opposing rusher in any single game during the 1997 season (Penn State's Curtis Enis had 103). Denson's big day represented the most rushing yards by a Michigan opposing player in 28 games, since Penn State's Stephen Pitts rushed 17 times for 164 yards on Nov. 11, 1995. As a team, Notre Dame rolled up the most rushing yards (280) allowed by Michigan in 125 games, since Minnesota's 321 rushing yards on Nov. 7, 1987.

DENSON'S TOP SINGLE-GAME RUSHING EFFORTS (rankings based on AP poll at time of game; min. 14 carries for avg. list)

Rushing YARDS 
		Opponent (Date), 		Carries	Yards
	1.	#5 Michigan (9/5/98), 		24	162
	2.	at USC (11/30/96), 		33	160
	3.	at #6 Texas (9/21/96), 		24	158
	4.	at Boston College (11/9/96),	23	155
	5.	#22 West Va. (11/22/97),	26	144
	6.	Purdue (9/26/98), 		31	143
		at Hawaii (11/29/97), 		28	143
	8.	#16 Washington (10/12/96), 	14	137
	9.	USC (10/18/97), 		30	133
	10.	at Pittsburgh (10/11/97), 	19	128

		Opponent (Date)			Carries
	1.	at USC (11/30/96) 		33
	2.	Purdue (9/26/98)		31
	3.	USC (10/18/97) 			30
	4.	at Hawaii (11/29/97) 		28
	5.	#5 USC (10/21/95)		27
	6.	#22 West Virginia (11/22/97)	26
	7.	at #6 Michigan (9/27/97)	25
	8.	#5 Michigan (9/5/98) 		24
		Georgia Tech (9/6/97)		24
		at #6 Texas (9/21/96) 		24

		Opponent, Date			TC/Yds.	Avg.
	1.	#16 Washington, 10/12/96	14/137	9.79
	2.	vs. Navy (Ireland), 11/2/96	16/123	7.69
	3.	Navy, 11/4/95			16/115	7.19
	4.	at Air Force, 11/18/95		16/109	6.81
	5.	#5 Michigan, 9/5/98		24/162	6.79
	6.	at Boston College, 11/9/96	23/155	6.74
		at Pittsburgh, 10/11/97		19/128	6.74
	8.	at #6 Texas, 9/21/96		24/158	6.58
		Navy, 11/1/97			19/125	6.58
	10.	#22 West Virginia, 11/22/97	26/144	5.54

		Opponent, Date			Yards
	1.	#5 Michigan, 9/5/98		58
	2.	at Pittsburgh, 10/11/97		50
	3.	Navy, 11/1/97			48
		#8 FSU, Orange Bowl, 1/1/95	48
	5.	#16 Washington, 10/12/96	47 
	6.	at Hawaii, 11/29/97		43
	7.	Rutgers, 11/23/96		38
	8.	#22 West Virginia, 11/22/97	36
	9.	#15 LSU, Ind. Bowl, 12/28/97 	35
	10.	#16 Washington, 10/12/96	33 
		Navy, in Ireland, 11/2/96	33


		Name, 		Years	TC	Yds.	Avg.	TD
	1.	Allen Pinkett, '82-'85	889	4131	4.6	49
	2.	Autry Denson, '95-	673	3,509	5.2	33
	3. 	Vagas Ferguson, '76-'79	673	3472	5.2	32
	4.	Jerome Heavens, '75-'78	590	2682	4.5	15
	5.	Phil Carter, '79-'82	557	2409	4.3	14
	6.	George Gipp, '17-'20	369	2341	6.3	21
	7.	Randy Kinder, '93-'96	404	2295	5.7	18
	8.	Tony Brooks, '87-'91	423	2274	5.4	12
	9.	Emil Sitko, '46-'49	362	2226	6.1	25
	10.	Neil Worden, '51-'53	476	2039	4.3	29	

1.	Allen Pinkett, 1982-85		49
2. 	Louis (Red) Salmon, 1900-03	36
3. 	Autry Denson, 1995-	   	33
4. 	Anthony Johnson, 1986-89	32
	Vagas Ferguson, 1976-79		32
5.	Stan Cofall, 1914-16		30

1.	Allen Pinkett, 1982-85	889
2.	Vagas Ferguson, 1976-79	673
2.	Autry Denson, 1995- 	673

1.	Allen Pinkett, 1982-85	96.1
2.	Autry Denson, 1995- 	94.8
3.	George Gipp, 1917-20	86.7
4.	Vagas Ferguson, 1976-79	84.7

1.	Allen Pinkett, 1982-85	21
2.	Autry Denson, 1995-	19
3.	Vagas Ferguson, 1976-79	13

1.	Ricky Williams, Texas	4,370

2.	Wasean Tait, Toledo	3,575

3.	Autry Denson, ND 	3,509
	(367 yards in 1998)

4.	Ron Dayne, Wisconsin	3,284

5.	Kevin Faulk, LSU	3,278

6.	Denvis Manns, New Mexico St.	3,316


	Pl.	Name,		 Year	TC	Yards
	1.	Vagas Ferguson, 1979	301	1437
	2.	Allen Pinkett, 1983	252	1394
	3.	Reggie Brooks, 1992	167	1343
	4.	Autry Denson, 1997	264	1268
	5. 	Vagas Ferguson, 1978	211	1192
	6. 	Autry Denson, 1996	202	1179
	7. 	Allen Pinkett, 1984	275	1105
	8. 	Allen Pinkett, 1985	255	1100
	9. 	Al Hunter, 1	976	233	1058
	10. 	Lee Becton, 1993	164	1044

1.	Vagas Ferguson, 1979	301
2.	Allen Pinkett, 1984	275
3.	Autry Denson, 1997	264

1.	Allen Pinkett, 1983	9
2.	Autry Denson, 1997	7
	Autry Denson, 1996	7
	Vagas Ferguson, 1979	7

Denson '97 Game-by-Game
Game		TC	Yds.	TD
Georgia Tech	24	71	2
Purdue	        22	104	1
Michigan State	15	59	0
Michigan	25	72	0
Stanford	21	116	0
Pittsburgh	19	128	2
USC		30	133	1
Boston College	18	81	1
Navy		19	125	2
LSU		17	92	1
West Virginia	26	144	0
Hawaii		28	143	2
LSU (Independence Bowl)	20	101	0

Autry Denson's average of 6.79 yards per carry versus Michigan ranked fifth best in his career (min. 14 rushes). He has averaged 5.54 yards per carry or higher 10 times during his career, with the Irish winning each of those games. Those 10 highly-productive games include four wins over ranked opponents: #6 Texas in 1996 (6.58 yds/rush), #16 Washington in '96 (9.79), #22 West Virginia in '97 (5.54) and #5 Michigan in '98 (6.79).

Anthony Weaver's start versus Michigan marked the first Notre Dame freshman to start on the defensive line since Germaine Holden started the Nov. 9, 1991 game versus Tennessee. Weaver became the first Irish freshman to start an opener at any defensive position since Mike Kovaleski opened at weakside linebacker vs. Purdue on Sept. 10, 1983. Weaver is first Irish freshman to start a season opener on the defensive line since Ross Browner opened the Sept. 22, 1973 game versus Northwestern at right end.

Notre Dame ranks as the most popular college football team in the country for the second-straight year, according to results of a Harris Poll released on September 16. The results are based on telephone polling of 1,006 adults surveyed between August 12 and 17, 1998. The results of the poll were: 1. Notre Dame, 2. Florida State, 3. Penn State, 4. Michigan, 5. Tennessee, 6. Ohio State, 7. Florida, 8. Alabama, 9. Nebraska, 10. Texas A&M.

Smith Moving Up

Here's where senior Hunter Smith stands on the Irish career punting chart:

Rank	Name, Year(s)				No.	Yards	Avg.
	1. 	Craig Hentrich, 1989-92		118	5204	44.10
	2. 	Hunter Smith, 1995-98		143	5910	41.33	
	3. 	Vince Phelan, 1987			50	2044	40.90
	4. 	Bill Shakespeare, 1933-35	91	3705	40.71
	5. 	Blair Kiel, 1980-83			259	10534	40.67

Smith's 43.3 yard avg. in '96 and 32.6 mark in '97 rank fifth and eighth on the Irish season list (Craig Hentrich holds the top three spots). In the Purdue game, Smith passed Brian Doherty (140, '71-'73) into third on the Irish career punts list (now 143), behind Blair Kiel (259; '80-'83) and Joe Restic (209, '75-'78).

Irish Sell Out for 33rd Consecutive Year in 1997
The University of Notre Dame finished eighth nationally in attendance among all NCAA Division I-A football-playing institutions in 1997. The Irish averaged 80,225 fans o the full capacity of the expanded Notre Dame Stadium o for its six 1997 home games. The i97 season marked the 33rd consecutive season that every seat has been sold for every Irish home game. Notre Dame'saverage increase of 21,150 fans per game in i97 compared to 1996 marked the second highest increase nationally, behind only Stanfordis increase of 21,154 that was helped by the crowd of 75,651 (compared to the average of 56,937) when the Irish in October played the Cardinal in Palo Alto.

Here's the top 10 in attendance in 1997:

		School		Games	Attendance	Average		Change
	1.	Tennessee 	6	639,227		106,538		up 1,120
	2.	Michigan	7	745,139		106,448		up 516
	3.	Penn State	6	582,517		97,086		up 919
	4.	Ohio State	8	731,884		91,486		down 2,542
	5.	Florida		6	512,775		85,463		up 59
	6.	Auburn		6	501,267		83,545		up 1,077
	7.	Georgia		6	494,375		82,396		up 3,124
	8.	Notre Dame	6	481,350		80,225		up 21,150
	9.	LSU			7	561,016		80,145		up 626
	10.	So. Carolina6 	480,041		80,007		up 472
College football set an all-time attendance record in 1997, with 36.9 million fans viewing games, including a record 27.5 million in Division I-A.

The New Attendance Figure (80,012)
Recognize the familiar 59,075 capacity for football at Notre Dame in the old version of Notre Dame Stadium? The new figure to remember beginning in 1998 is 80,012. That's down slightly from the '97 capacity of 80,225, a figure that represented a computerized projection of seating prior to completion of construction of the nearly 21,000-seat addition to the Stadium. The adjusted 80,012 number represents a refined seating manifest that includes changes that weren't apparent until construction was finished and the '97 season actually began.

The Notre Dame National Monogram Club has presented the gift of 12 stylish Monogram Club circular logos to Notre Dame Stadium. The logos currently adorn each of the stadium's field-level gates.

Notre Dame has played in front of capacity crowds in 101 of its last 117 games (including the upcoming Oct. 3 sellout for the Stanford game). Those figures are bound to improve in 1998, with a minimum of three more sellouts assured based on Notre Dame's remaining home games.

Notre Dame vs. Stanford

Tentative Depth Chart
October 3, 1998
Notre Dame Stadium

Notre Dame Offense

SE 6 MALCOLM JOHNSON 6-5 215 Sr. 14 David Givens 6-0 214 Fr. QT 54 LUKE PETITGOUT 6-6 300 Sr. 68 Matt Brennan 6-7 295 Jr.

QG 71 JERRY WISNE 6-7 298 Sr. 55 Jim Jones 6-3 295 Jr.

C 64 JOHN MERANDI 6-3 292 Jr. 74 Rob Mowl 6-5 295 Jr.

SG 70 TIM RIDDER 6-7 298 Sr. 69 Mike Gandy 6-4 296 Jr.

ST 79 MIKE ROSENTHAL 6-7 300 Sr. 76 John Teasdale 6-5 295 So.

TE 87 JABARI HOLLOWAY 6-3 254 So. 86 Dan OiLeary 6-5 256 Jr. FL 88 BOBBY BROWN 6-3 194 Sr.

OR 18 JOEY GETHERALL 5-7 172 So. 21 Javin Hunter 5-11 172 Fr.

QB 7 JARIOUS JACKSON 6-0 220 Sr. 3 Arnaz Battle 6-1 195 Fr. 8 Eric Chappell 6-4 225 Jr.

FB 33 JAMIE SPENCER 6-1 245 Sr. 45 Joey Goodspeed 6-0 241 Jr. 47 Mike McNair 6-0 221 Fr.

TB 23 AUTRY DENSON 5-10 202 Sr. 31 Darcey Levy 6-2 207 So.

Notre Dame Defense

LE 98 ANTHONY WEAVER 6-3 250 Fr. 53 Lamont Bryant 6-3 258 Sr. 99 Jason Ching 6-3 280 Jr. NG 90 LANCE LEGREE 6-1 292 Jr. 85 Antwon Jones 6-3 280 Sr. 94 Andy Wisne 6-3 285 So.

RE 77 BRAD WILLIAMS 6-5 286 Jr. 93 B.J. Scott 6-4 282 Jr.

OLB 4 KORY MINOR 6-1 245 Sr. 39 Anthony Denman 6-1 231 So. 30 Rocky Boiman 6-3 22 Fr.

OLB 44 GRANT IRONS 6-5 256 So. 41 Joe Ferrer 6-2 231 Jr.

ILB 13 JIMMY FRIDAY 6-2 236 Sr. 34 Ronnie Nicks 6-1 234 Jr. 49 Joe Thomas 6-2 227 Sr. ILB 27 BOBBIE HOWARD 5-10 232 Sr. 51 Tyreo Harrison 6-2 238 Fr.

LCB 38 BROCK WILLIAMS 5-10 189 So. 24 Ty Goode 5-11 192 Sr.

FS 1 DEKE COOPER 6-3 221 Jr. 5 AiJani Sanders 5-11 191 Sr. 37 Ron Israel 6-0 198 So. SS 25 TONY DRIVER 6-2 214 So. 22 Lee Lafayette 5-10 198 Jr.

RCB 10 DEVERON HARPER 5-11 187 Jr. 29 Justin Smith 6-2 188 So. Notre Dame Specialists

KO 17 HUNTER SMITH 6-2 218 Sr. 35 David Miller 5-11 177 Fr. PK 19 JIM SANSON 5-9 189 Jr. 21 Kevin McDonnell 5-11 191 Sr.

P 17 HUNTER SMITH 6-2 218 Sr.

HLD 17 HUNTER SMITH 6-2 218 Sr. 16 Zak Kustok 6-1 213 So.

SNP 86 DAN OiLEARY 6-5 256 Jr. 52 John Crowther 6-2 220 Fr.

PR 18 JOEY GETHERALL 5-7 172 So. 23 Autry Denson 5-10 202 Sr. KR 25 TONY DRIVER 6-2 214 So. 31 Darcey Levy 6-2 207 So.

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