Oct. 29, 2013
Saturday is the 236th straight sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. Since 1966, every home game for the Irish has been a sellout except one - a 1973 Thanksgiving Day game vs. Air Force. Notre Dame has played in front of sellouts in 284 of its last 285 home games.
Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 261 of its previous 305 games (.856) overall. Notre Dame has played before 632 sellouts in 906 total games (.698) since 1930.
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13 Notre Dame is 13-0 under Brian Kelly when it does not commit a turnover in the contest.
12 Senior QB Tommy Rees has 12 completions of at least 32 yards. Irish signal callers recorded 11 such passes in 2012.
11 Notre Dame has played 20 games decided by a TD or less since the arrival of Brian Kelly in 2010. The Irish went 2-5 in the first seven games, but have since gone 11 games over .500 at 12-1.
10 Notre Dame has 10 freshman listed among its two-deep depth chart.
9 Notre Dame has won nine consecutive games under head coach Brian Kelly when the game was decided by a TD or less. He ranks third on the all-time Notre Dame list.
8 Senior QB Tommy Rees ranks among the top five in school history in eight career passing/quarterback categories. He ranks tied for second in games with at least four TD passes (three), third in 300-yard games (five), third in completion percentage (61.3), third in completions/game (12.8), third in TD passes (54), fourth in completions (539), fourth in attempts (880) and fifth in yards (6,357).
7 Notre Dame has allowed an average of 18.53 points/game over the last four seasons combined, which ranks seventh-best among schools that make up BCS automatically-qualifying conferences.
6 Notre Dame has won 26 of its last 32 games. The Irish have the sixth-best overall FBS winning percentage since Sept. 17, 2011.
5 Only five quarterbacks have collected a higher efficiency rating against an FBS opponent in 2013 than senior QB Tommy Rees' rating of 260.71 against Air Force.
4 Senior LT Zack Martin has started all 47 games for the Irish over the last four years, which ranks fourth in school history.
3 Freshmen WRs Corey Robinson and William Fuller each had a TD grab in the 45-10 rout of Air Force. It marked just the third time in school history that two freshmen caught a TD pass in the same game.
2 Notre Dame has punted more than two times just once in the last eight meetings with Navy. In fact, the Irish have totaled only seven punts since 2005, including three meetings without a single punt.
1 Notre Dame has lost just one time in 30 games under Brian Kelly when the Irish hold their opponent to 20 or fewer points. In fact, Kelly's teams have won 72 of its last 73 games when allowing 20 points or less.