Nov. 12, 2012
Complete Game Notes | Notre Dame-Wake Forest Gameweek Central
Saturday, November 17, 2012
3:41 p.m. ET
Notre Dame Stadium (80,795); Notre Dame, Ind.
NBC national telecast with Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analysis), Alex
Flanagan (sideline), Rob Hyland (producer) and Pierre Moossa (director).
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 will be broadcast by Don Criqui (play-by-play), former Irish great
Allen Pinkett (analysis) and Jeff Jeffers (sideline). This broadcast can be heard live on both
SIRIUS and XM Satellite Radio (channel 129).
All games can be heard in South Bend on News & Sports Radio 96.1 FM & 960 AM WSBT.
Saturday is the 231st 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 279 of its last 280 home games.
The Irish have played in front of sellout crowds in 253 of its previous 295 games (.858)
overall. Notre Dame has played before 624 sellouts in 896 total games (.696) since 1930.
Notre Dame (UND.com), Wake Forest (WakeForestSports.com)
Notre Dame is ranked No. 3 this week in both the Associated Press and USA Today
Coaches' polls. The Irish returned to No. 3 in
the season's fifth BCS standings. Wake Forest
is unranked in either poll.
Live in-game stats will be provided
through CBS College Sports GameTracker via
The Last Meeting
November 5, 2011
Notre Dame captured the first-ever
meeting between the two schools, 24-17,
last season in Winston-Salem.
Countdown to Kickoff
10 The Irish are 10-0 for the eighth time in school history. Of the
seven previous teams to open 10-0, five captured national championships
and two others finished No. 2 in the nation. (Page 7)
9 In the nine games played in November under coach Brian
Kelly, Notre Dame is 8-1. In the nine November games prior to his
arrival, the Irish were 1-8. (Pages 10-12)
8 Eight of the last 11 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision national
champions have ranked in the top eight of scoring defense. Notre
Dame is ranked No. 1 in scoring defense and is the only undefeated
team in the top 13. (Page 14)
7 Only seven FBS defenses in the last 11 years have allowed
fewer points per game than the 11.1 points per game this year's
Notre Dame defense is permitting. The Irish have had the topranked
scoring defense once in their storied history, 1946. (Pages 23-25)
6 Senior LB Manti Te'o recorded his team-leading sixth interception
of the season at Boston College. Te'o broke the school record
for most interceptions in a season by a Notre Dame linebacker. He
ranks second in the FBS in interceptions and first among all linebackers.
Only one FBS linebacker over the last 11 years has recorded
more interceptions in a season than Te'o. (Page 34)
5 Senior TE Tyler Eifert needs five catches to break Ken
MacAfee's 35-year school record for most career receptions by a
Notre Dame tight end. Eifert's 124 career catches and 1,625 career
receiving yards rank second in school history behind MacAfee's 128
receptions for 1,759 yards. (Page 34)
4 Four Notre Dame opponents have failed to score at least 10
points against the Irish this year. The four games that Notre Dame
has held opponents to less than 10 points are the most in a season
since 2001. (Page 14)
3 Sophomore QB Everett Golson is tied for the fourth-best
start to a career by a Notre Dame quarterback. Golson's 8-0 record
as a starter is tied with Terry Hanratty (1966) and trails only Kevin
McDougal (9-0 in 1993), Frank Tripucka (1948) and Bob Williams
(11-0 in 1949-50). (Page 32)
2 Sophomore DE Stephon Tuitt ranks second in school history
with 11 sacks this season. He is tied for fourth nationally in total
sacks and is tops among underclassmen (freshmen or sophomores).
Only two FBS players since 2005 that were underclassmen averaged
more sacks per game than Tuitt currently is averaging. (Pages 26-27)
1 Notre Dame is the one team in the FBS that has not allowed a
touchdown drive longer than 75 yards. In fact, of the 93 opponent
drives that started at or inside their 40-yard line, only one drive
resulted in a touchdown, fewest of any FBS team. (Page 14)
0 Senior LT Zack Martin has allowed zero sacks since the second
possession of the season opener. Martin, who grades out at a
team-high 92 percent and leads the offensive line with 123 knockdown
blocks, allowed his only sack of the season on the opening
drive of the Navy game. (Page 37)