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Mopping up after Florida State

12/30/2011

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Notre Dame held Florida State to 18 total yards in the first quarter of an eventual 18-14 loss. The 18 yards were the fewest by an Irish opponent in the first frame this season.

Here are a few more numbers from the Champs Sports Bowl, thanks to Notre Dame's sports information department:

  • FSU netted just 18 rushing yards in the first half, the fewest allowed by the Irish in any half since Oct. 16, 2010, against Western Michigan, a span of 19 games. The Seminoles managed 41 rushing yards for the game, the third-fewest by a Notre Dame bowl opponent.

  • Notre Dame had four sacks in the first half and five for the game. It had not recorded four sacks in a game since Sept. 24 at Pitt.

  • Zeke Motta's 29-yard fumble return for a score was Notre Dame's first fumble returned for a touchdown since Brian Smith on Sept. 13, 2008, against Michigan. It was just the second in Irish bowl history, joining Ed Hunsinger's 20-yard score against Stanford in the 1925 Rose Bowl.

  • The Irish committed at least three turnovers for the sixth time this season. They finished with 29 on the year, including nine inside the opponents' 25-yard line, eight in the red zone and six inside the 10.

  • Dustin Hopkins' 42-yard field goal in the third quarter accounted for the first third-quarter points surrendered by the Irish defense since Sept. 24 at Pitt. For the season, Notre Dame outscored its opponents in the third quarter by a 91-16 margin.