Friday, October 12, 2012
Notre Dame vs. Stanford: Did you know?
By Matt Fortuna
Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information and these schools' sports information departments for these tidbits.
Notre Dame has surrendered six or fewer points in each of its past three games. No FBS team has had a four-game streak of doing that since Alabama in 1993. That team held Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech and South Carolina to six or fewer points early that season. The streak was broken with a 17-17 tie against Tennessee. Notre Dame has allowed just three offensive touchdowns this season, the fewest among FBS teams.
Stanford will try to be the first team to beat both USC and Notre Dame in four consecutive seasons.
Stanford's offense has gone three-and-out 18 times this season after leading FBS with 14 for all of last season. The Cardinal have gone three-and-out at least twice in every game this year, including seven times in their loss at Washington.
Stanford has targeted its tight ends on 40.6 percent of its pass attempts since the start of last season, the highest percentage in FBS. The Cardinal led the nation in yards (1,638), touchdowns (25) and red-zone touchdowns (17) by tight ends last season. This season, the Cardinal have targeted their tight ends at even higher rate (46.3 percent to 38.7), but have not been as efficient (48 percent completion rate to 75). Josh Nunes targeted his tight ends on 61.8 percent of his pass attempts last Saturday, completing a season-high 11 passes, including nine for first downs.
Everett Golson completed 80 percent of his passes thrown 10 yards or longer last week against Miami, the highest completion percentage for an Irish quarterback with at least two attempts in a game in the past three seasons.
In its past three games, Notre Dame has held opponents to a 26.2 completion percentage on passes thrown 10 yards or more downfield, with no touchdowns and five interceptions. The Irish were the beneficiaries of four drops in those games.
The Irish have allowed opponents to score on 15.5 percent of their drives this season, the fourth-lowest percentage in FBS. Just 5.2 percent of opponents’ drives have ended in a touchdown, the lowest percentage in FBS.