Friday, November 2, 2012
Did you know? Notre Dame vs. Pitt
By Matt Fortuna
Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information, along with sports information departments, for these:
Notre Dame is the only team in the nation to not allow a touchdown drive longer than 75 yards. The Irish have allowed just six offensive touchdowns over 92 opponent drives all season, the fewest touchdowns and lowest percentage in the country. The key has been in the red zone. Notre Dame's opponents have scored a touchdown on 21.7 percent of their red zone possessions, the lowest percentage for an FBS defense in the past nine seasons.
The Irish have allowed the fewest offensive touchdowns in the country (six). They have allowed just three offensive touchdowns in their past six games. The only other FBS team to allow single digits in offensive touchdowns this season is Alabama (seven).
The Irish finished 118th in turnover margin last season. They are tied for eighth this season.
Notre Dame is 6-1 in November under Brian Kelly.
The Irish are 8-0 for the first time since 2002. They have not been 9-0 since 1993, when they started 10-0.
Tino Sunseri is completing 61.9 percent of his passes (26 of 42) thrown more than 15 yards downfield, the highest completion percentage of any quarterback in a BCS conference. In the past six weeks, Notre Dame’s opponents are completing 34.1 percent of their passes of that distance, with no touchdowns and four interceptions.
The last time Pitt faced a team in ranked third or better in the BCS was in 2007, when the 4-7 Panthers won at No. 2 West Virginia. The Panthers have also split their past six games against AP top-five teams.