Friday, November 16, 2012
Did you know? Wake Forest vs. ND
By Matt Fortuna
As always, thanks to ESPN Stats & Info, and both sports information departments, for these tidbits:
The Demon Deacons have lost 31 straight games against top-five teams and are just 1-32 all-time. The only win came in 1946, when they beat No. 4 Tennessee. Wake Forest is also 0-18 all-time against teams ranked in the top three.
Notre Dame is 10-0 for the first time since 1993 and for the eighth time ever. Of the previous seven teams to do so, five won the national title. The other two finished second. The last time the Irish started 11-0 was 1989.
The Irish are 8-1 in November games under Brian Kelly.
The Irish are 5-0 at home but all five games have been decided by seven points or less. Away from South Bend, Notre Dame has won all five of its games by 15 points or more.
Notre Dame is tied with Alabama for the nation's lead in scoring defense, as both teams allow just 11.1 points per game. However, the Irish are alone atop the nation lead in fewest offensive touchdowns allowed, with eight.
The Irish have allowed a touchdown on 7.4 percent of opponents’ possessions, the lowest percentage in the nation. They have allowed a touchdown on 24.1 percent of their opponents’ red zone drives this season, the lowest percentage for any team in the last eight seasons.
Everett Golson is 8-0 as a starter, tied for the third best mark by a Notre Dame quarterback to start a career. (Bob Williams won his first 11 starts in 1949-50, and Kevin McDougal won his first nine starts in 1993.)
Both teams have faced a common opponent. Wake Forest and Notre Dame each beat Boston College. The Demon Deacons beat the Eagles by 14 at home two weeks ago while the Irish won in Chestnut Hill by 15 last week.