Sunday, October 9, 2011
Putting Saturday's numbers into context
By Matt Fortuna
I wasn't kidding when I wrote that the people of Notre Dame's media relations staff had their work cut out for them Saturday. Among the notables they provided:
The last time the Fighting Irish had at least seven different players score touchdowns was Oct. 9, 1999 at Arizona State.
Notre Dame's 42 points in the first half were its most in any half since Nov. 3, 1990, when it scored 42 points in the second half of a 52-31 win against Navy.
Notre Dame had not scored 42 points in the first half since Nov. 11, 1989, when it matched that total in a 52-6 win over SMU.
The Irish's record for points in a half is actually 111, scored Oct. 28, 1905 against American Medical. … And you thought Saturday was impressive. The modern record is 49, in the first half of a Nov. 9, 1968 game against Pitt.
The last time the Irish scored more than 42 points in a half was Nov. 5, 1977, against Georgia Tech. They set a school-record for points in a second half, scoring 48 in a 69-14 win.
And the last time Notre Dame eclipsed the 42-point barrier in the first half was Nov. 4, 1968 against Pitt, scoring a first-half record 49 in a 56-7 win.
On an individual note, Andrew Hendrix has to be kicking himself for not finishing out what would have been an 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. His 78-yard run ended up one yard shy of the Notre Dame record for longest run by a quarterback. Bill Eder had a 79-yard touchdown run Nov. 1, 1969 against Navy.
A day later, and I'm still exhausted having typed all that. Good thing it's a bye week.