Sunday, November 13, 2011
Wrapping up Maryland
By Matt Fortuna
Notre Dame entered the outskirts of the nation's capital and left with a 45-21 win over Maryland, its second win in as many tries against the Terrapins. The Irish won their third straight game this season and fifth straight in the month of November. They totaled 508 yard of offense, surpassing the 500-yard plateau for the fifth time in 10 games.
Let's take a look at a few more fun facts from Saturday, courtesy of Notre Dame's sports information department:
Tommy Rees' 30 completions were a season-high. His 19 touchdown touchdown passes this season are tied with Ron Powlus (1994) for fifth in single-season school history. The sophomore's 31 career touchdown passes match Joe Theismann (1968-70) for sixth in school history.
Jonas Gray's 11 touchdowns this season are the most by an Irish running back since 1998, when Autry Denson had 15. His seven straight games with a touchdown are also the most since 1998, when Denson scored in 10 straight games.
Michael Floyd's 36th career touchdown tied him with Louis (Red) Salmon (1900-03) for third-most in school history, behind Denson (47, 1995-98) and Allen Pinkett (53, 1982-85).
Tyler Eifert is just the second Notre Dame tight end with five touchdowns in a season. He trails only Ken MacAfee, who had six in 1977.
Having outscored their opponents in the third quarter by a 77-13 margin this season, the Irish are on pace to surrender just 17 points in the third frame, their fewest points in a quarter since 1988. Then, they allowed 16 first-quarter points the entire season.