Sunday, November 27, 2011
Mopping up after Stanford
By Matt Fortuna
Notre Dame dropped its regular-season finale at Stanford, 28-14, snapping Brian Kelly's streak of consecutive regular-season wins in November and December at 16.
Here are a few more numbers from the contest, thanks to Notre Dame's sports information department:
Notre Dame is now 39-56-5 (.415) all-time against AP top-five teams.
The Irish outscored the Cardinal 7-0 in the third quarter, raising their season margin in the third quarter to 84-13. They have not given up a third-quarter point in their last five games.
Tight end Tyler Eifert had four catches for 79 yards. He now has 57 catches on the season, three more than Ken MacAfee for most in one season by a Notre Dame tight end. He also now has 1,065 career receiving yards, just the fifth Irish tight end to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for his career.
David Ruffer's missed 20-yard field goal at the 9:59 mark of the second quarter snapped his streak of eight consecutive made field goals.
Manti Te'o and Harrison Smith finished with eight and four tackles, respectively, as each passed the 300-tackle mark for his career. Te'o has 307, tied for eighth-most in school history. Smith has 303, 10th-most in school history.
Michael Floyd had eight catches for 92 yards. His 95 catches on the season are a school record, passing Golden Tate's 93. His six-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was the 36th of his career, which is already a school record and is now in a five-way tie for 17th-most all-time in FBS history.