Friday, September 16, 2011
Week 3: Did you know?
By Matt Fortuna
As always, thanks to ESPN Stats & Information for providing many of these tidbits.
Nine of the past 11 meetings between Notre Dame and Michigan State have been decided by seven points or less, with the game-winning score coming late in the fourth quarter or in overtime in eight of those meetings.
The last matchup between Michigan State and Notre Dame that involved a ranked Spartans team and an unranked Irish team was in 1997, when 17th-ranked MSU won 23-7 at Notre Dame.
MSU hasn't been ranked heading into a game against the Irish since 2000. (It was 23rd; ND was 16th)
This is MSU's highest ranking going into a game against Notre Dame since 1979, when it was No. 7. It lost 29-7.
Notre Dame has lost five straight September games. MSU has won six straight September games.
The Spartans have won six of their past seven meetings at Notre Dame, losing their last trip in 2009, 33-30.
MSU's 28 wins against the Irish trail only USC (34) for the most of any school.
The Irish lead the nation with five drives of 50 yards or more that haven't scored any points.
Tommy Rees has targeted Michael Floyd on 30 of his 73 passes (41.1 percent) this season. The next closest receiver has been thrown to 13 times.
Rees is 23-of-30 to Floyd for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He's 28-for-43 for 335 yards and three touchdowns when targeting anyone else.
The six points allowed by MSU are the fewest over the first two games of a season since 1965, when they allowed three points to UCLA and shut out Penn State.