Friday, September 23, 2011
Week 4: Did you know?
By Matt Fortuna
Once again, kudos to ESPN Stats & Information for the help.
Pitt coach Todd Graham is looking to become the first coach to beat Notre Dame in consecutive seasons with two different teams. Grahan's Tulsa team won at Notre Dame last season. Only three coaches have ever beaten the Fighting Irish with two different schools (Howard Jones with Iowa and USC, Johnny Majors with Pitt and Tennessee, and Dennis Erickson with Miami and Oregon State. Randy Edsall could become the fourth when Maryland plays Notre Dame on Nov. 12.)
Pitt is 20-45-1 against Notre Dame, making it one of only five schools with at least 20 wins against the Irish. (Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and USC are the others.)
Notre Dame's 13 turnovers are tied with Western Kentucky for the most in the FBS. Its turnover margin (-8) is the worst in the nation.
Michael Floyd's 202 career catches are fifth-most among active FBS players. His 2,936 career receiving yards and 30 career receiving touchdowns each rank second.
Pitt has won three of the past five meetings between this school, though Notre Dame won 11 of the previous 12.