Friday, August 31, 2012
Did you know? Irish Week 1
By Matt Fortuna
As always, thanks to both schools' sports information departments and ESPN Stats & Info for these tidbits.
Notre Dame and Navy have met 125 times, including 85 straight years since 1927. But they have never faced off in an opener.
Notre Dame is one of 13 FBS schools to hold opponents to fewer than 21 points per game over each of the past two seasons.
Manti Te'o (324 career tackles) enters 2012 eighth on the program's all-time tackles list, with a good chance of climbing as high as third with a season similar to his last two.
The Irish's seven rushing touchdowns in last year's win over Navy was their most in a game since 1992 against Purdue.
Head coach Brian Kelly is 5-0 the last five times he has played a first-time starter at quarterback. Notre Dame is 14-6 in its last 20 games featuring a new starting quarterback.
The game, which will be played in Dublin, Ireland, marks the third time in Notre Dame's history that it has played overseas. The Irish topped Miami (Fla.), 40-15, in Tokyo in 1979 and beat Navy, 54-27, in Dublin’s Croke Park in 1996.
Everett Golson will be the first Notre Dame quarterback since Ron Powlus in 1994 to make his college and starting debut away from Notre Dame Stadium.
The Irish have won their last 13 openers when scoring first, spanning back to a 1986 loss to Michigan. Notre Dame scored first in the 2009 and 2010 openers but gave up a score first last season, along with the 2003-08 openers.