Notre Dame Football: Ron Powlus

What we learned: Week 9

October, 27, 2013
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Here is what we take away from Notre Dame's 45-10 win Saturday at Air Force:

1. Tommy Rees can play, remember? Rees had one of the best outings of his career, completing 17 of 22 passes for 284 yards with a career-high five touchdowns to five different receivers -- a Notre Dame first. He got to take the fourth quarter off for his efforts, which came a week after a neck strain forced him out of the USC game in the third quarter. He now has 54 career touchdown passes, as he topped Ron Powlus (52) to move into third place on the school career list. He also gave way to Andrew Hendrix, who hit Will Fuller for a 47-yard strike late and ran it in himself from 4 yards out for a score in some needed extended action.

2. Freshmen step up. Corey Robinson and Fuller had their first career touchdown grabs, and Fuller caught the aforementioned deep pass from Hendrix as well. Jaylon Smith also impressed in his first action against the option, recording eight tackles (tied with Dan Fox for most on the team), had a tackle for loss and recovered a fumble that would have turned into a touchdown if not for a blown call. Right guard Steve Elmer found himself at right tackle, too, and played well in his first career start, despite a false start penalty on his first drive that accounted for the Irish's only flag on the day.

3. Injuries are mounting. Brian Kelly said Chris Watt had a knee strain, but it did not sound serious. Sheldon Day, DaVaris Daniels and Ronnie Stanley all looked like they were banged up, too. We'll know more after speaking to Kelly on Sunday afternoon, but it was already a rough week for the Irish in the injury department after Christian Lombard was lost for the season and Louis Nix III did not travel for Saturday's game.

Did you know? Irish Week 1

August, 31, 2012
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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.
Former Notre Dame assistants Rob Ianello and John Latina have taken new jobs at Kansas and Duke, respectively.

Ianello, who coached Irish receivers and served as recruiting coordinator from 2005-08, was hired by Charlie Weis to perform the same duties with the Jayhawks. He was promoted to assistant head coach for offense in 2009 and was the Irish's interim coach after Weis was fired.

Ianello is coming off a two-year stint as Akron's head coach.

Latina, meanwhile, joins David Cutcliffe's Blue Devils staff as an offensive line coach, the same role he served at Notre Dame from 2005-08. He was Akron's offensive coordinator the past two seasons.

Former Irish quarterback coach (2007-09) Ron Powlus joined Weis' Kansas staff Dec. 13.

Wrapping up Maryland

November, 13, 2011
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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.

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