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MANTI TE’O Linebacker Second Team All-American Butkus Award finalist Lott Trophy finalist

BRIAN KELLY Head Coach Third-winningest coach since 2001

TYLER EIFERT Tight End First Team All-American Mackey Award finalist MICHAEL FLOYD Wide Receiver Most prolific receiver in Notre Dame history

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Victories since the start of the 2001 season. Among active FBS head coaches, only Bob Stoops and Mack Brown have more wins.

Wins in 19 postseason games (.737). Kelly was 11-4 in NCAA Division II playoffs (won national championships in 2002 and 2003) and is 3-1 in bowl games.

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The only coach in Notre Dame history to win a bowl game in his first season as head coach of the Fighting Irish.

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Wins in 27 games played in either November or December since 2006.

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Consecutive games won when holding the opposition to less than 20 points.

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Times honored as national coach of the year. Selected the Division II coach of the year by Schutt Sports in 2001 and by the AFCA in 2002 and 2003. Named FBS coach of the year by Schutt Sports in 2008 and Home Depot coach of the year in 2009.

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The only three-time recipient of BIG EAST Coach of the Year. Kelly was honored from 2007-09.


MEDIA INFORMATION Table of Contents/Credits....................................................................1 Media Information..........................................................................2-3 Notre Dame Athletics Media Relations..............................................3 Game Facts..........................................................................................4

Printing by Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Ind. © University of Notre Dame, Athletics Media Relations Department, 2011. All rights reserved.

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Special thanks to Mike and Sue Bennett plus everyone at Lighthouse Imaging, Michael Binnette, Bill Panzica, Joe Raymond, and Marcus Snowden for their photographic contributions. Thanks also to Chuck Cealka of Ave Maria Press.

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THIS IS NOTRE DAME University of Notre Dame.........................................................176-77 University Leadership...............................................................178-79 Notre Dame Tradition......................................................................180

Cover designs and page layout by Dave Scholtes of Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Ind.

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2011 SEASON RECAP South Florida...................................................................................111 Michigan.........................................................................................112 Michigan State................................................................................113 Pittsburgh.......................................................................................114 Purdue.............................................................................................115 Air Force..........................................................................................116 USC..................................................................................................117 Navy................................................................................................118 Wake Forest.....................................................................................119 Maryland.........................................................................................120 Boston College................................................................................121 Stanford...........................................................................................122 Season Results................................................................................123 Team Statistics................................................................................123 Individual Stats.......................................................................123-125 Game-by-Game Starters................................................................126 Game-by-Game Participation........................................................127

This publication was compiled, written and edited by director of football media relations Brian Hardin, assistant media relations director Michael Bertsch, senior associate athletics director John Heisler and media relations assistant Russell Dorn with assistance from student assistants Andrew Bartolini, Nick Bucholtz and Aaron Horvath.

COACHES & STAFF

COACHES & STAFF Head Coach Brian Kelly...............................................................93-96 Coordinators................................................................................97-98 Assistant Coaches.....................................................................99-106 Support Staff...........................................................................107-110

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THE FIGHTING IRISH Student-Athlete Profile Updates................................................65-92

BOWL HISTORY Bowl Summaries....................................................................142-143 Bowl Records..........................................................................144-145 1925 Rose Bowl..............................................................................146 1970 Cotton Bowl...........................................................................147 1971 Cotton Bowl...........................................................................148 1973 Orange Bowl..........................................................................149 1973 Sugar Bowl............................................................................150 1975 Orange Bowl..........................................................................151 1976 Gator Bowl.............................................................................152 1978 Cotton Bowl...........................................................................153 1979 Cotton Bowl...........................................................................154 1981 Sugar Bowl............................................................................155 1983 Liberty Bowl..........................................................................156 1984 Aloha Bowl............................................................................157 1988 Cotton Bowl...........................................................................158 1989 Fiesta Bowl............................................................................159 1990 Orange Bowl..........................................................................160 1991 Orange Bowl..........................................................................161 1992 Sugar Bowl............................................................................162 1993 Cotton Bowl...........................................................................163 1994 Cotton Bowl...........................................................................164 1995 Fiesta Bowl............................................................................165 1996 Orange Bowl..........................................................................166 1997 Independence Bowl..............................................................167 1999 Gator Bowl.............................................................................168 2001 Fiesta Bowl............................................................................169 2003 Gator Bowl.............................................................................170 2004 Insight Bowl..........................................................................171 2006 Fiesta Bowl............................................................................172 2007 Sugar Bowl............................................................................173 2008 Hawaii Bowl..........................................................................174 2010 Sun Bowl...............................................................................175

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GAME NOTES

GAME NOTES Game Info/Countdown to Kickoff......................................................5 Series History vs. Florida State........................................................6-9 Team Notes.................................................................................10-26 Notre Dame’s Record When..............................................................11 National Rankings.............................................................................12 Probable Starting Lineup..................................................................13 Starter Sheet.....................................................................................14 Career Starts by Position...................................................................14 Milestones Within Reach..................................................................15 Money Plays......................................................................................15 Irish Among National Leaders..........................................................16 Eye on Notre Dame Records Book..............................................17-37 Offensive Notes...........................................................................26-46 Single-Game Highs....................................................................38-46 Defensive Notes..........................................................................46-53 Notre Dame By The Numbers...........................................................47 Special Teams Notes....................................................................53-55 Miscellaneous Notes...................................................................55-56 2011 Honors and Awards.................................................................57 The Last Time..............................................................................58-60 Depth Chart.......................................................................................61 Roster Information......................................................................62-63 Pronunciation Guide.........................................................................63

Notre Dame Game-by-Game Statistics..........................................128 Opponent Game-by-Game Statistics.............................................129 3rd Down/4th Down/Time of Possession......................................130 Red Zone Statistics..........................................................................131 Notre Dame and Opponent Scoring Drives....................................132 Game-by-Game Comparison.........................................................133 Game-by-Game Individual Statistics.......................................133-37 Miscellaneous Stats..................................................................138-39 Notre Dame Superlatives................................................................140 Opponent Superlatives...................................................................141

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MEDIA INFORMATION

CREDENTIALS

Outlets that covered the participating teams on a season-long basis are eligible for credentials. All media attending the Champs Sports Bowl must apply for media and photo credentials by visiting the “Media” page at www.FCSports.com. FCSports will ask the media relations directors of the participating schools to review the list of applicants on all credential requests with applications subject to final approval by the FCSports staff. Media registration will be located at the Green Room on the first floor of Rosen Plaza Hotel. At registration, media who have been approved to cover the game will receive their credential, parking pass (if applicable) and a media gift. No credentials will be mailed. Registration hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 27 and 28. Gameday media will call is located on the second floor of the Citrus Centre in the south end of Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then at the Gate A ticket window in the northwest corner of the stadium two hours prior to kickoff. The game day credentials must be worn at all official bowl week functions.

MEDIA RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVES Notre Dame Brian Hardin, Director of Football Media Relations Cell: 574-532-4134 Email: bhardin2@nd.edu Michael Bertsch, Assistant Media Relations Director Cell: 574-532-4154 Email: mbertsc1@nd.edu John Heisler, Senior Associate A.D. for Media/Broadcast Relations Cell: 574-532-0293 Email: jheisler@nd.edu

Champs Sports Bowl Greg Creese, Director of Communications (Media Requests/Interviews) Office: 407-423-2476 x117 Email: gcreese@fcsports.com Katie Ann Robinson, Communications Assistant (Credentials/Parking) Office: 407-423-2476 x105 Email: katier@fcsports.com Jimmy Clarity, Communications Intern (Media Hotel/Registration) Office: 407-423-2476 x119 Email: jclarity@fcsports.com

NOTRE DAME TEAM HEADQUARTERS Rosen Shingle Creek Resort

9939 Universal Blvd. Orlando, Fla. 32819 407-996-9939

MEDIA HEADQUARTERS Rosen Plaza Hotel

9840 International Drive Orlando, Fla. 32819 407-996-9700 The media hotel for the Champs Sports Bowl is the Rosen Plaza Hotel. The room rate for approved media staying at the hotel is $85 per night plus applicable taxes. Reservations for the hotel may only be made online when applying for credentials. To apply for credentials and to book a room, visit the media page at www.FCSports.com. Deadline to reserve a room in the media block is Friday, Dec. 16.

Media Hospitality Room The media hospitality room will be located at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, suite 253. Beverages and snacks will be available in the room which is intended to serve as a “pregame hospitality room” for guests heading out to enjoy Orlando’s many nightlife and entertainment options. Media hospitality will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 27-28 and from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Dec. 29.

GAME WEEK Practices Notre Dame’s practices from Dec. 25-27 will occur at McCracken Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium complex. On Dec. 28, the team will have a walk-thru practice at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Practice is closed to the public and media all week with the exception of the first 20 minutes of practice on Dec. 26 when media may attend for B-roll purposes. To get to McCracken Field from the media hotel, start by going south on International Drive for one-half mile and make a U-turn at Convention Way onto International Drive, heading north. Merge onto I-4 East toward Orlando for 6.8 miles. Merge onto US-441 North/US-17-92/South Orange Blossom Trail via Exit 80B for two miles. Turn left onto Long Street for 0.3 miles then turn right onto Rio Grand Ave South. The Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium will be on your left.

Interviews Notre Dame student-athletes will be available immediately following practice on Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 at McCracken Field. Players will also be available at the “Day for Kids” event on Dec. 27. Fighting Irish coordinators and assistant coaches will be available only after practice on Dec. 25. To request a specific player or coach, please email Brian Hardin at least 24 hours before the proposed interview (bhardin2@nd.edu). Head coach Brian Kelly will be available upon arrival at the team hotel on Dec. 23, following practice on Dec. 26 and at the kickoff luncheon press conference on Dec. 28. See the media opportunities on the schedule below for details on time and locations.

NOTRE DAME 2011 CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL MEDIA SCHEDULE (All times local and subject to change) FRIDAY 23 4:45 p.m. – Arrival of coaches and administrators buses to Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel – Brian Kelly available upon arrival

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SATURDAY 24 No availability

SUNDAY 25 4:00 p.m. – Requested players and assistant coaches available (McCracken Field)

MONDAY 26 1:45-2:05 p.m. – Media viewing of practice (McCracken Field) 3:15 p.m. – Brian Kelly and requested players available (McCracken Field)

TUESDAY 27 9-10:45 a.m. – Select players available at “Day for Kids” event (Give Kids the World, 210 S. Bass Rd., Kissimmee)

WEDNESDAY 28 11:00 a.m. – Brian Kelly at Kickoff Luncheon Press Conference (Lake Eola Room, Hilton Orlando Hotel)

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Media Information

NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS MEDIA RELATIONS

Alan George Assistant Media Relations Director Work Phone: 574-631-3397 Cell: 574-340-3977 e-mail: ageorge2@nd.edu Russell Dorn Media Relations Assistant Work Phone: 574-631-4780 Cell: 574-340-2851 e-mail: rdorn@nd.edu

Brian Hardin (Football Contact) Director of Football Media Relations Work Phone: 574-631-9471 Cell: 574-532-4134 e-mail: bhardin2@nd.edu

Susan McGonigal Senior Administrative Assistant Work Phone: 574-631-6453 e-mail: sreed@nd.edu

Carol Copley Senior Staff Assistant Work Phone: 574-631-7517 e-mail: ccopley1@nd.edu

Michael Bertsch (Football Contact) Assistant Media Relations Director Work Phone: 574-631-8642 Cell: 574-532-4154 e-mail: mbertsc1@nd.edu

Postgame Interviews

Media Shuttle Media members are encouraged to utilize the media shuttle on gameday. The media shuttle will depart the Rosen Plaza Hotel in approximately 30-minute intervals and return to the stadium in similar shifts. The shuttle will depart the hotel in the parking lot just outside of media registration from 2 to 4:30 p.m. After the game, the shuttle will leave by Gate D from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.

Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium is located on at 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, Fla., 32805.

Press Box

Postgame Ceremonies Immediately following the game, a Champions Trophy will be awarded to the winning team on the field. A Most Valuable Player Award will be given to one player and media in attendance will vote on the MVP award. The winning team will receive champions hats and t-shirts on the field. The losing team will be given a Participation Trophy in the locker room following the game.

Notre Dame Athletics All Notre Dame football information is available to the media on the internet at UND.com. Game notes, depth chart, player biographies, transcripts to press conferences and conference calls plus much more can be found on the official website of University of Notre Dame athletics.

Champs Sports Bowl The official Champs Sports Bowl website is champssportsbowl.com. Most information media members need can be found on the website in the Media section. Press releases are available on this page as well. The site contains general information about tickets, parking and Champs Sports Bowl week events.

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The press box at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium is equipped with wireless internet. Media will be given a passcode for use on gameday. Statistics will also be accessible from any laptop in the press box. A website will be distributed prior to the game for those interested in utilizing this technology.

WEBSITES

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Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium

Postgame interviews will be conducted in the Varsity Club located directly across the concourse from each locker room. The head coach and one player from the losing team will be interviewed first, immediately followed by the winning coach and two players (including game MVP). Notre Dame’s locker room will remained closed following the game and additional players will be made available in the concourse outside the locker room. Per Champs Sports Bowl policy, no interviews are permitted on the field after the game, with the exception of the ESPN broadcast and live radio that has paid broadcast rights fees.

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COACHES & STAFF

Chris Masters Associate Media Relations Director Work Phone: 574-631-8032; Home: 574-273-1728 Cell: 574-532-4166 e-mail: cmaster1@nd.edu

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Tim Connor Associate Media Relations Director Work Phone: 574-631-7519; Home: 574-273-1038 Cell: 574-532-0274 e-mail: tconnor@nd.edu

Brent Henningfeld Media Relations Assistant Work Phone: 574-631-1762 Cell: 574-286-0161 e-mail: bhennin1@nd.edu

GAME NOTES

Bernadette Cafarelli Assistant Athletics Director/Media Relations Director Work Phone: 574-631-8458; Home: 574-273-2390 Cell: 574-532-0249 e-mail: bcafarel@nd.edu

Sean Carroll Assistant Media Relations Director Work Phone: 574-631-2664 Cell: 574-340-2177 e-mail: scarrol3@nd.edu

MEDIA INFO

John Heisler Senior Associate Athletic Director For Media and Broadcast Relations Work Phone: 574-631-7516; Home: 574-277-3523 Cell: 574-532-0293 e-mail: jheisler@nd.edu

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GAME FACTS GENERAL INFORMATION Location.................................................................................Notre Dame, Ind. Founded...................................................................................................1842 Enrollment....................................... 8,372 (undergraduates), 11,816 (total) Nickname....................................................................................Fighting Irish Conference.....................................................................................................................Independent Colors............................................................................................................................Blue and Gold Stadium.............................................................................................................Notre Dame Stadium Capacity................................................................................................................................... 80,795 Year Opened................................................................................................................................1930 Surface....................................................................................................................................... Grass President.................................................................................................. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. Alma Mater (Year)................................................................................................. Notre Dame (’76) Athletics Director........................................................................................................Jack Swarbrick Alma Mater (Year)................................................................................................. Notre Dame (‘76)

GENERAL INFORMATION Location............................................................................... Tallahassee, Fla. Founded................................................................................................1851 Enrollment.............................................................40,838 (as of Fall, 2010) Nickname..................................................................................... Seminoles Conference.................................................................................................Atlantic Coast Conference Colors........................................................................................................................ Garnet and Gold Stadium....................................................................................................... Doak Campbell Stadium Capacity................................................................................................................................... 82,300 Year Opened................................................................................................................................1950 Surface....................................................................................................................................... Grass President...................................................................................................................Dr. Eric J. Barron Alma Mater (Year)..................................................................................................Florida State (73) Athletics Director......................................................................................................Randy Spetman Alma Mater (Year)...................................................................................... Air Force Academy (‘76)

HISTORY First Year of Football....................................................................................................................1887 All-Time Record..............................................................................................................853-299-42 Bowl Appearances (including 2011)....................................................... 31 (Last, 2010 Sun Bowl) Bowl Record..............................................................................................................................15-15

HISTORY First Year of Football....................................................................................................................1949 All-Time Record..............................................................................................................471-235-17 Bowl Appearances (including 2011)............................................39 (Last, 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl) Bowl Record..........................................................................................................................22-14-2

TEAM INFORMATION Offensive Formation................................................................................................................Spread Defensive Formation.....................................................................................................................3-4 2011 Overall Record......................................................................................................................8-4 Home Record................................................................................................................................4-2 Road/Neutral Record....................................................................................................................4-2

TEAM INFORMATION Offensive Formation................................................................................................................Pro Set Defensive Formation.....................................................................................................................4-3 2011 Overall Record......................................................................................................................8-4 Home Record................................................................................................................................5-2 Road/Neutral Record....................................................................................................................3-2

COACHING STAFF Head Coach......................................................................................... Brian Kelly (Assumption, ‘83) Record at Notre Dame (Year)..........................................................................16-9 (Second season) Record Overall (Year)...................................................................................187-66-2 (21st season) Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers................................................................ Bob Diaco (Iowa, ’95) Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks........................................... Charley Molnar (Lock Haven, ’84) Wide Receivers...............................................................................Tony Alford (Colorado State, ’92) Cornerbacks...................................................................................................Kerry Cooks (Iowa, ’00) Tight Ends..........................................................................Mike Denbrock (Grand Valley State, ’87) Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator...........................................Mike Elston (Michigan, ’98) Running Backs...................................................................................Tim Hinton (Wilmington, ’82) Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator............................................................Chuck Martin (Millikin, ’90) Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator.......................................... Ed Warinner (Mount Union, ’84) Defensive Graduate Assistant........................................................... Jon Carpenter (Cincinnati, ’08) Defensive Graduate Assistant................................................ Michael Painter (Bowling Green, ’06) Offensive Intern....................................................................................Scott Booker (Kent State, 03) Offensive Intern........................................................................ Bill Brechin (Grand Valley State, ’06) Director of Football Strength and Conditioning............................... Paul Longo (Wayne State, ’83) Director of Football Operations......................................................... Chad Klunder (Wartburg, ’95) Director of Football Personnel....................................................... Tim McDonnell (Holy Cross, ’05) Director of Football Development................................................Dave Peloquin (Notre Dame, ’03) Director of Football Administration.......................................................... Beth Rex (Cincinnati, ’96)

COACHING STAFF Head Coach...................................................................................Jimbo Fisher (Salem College, ‘89) Record at Florida State (Year).........................................................................18-8 (Second season) Record Overall (Year)......................................................................................18-8 (Second season) Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends....................................................James Coley (Florida State, 97) Quarterbacks/Recruiting Coordinator..............................................Dameyune Craig (Auburn, ’02) Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers.......................... Lawrence Dawsey (Florida State, ’91) Defensive Ends...........................................................................................D.J. Eliot (Wyoming, ’99) Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs.. Eddie Gran (Cal Lutheran, ’87) Defensive Line...............................................................................Odell Haggins (Florida State, ’93) Assistant Head Coach Defense/Linebackers...................................Greg Hudson (Notre Dame, ‘90) Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs......................................................Mark Stoops (Iowa, ’89) Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line......................................................Rick Trickett (Glenville, 72) Offensive Graduate Assistant.............................................................Dan Gayton (Florida State, 09) Defensive Graduate Assistant.................................................. Mikhal Kornegay (Florida State, ‘07) Director of Football Strength and Conditioning...............................................Vic Viloria (SMU, ’02) Director of Football Operations............................................................Erik Korem (Texas A&M, ‘03) Player Personnel..........................................Bob LaCivita (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, ‘71)

2011 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS Date Opponent Sept. 3 USF Sept. 10 at Michigan Sept. 17 Michigan State Sept. 24 at Pittsburgh Oct. 1 at Purdue Oct. 8 Air Force Oct. 22 USC Oct. 29 Navy Nov. 5 at Wake Forest Nov. 12 vs. Maryland Nov. 19 Boston College Nov. 26 at Stanford

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Location............................................ Result Notre Dame, Ind...................................................L, 23-20 Ann Arbor, Mich...................................................L, 35-31 Notre Dame, Ind................................................. W, 31-13 Pittsburgh, Pa..................................................... W, 15-12 West Lafayette, Ind............................................ W, 38-10 Notre Dame, Ind................................................. W, 59-33 Notre Dame, Ind...................................................L, 31-17 Notre Dame, Ind................................................. W, 56-14 Winston-Salem, N.C.......................................... W, 24-17 Landover, Md. (FedEx Field).............................. W, 45-21 Notre Dame, Ind................................................. W, 16-14 Stanford, Calif.......................................................L, 28-14

2011 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS Date Opponent Sept. 3 Louisiana-Monroe Sept. 10 Charleston Southern Sept. 17 Oklahoma Sept. 24 at Clemson Oct. 8 at Wake Forest Oct. 15 at Duke Oct. 22 Maryland Oct. 29 North Carolina State Nov. 3 at Boston College Nov. 12 Miami Nov. 19 Virginia Nov. 26 at Florida

Location............................................ Result Tallahassee, Fla.....................................................W, 34-0 Tallahassee, Fla.................................................. W, 62-10 Tallahassee, Fla....................................................L, 23-13 Clemson, S.C........................................................L, 35-30 Winston-Salem, N.C............................................L, 35-30 Durham, N.C...................................................... W, 41-16 Tallahassee, Fla.................................................. W, 41-16 Tallahassee, Fla.....................................................W, 34-0 Chestnut Hill, Mass...............................................W, 38-7 Tallahassee, Fla.................................................. W, 23-19 Tallahassee, Fla....................................................L, 14-13 Gainesville, Fla......................................................W, 21-7

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Game Notes Countdown To Kickoff DATE u Thursday, December 29, 2011 TIME u 5:31 p.m. EST SITE (CAPACITY) u Florida Citrus Bowl (65,438); Orlando, Fla.

POLLS u Notre Dame is not ranked in the Associated Press poll or USA Today Coaches' poll, but the Irish are receiving votes in each poll. Florida State is ranked No. 25 in both polls.

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SERIES INFO u Notre Dame and Florida State will meet for the seventh time on Dec. 29 with the Seminoles holding a 4-2 advantage in the series. This will be the second meeting between the two foes in a bowl game. Florida State rallied past the Irish, 31-26, in the 1996 Orange Bowl (additional series information on pages 2-4).

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Real-Time Stats u Live in-game statistics will be provided through CBS College Sports GameTracker via UND. com.

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Web Sites u Notre Dame (UND.com), Florida State (Seminoles.com)

COACHES & STAFF

RADIO u IMG College Sports is the exclusive national rights-holder for Irish football radio broadcasts. IMG College manages, produces and syndicates the Irish national football radio network. Notre Dame games will be broadcast by Don Criqui (play-by-play), former Irish great Allen Pinkett (analysis) and Jeff Jeffers (sideline). This broadcast can be heard live on both SIRIUS and XM Satellite Radio (channel 129). u All Notre Dame home games may be heard in South Bend on Sunny 101.5 FM and Newsradio 960 WSBT-AM. u ESPN Radio with Mike Gleason (play-by-play) and John Congemi (analysis).

IRISH BOWL HISTORY u This year’s appearance in the Champs Sports Bowl will be the 31st bowl appearance by the Irish, whose first bowl outing was in the 1925 Rose Bowl. u Notre Dame has fashioned an overall record of 15-15 in postseason play and has participated in 13 different bowl games. The Irish have never previously participated in the Champs Sports Bowl. u Notre Dame will make its ninth bowl appearance in the state of Florida. The Irish have made five appearances in the Orange Bowl and sport a 2-3 mark. Notre Dame has also registered a 1-2 record in its three Gator Bowl trips to Jacksonville. u This marks Notre Dame's sixth bowl game against a current member of the ACC - after a 19-18 win over Boston College in the Notre Dame 1983 Liberty Bowl, followed by Bowl History losses to Florida State in the 1996 Opponent Result Orange Bowl (31-26) and Georgia Bowl (date) Stanford W, 27-10 Tech (35-28) and North Carolina 1925 Rose (1.1) (9) Texas (1) L, 17-21 State (28-6) in the 1999 and 2003 1970 Cotton (1.1) (6) Texas (1) W, 24-11 Gator Bowls, respectively. The 1971 Cotton (1.1) (12) Nebraska (9) L, 6-40 Irish knocked off Miami (Fla.), 1973 Orange (1.1) (3) Alabama (1) W, 24-23 31-17, in last season's Hyundai 1973 Sugar (12.31) (9) Alabama (2) W, 13-11 1975 Orange (1.1) Sun Bowl. (15) Penn State (20) W, 20-9 u After winning 13 of its first 19 1976 Gator (12.27) (5) Texas (1) W, 38-10 bowl appearances, Notre Dame 1978 Cotton (1.2) (10) Houston (9) W, 35-34 lost its next nine postseason 1979 Cotton (1.1) (7) Georgia (1) L, 10-17 games until its record setting 1981 Sugar (1.1) Boston College (13) W, 19-18 49-21 victory over Hawai'i in the 1983 Liberty (12.29) 1984 Aloha (12.29) (17) SMU (10) L, 20-27 2008 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. (12) Texas A&M (13) L, 10-35 u Notre Dame made its first 1988 Cotton (1.1) (1) West Virginia (3) W, 34-21 bowl appearance in 1925 when 1989 Fiesta (1.2) (4) Colorado (1) W, 21-6 Knute Rockne took his famed Four 1990 Orange (1.1) (5) Colorado (1) L, 9-10 Horsemen backfield across the 1991 Orange (1.1) (18) Florida (3) W, 39-28 country to meet Stanford in the 1992 Sugar (1.1) 1993 Cotton (1.1) (5) Texas A&M (4) W, 28-3 Rose Bowl. (4) Texas A&M (7) W, 24-21 u Due to school policy, the Irish 1994 Cotton (1.1) Colorado (4) L, 24-41 did not appear in a bowl game 1995 Fiesta (1.2) (6) Florida State (8) L, 26-31 again until the 1970 Cotton Bowl. 1996 Orange (1.1) LSU (15) L, 9-27 u Notre Dame has appeared in 1997 Indep. (12.28) (17) Georgia Tech (12) L, 28-35 13 different bowl games: Rose 1999 Gator (1.1) (10) Oregon State (5) L, 9-41 (1925), Cotton (1970, 1971, 2001 Fiesta (1.1) (11) NC State (17) L, 6-28 1978, 1979, 1988, 1993, 1994), 2003 Gator (1.1) Oregon State L, 21-38 Orange (1973, 1975, 1990, 1991, 2004 Insight (12.28) (5) Ohio State (4) L, 20-34 1996), Sugar (1973, 1980, 1991, 2006 Fiesta (1.2) (11) LSU (4) L, 14-41 2007), Gator (1976, 1999, 2003), 2007 Sugar (1.4) Hawai'i W, 49-21 Liberty (1983), Aloha (1984), 2008 Hawai'i (12.24) Miami (Fla.) W, 33-17 Fiesta (1989, 1995, 2001, 2006), 2010 Sun (12.31) Independence (1997), Insight (2004), Hawai’i (2008), Sun The number in front of the opponent name indicates Notre Dame’s (2010) and Champs Sports ranking in the AP poll coming into the game. The number following the opponent name indicates its ranking. (2011).

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Television u ESPN national telecast with Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (analysis), Holly Rowe (sideline), Steve Ackels (producer) and Jeff Evers (director).

u Some of the most memorable moments in Notre Dame history have occurred in bowl games, including National Championship clinching victories at the 1973 Sugar Bowl (24-23 over No. 1 Alabama), 1978 Cotton Bowl (38-10 over No. 1 Texas) and 1989 Fiesta Bowl (34-21 over unbeaten No. 3 West Virginia). u The “Ice Bowl” or “Chicken Soup Bowl” was played in 1979 when Notre Dame, led by future NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, scored 23 points in the final 7:37 to shock Houston (temperature at kickoff was 20 degrees with a wind chill of minus-six, hence the “Ice Bowl”; Joe Montana missed a portion of the game due to a lower than normal body temperature and sipped chicken soup to warm up, hence “The Chicken Soup Bowl”). u In the 1983 Liberty Bowl, Notre Dame prevented the Doug Flutie-led Eagles a chance at a 10-2 record and spot among the nation’s top 10 with a 19-18 victory. u Notre Dame denied Texas A&M a shot at the national title in the 1993 Cotton Bowl, routing the unbeaten Aggies 28-3.

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TICKETS u Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 280 of its previous 316 games, including 121 of its last 157 games away from the friendly confines of Notre Dame Stadium dating back to the start of the 1986 season (includes matchup with Florida State which is sold out).

WHAT TO WATCH FOR u Notre Dame will look for its third consecutive victory in a bowl game (on the heels of a ninegame losing streak in bowl games). u Second-year head coach Brian Kelly will look to become the first Irish coach in school history to register bowl victories in each of his first two seasons on the Notre Dame sidelines.

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10 For the first time in 10 years, Notre Dame’s defense has allowed fewer than 21 points per game in consecutive seasons. (Page 46) 9 The Champs Sports Bowl marks the ninth postseason bowl game for the Irish in Florida – the most of any state. This will also serve as a homecoming of sorts as nine scholarship players are Floridians – tied with California and Ohio for most on Notre Dame. (Page 8) 8 The Irish defense has allowed only eight rushing TDs this season – tied for fifth in the nation behind Alabama, LSU, TCU and Utah. Of the eight rushing TDs allowed by Notre Dame’s defense, only three have been by running backs. (Page 48) 7 In the seven years the NCAA has published Graduation Success Rate (GSR) numbers, Notre Dame’s football team has ranked in the top three every year. The Irish have graduated the highest percentage of football players each of the last three years, according to the NCAA GSR. (Pages 55-56) 6 Senior WR Michael Floyd owns six career or single-season Notre Dame receiving records. Floyd owns career records in receptions (266), receiving yards (3,645), receiving TDs (36), receiving yards per game (86.8) and games with at least 100 receiving yards (17). He also owns the single-season school record for receptions (95). (Pages 34-38) 5 Notre Dame tallied over 500 yards of total offense five times this year. In the five seasons prior to 2011, the Irish recorded 500 yards in a game on just five occasions. (Page 27) 4 The Irish are playing a fourth team from the ACC this year and will look to go to 4-0 with a win against Florida State. It would be the first time Notre Dame defeated four schools from the same conference in one season since 1993. (Page 11) 3 Junior Cierre Wood and senior Jonas Gray are one of three running back tandems with at least nine rushing TDs apiece. The other running back duos play at Oregon and Oklahoma State. (Pages 30-31) 2 Junior LB Manti Te’o was named a second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America second team. (Pages 50-51) 1 Notre Dame’s defense ranks first in the nation in fewest points allowed in the third quarter this year. The 13 points allowed by the Irish are the fewest permitted in any quarter by an Irish defense since 1982. (Page 21) 0 Head coach Brian Kelly has not been defeated as a head coach in the last 57 games when his team has allowed fewer than 20 points. The last time a Kelly-coached team gave up less than 20 points and lost was the 2001 NCAA Division II national championship game (lost to North Dakota 17-14). (Page 19)

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Game Notes Notre Dame vs. Florida State Series History Florida State leads 4-2 In Notre Dame: Florida State leads 2-1 In Tallahassee: Notre Dame leads 1-0 Neutral Site: Florida State leads 2-0 In Bowl Games: Florida State leads 1-0 (1996, Orange Bowl) Longest Notre Dame Win Streak: 1 (1993, 2002) Longest Florida State Win Streak: 2 (1994-95) Largest Victory: 10 (34-24), 2002 in Tallahassee Largest Defeat: 37 (0-37), 2003 in Notre Dame Site Year Rank W/L/T ND * 1981 -20 L 13 * 1993 2-1 W 31 CIT 1994 -8 L 16 OB 1995 6-8 L 26 2002 6-11 W 34 * 2003 -5 L 0 OB – Orange Bowl

SU 19 24 23 31 24 37

2011 Florida State Results (8-4 Overall, 5-3 ACC) Sept. 3 Sept. 10 Sept. 17 Sept. 24 Oct. 8 Oct. 15 Oct. 22 Oct. 29 Nov. 3 Nov. 12 Nov. 19 Nov. 26

vs. Louisiana-Monroe W, 34-0 vs. Charleston Southern W, 62-10 vs. Oklahoma L, 23-13 at Clemson* L, 35-30 at Wake Forest* L, 35-30 at Duke* W, 41-16 vs. Maryland* W, 41-16 vs. NC State* W, 34-0 at Boston College* W, 38-7 vs. Miami* W, 23-19 vs. Virginia* L, 14-13 at Florida W, 21-7

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FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH JIMBO FISHER A veteran of 22 seasons as a college assistant, including three as FSU's offensive coordinator, Jimbo Fisher succeeded Bobby Bowden - the second winningest coach in major college football - as the Seminoles' ninth head coach and first new one in 35 years. In just over a year, he has helped deliver Florida State back to a place of national prominence. Boasting a final ranking of No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, Fisher led his team to the 2010 Chickfil-A Bowl Championship with a 26-17 win over then No. 19 South Carolina. His first season also included a sweep of in-state rivals Miami and Florida, an ACC Atlantic Division title and the program's first 10-win season since 2003 as the Seminoles finished 10-4. In just his first season as a head coach, Fisher won the most games (10) by a first-year coach in FSU history and the third-most by a rookie coach in ACC history. He was named the 2010 Football Writer's Association of America's Freshman All-America Team Coach. Fisher carried the success of his first season onto the recruiting trail as he put together a 2011 recruiting class ranked either first or second nationally by ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com. Fisher has not wasted any time putting his stamp on the Seminoles. From assembling a staff of energetic, ambitious assistants, to dramatically overhauling the program's infrastructure, he has left no stone unturned. His attention to every aspect of the program - from strength & conditioning, nutrition, mental training, academic support, talent evaluation and recruiting, player development and peer mentoring among teammates - is centered on establishing an unshakable foundation that emphasizes the whole development of each player. Fisher has carefully crafted his vision for the Seminoles through 19 seasons as a college assistant. Nick Saban and Bobby Bowden, each of whom have won two national championships and authored perfect seasons, have been the most influential coaches in his career. After a one-semester stop at Clemson, where he was going to play baseball, Fisher returned home to Salem College in West Virginia. He starred for three seasons at quarterback, establishing a school and conference record for career passing yardage. A two-time conference player of the year and an All-American in his final season at Salem, Fisher transferred to Samford College in Birmingham, Alabama for his final season of eligibility. He enjoyed a record-setting season in 1987 with the Bulldogs, earning NCAA Division III National Player of the Year honors, which he parlayed into a season with the Chicago Bruisers of the Arena Football League. In 1993, Fisher joined the staff at Auburn and over the next 14 seasons, including stops at Cincinnati and LSU, he built a reputation as a keen play-caller whose development of quarterbacks was second-to-none in major college football. His list of standout pupils included record-setters Stan White, Patrick Nix and Dameyune Craig, who is the lone 3,000-yard passer in Auburn history. After guiding Cincinnati to one of its most prolific seasons in a one-year stint, he joined Saban's staff at LSU. Over the course of a seven-year run with the Tigers, quarterbacks Josh Booty, Rohan Davey, Craig Nall, Matt Mauck, JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn were selected in the NFL Draft. Russell, who was the first player selected in the 2007 NFL Draft, and Davey remain the only 3,000-yard passers in LSU history. LSU made seven consecutive bowl appearances, won two SEC titles, posted a 70-20 record and won the 2003 BCS National Championship with Fisher as its offensive coordinator. He was a finalist for the 2001 Frank Broyles Award, presented to the nation's top assistant coach. Fisher accepted Bobby Bowden's invitation to join the Florida State staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in January 2007 and by the end of his first year, was tabbed as Bowden's successor upon retirement. The quick ascent followed a similar arc to the Seminoles' offense, which has improved statistically in each of his four seasons.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE SEMINOLES LAST TIME OUT GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No offense? No problem. Despite only gaining 95 yards, the Florida State football team rode its opportunistic defense to a 21-7 victory over rival Florida. In doing so, the Seminoles (8-4) not only won a game in the Swamp for the first time since 2003 but they also claimed a secondconsecutive state championship. FSU hadn't defeated both Florida and Miami in back-to-back seasons since doing so in 1998 and '99. If that's not enough, the win marks head coach Jimbo Fisher's 18th triumph since taking over for legendary coach Bowden – a feat that makes him the winningest coach in the first two years of his head-coaching tenure in Seminoles history. FSU's defense only gave up 184 yards and one late score after a Jermaine Thomas fumble, but it was the Seminoles' ability to force turnovers and turn the Gators' giveaways into points. The Seminoles intercepted four passes – three off starter John Brantley and one off his replacement, Jacoby Brissett – and while the first two were quickly followed by FSU scores on short fields, it was senior Terrance Parks' 29-yard pick-six that put the visitors on top 21-0 and the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter. Parks also lead the Seminoles with six tackles and two for loss. Greg Reid had two interceptions and Mike Harris had one of his own. Senior Shawn Powell did his part, too. The nation's No.-1 ranked punter kept the Gators pinned back in their own territory all evening with nine punts for an average of 44.4 yards per kick. Powell also served as the sod captain; the player responsible for bringing back so turf to bury in the program's storied sod cementary. Offensively, EJ Manuel was 6-of-13 for 65 yards. Devonta Freeman finished the night with 44 yards to break Warrick Dunn's record for most rushing yards as a freshman in Florida State history. Freeman, who now has a team-high 531 yards rushing this year, had two one-yard touchdown runs against UF. For Florida, Brantley threw for 104 yards before FSU's Brandon Jenkins knocked him – and consequently himself – out of the game late in the second quarter. Gators speedsters Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey combined for 36 yards rushing on 19 carries. After fielding the opening kickoff, the Gators gave it away when Reid read Brantley's eyes, jumped the route and intercepted the ball to put FSU in scoring position. Manuel was then stopped on 3rd-and-1 after leading the 'Noles to the goal line but after the play UF's Ronald Powell was flagged for a personal foul. The fresh set of downs lead to a Freeman one-yard carry for an early 7-0 score. The Seminoles' second score would then play out much like the first. With UF threatening in FSU territory, Harris intercepted the football before returning it 89 yards. Harris' play marked the seventh-longest interception return in school history and set up another Freeman one-yard dash. FSU would get another Reid interception and then stuffed the Gators on 4th-and-1 later inside their own red zone to preserve a 14-0 lead heading into halftime despite gaining just 39 total yards on offense through the first two quarters. The second half began without much offense by either side. FSU appeared to catch a break midway through the third quarter when Reid returned a punt deep into UF territory. But a Karlos Williams penalty pushed ball back 15 yards and the offense stalled. Dustin Hopkins then missed a 50-yard field goal attempt as neither team would score in the third quarter. That changed with Parks' interception return for a score. Parks was the beneficiary of a bad throw but it was Cornelius Carradine's pressure on Brissett that lead to the errant toss. Down 21-0 with just a few minutes to play, UF added its lone score of the game after Thomas' fumble. Had the Gators not added that touchdown, it would have been UF's first shut-out since 1988.

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Game Notes

Rushing Yards 1. Lee Becton, 26-122, 1 TD; 11.13.1993 2. Greg Bell, 25-120, 1 TD; 10.10.1981 Passing Yards 1. Carlyle Holiday, 13-21-185, 2 TD; 10.26.2002 2. Brady Quinn, 20-52-175, 0 TD; 11.1.2003 Receptions 1. Derek Mayes, 6-96, 2 TD; 1.1.1996 2. Omar Jenkins, 5-73, 0 TD; 11.1.2003

Points Kicking 1. Nick Setta, 12 (3 XP, 3 FG); 10.26.2002 2. Kevin Pendergast, 7 (4 XP, 1 FG); 11.13.1993 Harry Oliver, 7 (1 XP, 2 FG); 10.10.1981 Kickoff Return Yards 1. Emmett Mosley, 4-109; 11.12.1994 2. Emmett Mosley, 3-67; 1.1.1996 Punt Return Yards 1. Vontez Duff, 3-26; 10.26.2002 2. Derrick Mayes, 2-21; 1.1.1996

Points Scored (quarter) 17 (W 34-24); 2002 (third) in Tallahassee Points Scored (half) 24 (W 34-24); 2002 (second) in Tallahassee

BOWL HISTORY

Points Allowed 37 (L 0-37); 2003 in Notre Dame Points Allowed (quarter) 17 (L 0-37); 2003 (first) in Notre Dame 17 (L 26-31); 1996 (fourth) in Miami Points Allowed (half) 23 (L 0-37); 2003 (first) in Notre Dame

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NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

TEAM Points Scored 34 (W 34-24); 2002 in Tallahassee

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Touchdowns 1. Tom Krug, 3 (passing); 1.1.1996 2. Ryan Grant, 2 (rushing); 10.26.2002 Carlyle Holiday, 2 (passing); 10.26.2002 Jeff Burris, 2 (rushing); 11.13.1993 Derrick Mayes, 2 (receiving); 1.1.1996

COACHES & STAFF

FLORIDA STATE Category NCAA # Scoring Defense 4th 15.17 Total Defense 6th 274.58 Rushing Defense 2nd 81.83 Passing Defense 18th 192.75 Passing Efficiency Def. 32nd 119.11 Scoring Offense 35th 31.67 Total Offense 73rd 375.75 Rushing Offense 99th 118.08 Passing Offense 34th 257.67 Passing Efficiency Off. 18th 153.03 Net Punting 1st 42.04 Punt Returns 34th 10.50 Kickoff Returns 21st 23.93 Turnover Margin t-42nd 0.17 Sacks Allowed 111th 3.00 Sacks 9th 3.00

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Receiving Yards 1. Derek Mayes, 6-96, 2 TD; 1.1.1996 2. Arnaz Battle, 3-77, 1 TD; 10.26.2002

Interceptions 1. Eight different players with one

Head-to-Head Statistical Comparison Notre Dame # NCAA Category 30.50 43rd Scoring Offense vs. 424.08 33rd Total Offense vs. 166.00 51st Rushing Offense vs. 258.08 33rd Passing Offense vs. 132.67 53rd Passing Efficiency Off. vs. 20.92 28th Scoring Defense vs. 349.25 34th Total Defense vs. 147.08 58th Rushing Defense vs. 202.17 34th Passing Defense vs. 127.31 56th Passing Efficiency Def. vs. 34.04 104th Net Punting vs. 0.30 120th Punt Returns vs. Kickoff Returns vs. 23.27 33rd -1.08 116th Turnover Margin vs. 1.67 79th Sacks vs. 1.08 17th Sacks Allowed vs.

INDIVIDUAL Rushes 1. Lee Becton, 26-122, 1 TD; 11.13.1993 2. Greg Bell, 25-120, 1 TD; 10.10.1981

GAME NOTES

Atlantic Coast CONFERENCE Home Away Neutral Overall Won Lost Tied Pct. Won Lost Tied Pct. Won Lost Tied Pct. Won Lost Tied Pct. Boston College 7 5 0 .583 3 4 0 .429 2 0 0 1.000 12 9 0 .571 Clemson 0 1 0 .000 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 .000 1 1 0 .500 Duke 3 0 0 1.000 0 1 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 3 1 0 .750 Florida State 1 2 0 .333 1 0 0 1.000 0 2 0 .000 2 4 0 .333 Georgia Tech 15 3 0 .833 12 2 1 .833 0 1 0 .000 27 6 1 .809 Maryland 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 2 0 0 1.000 2 0 0 1.000 Miami 8 1 0 .889 6 6 1 .500 2 0 0 1.000 16 7 1 .688 North Carolina 11 0 0 1.000 4 2 0 .667 1 0 0 1.000 16 2 0 .889 NC State 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0 .000 0 1 0 .000 Virginia 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 Virginia Tech 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 Wake Forest 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0 1.000 Totals 45 12 0 .789 28 15 2 .644 8 4 0 .667 81 31 2 .719

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NOTRE DAME VS. ACC u Notre Dame is 81-31-2 (.719) against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Irish have had more success against the ACC than any other major conference. The Irish have a .500 or better record against nine of the 11 conference schools (in which they have played). u Notre Dame's 114 games against the ACC ranks as the third-most contests against a conference trailing only the Big Ten (370) and Pac12 (142). u The Irish played three ACC schools in the regular season – over three consecutive weeks. Notre Dame upended Wake Forest, 24-17, on Nov. 5, Maryland, 45-21, on Nov. 12 and Boston College, 16-14, on Nov. 19. u Notre Dame played a pair of ACC schools in 2006 and 2008. u In 2007, Notre Dame played three ACC schools in the same season for the first time since 2002 (Maryland, Florida State and North Carolina State) and just the second time in school history. u Notre Dame had not played three straight games (in as many weeks) against any other conference besides the Big Ten since 1996. The Irish faced Boston College, Pittsburgh and Rutgers (BIG EAST) in three consecutive weeks during the '96 campaign. u Notre Dame has faced Boston College 21 times (12-9), third most of any other ACC school, but 16 of the previous 21 meetings took place with the Eagles in the BIG EAST. The 12 victories are the fourth-most victories for Notre Dame over an ACC foe. The Irish have played Georgia Tech 34 times (27-6-1), Miami 24 times (16-7-1) and North Carolina 18 times (16-2). It should be noted that all but one of Notre Dame's previous meetings with Miami, Fla. occurred prior to their moves to the ACC. u Notre Dame has played a handful of games versus Florida State (2-4), Duke (3-1), Maryland (2-0) and Clemson (1-1). Additionally, the Irish have met three ACC foes just once. They beat Virginia in the '89 Kickoff Classic, lost to NC State in the '03 Gator Bowl and upended Wake Forest, 24-17, on Nov. 5, 2011. u The Irish took on Duke in 2007 for the first time since 1966. Notre Dame upended the Blue Devils, 28-7, in the home finale. u After the Nov. 5 meeting with Wake Forest, Virginia Tech is the only remaining team from the current ACC that Notre Dame has yet to play. u Notre Dame has posted a 36-19-2 (.649) record against current ACC opponents away from Notre Dame Stadium, but many of those meetings came against Boston College and Miami while each were not affiliated with the league. The Irish own a 39-9 (.813) mark when facing a school as an ACC member.

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Game Notes NOTRE DAME - FLORIDA STATE Series HISTORY u Florida State leads the all-time series with Notre Dame, 4-2, although the teams have split their previous two matchups – each on the others home field and each in decisive fashion. FSU won 37-0 in 2003, while the Irish was victorious, 34-24, in 2002. u Notre Dame and Florida State played one another for the first time in 1981, Gerry Faust's debut season as the Irish head coach. The 20th-ranked Seminoles managed to pull out a 19-13 victory, scoring the winning touchdown with just under eight minutes to play. u Notre Dame and Florida State did not face one another again until 1993, when they collided at Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish came into the game ranked second in the nation, while the Seminoles were the country's No. 1 team. However, it would be Notre Dame which would come out on top, leading almost the entire way and then fighting off a last-ditch FSU rally to win 31-24 in what was termed at the time "The Game of the Century." (more details on this game are available on page 36 of the 2011 Irish football supplement) u Florida State got its revenge against Notre Dame in 1994, squeezing out a 23-16 win over the Irish at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The Seminoles actually outgained Notre Dame by more than a two-to-one margin (517 to 221), but the Irish gamely hung with FSU, tying the score at 16-16 with 5:17 to play on an 11-yard TD pass from Ron Powlus to Derrick Mayes. But, the Seminoles drove back down the field and Warrick Dunn scored on a five-yard run at the 2:53 mark to give Florida State the win. u Notre Dame met the Seminoles for the third consecutive season at the 1996 Orange Bowl, with FSU once again coming out ahead, 31-26. The Irish played without Powlus and leading rusher Randy Kinder, which seemingly left Notre Dame at a serious disadvantage. However, Powlus' understudy, Thomas Krug, performed admirably, tossing three touchdown passes, two to Mayes, and steering the Irish to a 26-14 fourth-quarter lead. Still, the Seminoles managed to put together a late comeback, scoring 17 points in the final 10 minutes to snatch the victory away from Notre Dame. (more details on this game are available on page 166 of the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl Guide) u After a nearly seven-year hiatus in the series, Notre Dame made its first-ever trip to Tallahassee in 2002 and defeated Florida State, 34-24, to run its season-opening win streak to eight games. The Irish turned three Seminole turnovers into 17 points in a span of 2:21 late in the third quarter, breaking a 10-all tie and propelling the visitors to the win. Quarterback Carlyle Holiday completed 13 of 21 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Ryan Grant carried 19 times for 94 yards and two scores. u The 2003 meeting between Notre Dame and Florida State was never in doubt. Chris Rix passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Seminoles to a 37-0 victory over the Irish. Craphonso Thorpe had seven catches for 217 yards, including TD catches of 35 and 38 yards to help the Seminoles (8-1) get revenge for the 34-24 loss to the Irish last year. The Irish, held scoreless at home for the first time since 1978, fell to 2-6 for the first time since 1963. NOTRE DAME - FLORIDA STATE Series Notes u The matchup marks the seventh meeting between Notre Dame and Florida State, with the Seminoles holding a 4-2 series lead. This will be the second time the teams have met at the Florida Citrus Bowl, with FSU winning in a regular season contest, 23-16, in 1994. It will also mark the second ever game between the two rivals in the postseason. The Seminoles rallied past the Irish, 31-26, in the 1996 Orange Bowl. u Four of the six previous games in the series have been decided by seven points or less, with the outcome of all four games still in doubt until the final minute. u Including this year's meeting, at least one of the two combatants has been ranked in the top 25 in every game between Notre Dame and Florida State. The 2011 matchup marks the fifth time in seven games that Florida State will be the higher-ranked team (the Seminoles won in 1981, 1994 and 2003, while the Irish were victorious in 1993). u The 1993 game between top-ranked FSU and No. 2 Notre Dame (won by the Irish, 31-24) was voted the third-greatest moment in the last century of Irish football as part of Notre Dame's Century of Greatness program that ran throughout the 1999 season. That game also represented the last time Notre Dame was involved in a "No. 1 vs. No. 2" contest. u Notre Dame ranks as the second-winningest team in college football history, based on its current .732 winning percentage (853-299-42). Florida State ranks 12th all-time in terms of winning percentage, sporting a .663 success ratio (471-235-17). The big difference between the two programs is their longevity – the Irish are in the midst of their 123rd season of football, while the Seminoles are only in their 65th year on the gridiron. u Notre Dame and Florida State both rank in the top 10 in terms of all-time No. 1 rankings in the Associated Press poll. The Irish are second with 95 appearances, while the Seminoles are seventh with 59 weeks in the No. 1 position since the AP poll first began in 1936.

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IRISH IN THE SUNSHINE STATE u The game will mark the eighth game for the Irish in Florida since 1990 and the fifth postseason game in the Sunshine State since '90. The last postseason game in Florida came in the Gator Bowl in 2003 – a 28-6 loss to 17th-ranked North Carolina State. Other recent games in Florida for Notre Dame are the 2002 meeting with Florida State in Tallahassee (#6 Notre Dame 34, #11 Florida State 24), the 2000 game with Navy at the Florida Citrus Bowl (#20 Notre Dame 45, Navy 14), the 1999 Gator Bowl (#12 Georgia Tech 35, #17 Notre Dame 28), the 1996 Orange Bowl (#8 Florida State 31, #6 Notre Dame 26), the 1991 Orange Bowl (#1 Colorado 10, #5 Notre Dame 9) and the 1990 Orange Bowl (#4 Notre Dame 21, #1 Colorado 6). u The Champs Sports Bowl marks the ninth postseason bowl game for the Irish in Florida – the most of any state. This will also serve as a homecoming of sorts as nine scholarship players are Floridians – tied with California and Ohio for most on Notre Dame. NOTRE DAME AND THE SUNSHINE STATE u Notre Dame owns a 19-12-1 (.609) all-time record against schools from the Sunshine State, last playing a Florida school (USF) on Sept. 3, 2011 (a 23-20 defeat). Irish series records vs. teams from Florida include a 1-0 mark vs. Florida, 2-4 vs. Florida State, 16-7-1 vs. Miami and 0-1 vs. USF. u Notre Dame's all-time varsity football roster includes just over 2,700 players who have appeared in at least one career game, with 76 of those hailing from the state of Florida. u Notre Dame's all-time Florida natives include 20 defensive backs, 11 offensive linemen, nine defensive lineman, eight tight ends, six linebackers, five quarterbacks, five wide receivers, five running backs, five kickers, one fullback and one long snapper. u Those players include five from Tampa, five from Miami, four from Jacksonville, three from Sarasota, three from St. Petersburg, three from Ft. Lauderdale, three from Coral Springs, two from Clearwater, two from Delray Beach, two from Hollywood, two from Lauderhill, two from Melbourne, two from Pensacola, two from Pompano Beach, two from Tallahasse, two from West Palm Beach and one each from 32 other cities. u 20 of Notre Dame's more noteworthy all-time players from Florida include RB Armando Allen Jr. (Opa Locka), NG Ian Williams (Altamonte Springs), TE Oscar McBride (Chiefland), DE Karmeeleyah McGill (Clearwater), OT Sam Young (Coral Springs), SS Greg Davis (Hollywood), FS Brian Magee (Largo), SE Bobby Brown (Lauderhill), RB Autry Denson (Lauderhill), TE Derek Brown (Merritt Island), DT Jeff Kunz (Palm Beach Gardens), C Gene McGuire (Panama City), QB Kevin McDougal (Pompano Beach), LB Maurice Crum Jr. (Riverview), C Jeff Faine (Sanford), LB Courtney Watson (Sarasota), CB Tom Carter (St. Petersburg), FS Pat Terrell (St. Petersburg), C Mike Heldt (Tampa) and K John Carney (West Palm Beach). u Terrell, Heldt, Brown, McGuire, Carter, Denson, Faine, Watson and Young were all drafted in the NFL. u The 2011 Notre Dame roster includes 10 Florida natives, with scholarship members of that group dispersed fairly evenly among each class: three juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen ... that group is headlined by junior S Zeke Motta (Vero Beach/Vero Beach H.S.), junior P Ben Turk (Davie/ St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.) and sophomore NG Louis Nix III (Jacksonville/Raines H.S.) ... other veteran Irish players who hail from Florida include junior LS Jordan Cowart (Plantation/St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.), sophomore OL Bruce Heggie (Sorrento/Mount Dora H.S.) and sophomore CB Lo Wood (Apopka/Apopka H.S.) ... Notre Dame has three freshmen from Florida in DE Aaron Lynch (Cape Coral/ Island Coast H.S.), OT Jordan Prestwood (Planty City/Plant City H.S.) and LB Anthony Rabasa (Miami/Columbus H.S.). SITE SURVEY u Notre Dame has played twice previously at the Florida Citrus Bowl, a 23-16 loss to eighth-ranked Florida State during the 1994 season and a 45-14 rout of Navy in 2000.

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Game Notes

Second Quarter 4:14 FSU Washington 1 yd run (Beitia kick), 20-93 8:21 Third Quarter 5:26 ND Setta 35 yd field goal, 4-5 2:02 4:09 ND Grant 2 yd run (Setta kick), 1-2 0:16 3:05 ND Jenkins 16 yd pass from Holiday (Setta kick), 3-17 0:54 Fourth Quarter 10:14 ND Grant 31 yd run (Setta kick), 2-63 0:51 1:12 FSU Boldin 5 yd pass from McPherson (Beitia kick), 9-95 3:08 0:12 FSU Maddox 29 yd pass from McPherson (Beitia kick), 5-51 0:58 RUSHING: Notre Dame-Grant 19-94; Holiday 5-17; Lopienski 1-4; Wilson 7-1. Florida State-Jones 14-34; Rix 10-28; McPherson 3-25; Maddox 2-8; Washington 1-1; Boldin 1-1; Reid 1-minus 4.

ND FSU FIRST DOWNS 13 20 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 32-116 32-93 PASSING YDS (NET) 185 325 Passes Att-Comp-Int 21-13-0 43-21-2 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 53-301 75-418 Fumble Returns-Yards 1-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 4-26 2-8 Kickoff Returns-Yards 2-44 5-103 Interception Returns-Yards 2-21 0-0 Punts (Number-Avg) 6-42.0 6-44.8 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2 Penalties-Yards 4-40 11-98 Possession Time 29:07 30:53 Third-Down Conversions 6 of 14 8 of 17 Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 1 of 1 Red-Zone Scores-Chances 5-5 4-4 Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-9 2-9

PASSING: Notre Dame-Holiday 13-21-0-185. Florida State-Rix 13-32-2-207; McPherson 8-11-0-118. RECEIVING: Notre Dame-Battle 3-77; Jenkins 3-23; Grant 3-15; Stovall 2-33; Clark 1-37; Wilson 1-0. Florida State-Boldin 9-175; Maddox 4-90; Morgan 4-33; Jones 3-22; Gardner 1-5. INTERCEPTIONS: Notre Dame-Watson 1-21; Earl 1-0. Florida State-None. FUMBLES: Notre Dame-Holiday 1-0. Florida State-Washington 2-1; Rix 1-1.

THE FIGHTING IRISH

Notre Dame Aaron Lynch, DE Jarrett Grace, LB Andrew Hendrix, QB Luke Massa, WR Alex Welch, TE Louis Nix III, NG

First Quarter 12:40 ND Battle 65 yd pass from Holiday (Setta kick), 1-65 0:13 7:05 FSU Beitia 24 yd field goal, 11-73 5:28 1:16 ND Setta 39 yd field goal, 11-58 5:44

GAME NOTES

SACKS (UA-A): Notre Dame-Earl 1-0. Florida State-Jackson 2-0. TACKLES (UA-A): Notre Dame-Earl 5-6; Walton 4-5; Watson 3-7; Sapp 2-5; Bible 2-2; Pauly 2-0; Jackson 2-1; Duff 2-1; Hoyte 2-1; Roberts 0-4; Campbell 1-1; Burrell 1-0; Tuck 1-1; Mays 1-0; Clark 1-0; Curry 1-1; Setta 1-0; Budinscak 1-0; Pierre-Antoine 1-1; Hilliard 1-0; Goolsby 0-2; Thomas 0-1; Beidatsch 0-1. Florida State-Boulware 4-4; Brown 5-1; Hetzel 4-1; Jackson 4-0; Pope 3-2; Benford 2-1; McFadden 2-1; Smith 2-0; Powell 1-2; Womble 1-2; Emanuel 1-2; Hudson 1-1; Dockett 1-1; Jones 1-0; Newton 1-0; Johnson 0-2; Osei 0-2; Ward 0-2; Washington 0-1; Carter 0-1.

Arturo Martinex, TE Anthony Rabassa, LB

Nov. 1, 2003 • Notre Dame, Ind. • Notre Dame Stadium Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 F 17 6 7 7 37 Record: (8-1) Florida State Notre Dame 0 0 0 0 0 Record: (2-6)

Second Quarter 9:49 FSU Beitia 44 yd field goal, 5-37 1:47 0:55 FSU Beitia 22 yd field goal, 13-69 3:45

Zeke Motta, S Jordan Cowart, LS Ben Turk, P

Third Quarter 11:34 FSU Thorpe 38 yd pass from Rix (Beitia kick), 2-33 0:17 Fourth Quarter 8:59 FSU Smith 90 yd interception return (Beitia kick)

PASSING: Florida State-Rix 17-31-3-327. Notre Dame-Quinn 20-52-3-175. RECEIVING: Florida State-Thorpe 7-217; Sam 2-54; Reid 2-11; Booker 2-minus 3; Davis 1-24; Washington 1-16; Dean 1-9; Jones 1-minus 1. Notre Dame-Jenkins 5-73; McKnight 3-23; Stovall 3-21; Fasano 3-18; Jones 2-24; Grant 2-5; Powers-Neal 1-6; Clark 1-5.

BOWL HISTORY

RUSHING: Florida State-Booker 12-35; Washington 4-23; Davis 1-21; Jones 7-9; Rix 8-6; Sam 1-6; Sims 1-2; Napier 2-minus 1; Team 1-minus 3. Notre Dame-Jones 18-76; Grant 8-42; Quinn 4-28.

FSU ND FIRST DOWNS 18 15 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 37-98 30-146 PASSING YDS (NET) 327 175 Passes Att-Comp-Int 31-17-3 52-20-3 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 68-425 82-321 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 4-13 2-10 Kickoff Returns-Yards 1-13 7-124 Interception Returns-Yards 3-120 3-55 Punts (Number-Avg) 4-36.5 8-41.1 Fumbles-Lost 3-0 3-0 Penalties-Yards 6-50 8-77 Possession Time 28:42 31:18 Third-Down Conversions 4 of 13 6 of 21 Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 1 0 of 5 Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-4 0-4 Sacks By: Number-Yards 0-0 3-16

2011 SEASON REVIEW

First Quarter 10:42 FSU Beitia 40 yd field goal, 7-49 4:18 8:01 FSU Sam 6 yd pass from Rix (Beitia kick), 6-73 1:36 0:39 FSU Thorpe 35 yd pass from Rix (Beitia kick), 5-87 2:45

COACHES & STAFF

Florida State High School/Hometown David Tyrrell, WR Cape Coral, Fla. Cornellius Carradine, DE Cincinnati, Ohio Avis Commack, S Jacksonville, Fla. Eric Beverly, RB Kory Burnett, S Jermaine Washington, WR Jermaine Thomas, RB Derrick Mitchell, DT Jacob Stanley, OL Russell Eldridge, OL Sean Hector, DE Ben Gatewood, OL Jonathan Wallace,OT Trey Sumner, LB Miami, Fla. Mike Harris, CB Devonta Freeman, RB Xavier Pryce, DB Arrington Jenkins, LB Xavier Rhodes, CB Terrance Carey, OL Ruben Carter, OL Rodney Smith, WR Bryan Stork, OG Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach H.S. James Dolan, WR St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. Austin Barron, OL Lamarcus Joyner, S Bobby Hart, OL Andrew Datko, OT

Oct. 26, 2002 • Tallahassee, Fla. • Doak Campbell Stadium Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 F 10 0 17 7 34 Record: (8-0) Notre Dame Florida State 3 7 0 14 24 Record: (5-3)

MEDIA INFO

NOTRE DAME - FLORIDA STATE CONNECTIONS u Notre Dame's roster includes 10 Florida natives. Florida State's roster does not feature a player from Indiana. u A number of coaches from each staff served at the same school at one time or another over their repsective careers. u Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher spent one season as an assistant at Cincinnati (1999). Seminoles' associate head coach/running backs/special teams coach Eddie Gran was the wide receivers coach at Cincinnati for two seasons (1992 and 1993). u Fisher was the offensive coordinator at LSU from 2000-06, including the 2007 Sugar Bowl when the Tigers defeated the Irish, 41-14. u Notre Dame second-year head coach Brian Kelly served as the Bearcats head coach for three years (2007-09). Five members of Kelly's coaching staff also spent time in the Queen City. u Florida State assistant head coach-defense/linebackers Greg Hudson was a graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 1993. The Irish went 11-1, knocked off the top-ranked Seminoles, 31-24, won the Cotton Bowl and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the country. Hudson also spent four years on staff at Cincinnati (1997-2000). u A number of players from Florida State and Notre Dame either attended the same high school or hail from the same hometown.

INTERCEPTIONS: Florida State-Smith 1-90; Samuels 1-30; Womble 1-0. Notre Dame-Jackson 1-0; Beckstrom 1-0; Duff 1-55. FUMBLES: Florida State-Washington 1-0; Rix 1-0; Jones 1-0. Notre Dame-McKnight 1-0; Ellick 1-0; Jones 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Florida State-Sims 4-4; Boulware 2-6; Watkins 4-2; Wimbley 4-2; Carter 3-3; Samuels 3-1; Augustin 2-2; Nicholson 0-4; McFadden 3-0; McGrew 1-2; Hall 0-3; Dockett 0-3; Brown 2-0; Bunkley 2-0; Bredwood 1-1; Cromartie 1-1; Piquion 0-2; Osei 0-2; Dean 1-0; Church 1-0; Moore 1-0; Ward 1-0; Davis 1-0; Johnson 0-1; Smith 0-1. Notre Dame-Watson 6-5; Hoyte 3-4; Duff 5-0; Curry 3-2; Tuck 3-2; Burrell 2-1; Beckstrom 2-1; Campbell 2-1; Hilliard 0-3; Bolen 0-3; Jenkins 2-0; Stovall 2-0; Campbell 1-1; Landri 1-1; Pauly 0-2; Budinscak 1-0; Ellick 1-0; Bible 1-0; Beidatsch 0-1; Clark 0-1; Mays 0-1; Collins 0-1; Jackson 0-1; Abiamiri 0-1.

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

THIS IS NOTRE DAME

SACKS (UA-A): Florida State-None. Notre Dame-Campbell 1-0.

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Game Notes ALL THE NIGHT MOVES u Notre Dame hosted a night game (Oct. 22, USC, 7:30 p.m.) for the first time in 21 years. The previous night game at Notre Dame Stadium came on Sept. 15, 1990 against Michigan. u Notre Dame has already played under the lights Sept. 10 at Michigan, Oct. 1 at Purdue, Nov. 5 at Wake Forest and Nov. 12 against Maryland at FedEx Field. The Irish closed the regular season with a night game at Stanford (Nov. 26). u Six night games is a Notre Dame regular season record. u This year marks the 60th anniversary of Notre Dame’s first night game, a 48-6 rout of Detroit on Oct. 5, 1951 in Briggs Stadium. u The Irish have played 99 night games overall with an overall record of 63-34-2 (.646), including 6-2 all-time at home. u Notre Dame’s longest winning streak in night games is 11, beginning with an Oct. 13, 1973 win at Rice and concluding with a Sept. 24, 1983 shutout loss at Miami (20-0), which went on to win its first national title. u The longest losing streak is nine under Davie.

u The largest margin of defeat was 38-3 at USC on Nov. 29, 2008, eking out the Jan. 1, 1973 Orange Bowl to Nebraska (40-6) — which would inspire the Irish to win the national title the next year under Parseghian. u The largest margin of victory at night was 57-7 at Stanford on Nov. 29, 2004, when Willingham poured it on his former employer. u Notre Dame’s night history can almost be divided into two eras – the 35-year pre-Lou Holtz era from 1951-85, and the 25 years since Holtz took the reins in 1986. It was under Holtz that multiple night games in a season became standard at Notre Dame. It eventually prompted the exclusive NBC contract for home games that commenced with the 1991 season. u In the 35 years from 1951-85, Notre Dame was 21-6-1 (.768) in night games. In the 11 years under Holtz alone (1986-96), the Irish were an almost identical 20-5-1 (.788). u Notre Dame is 6-7 (.462) at night in bowls, where it has a fivegame losing streak and has not won since the 39-28 conquest of Florida in the 1992 Sugar Bowl.

u Notre Dame has played more night games against Miami (Fla.) and USC (11) than any other foes. The Irish are 6-4-1 (.591) vs. the Hurricanes, with the lone loss at home at night occurring in 1984. Notre Dame is 3-7-1 (.318) against the Trojans. u Here’s a look at Notre Dame head coach’s record at night: Frank Leahy: 1-0 Terry Brennan: 1-1 Joe Kuharich: 0-1 Ara Parseghian: 10-2-1 Dan Devine: 5-0 Gerry Faust: 4-2 Lou Holtz: 20-5-1 Bob Davie: 2-9 Tyrone Willingham: 5-2 Kent Baer: 0-1 Charlie Weis: 9-7 Brian Kelly: 6-4

All-Time Night Games Date 10.5.1951 10.7.1955 9.22.1956 11.12.1960 10.9.1965 11.27.1965 11.24.1967 10.25.1969 11.15.1969 10.9.1971 11.20.1971 1.1.1972 10.13.1973 12.1.1973 12.31.1973 9.9.1974 1.1.1975 9.15.1975 11.22.1975 12.27.1976 12.3.1977 10.25.1980 9.18.1982 9.24.1983 10.8.1983 12.29.1983 10.6.1984 9.21.1985 11.1.1986 11.22.1986 9.19.1987 10.10.1987 9.10.1988 10.1.1988 8.31.1989 10.14.1989 1.1.1990 9.15.1990 10.27.1990 11.24.1990 1.1.1991 10.5.1991

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Result Opponent W, 40-6 (5) Detroit 1 W, 14-0 at (5) Miami, Fla. (15) L, 13-19 at (3) SMU (1:50) L, 21-28 at Miami, Fla. W, 17-0 (7) Army 2 T, 0-0 at (6) Miami, Fla. W, 24-22 at (6) Miami, Fla. W, 37-0 at (12) Tulane W, 38-20 at (9) Georgia Tech W, 17-0 at (7) Miami, Fla. L, 28-7 at (7) LSU (14) L, 6-40 (12) Nebraska (9) 3 W, 28-0 at (9) Rice W, 44-0 at (5) Miami, Fla. W, 24-23 (3) Alabama (4:26) (1) 4 W, 31-7 at (2) Georgia Tech W, 13-11 (9) Alabama (U) (2) 3 W, 17-3 (9) Boston College 5 W, 32-9 at Miami, Fla. W, 20-9 (15) Penn State (20) 6 W, 48-10 at (5) Miami, Fla. W, 20-3 at (4) Arizona W, 23-17 *(20) Michigan (10) L, 0-20 at (13) Miami, Fla. W, 30-6 at South Carolina (7) W, 19-18 Boston College (13) 7 L, 13-31 (17) Miami, Fla. (R) (14) W, 27-10 Michigan State W, 33-14 Navy 8 L, 19-21 at LSU (8) W, 31-8 (9) Michigan State (17) L, 22-30 at (4) Pittsburgh (R) W, 19-17 (13) Michigan (1:13) (9) W, 42-14 (5) Stanford W, 36-13 (2) Virginia 9 W, 41-27 at (1) Air Force (17) W, 21-6 (4) Colorado (1) 3 W, 28-24 (1) Michigan (1:40) (4) W, 31-22 at (3) Pittsburgh W, 10-6 at (7) USC (18) L, 9-10 (5) Colorado (1) 3 W, 42-26 at (8) Stanford

Date 10.19.1991 11.30.1991 1.1.1992 10.10.1992 11.28.1992 10.16.1993 9.3.1994 11.26.1994 11.18.1995 1.1.1996 9.5.1996 11.30.1996 11.29.1997 12.28.1997 9.12.1998 11.28.1998 11.6.1999 11.27.1999 1.1.2001 9.8.2001 10.27.2001 11.24.2001 12.1.2001 8.31.2002 10.19.2002 11.30.2002 10.11.2003 11.29.2003 9.4.2004 9.18.2004 12.28.2004 9.3.2005 10.1.2005 11.26.2005 9.2.2006 9.23.2006 11.25.2006 1.3.2007 9.8.2007 10.6.2007 10.25.2008 11.8.2008

Result Opponent W, 28-15 at (5) Air Force W, 48-42 at (17) Hawaii W, 39-28 (18) Florida (3) 10 W, 52-21 at (14) Pittsburgh W, 31-23 at (5) USC (19) W, 45-20 at (3) BYU W, 42-15 (3) Northwestern 11 T, 17-17 at USC (17) (4:53 USC) W, 44-14 at (8) Air Force L, 26-31 (6) Florida State (8) 3 W, 14-7 at *(6) Vanderbilt L, 20-27 (ot) at (10) USC W, 23-22 at Hawaii (0:05) L, 9-27 LSU (15) 12 L, 23-45 at (10) Michigan State L, 0-10 at (9) USC L, 14-38 at (24) Tennessee (4) L, 37-40 at Stanford (0:00) L, 9-41 (10) Oregon State (5) 13 L, 10-27 at (23) Nebraska (5) L, 17-21 at Boston College L, 13-17 at Stanford (13) (1:08) (R) W, 24-18 at Purdue W, 22-0 Maryland (21) 9 W, 21-14 at (7) Air Force (18) L, 13-44 at (7) USC (6) W, 20-14 at Pittsburgh (15) W, 57-7 at Stanford L, 17-20 at BYU W, 31-24 at Michigan State L, 21-38 Oregon State (NT) 14 W, 42-21 at Pittsburgh (23) W, 49-28 at (13) Purdue (22) W, 38-31 at (6) Stanford (0:55) W, 14-10 at (2) Georgia Tech W, 40-37 at (12) Michigan State (2:53) L, 24-44 at (6) USC (3) L, 14-41 (11) LSU (4) 10 L, 10-31 at Penn State (14) W, 20-6 at UCLA W, 33-7 at Washington L, 0-17 at Boston College

Date Result Opponent at USC (5) 11.29.2008 L, 3-38 W, 24-21 at Purdue (0:25) 9.26.2009 Washington State 15 10.31.2009 W, 40-14 11.14.2009 L, 22-27 at Pittsburgh (8) 11.28.2009 L, 38-45 at Stanford (0:59) 9.18.2010 L, 31-34 (ot) at Michigan State (R) 10.2.2010 W, 31-13 at Boston College 11.20.2010 W, 27-3 Army 16 11.27.2010 W, 20-16 at USC (R) (2:23) 9.10.2011 L, 31-35 at Michigan (0:02) 10.1.2011 W, 38-10 at Purdue 10.22.2011 L, 17-31 USC W, 24-17 at Wake Forest 11.5.2011 11.12.2011 W, 45-21 vs. Maryland 17 11.26.11 L, 14-28 at (22) Stanford (4) Totals 63-34-2 Home games in bold The number in front of the opponent name indicates Notre Dame’s ranking in the AP poll coming into the game. The number following the opponent name indicates its ranking. 0:00 indicates time remaining in games decided in the final minutes. R indicates game played in rain. S indicates game played in snow. 1Briggs Stadium (Detroit) 2Shea Stadium (New York) 3Orange Bowl (Miami) 4Sugar Bowl (Tulane Stadium; New Orleans) 5Foxboro Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.) 6Gator Bowl (Jacksonville) 7Liberty Bowl (Detroit) 8Memorial Stadium (Baltimore) 9Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.) 10Sugar Bowl (Superdome; New Orleans) 11Soldier Field (Chicago) 12Independence Bowl (Shreveport, La.) 13Fiesta Bowl (Sun Devil Stadium; Tempe, Ariz.) 14Insight Bowl (Bank One Ballpark; Phoenix, Ariz.) 15Alamodome (San Antonio) 16Yankee Stadium (New York) 17FedEx Field (Landover, Md.)

2011 CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL MEDIA GUIDE


Game Notes

THE FIGHTING IRISH COACHES & STAFF 2011 SEASON REVIEW BOWL HISTORY THIS IS NOTRE DAME

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

Kelly Career Kelly at ND 2011 At Home 101-26-1 8-5 4-2 80-37-1 5-3 3-2 On The Road Neutral Site Games 6-3 3-1 1-0 In Overtime 4-3 0-1 0-0 Coming off a loss 38-20 4-4 2-1 Coming off a win 135-36-1 11-5 6-2 12-2 1-1 0-1 Coming off an open date Vs. AP top 25 10-6 2-2 1-1 Both teams are AP-ranked 4-3 0-1 0-1 Neither team is ranked 43-22 12-6 5-2 Ranked higher 24-4 1-1 1-1 5-6 2-2 1-1 Opponent is ranked higher Vs. In-state Opponents 72-22 2-0 1-0 In August 3-2 0-0 0-0 In September 54-28 3-5 2-2 In October 64-22 6-3 3-1 54-14 6-1 3-1 In November In December 9-1 1-0 0-0 In January 0-1 0-0 0-0 On Television 46-17* 16-9 8-4 On NBC 10-5 10-5 5-2 5-2 3-2 1-1 On ABC 9-3 1-1 1-1 On ESPN On ESPN2 8-2 1-0 1-0 On CBS 1-1 1-1 0-0 126-48-2 10-5 5-1 Afternoon Games Night Games 58-17 6-4 3-3 35-14-2 2-3 2-1 Decided By 3 or Less Decided By 7 or Less 60-28-2 5-5 3-2 Scoring First 124-22 10-4 6-1 61-44-2 6-5 2-3 Opponent Scores First Leading At Halftime 147-12 15-2 7-1 11-6 0-1 0-0 Tied At Halftime Trailing At Halftime 26-48-2 1-6 1-3 Leading After 3 Qtrs. 159-10 14-2 7-1 8-2 0-1 0-0 Tied After 3 Qtrs. Trailing After 3 Qtrs. 18-54 1-6 1-3 72-1 4-0 3-0 Scoring 40+ Points Scoring 30-39 Points 51-6 4-2 2-1 Scoring 20-29 Points 49-25-1 6-3 1-1 15-34-1 2-4 2-2 Scoring 0-19 Points Allowing 40+ Points 6-14 0-0 0-0 12-26 1-4 1-2 Allowing 30-39 Points Allowing 20-29 Points 50-21-1 2-3 1-2 Allowing 0-19 Points 119-5-1 13-0 6-0 Outrushing Opponent 150-22-1 13-1 6-1 Getting Outrushed 33-43-2 2-9 1-4 121-41-1 8-8 6-3 Passing For More Yds Passing For Fewer Yds 65-22-1 8-1 2-1 Outgaining Opponent 156-21-1 11-4 6-2 Getting Outgained 29-42-1 5-5 2-2 Winning Time of Poss. 96-23 7-1 4-1 Losing Time of Poss. 89-41-2 9-8 4-3 Scoring a Def./ST TD 62-5 3-1 2-1 Allowing a Def./ST TD 14-24 0-5 0-2 Fewer Penalty Yards 47-30-1 9-5 4-2 More Penalty Yards 132-34-1 7-4 4-2 Winning Turnover Battle 112-12 9-1 3-0 Losing Turnover Battle 48-36-1 7-8 5-4 Individual 100-yard rusher 86-19-1 3-2 3-2 Individual 100-yard receiver 74-23 4-6 2-2 Individual 200-yard passer 125-31-1 11-6 5-2 Opponent 100-yard rusher 33-34-1 1-6 1-2 Opponent 100-yard receiver 58-30 2-5 1-2 Opponent 200-yard passer 72-30-1 5-6 1-3 * excludes regular season games from GVSU era (unknown TV games). Some records fail to include two contests; Nov. 16, 1991 vs. Valparaiso and Oct. 26, 1996 vs. Saginaw Valley State (detailed stats unavailable)

GAME NOTES

A DEFEAT TO FLORIDA STATE... u Drops Notre Dame's overall record to 8-5 (.615) overall and 4-3 (.571) away from Notre Dame Stadium. u Drops Notre Dame's all-time bowl record to 15-16 (.484). u Drops the all-time record for the Irish in games played in the state of Florida to 11-13-1 (.460). u Drops Notre Dame to 142-130-10 (.521) all-time against AP top-25 foes, including 77-77-7 (.500) away from Notre Dame Stadium. u Drops the all-time record for the Irish to 854-300-42 (.732). u Drops Notre Dame's all-time record outside of South Bend to 391-182-29 (.674). u Drops the all-time record for the Irish on neutral fields to 110-37-6 (.739). u Drops Notre Dame's all-time record against Florida State to 2-5 (.286). u Drops the all-time record for the Irish against the Seminoles in bowl games to 0-2 (.000). u Drops Notre Dame's all-time record against Florida State away from Notre Dame Stadium to 1-3 (.250). u Drops the Irish record in 2011 to 3-1 (.750) against the ACC. u Drops Notre Dame's all-time record against the ACC to 81-32-2 (.713). u Drops the all-time record for the Irish away from South Bend against the ACC to 36-20-2 (.638). u Drops the Irish to 2-5 (.286) all-time against ranked Florida State. u Drops Notre Dame to 0-3 (.000) all-time against the ranked Seminoles on neutral fields. u Drops the unranked Irish to 0-4 (.000) all-time against Florida State. u Drops unranked Notre Dame to 0-2 (.000) all-time against the Seminoles on neutral fields. u Drops the unranked Irish to 0-4 (.000) all-time against ranked Florida State. u Drops unranked Notre Dame to 0-2 (.000) all-time against the ranked Seminoles on neutral fields. u Drops Kelly's record to 187-67-2 (.734) overall. u Drops Kelly's record to 69-32 (.683) in FBS games. u Drops Kelly's record to 59-20 (.747) over the last six seasons. u Drops Kelly's record to 110-34 (.764) since 2001. u Drops Kelly's record to 5-3 (.625) all-time against the ACC and 4-1 (.800) as head coach at Notre Dame. u Drops Kelly's record to 9-2 (.818) all-time in the month of December. u Drops Kelly's bowl record to 3-2 (.600). u Drops Kelly's postseason record to 14-6 (.700).

Notre Dame's Record When...

MEDIA INFO

A VICTORY OVER FLORIDA STATE... u Improves Notre Dame's overall record to 9-4 (.692) overall and 5-2 (.714) away from Notre Dame Stadium. u Gives the Irish victories in three straight bowl games for the first time since 1992-94. u Improves Notre Dame's all-time bowl record to 16-15 (.516). u Improves the all-time record for the Irish in games played in the state of Florida to 12-12-1 (.500). u Gives Notre Dame a victory for the ninth time in the last 11 games and 13th time in the last 17 games. u Secures the first nine-win season for the Irish since 2006 and 36th in school history. u Gives Notre Dame nine victories in a season in which they started 0-2 for just the second time in school history (1978, 9-3). u Makes the Irish the 16th team in the FBS to reach nine wins after starting a season 0-2 since 2001. u Improves Notre Dame to 143-129-10 (.525) all-time against AP top-25 foes, including 78-76-7 (.506) on the road. u Improves the all-time record for the Irish to 855-299-42 (.732). u Improves Notre Dame's all-time record outside of South Bend to 392-181-29 (.675). u Improves the all-time record for the Irish on neutral fields to 111-36-6 (.745). u Improves Notre Dame's all-time record against Florida State to 3-4 (.429). u Improves the all-time record for the Irish against the Seminoles in bowl games to 1-1 (.500). u Improves Notre Dame's all-time record against Florida State away from Notre Dame Stadium to 2-2 (.500). u Improves the Irish record in 2011 to 4-0 (1.000) against the ACC. u Gives Notre Dame four victories over the same conference in one season for the first time since 1993 when the Irish posted four wins over members of the Big Ten (Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue). u Improves Notre Dame's all-time record against the ACC to 82-31-2 (.722). u Improves the all-time record for the Irish away from South Bend against the ACC to 37-19-2 (.655). u Improves the Irish to 3-4 (.429) all-time against ranked Florida State. u Improves Notre Dame to 1-2 (.333) all-time against the ranked Seminoles on neutral fields. u Improves the unranked Irish to 1-3 (.250) all-time against Florida State. u Improves unranked Notre Dame to 1-1 (.500) all-time against the Seminoles on neutral fields. u Improves the unranked Irish to 1-3 (.250) all-time against ranked Florida State. u Improves unranked Notre Dame to 1-1 (.500) all-time against the ranked Seminoles on neutral fields. u Improves Kelly's record to 188-66-2 (.738) overall. u Improves Kelly's record to 70-31 (.693) in FBS games. u Improves Kelly's record to 60-19 (.759) over the last six seasons. u Improves Kelly's record to 111-33 (.771) since 2001. u Improves Kelly's record to 6-2 (.750) all-time against the ACC and 5-0 (1.000) as head coach at Notre Dame. u Improves Kelly's record to 10-1 (.909) all-time in the month of December. u Makes Kelly the first Irish head coach to win bowl games in each of his first two seasons. u Improves Kelly's bowl record to 4-1 (.800). u Improves Kelly's postseason record to 15-5 (.750).

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Game Notes National Rankings USA Today/Coaches (Dec. 4) Rk School Record Pts Pvs 1. LSU (59) 13-0 1475 1 2. Alabama 11-1 1399 2 3. Oklahoma State 11-1 1367 5 4. Stanford 11-1 1286 4 5. Oregon 11-2 1232 7 6. Boise State 11-1 1128 8 7. Arkansas 10-2 1112 10 8. Wisconsin 11-2 1085 12 9. South Carolina 10-2 971 13 10. Kansas State 10-2 878 15 11. Virginia Tech 11-2 835 3 12. Michigan 10-2 789 16 13. Michigan State 10-3 735 9 14. Clemson 10-3 657 21 15. TCU 10-2 631 17 16. Baylor 9-3 599 18 17. Houston 12-1 542 6 18. Georgia 10-3 538 14 9-3 437 11 19. Oklahoma 20. Nebraska 9-3 402 19 11-2 366 23 21. Southern Miss 22. West Virginia 9-3 278 20 23. Penn State 9-3 189 22 24. Cincinnati 9-3 94 25 25. Florida State 8-4 68 24 Others Receiving Votes Brigham Young 20, Northern Illinois 14, Missouri 11, Georgia Tech 10, Arkansas State 9, Notre Dame 9, Virginia 5, Louisiana Tech 2, Rutgers 1, Texas 1.

associated press (Dec. 4) Rk School Record Pts Pvs 1. LSU (60) 13-0 1500 1 2. Alabama 11-1 1418 2 3. Oklahoma State 11-1 1400 3 11-1 1283 4 4. Stanford 5. USC 10-2 1179 9 6. Oregon 11-2 1170 8 7. Arkansas 10-2 1148 6 8. Boise State 11-1 1107 9 11-2 1038 15 9. Wisconsin 10. South Carolina 10-2 946 14 11. Kansas State 10-2 829 16 12. Michigan State 10-3 733 11 10-2 707 17 13. Michigan 14. Clemson 10-3 663 21 9-3 656 19 15. Baylor 16. TCU 10-2 632 18 17. Virginia Tech 11-2 591 5 10-3 566 12 18. Georgia 19. Oklahoma 9-3 386 13 12-1 370 7 20. Houston 21. Nebraska 9-3 363 20 22. Southern Miss 11-2 336 24 9-3 199 22 23. West Virginia 24. Penn State 9-3 129 23 25. Florida State 8-4 49 25 Others Receiving Votes Notre Dame 23, Cincinnati 22, Arkansas State 18, Brigham Young 12, Georgia Tech 7, Northern Illinois 7, Missouri 5, Virginia 5, Tulsa 2, Louisville 1.

NOTRE DAME IN DECEMBER u Notre Dame is 21-14-3 (.592) all-time during the month. u The Irish are 3-0 (1.000) in December home games. u Notre Dame is 12-11-2 (.520) in December road games. u The Irish are 6-3-1 (.650) in December neutral games. u Notre Dame is 2-0 (1.000) in December games at Notre Dame Stadium. u Notre Dame has won two straight games in the month of December. ON THIS DATE u Notre Dame has played two previous games in its history on Dec. 29 - both bowl games. The Irish are 1-1 (.500) all-time on this date. u 1983: Gerry Faust picks up a win in his first bowl game as Notre Dame head coach as the Irish upset No. 13 Boston College, 19-18, at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. Although the Eagles' star quarterback Doug Flutie passed for 287 yards, Notre Dame's defense - led by MVP linebacker Tony Furjanic - contained him, especially on Boston College's futile last-minute drive. Season Site 1983 Liberty Bowl 1984 Aloha Bowl

ND Coach Gerry Faust Gerry Faust

W/L/T Score ND Rank Opponent W 19-18 Not Ranked Boston College L 20-27 17 SMU

Opp. Rank 13 10

OPENERS AN INDICATOR? u Notre Dame is 102-16-5 (.850) in season openers, but have they been foretelling of the season ahead? Take a look: u The 102 seasons Notre Dame has won its opener, the Irish went on to post winning records 93 times (91.2%) with four losing seasons and five .500 records. u The 16 seasons the Irish lost their opener, the Irish posted winning records seven times and a losing mark eight times (with one .500 season). u The five seasons Notre Dame registered a tie in its opener, the Irish had four winning records and one losing record. How Do They Stack Up? Average weight of the offensive and defensive lines: Notre Dame OL 304.0 lbs. vs. Florida State DL 286.0 lbs. Notre Dame DL 307.0 lbs. vs. Florida State OL 306.4 lbs. Average height of the receivers and the secondaries: Notre Dame WR/TE 6' 1 1/4" vs. Florida State DB 5' 11" Notre Dame DB 6' 0 1/2" vs. Florida State WR 6' 2 2/3" IRISH MASH UNIT u The Irish were beset by injuries over the second half of the season. The following Notre Dame players have suffered season-ending injuries since Oct. 22 – senior DE Kapron Lewis-Moore (USC), senior C Braxston Cave (Wake Forest), senior OLB Steve Filer (practice leading up to Maryland game) and senior RB Jonas Gray (Boston College). Freshman DE Stephon Tuitt also missed the final two games of the regular season with an undisclosed illness. u Lewis-Moore had started 29 career games at defensive end, including 24 straight games (all seven in 2011) prior to the injury. He had made 32 tackles, 4.0 for loss, two pass breakups, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble. u Cave had started 22 career games at center, including every game over the 2010-11 season. u Filer – a special teams stalwart for the Irish – played in 45 games (out of a possible 47) prior to the injury. He led Notre Dame in special teams tackles each of the last two seasons (12 each year). u Gray might have been dealt the cruelest fate. One of the nation's top high school running backs when he entered Notre Dame in 2008, Gray had totaled just 309 yards and no touchdowns over the first three years of his career. He then fumbled at the one-yard line mere steps from his first career touchdown on Notre Dame's season-opening drive against USF (the Irish would commit five turnovers and lose 23-21 to the Bulls). u Gray was in the midst of one of the most memorable breakthrough senior campaigns in Irish history. He ranked 77th in the FBS in rushing yards per game (71.91). Gray was averaging 6.9 yards per carry in 2011, which was tied with George Gipp (1919) for fifth-best in singleseason school history. u Gray had registered at least one rushing touchdown in eight straight games. He was the first Irish running back with a touchdown run in eight consecutive games since Autry Denson in 1998. Denson collected a rushing touchdown in the first 10 games of the ‘98 campaign. u Gray’s 12 rushing touchdowns this season are the most for an Irish running back since Autry Denson had 15 in 1998 and tied for ninth-most in single-season school history. u Gray was also on pace to possibly reach the 1,000-yard barrier. u Tuitt had played in eight games and started three (Navy, Wake Forest and Maryland) before being sidelined. He registered 27 tackles on the season, including two for loss (14 yards) and one sack (11 yards). He ranked third (now fourth) in tackles among defensive lineman at the time of his illness. u Senior DE Ethan Johnson missed four games following an injury against Purdue on Oct. 1, but returned to the Irish lineup against Maryland on Nov. 12. Prior to his injury, Johnson had played in all 43 games since the start of his Irish career (2008).

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Final Record 9-3 5-6 5-6 4-3 3-9 2-7 1-2

Notes '10 Lou Groza Award finalist; owns school record for consecutive field goals made (23) Averaging 65.1 yards per kickoff on 68 attempts in 2011 with 11 touchbacks Has served as Irish punter each of the last three years; Average of 40.2 yards over 46 punts in 2011 Executed 82 straight hold attempts in 2010 and 2011 combined before mishandling snap on FG attempt at Pitt Takes over short snapping duties for injured Braxston Cave Assumes long snapping responsibility as well as the holder on field goals and extra points Recorded fair catches in only career punt return opportunities (Air Force, Navy, Maryland and Stanford) Averaging 0.6 yards per punt return on eight attempts in 2011 One of five players in the FBS with at least two kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2011 (equals school record) Son of Cris Collinsworth, former Cincinnati Bengals WR and now NFL analyst on NBC Sports Averaged 22.2 yards per return on 29 kickoffs in '10

KEY PROBABLE NON-STARTERS Pos. No. Player RB 6 Theo Riddick – Jr. QB 12 Andrew Hendrix – So. WR 81 John Goodman – Sr. OT 74 Christian Lombard – So. OG 76 Andrew Nuss – Sr. TE 82 Alex Welch – So. TE 18 Ben Koyack – Fr. DE 19 Aaron Lynch – Fr. DE 50 Chase Hounshell – Fr. NG 98 Sean Cwynar – Sr. NG 94 Hafis Williams – Sr. OLB 1 Ishaq Williams – Fr. OLB 13 Danny Spond – So. OLB 58 Troy Niklas – Fr. ILB 44 Carlo Calabrese – Jr. ILB 54 Anthony McDonald – Sr. CB 2 Bennett Jackson – So. CB 23 Lo Wood – So. 17 Zeke Motta – Jr. S PK 40 Nick Tausch – Jr.

Notes Recorded eight catches for 83 yards, a 24-yd TD grab and a 14-yd run on a reverse against Air Force on Oct. 8 Rushed for 115 yards on eight carries, including 78-yard run in Irish debut against Air Force on Oct. 8 Has played in 34 career games and recorded 28 catches for 315 yards and one TD; also started four games Played in first career game against USF Has played in 38 career games as reserve OL and on special teams, including all 13 in '10 Picked up first career reception in rout of Navy on Oct. 29 Picked up first career reception in victory at Pittsburgh on Sept. 24 Recorded five tackles, one for loss, a sack, forced fumble and six quarterback hurries against Michigan State Made four tackles, three assisted stops, in career debut on Oct. 8 against Air Force Started two games in 2011 and seven over career; 57 tackles in career, including 21 in 2011 Did not see any action in '08, but has played in 24 games as a reserve in '09, '10 and '11 Rated as 16th overall player by Rivals, 42nd in the ESPNU Top 150 and 45th by Sports Illustrated Saw action in eight games primarily on special teams in '10 LA Times lineman of the year in '10; nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews; first career start vs. MSU Fifth on the Irish with 60 tackles in '10, including 10 stops and 3.5 TFLs at Boston College Battled injuries throughout career, but has appeared in 26 career games primarily on special teams Moved from WR to CB during spring practice; played in 13 games in '10 and made 10 tackles on special teams Registered first career interception against Maryland and returned 57 yards for a touchdown 14th career start against Stanford; career-high 11 tackles and interception vs. Michigan State in 2010 Converted 14 straight FG in 2009 to break Mike Johnson's then school record of 13 (1982)

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SPECIAL TEAMS Pos. No. Player PK 97 David Ruffer – Sr. KO 27 Kyle Brindza – Fr. 35 Ben Turk – Jr. P 50 Ryan Kavanagh – Sr. H SSNP 60 Jordan Cowart – Jr. LSNP 50 Ryan Kavanagh – Sr. PR 3 Michael Floyd – Sr. 81 John Goodman – Sr. KR 34 George Atkinson III – Fr. 28 Austin Collinsworth – So. 2 Bennett Jackson – So.

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Notes Played in first 43 games over Notre Dame career before missing four games; returned against Maryland Registered career-high equaling six tackles in the rout of Maryland on Nov. 12 Recorded career-high seven tackles against USC and Navy; Missed Boston College and Stanford due to illness Leads Notre Dame with 15.0 career sacks and 32.5 career tackles for loss; Butkus Award candidate 17 career games with 10 or more tackles (eight in 2011); Butkus and Lott finalist Has started all 12 games of the 2011 season at ILB and recorded 46 tackles Started nine games in 2011, totaling 29 tackles and two sacks 2nd on team in tackles for loss (8.0) and third in tackles (39) Forced a fumble on Air Force's first offensive play and later added an interception (both turnovers set up TDs) Only player in ND history to register 200 or more tackles, 15.0 or more TFLs and 15 or more PBUs Has seen action in 45 career games, with 32 career starts, including each of the last 25 games

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GREAT FOR TELEVISION u Notre Dame has appeared on national or regional television in 234 consecutive games entering this weekend. u The Irish have made 353 appearances on network television -more than any other school and more than the next two combined. u Notre Dame has become accustomed to nailbiting finishes. In addition to each of the first two games in 2011, at Pittsburgh, at Wake Forest and again against Boston College, the Irish have been involved in 20 games decided by seven points or less since the start of the 2009 campaign. In fact, 14 of the last 21 losses for the Irish have been decided by a touchdown or less, including seven by a field goal or less. u Notre Dame has played in 56 games in the 123-year history of the program where the winning points have occurred in overtime or the game's final minute of regulation. Amazingly, 11 have come in the past five years alone.

DEFENSE Pos. No. Player DE 90 Ethan Johnson – Sr. NG 9 Louis Nix III – So. DE 7 Stephon Tuitt – Fr. OLB 45 Darius Fleming – Sr. ILB 5 Manti Te'o – Jr. ILB 48 Dan Fox – Jr. OLB 55 Prince Shembo – So. CB 12 Robert Blanton – Sr. 26 Jamoris Slaughter – Jr. S 22 Harrison Smith – Sr. S CB 4 Gary Gray – Sr.

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IRISH TURNAROUND JOINS SELECT GROUP u Since the start of the 2001 season, 275 different FBS teams began the season 0-2. u 46 of those 275 teams managed to finish the year with a winning record (includes Notre Dame, Georgia and Western Kentucky in 2011). u 27 of those 275 teams managed to finish the year with eight or more victories (includes Notre Dame and Georgia in 2011). u 15 of those 275 teams managed to finish the year with nine or more victories (includes Georgia in 2011). u 4 of those 275 teams managed to finish the year with 10 or more victories (includes Georgia in 2011). u 1 of those 275 teams managed to finish the year with 11 or more victories (Virginia Tech registered 11 wins in 2010) u One of those four teams to post 10 or more wins despite an 0-2 start to the season – the 2006 Central Michigan squad led by second-year Irish head coach Brian Kelly.

Notes Tied for third on the team in TD receptions (three) and catches (37); Has 359 yards receiving in 2011 Slot receiver in the mold of Wes Welker; Career-best seven catches for career-high 73 yards against Maryland 25 straight starts the past two years (23 at LT, two at RT); Most Valuable Lineman in Hyundai Sun Bowl Saw action in all 13 games in '10 as a reserve; Has started all 12 games in 2011 Son of Mike Golic, former Irish and NFL defensive lineman; registered first career start against Maryland Has played in 47 career games and made 39 starts, including the last 28 games Has played in 41 career games and made 22 starts, including the last 18 games Needs six catches and 58 yards to become 8th WR in FBS history to rank among top 25 in yards, catches and TDs Ranks among top two of all FBS TE in rec. (57), rec./game (4.75), rec. yds (713) and rec. yds/game (59.42) Owns a 12-3 record as a starting quarterback; on pace to become third ND QB with 3,000 yards in season 10th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in single season (16th different time)

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REBOUNDING FROM TOUGH START u Notre Dame was one of 24 FBS teams that opened the 2011 season with an 0-2 record. The Irish (8-4), Western Kentucky (7-5) and Georgia (10-3) are the only teams of that group that have rebounded and own a winning record at this stage of the season. u Notre Dame's eight victories in its 10 games following the 0-2 start is the second-best mark of any team that opened the season with two straight defeats. u The Bulldogs have captured 10 of its 11 games.

OFFENSE Pos. No. Player WR 7 TJ Jones – So. WR 9 Robby Toma – Jr. LT 70 Zack Martin – Jr. LG 66 Chris Watt – Jr. C 57 Mike Golic Jr. – Sr. RG 78 Trevor Robinson – Sr. RT 75 Taylor Dever – Sr. WR 3 Michael Floyd – Sr. TE 80 Tyler Eifert – Jr. QB 11 Tommy Rees – So. RB 20 Cierre Wood – Jr.

GAME NOTES

Record after 0-2 Start Year 1978 9-1 2011 8-2 2001 5-4 1986 5-4 1896 4-1 2007 3-7 1963 2-5 1888 1-0

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STARTING 0-2? u Notre Dame has started a season 0-2 seven times in the 123year history of Irish football. Notre Dame has rebounded to secure a winning record on three occasions, including 2011. u Notre Dame has rebounded with four consecutive wins after an 0-2 start just twice in school history. The 1978 Irish squad posted eight straight victories after their 0-2 start. Notre Dame has won eight of its 10 nine games this season after the 0-2 start. u The eight victories are the second-most in school history following an 0-2 start. The 1978 squad – led by senior QB Joe Montana – posted nine.

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Game Notes u Notre Dame has had five games in 2011 decided by a touchdown or less. Here is a listing of FBS teams with at least five games decided by a total of 20 points or less.

Starter Sheet Offense Floyd (WR) Robinson (RG) Martin, Z. (LT/RT) Cave (C) Dever (RT) Eifert (TE) Riddick (WR) Jones (WR) Rees (QB) Wood, C. (RB) Watt (OG) Crist (QB) Ragone (TE) Gray, J. (RB) Toma (WR) Goodman (WR) Mike Golic Jr. (C) Koyack (TE)

2011 Streak Career 12 17 41 12 28 39 12 25 25 9 - 22 12 17 22 12 19 20 9 - 18 11 6 18 11 11 15 8 1 13 12 12 12 1 - 10 - - 9 4 - 5 3 3 5 - - 4 3 3 3 1 - 1

Defense Smith, H. (S) Johnson (DE) Fleming (OLB) Te'o (ILB) Gray, G. (CB) Lewis-Moore (DE) Blanton (CB) Slaughter (S) Motta (S) Fox (ILB) Nix III (NG) Shembo (OLB) Calabrese (ILB) Cwynar (NG) Lynch (DE) Tuitt (DT) Niklas (OLB)

2011 Streak Career 12 37 46 8 3 36 12 25 35 12 34 35 12 32 32 7 - 29 12 12 25 9 - 15 6 3 14 12 12 12 10 4 10 9 1 9 - - 8 2 - 7 5 2 5 3 - 3 1 - 1

Longest Active Streaks Smith, H. (S) Te'o (ILB) Gray, G. (CB) Robinson (RG)

37 34 32 28

Most Career Starts (Active) Smith, H. (S) Floyd (WR) Robinson (RG) Johnson (DE) Fleming (OLB) Te'o (ILB)

46 41 39 36 35 35

Team Duke Baylor South Carolina Navy Colorado State Hawai‘i Nevada Illinois Notre Dame Idaho Texas A&M

Games 5 (2-3) 5 (4-1) 5 (4-1) 6 (1-5, one OT) 5 (2-3, one OT) 5 (1-4) 5 (2-3) 5 (3-2) 5 (3-2) 5 (1-4) 5 (1-4)

Total Points 12 14 16 18 18 18 19 19 19 20 20

u Here is a listing of FBS teams with at least five games decided by one score. Team Utah State Kansas State Miami (Fla.) San Jose State Ohio State Louisville Navy Louisiana Tech Miami (Ohio) Syracuse Wake Forest Central Florida Duke Baylor South Carolina Colorado State Hawai‘i Illinois Notre Dame Nevada Idaho Texas A&M Penn State Marshall Central Michigan Boston College New Mexico State

Games 9 (5-4, two OT) 9 (8-1) 8 (2-6) 7 (4-3) 7 (2-5 one OT) 7 (2-5) 6 (1-5, one OT) 6 (3-3, two OT) 6 (2-4) 6 (4-2, three in OT) 6 (3-3) 6 (0-6) 5 (2-3) 5 (4-1) 5 (4-1) 5 (2-3, one OT) 5 (1-4) 5 (3-2) 5 (3-2) 5 (2-3) 5 (1-4) 5 (1-4) 5 (4-1) 5 (5-0) 5 (2-3) 5 (1-4) 5 (3-2)

Total Points 34 43 42 24 36 37 18 26 30 30 30 31 12 14 16 18 18 19 19 19 20 20 21 22 22 22 26

NEVER A DRY MOMENT u Notre Dame Stadium was evacuated due to inclement weather and lightning just moments after halftime in the season opener against USF. The first half ended at 5:12 p.m. ET. The game resumed at 7:22 p.m. The contest was delayed two hours and 10 minutes at halftime. The game was halted a second time in the fourth quarter for a total of 43 minutes. In all, the game was suspended for two hours and 53 minutes, lasted five hours and 59 minutes and ended at 9:39 p.m. ET. Career Starts By Position

—OFFENSE— WR LT LG C RG RT Jones (18) Martin, Z. (23) Watt (12) Cave (22) Robinson (39) Dever (22) Golic Jr. (3) Martin, Z. (2) —DEFENSE— DE NG DE OLB ILB ILB Lewis-Moore (29) Nix III (10) Johnson (36) Fleming (34) Fox (12) Te'o (35) Tuitt (2) *Cwynar (7) Lynch (5) Calabrese (8) *Fleming (1) *Tuitt (1) *Shembo (1) * indicates Irish 4-2-5 alignment against Navy on Oct. 29, 2011

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TE WR QB WR RB Eifert (20) Floyd (41) Rees (15) Riddick (17) Wood (13) Ragone (9) Goodman (3) Crist (10) Toma (5) Gray, J. (5) Koyack (1) Riddick (1) OLB CB S S CB Smith, H. (14) Blanton (24) Smith, H. (32) Slaughter (15) Gray, G. (32) Shembo (8) Motta (14) Niklas (1)

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Wt. 200 185 219 280 220 265 253 301 265 220 192 242 320 250 326 295 251 245 255

Cl. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. So. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. So. Fr. So. So. Fr. So. Fr. So. So. Fr.

Hometown (High School) Stockton, CA/Granada Stockton, CA/Granada Canton, MI/Plymouth Sorrento, FL/Mount Dora Cincinnati, OH/Moeller Kirtland, OH/Lake Catholic Oil City, PA/Oil City Inverness, IL/Fremd Cape Coral, FL/Island Coast Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier Coppell,TX/Coppell Raleigh, NC/Southeast Raleigh Walton, KY/Ryle Fullerton, CA/Servite Jacksonville, FL/Raines Monroe, GA/Monroe Lakewood, CA/Lakewood Cincinnati, OH/Elder Brooklyn, NY/Lincoln

u Sophomore QB Andrew Hendrix tossed his first career touchdown pass and collected his first career touchdown run in the 28-14 defeat at No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 26. Hendrix, who played the entire second half, completed 11 of 24 passes for 192 yards. u Senior C Mike Golic Jr. registered his first career start for Notre Dame on Nov. 12 against Maryland. He has started the final three games of the season in replace of injured senior C Braxston Cave.

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3rd Down Money Receptions 1st TD No. Rec. 18 2 18 20 Tyler Eifert 15 1 15 19 Michael Floyd Theo Riddick 4 2 5 5 4 1 4 5 TJ Jones 2 0 2 3 John Goodman 1 0 1 1 Jonas Gray 1 0 1 1 Robby Toma 45 6 46 61 Totals Money plays result in either a first down, touchdown or both. 15-Yard plus by player Player No. TD R P KR PR IR FR George Atkinson III 28 2 1 0 27 0 0 0 26 6 0 26 0 0 0 0 Michael Floyd Cierre Wood 17 2 13 4 0 0 0 0 16 2 0 10 6 0 0 0 Theo Riddick Tyler Eifert 16 2 0 16 0 0 0 0 Jonas Gray 12 3 11 1 0 0 0 0 TJ Jones 8 2 0 8 0 0 0 0 Robby Toma 5 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 Austin Collinsworth 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 Lo Wood Cam McDaniel 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Andrew Hendrix 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 John Goodman 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 Bennett Jackson 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Robert Blanton 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 141 20 27 71 40 0 3 0 Total

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Category No. Needs Catches 60 3 to become eighth ND player with 60 or more catches in season Catches 100 16 to become third ND TE with 100 career catches Receiving Yards 798 85 to set single-season school record for yards by a tight end Receiving Yards 1,103 38 to move into second place on single-season receiving yards list by ND TE Yards/Catches 272/3,703 6/58 to become 8th WR in FBS history to rank among top 25 in career yards, catches and TDs Receiving Yards 3,867 222 to move into 20th in FBS history for career receiving yards Receiving Yards 3,703 58 to move into 25th in FBS history for career receiving yards Receiving Yards 1,250 144 to become second ND WR with 1,250 yards in season Catches 272 6 catches to become 25th player in FBS history with at least 272 Catches 272 6 catches to become 9th WR in FBS history to rank among top 25 in career catches and TDs Catches 100 5 catches to become 1st ND WR with 100 in season Pass Attempts 400 16 to become third ND QB with 400 in season Passing Yards 3,000 292 to become third ND QB with 3,000 yards in season Passing Yards 4,000 186 to become 10th ND QB with 4,000 yards in career TD Passes 20 1 to become third ND QB with 20 TD passes in season TD Passes 35 4 to become fifth ND QB with 35 TD passes in career Total Yards 3,000 320 to become third ND QB with 3,000 yards in season Rushing Yards 1,177 135 to move into 10th on the ND single-season rushing yards list Kick Return TDs 3 1 to set ND single-season record for kick return TDs Sacks 34.5 2.0 to move into top all-time at ND in both career sacks and tackles for loss

3rd Down Money Rushers 1st TD No. Att. 11 1 12 23 Cierre Wood 10 2 10 15 Jonas Gray 3 0 3 5 Tommy Rees 0 2 2 3 George Atkinson III Andrew Hendrix 1 0 1 1 25 5 28 50 Totals

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Player Tyler Eifert Tyler Eifert Tyler Eifert Tyler Eifert Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Tommy Rees Tommy Rees Tommy Rees Tommy Rees Tommy Rees Tommy Rees Cierre Wood George Atkinson III Darius Fleming

1st TD No. Rec. 57 8 59 95 42 5 44 57 16 3 17 36 16 3 16 37 11 1 11 15 6 0 6 26 2 0 2 7 2 0 2 6 1 0 1 1 153 20 158 283

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Money Receptions Michael Floyd Tyler Eifert Theo Riddick TJ Jones Robby Toma Cierre Wood John Goodman Jonas Gray Mike Ragone Totals

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Ht. 6-1 1/4 5-11 1/2 6-1 6-5 6-2 6-4 1/4 6-5 6-5 6-6 6-4 5-9 3/4 6-1 6-8 6-6.5 6-3 6-6 1/4 6-1 6-4 6-5

THE FIGHTING IRISH

First-Year Players in 2011 No. Name Pos. 34 George Atkinson III RB CB 43 Josh Atkinson 27 Kyle Brindza K/P C/OG 51 Bruce Heggie 12 Andrew Hendrix QB 50 Chase Hounshell DE TE 18 Ben Koyack OT 74 Christian Lombard DE 19 Aaron Lynch WR 14 Luke Massa RB 33 Cam McDaniel 8 Kendall Moore ILB OT 64 Tate Nichols OLB 58 Troy Niklas NG 9 Louis Nix III DE 7 Stephon Tuitt ILB 53 Justin Utupo TE 82 Alex Welch OLB 1 Ishaq Williams

Money Rushers 1st TD No. Att. Cierre Wood 53 9 60 199 38 12 45 114 Jonas Gray Andrew Hendrix 6 1 7 18 Tommy Rees 7 0 7 18 George Atkinson III 1 2 3 9 Theo Riddick 1 0 1 6 Dayne Crist 1 0 1 4 Michael Floyd 0 1 1 2 Totals 107 25 125 385

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NOTRE DAME FIRSTS u Notre Dame has played a total of 10 freshmen in 2011 and another nine sophomores that did not see game action as rookies in 2010. In all, the Irish have used 19 first-year players this season.

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u It is believed to be the first weather related delay in Notre Dame history – home or away. u According to Steve Boda, long-time NCAA statistics staffer and a particular expert on Notre Dame football history, the closest a Notre Dame game came to being postponed by weather was the 1923 season finale at St. Louis University. The game was played on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 29). There was a drenching, non-stop rain and the field was ankle-deep in mud. Knute Rockne proposed the game be postponed until the following day, but there already were 9,000 fans in attendance and St. Louis did not agree. The game went on as scheduled, Notre Dame won 13-0 and the teams combined for 22 fumbles in the game. u The game officially goes into the record books as the longest in terms of time in school history. Longest recent Notre Dame games included the 4:01 quadruple overtime loss at home to Pitt in 2008 and another 4:01 marathon in the 44-41 overtime defeat to Michigan State at home in 2005.

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Game Notes Irish Among 2011 National Leaders Category Rushing Offense Passing Offense Total Offense Scoring Offense Rushing Defense Pass Efficiency Defense Total Defense Scoring Defense Net Punting Punt Returns Kickoff Returns Turnover Margin Pass Defense Passing Efficiency Sacks Tackles For Loss Sacks Allowed

Rank 51 33 33 43 58 56 34 28 104 120 33 116 34 53 79 83 17

Stat 166.00 258.08 424.08 30.50 147.08 127.31 349.25 20.92 34.04 0.30 23.27 -1.08 202.17 132.67 1.67 5.17 1.08

National Leader Army Houston Houston Houston Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Florida State FIU TCU LSU Alabama Baylor Cincinnati Cincinnati Texas A&M

Rushing Cierre Wood 46th 86.83 Jonas Gray 72nd 71.91

Passing Efficiency Tommy Rees

Total Offense Tommy Rees 61st 223.33

Receptions Per Game Michael Floyd Tyler Eifert

Receiving Yards Per Game 25th 92.17 Michael Floyd Tyler Eifert t-91st 59.42

Punting Ben Turk

Kickoff Returns George Atkinson III 15th 27.40

Field Goals David Ruffer

Scoring Tackles Jonas Gray t-92nd 6.55 Manti Te'o Tackles for Loss Manti Te'o

t-58th 1.08 Irish Among Active Career National Leaders

Category Receiving Touchdowns Field Goal Percentage Receiving Yards Receptions Receiving Yards/Game Receptions/Game Kickoff Return Touchdowns Scoring Touchdowns All-Purpose Touchdowns Tackles/Game Completion Percentage Solo Tackles Solo Tackles for Loss Assisted Tackles Assisted Sacks

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Rank Player 3 Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 8 David Ruffer, Notre Dame 4 Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 6 Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 7 Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 9 Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 15 George Atkinson III, Notre Dame 14 Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 14 Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 14 Manti Te'o, Notre Dame 19 Tommy Rees, Notre Dame 16 Harrison Smith, Notre Dame 20 Darius Fleming, Notre Dame 18 Manti Te'o, Notre Dame 19 Ethan Johnson, Notre Dame

Stat 350.91 443.77 599.00 50.77 74.92 83.97 191.25 8.83 42.04 15.93 28.57 1.69 116.33 194.07 3.58 8.92 0.67 54th

135.20

9th 7.92 t-82nd 4.75 60th

40.24

t-70th 0.83 t-27th 9.58

u Senior RB Jonas Gray recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game in the rout of Maryland on Nov. 12. Gray ran for 136 yards on 21 carries and added two touchdowns. He has 12 rushing touchdowns this season, which is the most by an Irish running back since Autry Denson had 15 in 1998. u Gray became the first Irish running back with three rushing touchdowns in the same game (Oct. 29 vs. Navy) since Travis Thomas had three against the Midshipmen on Nov. 3, 2007. He became the first player with three rushing TDs in a non-overtime game since Darius Walker had three against Ohio State in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. Gray also was the first Notre Dame player with three rushing TDs in a regular season game since Raeshon Powers-Neal at Pittsburgh on Sept. 3, 2005. He also registered at least one rushing touchdown in five straight games. Gray was the first Irish running back to accomplish that feat since Ryan Grant in 2002. u Senior WR Michael Floyd recorded his first career rushing touchdown against Navy on Oct. 29 that pushed the Irish lead to 42-7. u Atkinson III collected his second kickoff return for touchdown on Oct. 22 against USC. He registered a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown – the longest at Notre Dame Stadium since Julius Jones went 100 yards against Nebraska on Sept. 9, 2000. It also was tied for the fifth-longest in Notre Dame Stadium history. Atkinson III was the first Irish player to have multiple kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same season since Allen Rossum in 1997. u The two touchdown kickoff returns in a single-season equals the Notre Dame school record. Atkinson is the second Notre Dame freshman to ever return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same season. Raghib “Rocket” Ismail had a pair in 1988. u Atkinson was the fourth FBS player to register a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2011. u Sophomore QB Andrew Hendrix made his debut in an Irish uniform against Air Force. Hendrix completed four of four passes for 33 yards. He also finished with 111 yards rushing on six carries, which was the most rushing yards by an Irish quarterback since Carlyle Holiday had 130 yards on Oct. 13, 2001, against West Virginia. The 111 yards on the ground is the sixth-most ever by a Notre Dame signal caller. Hendrix was the first Irish quarterback to run for 100 yards since Holiday on Oct. 27, 2001, at Boston College. His 78-yard run was the second-longest in school history by a Notre Dame quarterback. u Junior WR Robby Toma collected his first career touchdown reception against Air Force. Toma hauled in a 10-yard pass from Rees with 4:07 to go in the first quarter to give the Irish a 21-3 lead. u Freshman RB George Atkinson III collected his first career touchdown run against Air Force. Atkinson III leapt into the end zone from one-yard out to make the score, 59-19, in favor of Notre Dame. Twin brother DB Josh Atkinson also made his Irish debut against the Falcons. u Freshman DE Chase Hounshell made his first appearance for Notre Dame against Air Force and registered four tackles. u Freshman DE Aaron Lynch and freshman TE Ben Koyack both made their first career starts against Air Force. u A number of Irish players established firsts in the 38-10 rout of Purdue on Oct. 1. Freshman RB Cam McDaniel not only made his first career appearance, but the rookie registered his first career carry. Freshman RB George Atkinson III picked up his first career reception – a 10-yard screen pass. Sophomore WR Luke Massa made his first career appearance. Sophomore DE Kona Schwenke, senior QB Matt Mulvey and senior WR Deion Walker each saw their first game action of 2011. u Senior RB Jonas Gray certainly made the most of his first career rushing touchdown. He raced 79 yards for a touchdown to give the Irish a 7-3 lead at Pittsburgh. The 79-yard run was the longest by an Irish player since Terrance Howard went 80 yards for a touchdown at West Virginia on Oct. 21, 2000.

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at Purdue, Sept. 30, 1967 vs. Michigan St., Sept. 17, 2005 at Purdue, Sept. 27, 2003 at USC, Nov. 28, 1970 at Michigan St., Sept. 18, 2010 vs. Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010 vs. Florida State, Nov. 1, 2003 vs. Navy, Nov. 7, 2009 at North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2008 vs. Michigan, Sept. 16, 2006

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Pass Attempts - Game 1. Terry Hanratty 63 2. Brady Quinn 60 3. Brady Quinn 59 4. Joe Theismann 58 5. Dayne Crist 55 6. Tommy Rees 54 7. Brady Quinn 52 8. Jimmy Clausen 51 9. Jimmy Clausen 48 Brady Quinn 48

17 (1979) 17 (1984) 16 (1905) 16 (1983) 16 (1991) 15 (1998) 14 (1968) 13 (1992) 12 (2011) 12 (1976) 12 (1997)

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u Notre Dame faced eight teams that finished with a .500 record or better – seven of which reached a bowl game. USC went 10-2 and finished the season ranked No. 5 in the AP poll, but was not eligible for a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions.

Rushing Touchdowns - Season 1. Vagas Ferguson Allen Pinkett 3. Bill Downs Allen Pinkett Jerome Bettis 6. Autry Denson 7. Bob Gladieux 8. Reggie Brooks 9. Jonas Gray Al Hunter Autry Denson

2011 SEASON REVIEW

Last Week (Result) L, 27-30 vs. West Virginia W, 40-34 vs. Ohio State L, 39-42 vs. Wisconsin W, 33-20 vs. Syracuse W, 33-25 at Indiana W, 45-21 at Colorado State W, 50-0 vs. UCLA W, 27-21 vs. Army L, 7-41 vs. Vanderbilt L, 41-56 at North Carolina State W, 24-17 at Miami (Fla.) W, 28-14 vs. Notre Dame

Rushing Touchdowns - Game 1. Art Smith 7 vs. Loyola (Chicago), Oct. 28, 1911 2. Bill Downs 6 vs. DePauw, Nov. 4, 1905 3. Allen Pinkett 4 vs. Penn State, Nov. 17, 1984 Allen Pinkett 4 at Penn State, Nov. 12, 1983 Frank Lonergan 4 vs. Chi. Phys./Surg., Oct. 29, 1903 Frank Lonergan 4 vs. DePauw, Oct. 17, 1903 7. Jonas Gray 3 vs. Navy, Oct. 29, 2011 Travis Thomas 3 vs. Navy, Nov. 3, 2007 Rashon Powers-Neal 3 at Pittsburgh, Sept. 3, 2005 Julius Jones 3 vs. BYU, Nov. 15, 2003 Reggie Brooks 3 at USC, Nov. 28, 1992 Reggie Brooks 3 vs. Purdue, Sept. 26, 1992 Louis Salmon 3 vs. Lake Forest, Oct. 11, 1902

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'11 Record Opponent USF 5-7 at Michigan 10-2 10-3 Michigan State at Pittsburgh 6-6 6-6 at Purdue Air Force 7-5 USC 10-2 5-7 Navy at Wake Forest 6-6 2-10 vs. Maryland Boston College 4-8 at Stanford 11-1 Notre Dame 2011 Opponents' Combined Record: 82-63 (.566)

Avg. per Rush - Season (min. 100 attempts) 1. George Gipp 8.1 (1920) 2. Reggie Brooks 8.0 (1992) 3. John Panelli 7.5 (1948) Marchy Schwartz 7.5 (1930) 5. Don Miller 7.1 (1924) 6. Jonas Gray 6.94 (2011) 7. George Gipp 6.87 (1919)

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2011 NOTRE DAME OPPONENT UPDATE u Notre Dame and USC were the only two FBS schools to face an opponent from a Bowl Championship Series automatic qualifying conference over the first five weeks of the 2011 campaign. u Even more remarkable, only 17 schools faced two such opponents over the first two games of '11 and only four of those 17 schools compete in a BCS AQ conference – Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Wake Forest and USC. Not one member from the SEC, Big Ten, BIG EAST or Big 12 could make such a claim. u Two of Notre Dame's losses have come by a combined seven points – 23-20 vs. USF and 35-31 at Michigan – and its other two losses came to USC (10-2) and Stanford (11-1). The Wolverines, Trojans and Cardinal have all won at least 10 games and have combined for a 31-5 (.861) record. u Notre Dame played four teams this year that finished the regular season with at least 10 victories (Michigan, Michigan State, USC and Stanford). u The Irish are one of eight teams in the FBS to play at least four teams with 10 or more wins. Arizona (four), Auburn (five), Florida (four), Minnesota (four), Mississippi (four), Mississippi State (five) and Vanderbilt (four) are the other seven schools. u Notre Dame's No. 1 ranking in the NCAA strength-of-schedule standings in 2010 was its highest since a No. 1 ranking in 1995. The .650 winning percentage of Irish opponents made for its strongest schedule faced in 21 years – since a .655 percentage when Notre Dame finished tops in the toughest-schedule derby in 1989. u The Irish have a long history of playing challenging schedules - with Notre Dame ranking (since the NCAA began this rating in 1977) first in 1978, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995 and 2010; third in 1986, 1999, 2003; and fourth in 1979 and 1990. That makes for 11 top-four finishes in that category in the 34 years the NCAA has calculated these numbers. u The following is a list of 2011 Notre Dame opponents and how they fared last week:

Rushing Yards - Game (Quarterback) 1. Bill Etter 146-11 vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 1969 2. Tony Rice 141-26 at Penn State, Nov. 18, 1989 3. Carlyle Holiday 130-30 vs. West Virginia, Oct. 13, 2001 4. Carlyle Holiday 122-19 vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 6, 2001 5. Andrew Hendrix 111-6 vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011 6. Carlyle Holiday 109-22 at Boston College, Oct. 27, 2001 7. Arnaz Battle 107-14 vs. Nebraska, Sept. 9, 2000 Jarious Jackson 107-15 vs. Oklahoma, Oct. 2, 1999 Tony Rice 107-14 vs. Stanford, Oct. 1, 1988 10. Paul Hornung 101-11 vs. SMU, Sept. 22, 1956

GAME NOTES

ONLY THE BIG BOYS u Notre Dame is one of just three NCAA FBS programs to have not faced a non-FBS opponent since the current setup was established in 1978. The two other remaining schools that have yet to play a non-FBS opponent are USC and UCLA.

Eye On Career Records

MEDIA INFO

u Freshman TE Ben Koyack, from Oil City, Pa., registered his first career reception against Pittsburgh. Koyack hauled in a five-yard pass on Notre Dame’s opening drive of the game. u Freshman OLB Troy Niklas made his first career start in the victory over No. 15 Michigan State. u A pair of freshman – RB George Atkinson III and DE Aaron Lynch – played critical roles in the Irish victory over the Spartans. u Atkinson returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to give Notre Dame a 14-3 lead with 1:20 remaining in the first quarter. He was the first Irish freshman to return a kickoff for a touchdown since Raghib “Rocket” Ismail had two kickoff returns for touchdown against Rice on Nov. 6, 1988. Atkinson was the first Notre Dame player to return a kickoff for a touchdown since Armando Allen Jr. raced 96 yards for a score against Hawai’i in the 2008 Hawai’i Bowl. He recorded the first kickoff return for a touchdown by an Irish player at Notre Dame Stadium since Julius Jones against No. 1 Nebraska on Sept. 9, 2000. u Lynch – seeing the most playing time to that point of his Irish career – absolutely dominated his counterparts on the Michigan State offensive line. He recorded six quarterback hurries, one sack, a forced fumble and five tackles. u Freshman TE Ben Koyack and sophomore LB Justin Utupo made their first career appearances at Michigan. u Junior OG Chris Watt, junior ILB Dan Fox and sophomore OLB Prince Shembo all registered their first career start in the season opener against USF. u The Irish played a total of six freshmen against USF: OLB Ishaq Williams, DE Stephon Tuitt, DE Aaron Lynch, K Kyle Brindza, RB George Atkinson III and OLB Troy Niklas. u The following Notre Dame players, excluding freshmen, made their first career appearance against the Bulls: ILB Kendall Moore, NG Louis Nix III, OT Christian Lombard and TE Alex Welch.

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Game Notes Eye On Career Records Pass Attempts - Season 1. Brady Quinn 2. Brady Quinn 3. Jimmy Clausen 4. Jimmy Clausen 5. Tommy Rees 6. Brady Quinn 7. Brady Quinn 8. Jarious Jackson 9. Ron Powlus 10. Dayne Crist

467 (2006) 450 (2005) 440 (2008) 425 (2009) 384 (2011) 353 (2004) 332 (2003) 316 (1999) 298 (1997) 294 (2010)

Pass Attempts - Career 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Ron Powlus 4. Steve Beuerlein 5. Rick Mirer 6. Blair Kiel 7. Terry Hanratty 8. Tommy Rees 9. Jarious Jackson 10. Joe Montana

1,602 (2003-06) 1,110 (2007-09) 969 (1994-97) 850 (1983-86) 698 (1989-92) 609 (1980-83) 550 (1966-68) 548 (2010-) 536 (1996-99) 515 (1975-78)

Attempts per Game - Season 1. Brady Quinn 2. Brady Quinn 3. Jimmy Clausen 4. Jimmy Clausen 5. Dayne Crist 6. Tommy Rees 7. Brady Quinn 8. Terry Hanratty 9. Brady Quinn

37.5 (450/12), 2005 35.9 (467/13), 2006 35.4 (425/12), 2009 33.8 (440/13), 2008 32.7 (294/9), 2010 32.0 (384/12), 2011 29.4 (353/12), 2004 28.1 (197/7), 1968 27.7 (332/12), 2003

Attempts per Game - Career 32.7 (1602/49), 2003-06 1. Brady Quinn (1110/35), 2007-09 2. Jimmy Clausen 31.7 26.1 (548/21), 20103. Tommy Rees 21.9 (964/44), 1994-97 4. Ron Powlus (550/26), 1966-68 5. Terry Hanratty 21.2 19.9 (338/17), 2008-11 6. Dayne Crist Completions - Game 1. Jimmy Clausen 2. Tommy Rees Joe Theismann Brady Quinn 5. Dayne Crist Brady Quinn 7. Jimmy Clausen Ron Powlus 9. Tommy Rees Jimmy Clausen

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37 33 33 33 32 32 31 31 30 30

vs. Navy, Nov. 7, 2009 vs. Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010 at USC, Nov. 28, 1970 vs. Michigan St., Sept. 17, 2005 at Michigan St., Sept. 18, 2010 vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 at North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2008 at Purdue, Sept. 13, 1997 vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 21, 2009

HEARTBREAK CITY u Two of Notre Dame’s four losses have come by a combined seven points – 23-20 vs. USF and 35-31 at Michigan. u Five of second-year head coach Brian Kelly's nine losses at Notre Dame have come by a combined 15 points. u Notre Dame regained a 31-28 lead with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter at Michigan. Had the Irish held on, the touchdown would have been the sixth-latest gamewinning touchdown in school history (excluding overtime), but Michigan added a touchdown with two seconds left to secure the victory. u The Wolverines' touchdown was the latest a Notre Dame foe has ever recorded a winning touchdown in regulation. The previous mark was Matt Leinart's one-yard sneak for USC in 2005 (0:03). u The game with Michigan marked the 15th time in the program's history that a game involving Notre Dame has had the winning points scored with three seconds or less in a game (seven wins, eight losses). u Amazingly, in Notre Dame's eight losses with less than three seconds left in regulation, the Irish actually scored a touchdown to take the lead in the final 1:32 of the contests six times, including the touchdown reception by junior WR Theo Riddick with 30 seconds left against Michigan. u The game marked the first in school history that featured a Notre Dame go-ahead touchdown in the final minute only to also include an opponent go-ahead touchdown. The other two games in school history the Irish took a lead in the final minute and lost came with field goals – Remy Hamilton's 42-yarder with two seconds left to give Michigan a 26-24 victory in 1994 and Frank Jordan's 37-yarder with two seconds left to give USC a 27-25 triumph in 1978. THE 2011 CAPTAINS u Notre Dame reinstated an old tradition in 2010, designating captains on a game-by-game basis for only the third time in school history. Back in 1946, legendary head coach Frank Leahy elected to choose captains for each game – the result was an 8-0-1 record and the fifth of Notre Dame’s 11 national championships. The Irish also designated captains on a game-by-game basis from 2002-04 as well, but the team voted on season captains following the regular season. u Senior S Harrison Smith is Notre Dame’s lone season captain. He is the first Irish lone season captain since 1999 when Jarious Jackson held the individual honor. The other single individual captains for Notre Dame in the last 40 years include Rodney Culver (1991) and Mike Kovaleski (1986). u In addition to Smith, the Irish will continue to name gameday captains. The 2011 gameday captains have been as follows: USF: Robert Blanton and Trevor Robinson Michigan State: Ethan Johnson Purdue: Tyler Eifert USC: Manti Te’o and Cierre Wood Wake Forest: Robert Blanton Boston College: None

Michigan: Zack Martin Pittsburgh: Taylor Dever Air Force: Jonas Gray Navy: Chris Salvi Maryland: Darius Fleming Stanford: Taylor Dever

KELLY IN THE POSTSEASON u Brian Kelly, in his 21st season as a collegiate head coach, owns a 14-5 (.737) postseason record. That includes an 11-4 mark in NCAA Division II playoffs during his tenure at Grand Valley State (national champions in 2002 and 2003). Kelly's Cincinnati teams defeated Western Michigan, 27-24, in the International Bowl following the 2006 season (just after taking the Bearcat job), defeated Southern Mississippi, 31-21, in the Papajohns.com Bowl in 2007 and then fell 20-7 in 2008 to Virginia Tech in the Bowl Championship Series FedEx Orange Bowl. In 2009, Kelly coached his Cincinnati team to a 12-0 record and an invitation to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, but he did not coach that game after accepting the job at Notre Dame. u Last year, Kelly led the Irish to a 33-17 rout of Miami (Fla.) in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

Notre Dame Coaching Staff Locations

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Charley Molnar Press Box

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Kerry Cooks Sidelines

Mike Denbrock Press Box

Mike Elston Sidelines

Tim Hinton Press Box

Chuck Martin Sidelines

Ed Warinner Sidelines

Jon Carpenter Press Box

Michael Painter Press Box

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Consecutive Completions - Year 1. Tommy Rees Ron Powlus Brady Quinn 4. Dayne Crist Jimmy Clausen Jarious Jackson Brady Quinn 8. Jimmy Clausen Ron Powlus Brady Quinn Brady Quinn

14 (2011) 14 (1997) 14 (2005) 12 (2010) 12 (2009) 12 (1998) 12 (2005) 11 (2009) 11 (1996) 11 (2005) 11 (2005)

Completions per Game - Season 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Brady Quinn 4. Tommy Rees 5. Jimmy Clausen 6. Dayne Crist 7. Terry Hanratty

24.3 (292/12), 2005 24.1 (289/12), 2009 22.2 (289/13), 2006 21.1 (253/12), 2011 20.6 (268/13), 2008 19.3 (174/9), 2010 16.6 (116/7), 1968

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Pct. .801 .807 .769 .752 .781 .739 .727 .795 .672 .647

Consecutive Completions - Game 14 vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011 1. Tommy Rees Brady Quinn 14 vs. Ohio State, Jan. 2, 2006* Ron Powlus 14 vs. Michigan State, Sept. 20, 1997 12 vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 9, 2010 4. Dayne Crist Jarious Jackson 12 vs. Navy, Nov. 14, 1998 Brady Quinn 12 vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 11 vs. Washington State, Oct. 31, 2009 7. Jimmy Clausen Brady Quinn 11 at Pittsburgh, Sept. 3, 2005 Brady Quinn 11 at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2005 * Fiesta Bowl

BOWL HISTORY

Winningest Active NCAA FBS Coaches (By Victories, Since 2001) Name, School W L T 117 29 0 1. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma 2. Mack Brown, Texas 113 27 0 110 33 0 3. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame 4. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech 109 36 0 5. Gary Patterson, TCU 107 30 0 105 37 0 6. Mark Richt, Georgia 7. Les Miles, LSU 101 38 0 8. Nick Saban, Alabama 93 24 0 9. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa 92 45 0 10. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech 90 49 0

929 (2003-06) 695 (2007-09) 558 (1994-97) 473 (1983-86) 377 (1989-92) 353 (2010-) 306 (1996-99) 304 (1966-68) 297 (1980-83) 290 (1968-70)

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u Since 2001, Brian Kelly has totaled the third-most wins among all active FBS coaches. Kelly is 110-33 over the last 11 seasons and trails only Bob Stoops (117-29) and Mack Brown (113-27) for the best coaching record this decade.

Completions - Career 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Ron Powlus 4. Steve Beuerlein 5. Rick Mirer 6. Tommy Rees 7. Jarious Jackson 8. Terry Hanratty 9. Blair Kiel 10. Joe Theismann

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KELLY'S WINNING WAYS u In his two years at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly has helped the Irish secure a 15-2 record when entering halftime with a lead and 14-2 mark when leading after three quarters. u Kelly is 159-10 in his coaching career when taking a lead into the fourth quarter and 95-4 since 2001. He owns a 147-12 record when taking a lead into halftime, including an 92-4 mark since 2001. u Kelly registered his first victory at Notre Dame when trailing at halftime at Wake Forest on Nov. 5. The Irish had lost their five previous games when trailing at intermission under Kelly. u Here are a couple other pretty remarkable win-loss records during Kelly's career: u Kelly is 12-2 coming off a bye week. u Kelly is 124-22 when scoring first. u Kelly is 150-22-1 when outrushing his opponent. u Kelly is 112-12 when his team wins the turnover battle. u Kelly is 35-14-2 in games decided by three points or less. u Kelly is 62-4-1 when his team gets a defensive or special teams touchdown. u Kelly is 54-14 in the month of November, including a 20-3 mark since 2006. u Kelly is 121-7 when his team scores 30 or more points, including a 71-1 mark with 40 or more points. u Kelly is 119-5-1 when his team allows 19 points or less. u Kelly is 135-36-1 coming off a victory. u Kelly coached teams own a 57-game winning streak in games where they hold their opponents to less than 20 points. Kelly has not lost such a game since Dec. 8, 2001 when North Dakota edged Grand Valley State, 17-14, in the NCAA Division II title game.

292 (2005) 289 (2009) 289 (2006) 268 (2008) 253 (2011) 191 (2004) 184 (1999) 182 (1997) 174 (2010) 157 (2003)

THE FIGHTING IRISH

KELLY SQUADS KNOW HOW TO FINISH u In his 21 years as a head coach, Brian Kelly led teams are at their best late in the year – 54-14 (.794) in November and 63-16 (.797) in November/December/January games combined. u Kelly registered 18 consecutive victories in the months of November and December before the regular season finale loss at No. 4 Stanford. It marked the first loss for a Kelly coached team in November or December since Nov. 17, 2007 – a 28-23 setback to West Virginia while coaching Cincinnati. u Kelly is 24-3 in the months of November and December since the start of the 2006 campaign.

Completions - Season 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen Brady Quinn 4. Jimmy Clausen 5. Tommy Rees 6. Brady Quinn 7. Jarious Jackson 8. Ron Powlus 9. Dayne Crist 10. Brady Quinn

GAME NOTES

EIGHT IS NOT ENOUGH, BUT u Brian Kelly has won at least eight games in each of his first two seasons on the Notre Dame sidelines. Lou Holtz, Ara Parseghian, Frank Leahy and Knute Rockne – who combined to win 10 consensus national championships – failed to accomplish this feat. u Kelly joins Charlie Weis, Dan Devine and Terry Brennan as the only Irish coaches to win eight or more games in each of their first two seasons at Notre Dame.

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MEDIA INFO

First-Year Success u Brian Kelly was one of 22 head coaches at the FBS level that took over new programs in 2010. Out of the that group, Kelly was one of just five coaches that produced at least eight wins and one of just four that led their teams to a bowl victory. Jimbo Fisher at Florida State led the group with 10 wins, while three other coaches, Skip Holtz at USF, Lane Kiffin at USC and Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech, each secured eight victories. Out of the five coaches who won at least eight games, only Kelly, Fisher and Holtz exceeded their team's win total from the previous season. Kelly, Holtz, Tuberville and Louisville’s Charlie Strong were the coaches that won bowl games. u Notre Dame has had 15 different head coaches, including Brian Kelly, walk the sidelines in the all-time series with rival USC. Kelly became the first Irish head coach to knock off the Trojans in his first meeting since Lou Holtz. u The other six coaches to knock off USC in their first matchup: Hugh Devore (1963), Joe Kuharich (1959), Terry Brennan (1954), Frank Leahy (1941), Elmer Layden (1934) and Knute Rockne (1926). u Kelly became the first Irish coach in school history to capture a bowl game in his inaugural season with Notre Dame.

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Game Notes Eye On Career Records Completions per Game - Career 1. Jimmy Clausen 19.9 (695/35), 2007-09 2. Brady Quinn 19.0 (929/49), 2003-06 3. Tommy Rees 16.8 (353/21), 200812.7 (558/44), 1994-97 4. Ron Powlus 5. Dayne Crist 11.7 (199/17), 2008-11 Terry Hanratty 11.7 (304/26), 1966-68 Completion Percentage - Season (min. 100 att.) 1. Jimmy Clausen 68.0 (2009) 2. Tommy Rees 65.9 (2011) 3. Brady Quinn 64.9 (2005) 4. Brady Quinn 61.9 (2006) 5. Kevin McDougal 61.6 (1993) 61.1 (1997) 6. Ron Powlus 7. Tommy Rees 61.0 (2010) 8. Jimmy Clausen 60.9 (2008) 9. Steve Beuerlein 60.3 (1984) 10. Dayne Crist 59.2 (2010) Completion Percentage - Career (min. 150 att.) 1. Tommy Rees 64.4 (2010-) 2. Jimmy Clausen 62.6 (2007-09) 3. Kevin McDougal 62.2 (1990-93) 4. Dayne Crist 58.9 (2008-11) 5. Brady Quinn 58.0 (2003-06) 6. Ron Powlus 57.6 (1994-97) 7. Jarious Jackson 57.1 (1996-99) 8. Joe Theismann 57.0 (1968-70) 9. Steve Beuerlein 55.6 (1983-86) 10. Terry Hanratty 55.3 (1966-68) Efficiency Rating - Career (min. 150 attempts) 1. Kevin McDougal 156.7 (1990-93) 2. Jarious Jackson 145.7 (1996-99) 3. John Huarte 144.7 (1962-64) 4. Rick Mirer 139.0 (1989-92) 5. Jimmy Clausen 137.2 (2007-09) 6. Joe Theismann 136.1 (1968-70) 7. Ron Powlus 135.6 (1994-97) 8. Brady Quinn 134.4 (2003-06) 9. Tommy Rees 134.3 (2010-) 10. Dayne Crist 127.0 (2008-11) Passing Yards - Season 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Brady Quinn 4. Jimmy Clausen 5. Jarious Jackson 6. Tommy Rees 7. Brady Quinn 8. Joe Theismann 9. Steve Beuerlein 10. Rick Mirer

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3919 (2005) 3722 (2009) 3426 (2006) 3172 (2008) 2753 (1999) 2708 (2011) 2586 (2004) 2529 (1970) 2211 (1986) 2117 (1991)

u Since 2006, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has compiled the seventh-most wins of any active NCAA FBS coach. Kelly has gone on to win 59 contests (59-19 overall) over that span. The only coaches ahead of Kelly in that time frame are Chris Peterson of Boise State (71), Gary Patterson of TCU (64), Bob Stoops of Oklahoma (62), Les Miles of LSU (62), Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech (61) and Bret Bielema of Wisconsin (60). Winningest Active NCAA FBS Coaches (By Victories, Since 2006) Name, School W L T 1. Chris Petersen, Boise State 71 6 0 2. Gary Patterson, TCU 64 12 0 3. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma 62 18 0 Les Miles, LSU 62 15 0 5. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech 61 18 0 6. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin 60 18 0 7. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame 59 19 0 8. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU 58 18 0 9. Mack Brown, Texas 57 18 0 Kyle Whittingham, Utah 57 19 0

Pct. .922 .842 .775 .805 .772 .769 .756 .763 .760 .750

u Brian Kelly ranks as the fifth-most successful active NCAA FBS coach in both winning percentage and victories. Here is a look at the top 10 winningest active coaches in the FBS (min. six years completed as FBS head coach, record at four-year colleges only): Winningest Active NCAA FBS Coaches (By Percentage) Years W Name, School 1. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma 13 137 2. Gary Patterson, TCU 12 107 3. Bobby Petrino, Arkansas 8 74 11 105 4. Mark Richt, Georgia 5. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame 21 187 6. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU 7 64 Kyle Whittingham, Utah 7 64 8. Nick Saban, Alabama 16 144 22 195 9. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

L 34 30 24 37 66 24 24 54 75

T 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 2

Pct. .801 .781 .755 .739 .737 .727 .727 .725 .721

Winningest Active NCAA FBS Coaches (By Victories) Years W Name, School 1. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech 31 250 28 226 2. Mack Brown, Texas 3. Chris Ault, Nevada 27 225 4. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina 22 195 5. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame 21 187 6. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State 23 178 30 175 7. Mike Price, UTEP 8. Larry Blakeney, Troy 21 164 9. Howard Schnellenberger, Florida Atlantic 27 158

L 120 112 101 75 66 95 173 91 150

T 4 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 3

Pct. .674 .668 .690 .721 .737 .651 .503 .643 .513

IRISH DOMINANT IN THE OPENING 15 MINUTES u Notre Dame has scored on its opening possession of the contest in six of its last eight games, including five touchdowns. u Notre Dame, which outgained USF (152-62), Michigan (145-27), Michigan State (95-36), Pittsburgh (72-31), Purdue (185-39), Navy (118-57), Maryland (148-48) and Boston College (133-43) in the first quarter, also racked up 191 total yards in the opening quarter against Air Force. Notre Dame outgained its 12 regular season opponents in the opening period by a 1,401-820 margin (despite the struggles in the opening quarter against USC on Oct. 22 when the Irish were outgained, 128-14). u The Irish outgained their first six opponents and 10 of 12 foes overall in 2011 in the opening quarter by an average of 117-68. u Notre Dame averaged 6.4 yards per play in the first quarter in the regular season, while its opponents averaged just 4.7 yards per play. u Notre Dame amassed at least 100 total yards in the opening quarter in seven of its 12 regular season games. In fact, the Irish recorded at least 130 total yards in six different first quarters. u In the first quarter against Boston College on Nov. 19, the Irish averaged 6.3 yards per play, compared to 3.3 yards per play for the Eagles. u Notre Dame registered seven first downs and limited Boston College to a pair. u The 10 points scored by the Irish were the most in the opening quarter of Senior Day since 2001. u The Irish averaged 6.2 yards per play, while Maryland averaged 3.4 yards per play in the first quarter. u Notre Dame registered eight first downs and limited the Terps to just a pair. u The 191 yards in the first quarter against Air Force on Oct. 8 were the most for Notre Dame in any quarter this season (186 in the 2nd quarter at Pittsburgh was the previous high). The 191 yards was the most for the Irish in any opening quarter under second-year head coach Brian Kelly. u The 191 yards was the most for Notre Dame in an opening quarter since the Irish recorded 211 in the first quarter at Air Force on Nov. 11, 2006.

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Yards per Game - Season 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Brady Quinn 4. Jimmy Clausen 5. Joe Theismann 6. Jarious Jackson 7. Dayne Crist 8. Tommy Rees 9. Brady Quinn 10. Terry Hanratty

326.6 (2005) 310.2 (2009) 263.5 (2006) 244.0 (2008) 242.9 (1970) 229.4 (1999) 225.9 (2010) 225.7 (2011) 215.5 (2004) 209.4 (1968)

Yards per Game - Career 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Tommy Rees 4. Ron Powlus 5. Terry Hanratty 6. Steve Beuerlein 7. Joe Montana 8. Joe Theismann

240.0 (2003-06) 232.8 (2007-09) 181.6 (2010-) 172.7 (1994-97) 159.7 (1966-68) 155.4 (1983-86) 152.6 (1975-78) 152.1 (1968-70)

Games with 300 Yards - Career 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Tommy Rees Dayne Crist Jarious Jackson Terry Hanratty 7. George Izo Joe Montana Joe Theismann John Huarte Rick Mirer Rusty Lisch Steve Beuerlein

NOTRE DAME OFFENSE, DEFENSE QUARTER-BY-QUARTER BREAKDOWN u Notre Dame limited Stanford to five first downs, 29 yards rushing, 50 yards passing and 79 total yards in the first quarter. u The Cardinal responded with 12 first downs, 103 yards rushing, 105 yards passing and 208 total yards in the second quarter. u Notre Dame managed one first down, five yards rushing, 12 yards passing and 17 total yards in the second quarter. The five yards rushing was the fewest by the Irish in any second quarter this season (and sixth-fewest of any quarter all year). The 12 yards passing was the secondfewest by Notre Dame in any second quarter this season (and fourth-fewest of any quarter all year).

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11 (2003-06) 10 (2007-09) 2 (2010-) 2 (2008-11) 2 (1996-99) 2 (1966-68) 1 (1957-59) 1 (1975, 77-78) 1 (1968-70) 1 (1962-64) 1 (1989-92) 1 (1976, 77, 79) 1 (1983-86)

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u Stanford had outscored its first 11 opponents, 137-40, in the third quarter, but was blanked by the Irish on Nov. 26. u Notre Dame limited the Cardinal to a pair of first downs, 20 yards rushing, 19 yards passing and 39 total yards in the third quarter. u Notre Dame limited Boston College to three first downs, 18 yards rushing and 49 total yards on 19 plays in the third quarter on Nov. 19. The Eagles managed just 2.6 yards per play and went 1-for-5 on third down. u Notre Dame collected eight first downs, while Wake Forest managed three in the third quarter on Nov. 5. The Irish outgained Wake Forest, 160-60, including 78 (nine carries) to nine (nine carries) on the ground. u Notre Dame allowed its second touchdown in the third quarter this season against USC on Oct. 22, mind you it was an 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown (after the Irish marched 90 yards on 17 plays to the Trojans' one-yard line). u Notre Dame blanked Air Force in the third quarter on Oct. 8. u Notre Dame outgained Purdue, 185-39, in the first quarter and 157-53 in the third quarter. u The Irish outscored Navy, 21-0, in the first and third quarters. u Notre Dame outscored the Boilermakers, 28-0, in the first and third quarters. u The Irish outscored Air Force, 28-3, in the first and third quarters.

7 (2009) 5 (2005) 4 (2006) 3 (2008) 2 (2009) 2 (1999) 1

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Games with 300 Yards - Season 1. Jimmy Clausen 2. Brady Quinn 3. Brady Quinn Jimmy Clausen 5. Dayne Crist 6. Jarious Jackson 7. 13 with (MR: Tommy Rees, 2011)

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Year Low Point Total (3rd Quarter) 1971 7 1980 10 1973 13 1977 13 1969 21 1998 26 1988 27 1989 29 2011 13

COACHES & STAFF

11762 (2003-06) 8148 (2007-09) 7602 (1994-97) 6527 (1983-86) 5997 (1989-92) 4820 (1996-99) 4411 (1968-70) 4152 (1966-68) 4121 (1975-78) 3814 (2010-)

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Year Low Point Total (Quarter) 1970 0 (4th) 1976 7 (1st) 1971 7 (3rd and 4th) 1980 10 (3rd) 1973 10 (1st) 1982 13 (1st) 1977 13 (3rd) 1988 16 (1st) 2011 13 (3rd)

Passing Yards - Career 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Ron Powlus 4. Steve Beuerlein 5. Rick Mirer 6. Jarious Jackson 7. Joe Theismann 8. Terry Hanratty 9. Joe Montana 10. Tommy Rees

GAME NOTES

IRISH COME OUT OF LOCKER ROOM ON FIRE u Notre Dame blanked Stanford in the third quarter. The Irish have outscored its opponents, 84-13, in the third quarter in 2011. u Notre Dame has shutout each of its last five opponents (Navy, Wake Forest, Maryland, Boston College and Stanford) in the third quarter and outscored the quintet 42-0 in the period. u Notre Dame has held 11 of its 12 foes without an offensive score of any kind in the third quarter this season. Pittsburgh and USC are the only teams to register any points against the Irish in the opening period of the second half. The Panthers collected a touchdown (missed the ensuing two-point conversion attempt) drive that was extended only after a Notre Dame roughing the kicker penalty and the Trojans had a 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown. u The 13 points allowed in the third quarter is the lowest for Notre Dame in any quarter by a wide margin (53 in the first, 81 in the second and 104 in the fourth). u At this pace, the Irish will surrender 14 points in the third quarter this season, which would be the fewest points allowed in any quarter for Notre Dame since 1982. The Irish allowed 13 points in the opening quarter over the entire year. u Here is a quick glimpse at the most dominant quarters in terms of points allowed in recent Notre Dame history (since 1968):

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u Notre Dame averaged an absurd 9.1 yards per play in the opening quarter against Air Force. u The Irish combined for 376 yards in the opening period in victories over Purdue and Air Force. u The Irish collected touchdowns on five of their seven first-half possessions against Navy on Oct. 29. u Notre Dame registered touchdowns on each of its first six possessions of the first half in the 59-33 rout of Air Force on Oct. 8. u The 42 points in the opening half for the Irish against the Falcons were the most for the Irish in any half since Nov. 3, 1990, when Notre Dame registered 42 points in the second half against Navy (52-31). u Notre Dame has not scored 42 points in an opening half since Nov. 11, 1989. The Irish registered 42 points in the first half of a 52-6 rout of SMU. u The last time Notre Dame exceeded 42 points in any half was Nov. 5, 1977, against Georgia Tech. The Irish registered a second-half school record 48 points in a 69-14 rout of the Yellow Jackets. u The last time Notre Dame exceeded 42 points in the first half was Nov. 4, 1968, against Pittsburgh. The Irish registered a modern day first-half school record 49 points in a 56-7 rout of the Panthers. u The overall school record for points in a half is 111 against American Medical on Oct. 28, 1905. u The 185 yards in the first quarter against Purdue on Oct. 1 were the third-most for Notre Dame in any quarter this season (186 in the 2nd quarter at Pittsburgh and 191 in the first quarter against Air Force). The 185 yards were the most for the Irish in any opening quarter under second-year head coach Brian Kelly until that total was bested the next week against Air Force. u Notre Dame averaged 7.1 yards per play and limited Purdue to 3.2 yards per play. u Notre Dame averaged 5.6 yards per play and limited Michigan State to 2.8 yards per play. u The Irish defense limited the Spartans to a pair of first downs and minus-one yard on eight carries in the opening quarter. u Notre Dame averaged 8.5 yards per play and limited Michigan to 2.7 yards per play. u The Irish averaged 8.0 yards per play while USF averaged 5.6 yards per play.

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Game Notes Eye On Career Records Touchdown Passes - Game 1. Brady Quinn 6 vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 2. Jimmy Clausen 5 at Stanford, Nov. 28, 2009 Jimmy Clausen 5 vs. Hawai’i, Dec. 24, 2008* Brady Quinn 5 vs. Michigan St., Sept. 17, 2005 Brady Quinn 5 at Michigan St., Sept. 23, 2006 6. Tommy Rees 4 vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011 Tommy Rees 4 vs. Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010 Dayne Crist 4 at Michigan St., Sept. 18, 2010 Jimmy Clausen 4 vs. Nevada, Sept. 5, 2009 Brady Quinn 4 at Air Force, Nov. 11, 2006 Brady Quinn 4 vs. North Carolina, Nov. 4, 2006 Brady Quinn 4 vs. Washington, Sept. 25, 2004 Brady Quinn 4 vs. Navy, Nov. 12, 2005 Angelo Bertelli 4 vs. Stanford, Oct. 10, 1942 Daryle Lamonica 4 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 10, 1962 Steve Beuerlein 4 at USC, Nov. 24, 1986 Ron Powlus 4 vs. Northwestern, Sept. 3, 1994 Ron Powlus 4 at Purdue, Sept. 9, 1995 Ron Powlus 4 vs. Rutgers, Nov. 23, 1996 Jarious Jackson 4 vs. Arizona State, Oct. 9, 1999 Carlyle Holiday 4 vs. Rutgers, Nov. 23, 2002 * Hawai'i Bowl Touchdown Passes - Season 1. Brady Quinn 2. Brady Quinn 3. Jimmy Clausen 4. Jimmy Clausen 5. Tommy Rees Ron Powlus 7. Rick Mirer 8. Brady Quinn Jarious Jackson 10. Joe Theismann John Huarte Bob Williams

37 (2006) 32 (2005) 28 (2009) 25 (2008) 19 (2011) 19 (1994) 18 (1991) 17 (2004) 17 (1999) 16 (1970) 16 (1964) 16 (1949)

Touchdown Passes - Career 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Ron Powlus 4. Rick Mirer 5. Jarious Jackson 6. Tommy Rees Joe Theismann 8. Angelo Bertelli 9. Steve Beuerlein Terry Hanratty

95 (2003-06) 60 (2007-09) 52 (1994-97) 41 (1989-92) 34 (1996-99) 31 (2010-) 31 (1968-70) 28 (1941-43) 27 (1983-86) 27 (1966-68)

Interceptions - Game vs. Army, Nov. 11, 1944 1. Frank Dancewicz 7 2. Terry Hanratty 5 vs. USC, Oct. 14, 1967 3. Jimmy Clausen 4 at Boston College, Nov. 8, 2008 Brady Quinn 4 at Purdue, Sept. 27, 2003 Ron Powlus 4 at Michigan State, Sept. 17, 1994 Steve Beuerlein 4 vs. Navy, Nov. 3, 1984 Terry Hanratty 4 at Purdue, Sept. 30, 1967 Terry Hanratty 4 at Illinois, Oct. 21, 1967 9. 15 with 3 MR: Tommy Rees at USC, Nov. 27, 2010

u The 17 total yards in the second quarter against Stanford was the fewest by the Irish in any second quarter this season (and third-fewest of any quarter all year). u Notre Dame's 86 rushing yards in the first quarter against Maryland were the most yards on the ground in any first quarter this season. u Notre Dame was outgained by Wake Forest in the first quarter (110-90) and first half (197-145). The Deacons, USC and Stanford are the only three teams to out gain the Irish in both the first quarter and first half, but Notre Dame regrouped at halftime and took control in the final two quarters. u The Irish limited Wake Forest to 100 total yards, including just 20 on the ground, after halftime. The 100 total yards were the fewest Notre Dame has allowed in a single-half since the opening 20 minutes against Michigan on Sept. 10 (Wolverines managed only 90 yards). u Wake Forest's 40 total yards in the fourth quarter were the fewest allowed by the Irish defense in a fourth quarter this season (previous low was 58 at Pittsburgh). u Notre Dame's 160 yards in the third quarter against Wake Forest were the most in a third quarter this season for the Irish. u The 14 total yards for Notre Dame in the first quarter against USC were the second-fewest for Notre Dame in any quarter this season. u Notre Dame’s 158 yards on the ground in the opening half at Purdue on Oct. 1 were the most in a half for the Irish this season. In fact, it was the most rushing yards in a half for Notre Dame under second-year head coach Brian Kelly. The previous single-half high for the Irish was 154 yards in the first half at Pittsburgh on Sept. 24. u Notre Dame junior RB Cierre Wood had 101 yards on nine carries in the first half, including a 55-yard scoring run, against the Boilermakers, while senior RB Jonas Gray had 56 yards rushing on nine carries. Wood (69 yards on 16 rushes) and Gray (80 yards on two carries) totaled 149 yards in the opening half at Pittsburgh on Sept. 24. u Notre Dame statistically dominated Michigan over the first two quarters and most of the third period. The Irish outgained the Wolverines, 145-27 and 123-63, in the opening 30 minutes (good for a halftime advantage in total yards of 268-90). Notre Dame then outgained Michigan, 142-51, in the third quarter before Denard Robinson's 77-yard pass completion with an Irish defender in the process of pulling him down for a sack in the process. Notre Dame led 24-7 with just under two minutes left in the period and had outgained the Wolverines, 410-141, prior to that long pass play. u Michigan then exploded for 28 points and 229 yards in the fourth quarter alone. The Wolverines managed just 223 over the first three periods and 120 of those 223 yards came on two plays. The Wolverines managed just 103 yards on their other 33 plays in the first three quarters (an average of 3.1 yards per play). u Notre Dame statistically dominated USF in three of four quarters in the season opener. The Irish out-gained the Bulls, 152-62, in the first quarter but trailed 13-0. USF's touchdown came on a 96-yard fumble return and its two field goals were assisted by a 23-yard Notre Dame punt and 34-yard punt return set up great field position. The two Bulls' scoring drives in the first quarter totaled 80 yards. u The Irish also outgained USF in the third quarter, 159-48, and fourth quarter, 156-24. USF held an advantage in the second quarter, 82-39. Notre Dame Quarter-by-Quarter Yardage Breakdown 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Rush Pass Total Rush Pass Total Rush Pass Total Rush Pass Total 2 156 158 vs. USF 67 85 152 29 10 39 19 140 159 at Michigan 51 94 145 51 72 123 90 52 142 6 97 103 vs. MSU 75 20 95 37 63 100 7 74 81 -5 4 -1 at Pittsburgh 45 27 72 109 77 186 16 31 47 12 81 93 at Purdue 75 110 185 83 46 129 75 82 157 54 26 80 vs. Air Force 48 143 191 57 84 141 41 36 77 120 31 151 vs. USC 2 12 14 15 98 113 -5 96 91 29 20 49 38 80 118 37 103 140 65 49 114 42 28 70 vs. Navy 38 52 90 32 23 55 78 82 160 27 9 36 at Wake Forest vs. Maryland 86 62 148 52 92 144 45 69 114 29 73 102 vs. BC 73 60 133 17 81 98 22 68 90 49 47 96 at Stanford 10 48 58 5 12 17 45 51 96 -3 141 138 Total 698 793 1491 524 761 1285 498 830 1328 362 713 1075 Notre Dame Opponents Quarter-by-Quarter Yardage Breakdown 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Rush Pass Total Rush Pass Total Rush Pass Total Rush Pass Total vs. USF 42 20 62 41 41 82 5 43 48 38 24 62 5 27 20 43 63 45 88 133 27 202 229 at Michigan 22 vs. MSU -1 37 36 14 104 118 9 43 52 7 145 152 at Pittsburgh 16 15 31 59 53 112 28 39 67 0 58 58 at Purdue 0 39 39 31 56 87 11 42 53 42 55 97 vs. Air Force 106 54 160 97 54 151 78 29 107 82 65 147 vs. USC 76 52 128 52 73 125 24 36 60 67 63 130 vs. Navy 45 12 57 28 15 43 54 4 58 69 2 71 at Wake Forest 43 67 110 47 49 87 9 51 60 11 29 40 vs. Maryland 25 23 48 19 87 106 29 52 82 72 57 129 vs. BC 27 16 43 3 84 87 18 31 49 32 39 71 at Stanford 29 50 79 103 105 208 20 19 39 44 59 103 430 390 820 514 764 1278 330 477 807 491 798 1289 Total bold indicates Notre Dame's quarter highs and Irish opponents' quarter lows indicates Notre Dame's quarter lows and Irish opponents' quarter highs

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IRISH DEFENSE ANSWERS THE BELL FOLLOWING TURNOVERS u Here is a detailed look at Notre Dame's sudden-change defense following its 24 turnovers that did not result in an opponent defensive touchdown (USF and USC each returned fumbles for touchdowns turnovers – 96 and 80 yards respectively): TOP 0:55 1:28 3:12 0:51 1:17 0:08 2:42 0:34 6:43 0:59 2:23 1:13 0:56 1:27 1:26 0:00 1:45 1:28 0:57 0:48 1:49 1:36 0:59 4:48

Lowest INT Percentage - Season (min. 100 attempts) 0.80 (1 of 125), 2000 1. Matt LoVecchio 0.94 (4 of 425), 2009 2. Jimmy Clausen 1.50 (7 of 467), 2006 3. Brady Quinn 1.56 (7 of 450), 2005 4. Brady Quinn 1.72 (4 of 232), 1996 5. Ron Powlus 1.95 (5 of 257), 2002 6. Carlyle Holiday 2.14 (3 of 140), 2007 7. Evan Sharpley 2.16 (3 of 139), 1975 8. Rick Slager 9. Ron Powlus 2.35 (7 of 298), 1997 10. Dayne Crist 2.38 (7 of 294), 2010 Lowest INT Percentage - Career (min. 150 attempts) 2.432 (27 of 1110), 2007-09 1. Jimmy Clausen 2. Brady Quinn 2.434 (39 of 1602), 2003-06 3. Matt LoVecchio 2.58 (5 of 194), 2000-01 2.66 (9 of 338), 2008-11 4. Dayne Crist 5. Ron Powlus 2.79 (27 of 969), 1994-97 3.30 (23 of 698), 1989-92 6. Rick Mirer 7. Kevin McDougal 3.33 (6 of 180), 1990-93 8. Carlyle Holiday 3.35 (16 of 477), 2001-04 9. Tommy Rees 3.65 (20 of 548), 201010. Jarious Jackson 3.92 (21 of 536), 1996-99

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Consecutive Passes Without INT - Career 1. Brady Quinn 226 Michigan State - Army (2006) Washington - Navy (2009) 2. Jimmy Clausen 160 USC - Purdue (2008-09) 3. Jimmy Clausen 147 4. Brady Quinn 143 Stanford - Michigan (2005-06) 135 Pittsburgh - USC (2011) 5. Tommy Rees MSU - North Carolina (2008) 6. Jimmy Clausen 132 130 USC - Navy (2010) 7. Dayne Crist Pittsburgh - Rutgers (2002) 8. Carlyle Holiday 126

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u The 24 opponent possessions following an Irish turnover have resulted in only 482 yards on 104 plays – which averages to 4.3 plays and 20.1 yards per drive (15 those possessions failed to gain more than 20 yards and 10 resulted in fewer than 10 yards). u Notre Dame allowed points on eight of the 24 drives, five for touchdowns, but forced six punts and registered five turnovers of its own. u The last 19 opponent possessions following an Irish turnover have resulted in only 376 yards on 78 plays – which averages to 4.1 plays and 19.8 yards per drive (only seven of those possessions gained more than 18 yards, seven resulted in fewer than five yards and 11 resulted in less than 20 yards). u Notre Dame’s offense committed a turnover midway through the third quarter near midfield against Boston College on Nov. 19, but the Irish defense responded. The Eagles went three plays and out (picked up just seven yards). u Notre Dame's offense committed a pair of turnovers in its victory at Wake Forest on Nov. 5, but the Irish defense responded on both occasions. The Demon Deacons totaled 11 yards on the four plays following the Notre Dame turnovers. The Irish defense answered with a forced turnover of their own to deny the Deacs a scoring chance. After the first Irish turnover, Wake Forest had a first and goal situation following the interception, a personal foul call on the return and a 16-yard pass play, but senior OLB Darius Fleming forced a fumble and senior CB Gary Gray recovered the loose football. u Notre Dame was victimized by two more turnovers inside their own 28-yard line on Oct. 29 against Navy that setup both of the Midshipmen touchdowns. In fact, three of the touchdowns the Notre Dame defense surrendered against USC and Navy came directly off turnovers, but it is hard pressed to blame the Irish defense. USC went 18 yards on three plays to grab a 31-17 lead in the fourth quarter on Oct. 22 and the Midshipmen went 27 yards on six plays and 26 yards on two plays for touchdowns on Oct. 29. u USC's Matt Barkley tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods with 7:47 left in the fourth quarter on Oct. 22, which marked the first touchdown for an Irish opponent following a Notre Dame turnover since Sept. 10 at Michigan. The Irish had held their foes without a touchdown on the previous 10 drives following a turnover. Notre Dame had allowed a pair of field goals, forced four turnovers (three interceptions and fumble), two punts, one occurred on the final play of the Michigan game and another was returned for a touchdown. u Notre Dame’s defense again answered the challenge following a turnover in the first quarter against Pittsburgh. u Pittsburgh opened its drive at the Irish 23-yard line following a fumble, but only managed a field goal. u Notre Dame’s defense allowed a total of 12 yards on 14 plays – and one first down – on the four drives following an Irish turnover (prior to the Irish interception at the Pittsburgh five-yard line midway through the second quarter). u The Irish had three turnovers against Michigan State – all inside Notre Dame territory – and two of which occurred inside 25-yard line. The Irish defense only allowed a field goal. Notre Dame also answered with a pair of forced turnovers of its own on the other two possessions.

Consecutive Passes Without INT - Season 1. Brady Quinn 226 Michigan State - Army (2006) 2. Jimmy Clausen 160 Washington - Navy (2009) 3. Tommy Rees 135 Pittsburgh - USC (2011) 4. Jimmy Clausen 132 MSU - North Carolina (2008) 130 USC - Navy (2005) 5. Brady Quinn 6. Carlyle Holiday 126 Pittsburgh - Rutgers (2002)

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Consumed How Lost Plays-Yards Missed Field Goal 4-4 Touchdown 10-64 Punt 6-26 Punt 3-7 Fumble 3-13 End of half 1-(-2) Touchdown 6-27 Touchdown 2-26 End of Half 10-47 Touchdown 3-18 Punt 6-60 Field Goal 4-(-5) Interception 3-18 Field Goal 4-4 Fumble 3-(-5) End Game 0-0 Interception 3-61 Interception 4-14 Punt 3-(-1) Touchdown 2-45 Punt 3-(-2) Punt 5-17 Field Goal 4-1 Missed Field Goal 12-45

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Drive Ended Spot N31 N00 N44 N41 N11 W19 N00 N00 N02 N00 N35 N28 N03 N23 M49 N14 N30 M43 M17 N00 N32 U21 N19 N35

Consecutive Passes Without INT - Game 1. Brady Quinn 47 vs. BYU, Sept. 4, 2004 2. Jimmy Clausen 45 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 21, 2009 Brady Quinn 45 vs. Ohio State, Jan. 2, 2006* Brady Quinn 45 vs. USC, Nov. 25, 2006 Brady Quinn 45 vs. UCLA, Oct. 21, 2006 6. Jimmy Clausen 43 vs. USC, Oct. 17, 2009 Jimmy Clausen 43 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 1, 2008 8. Jimmy Clausen 42 at Michigan, Sept. 12, 2009 9. Brady Quinn 41 vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 10. Tommy Rees 40 at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011 Jimmy Clausen 40 vs. Stanford, Oct. 4, 2008 Jimmy Clausen 40 vs. Air Force, Nov. 10, 2007 * Fiesta Bowl

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Drive Started Opponent Spot Obtained Stanford N35 Interception Stanford S36 Interception Stanford S30 Fumble Boston College N48 Interception Wake Forest N24 Interception Wake Forest W21 Interception Navy N27 Fumble Navy N26 Interception USC N49 Interception USC N18 Fumble Pittsburgh P05 Interception Pittsburgh N23 Fumble Fumble Michigan State N21 Michigan State N27 Interception Michigan State N46 Fumble Michigan N14 Fumble Michigan M09 Fumble Michigan M29 Fumble Michigan M18 Interception Michigan N45 Interception USF N30 Interception USF U04 Interception N20 Fumble USF USF U20 Interception

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NO TURNOVERS = VICTORIES u Notre Dame played its third turnover-free game of the season against Maryland on Nov. 12. The Irish are 3-0 this season when they do not commit a turnover and 6-0 under second-year head coach Brian Kelly. u Notre Dame has won its last seven games in which it failed to commit a turnover. The Irish have not lost a game without any turnovers since Oct. 17, 2009 when USC upended Notre Dame, 34-27. u Notre Dame is 21-4 in its last 25 games in which it failed to commit a turnover.

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Game Notes Eye On Career Records Receptions - Game 1. Maurice Stovall 2. Michael Floyd Jim Seymour 4. Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Tom Gatewood Bobby Brown 8. Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Golden Tate Jim Kelly Jim Seymour

14 vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 13 at Michigan, Sept. 10, 2011 13 vs. Purdue, Sept. 24, 1966 12 at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011 12 vs. USF, Sept. 3, 2011 12 vs. Purdue, Sept. 26, 1970 12 at Pittsburgh, Nov. 13, 1999 11 at USC, Nov. 27, 2010 11 vs. Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010 11 vs. Boston College, Oct. 24, 2009 11 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 10, 1962 11 at USC, Nov. 26, 1966

Receptions - Game (Tight End) 1. Ken MacAfee 9 at Purdue, Sept. 24, 1977 2. Tyler Eifert 8 vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011 Tyler Eifert 8 vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011 Tyler Eifert 8 at Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 2011 Kyle Rudolph 8 at Michigan State, Sept. 18, 2010 Kyle Rudolph 8 vs. Michigan, Sept. 11, 2010 John Carlson 8 vs. North Carolina, Nov. 4, 2006 Anthony Fasano 8 vs. Purdue, Oct. 2, 2004 Ken MacAfee 8 vs. USC, Oct. 22, 1977 Receptions - Season 1. Michael Floyd 2. Golden Tate 3. Michael Floyd 4. Jeff Samardzija 5. Tom Gatewood Jeff Samardzija 7. Maurice Stovall 8. Rhema McKnight 9. Jack Snow 10. Golden Tate Arnaz Battle

95 (2011) 93 (2009) 79 (2010) 78 (2006) 77 (1970) 77 (2005) 69 (2005) 67 (2006) 60 (1964) 58 (2008) 58 (2002)

Receptions - Career 1. Michael Floyd 2. Jeff Samardzija 3. Rhema McKnight 4. Golden Tate Tom Gatewood 6. Jim Seymour 7. Tim Brown 8. Maurice Stovall 9. Derrick Mayes 10. Ken MacAfee

266 (2008-) 179 (2003-06) 170 (2002-06) 157 (2007-09) 157 (1969-71) 138 (1966-68) 137 (1984-87) 130 (2002-05) 129 (1992-95) 128 (1974-77)

Receptions - Season (Tight End) 1. Tyler Eifert 2. Ken MacAfee 3. John Carlson Anthony Fasano 5. Tony Hunter 6. John Carlson 7. Ken MacAfee 8. Kyle Rudolph 9. Mark Bavaro 10. Kyle Rudolph

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57 (2011) 54 (1977) 47 (2006) 47 (2005) 42 (1982) 40 (2007) 34 (1976) 33 (2009) 32 (1984) 29 (2008)

u Michigan State opened a drive at the Irish 23-yard line following a 34-yard interception return, but the Irish limited the Spartans to a field goal. Michigan State gained just four yards on four plays following the turnover. u Notre Dame added its third turnover of the game late in the fourth quarter when senior WR John Goodman muffed a punt at the Irish 21-yard line. The Irish defense responded with an interception. Senior CB Robert Blanton picked off Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins and raced 82 yards to set up a Notre Dame field goal. TURNOVERS BITE THE IRISH ONCE AGAIN u Notre Dame finished the regular season with 26 turnovers, including 10 in the first two weeks of the season. The Irish committed only three turnovers in the three outings against Wake Forest (two), Maryland (none) and Boston College (one), but closed the season with three at Stanford on Nov. 26. u Notre Dame has committed 16 turnovers in its four losses and 10 in its eight victories. u Notre Dame ranks 78th or worse in each of the four FBS turnovers categories. The Irish are tied for 92nd in interceptions thrown (14), tied for 78th in fumbles lost (12), tied for 94th in total turnovers (26) and tied for 117th in turnover margin (-1.08). u Notre Dame's struggles with turnovers is a stark contrast to 2010. Fumbles Lost Total Turnovers Turnover Margin

2010 (FBS Rank) 8 (t-25th) 24 (t-71st) +0.08/game (t-52nd)

2011 (FBS Rank) 12 (t-78th) 26 (t-94th) -1.08/game (t-117th)

u The Irish were hurt by two turnovers inside their own 27-yard line on Oct. 29 against Navy that setup both of the Midshipmen touchdowns. u As if the 26 turnovers this season were not costly enough, seven have occurred inside the opponents’ 20-yard line and 15 others have come on Notre Dame’s half of the field, including six inside the Irish 20-yard line. u The three touchdowns the Notre Dame defense surrendered against USC and Navy came directly off turnovers. USC went 18 yards on three plays to grab a 31-17 lead in the fourth quarter on Oct. 22 and the Midshipmen went 27 yards on six plays and 26 yards on two plays for touchdowns on Oct. 29. u Navy’s two touchdown drives covered just 27 and 26 yards, respectively. u Notre Dame had gone without a turnover in back-to-back victories over Purdue and Air Force, but had three critical turnovers in the final 16 minutes of the game against USC on Oct. 22. u The Irish marched 71 yards on 19 plays and took 6:22 off the clock in the third period – reaching the USC one-yard line. However, senior QB Dayne Crist mishandled the center-quarterback exchange on third and goal and USC safety Jawanza Starling scooped up the football and raced 80 yards for a touchdown. u Notre Dame had allowed just two fumble returns for touchdowns of 80 yards or longer just twice since the start of the 1966 season. Leroy Keyes returned a fumble for Purdue 96 yards for a touchdown (which remained the longest by a Notre Dame opponent until Kayvon Webster of USF equaled the mark in the 2011 season opener) and Julian Battle added an 80-yard touchdown return. In other words, that's two such touchdown returns in 45 years or one every couple decades. u The Irish surrendered two in the first seven games of 2011. u On the ensuing drive following a fourth-quarter missed USC field goal (Irish trailing 24-17), junior RB Cierre Wood fumbled a lateral and the Trojans recovered at the Irish 18-yard line. u USC answered with a touchdown to extend its lead to 31-17 with 7:47 left in the contest. u Notre Dame committed two turnovers in the first half against Pittsburgh, one inside the Irish 25-yard line and another at the Panthers five-yard line. The Irish turned the football over 15 times over their first four games of the season. u Notre Dame committed two turnovers in the first quarter against Michigan State, both inside its own territory. The Irish added a third turnover late in the fourth quarter – the final miscue coming inside the Notre Dame 25-yard line. u Notre Dame's 13 turnovers over the first three games of a season were the most for an Irish team since 1977. The '77 team had 14 turnovers over its first three games. In case you are curious, the '77 team won Notre Dame's 10th consensus national title. u Notre Dame had 12 turnovers over its first three games – and 10 in the first two games – of the 1978 season. Interestingly enough, the Irish opened the year 0-2 before ripping off eight straight regular season victories and capped off the campaign with Cotton Bowl victory over Houston. u Here is a bizarre Notre Dame trend when the Irish have major turnover issues over their first three games of a season dating back to the 1964 season – Ara Parseghian's first on the Notre Dame sidelines: Year Turnovers Through Three Games Record Through Three Games Season Record 1977 14 2-1 11-1* 2011 13 1-2 8-4 1978 12 1-2 9-3 1976 12 2-1 9-3 1974 10 2-1 10-2 1973 10 3-0 11-0* 1968 10 2-1 7-2-1 1966 10 3-0 9-0-1* 74-14-1 (.837)

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Game Notes u The 15 turnovers over the first four games of a season are also the most for a Notre Dame team since the '77 squad had an astounding 20 turnovers over its first four games. The '76 Irish also had 15 turnovers over their first four games.

Receiving Yards - Game 276 1. Jim Seymour 244 2. Golden Tate 217 3. Jack Snow 4. Bobby Brown 208 Jim Morse 208 6. Maurice Stovall 207 7. Golden Tate 201 8. Tom Gatewood 192 9. Jeff Samardzija 191 10. Michael Floyd 189 Receiving Yards - Season 1. Golden Tate 2. Jeff Samardzija 3. Maurice Stovall 4. Tom Gatewood 5. Jack Snow 6. Michael Floyd 7. Golden Tate 8. Michael Floyd 9. Jeff Samardzija 10. Tim Brown

vs. Purdue, Sept. 24, 1966 vs. Washington, Oct. 3, 2009 at Wisconsin, Sept. 26, 1964 at Pittsburgh, Nov. 13, 1999 at USC, Nov. 26, 1955 vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 at Stanford, Nov. 28, 2009 vs. Purdue, Sept. 26, 1970 at Stanford, Nov. 26, 2005 vs. Nevada, Sept. 5, 2009 1496 (2009) 1249 (2005) 1149 (2005) 1123 (1970) 1114 (1964) 1106 (2011) 1080 (2008) 1025 (2010) 1017 (2006) 910 (1986)

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119 (2007-10) 109 (2004-06) 73 (1982-85) 72 (1966-68) 71 (1951-54) 61 (1985-88) 53 (1995-98) 52 (1954-56) 46 (2010-) 46 (1993-96)

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OFFENSE RED ZONE REPORT u Notre Dame advanced into the Stanford red zone on three occasions in its meeting on Nov. 26 and came away with two scores, both touchdowns, but also missed a 20-yard field goal. The Irish opened that drive on the Cardinal 11-yard line following senior OLB Darius Fleming's interception and junior RB Cierre Wood followed with a seven-yard run to the Stanford four-yard line, but a delay of game penalty and errant throw from sophomore QB Tommy Rees to a wide open junior WR Theo Riddick proved costly. u Notre Dame has still scored on 24 of its last 26 red zone opportunities, including 21 touchdowns (dating back to the Oct. 8 game against Air Force). In fact, the Irish have scored on 31 of their last 34 trips into the red zone with 26 touchdowns and five field goals. u Notre Dame registered a touchdown on 13 trips consecutive trips into the red zone entering the Boston College game on Nov. 19, but the Irish managed field goals on each of their two opportunities against the Eagles. u Despite the recent prowess in the red zone, the Irish still rank tied for 72nd in the FBS in red zone offense. Notre Dame has scored on 36 of its 45 red zone chances, including 31 touchdowns. The nine failed opportunities for the Irish include three missed field goals, three interceptions and three fumbles. u The six turnovers in the red zone not only lead the FBS, but five have come inside its opponents' 10-yard line. Four of the six turnovers inside the 10-yard line have come on a first down play. It could actually be considered seven turnovers in the red zone as Michigan picked off sophomore QB Tommy Rees inside its own five-yard line, but the play started outside the 25-yard line.

Receptions - Career (Running Back) 1. Armando Allen Jr. 2. Darius Walker 3. Allen Pinkett 4. Bob Gladieux 5. Joseph Heap 6. Mark Green 7. Autry Denson 8. Jim Morse 9. Cierre Wood Marc Edwards

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Notre Dame Total FBS Rank 7 t-5th 31 of 39 (79.5%) t-38th 23 of 39 (59.0%) t-50th

56 (2006) 50 (2008) 43 (2005) 37 (1968) 30 (1997) 29 (1952) 28 (2009) 28 (1983) 26 (2011) 25 (1995) 25 (1986)

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Category Fewest Rushing Touchdowns Opponent Scoring Percentage Opponent Touchdown Percentage

Receptions - Season (Running Back) 1. Darius Walker 2. Armando Allen Jr. 3. Darius Walker 4. Bob Gladieux 5. Autry Denson 6. Joseph Heap 7. Armando Allen Jr. Allen Pinkett 9. Cierre Wood 10. Marc Edwards Mark Green

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DEFENSE RED ZONE REPORT u While Notre Dame's red zone offense has garnered most of the attention this season, both positively and negatively, the Irish defense was pretty solid job in the regular season. Notre Dame ranks tied for 38th in the FBS in red zone defense. The Irish rank tied for 50th in the FBS in touchdowns allowed per red zone opportunity. u Stanford, as did Maryland and Boston College, entered the Irish red zone on just two occasions, but scored touchdowns on both trips. Notre Dame's opponents have scored touchdowns on its last six red zone opportunities. u The last time the Irish limited opponents to a pair of red zone chances or less in three straight games was the final four games of 2010. Notre Dame allowed a total of six opponent drives into the red zone against Utah, Army, USC and Miami (Fla.). u Wake Forest had a pair of first and goal situations in the second half, one from the eight-yard line in the third quarter and another from the 10-yard line in the fourth quarter, but the Irish held the Demon Deacons without points on either occasion. Senior OLB Darius Fleming forced a fumble on the first Wake Forest opportunity. Freshman DE Stephon Tuitt collected a sack and senior S Harrison Smith followed with a tackle for loss, which ultimately led to a missed 42-yard field goal. u The Irish defense made its own noise in the red zone against Michigan State. The Spartans ventured into the Notre Dame 20-yard line on five different occasions, but the Irish allowed just two scores and only one touchdown. Notre Dame stopped Michigan State on a pair of fourth down plays and senior DB Robert Blanton's interception at the goal line prevented another score. u Notre Dame has only allowed seven rushing touchdowns in the red zone all season (actually the Irish have surrendered eight rushing touchdowns all season regardless or red zone or not). That total ranks tied for fifth in the FBS. Alabama (two), Utah (five), TCU and LSU (all with six) are the only schools that have allowed fewer red zone rushing touchdowns.

128 (1974-77) 100 (2004-07) 92 (2003-05) 90 (2008-10) 84 (2009-) 70 (1979-82) 62 (1988-91) 62 (1978-81) 55 (1981-84) 46 (1070-72)

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u Notre Dame committed five turnovers in each of its first two games. Prior to the first two weeks of 2011, the Irish had not committed five turnovers in a single game since Nov. 15, 2008 against Boston College. u Notre Dame had not gone consecutive games with five turnovers since ‘08. u Two of Notre Dame’s turnovers against Michigan occurred inside the Wolverine 20-yard line, including one inside UM's 10-yard line. u Both of Notre Dame's turnovers inside the red zone against Michigan came on a first down play as well. u Notre Dame committed five turnovers in the loss to USF. The Irish had not had five turnovers in a home contest since Sept. 16, 2006 against Michigan. u Notre Dame was minus-five in turnover margin for the first time since Nov. 8, 2008 against Boston College. The Irish had not been minusfive in the turnover margin at home since Nov. 5, 1983 against Pittsburgh (Notre Dame lost, 21-16). That's a span of 166 games over 28 years. u The minus-five turnover margin was also the worst in the FBS in week one. u Notre Dame had a pair of first-half turnovers inside the USF 10-yard line. Senior RB Jonas Gray fumbled on a 3rd and goal carry at the Bulls’ one-yard line and senior QB Dayne Crist was picked off in the end zone on a 3rd and goal pass from the USF seven-yard line. u Notre Dame had marched a total of 137 yards (76 and 61) on the two drives, but failed to score on either attempt. u Notre Dame committed its third turnover in the first half when junior WR Theo Riddick muffed a punt and USF recovered at the Irish 20-yard line. Notre Dame’s defense allowed just a single yard and limited the Bulls to a field goal. u The Irish added a third turnover inside the USF 10-yard line on their first possession of the second half. On first and goal from the Bulls' five-yard line, sophomore QB Tommy Rees was intercepted when his pass deflected off the shoulder of sophomore WR TJ Jones.

Receptions - Career (Tight End) 1. Ken MacAfee 2. John Carlson 3. Anthony Fasano 4. Kyle Rudolph 5. Tyler Eifert 6. *Tony Hunter 7. Derek Brown Dean Masztak 9. Mark Bavaro 10. Mike Creaney *played TE only in 1981-82

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Year Turnovers Through Four Games Record Through Four Games Final Season Record 1977 20 3-1 11-1* 2011 15 2-2 8-4 1976 15 3-1 9-3 * Irish actually won national titles 28-8 (.778)

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Game Notes Eye On Career Records Receiving Yards - Career 1. Michael Floyd 2. Golden Tate 3. Jeff Samardzija 4. Derrick Mayes 5. Tim Brown 6. Tom Gatewood 7. Rhema McKnight 8. Maurice Stovall 9. Jim Seymour 10. Tony Hunter Receiving Yards - Season (Tight End) 1. Ken MacAfee 2. Tyler Eifert 3. John Carlson 4. Anthony Fasano 5. Tony Hunter 6. Ken MacAfee 7. Dean Masztak 8. Tony Hunter 9. Mark Bavaro 10. Mark Bavaro Receiving Yards - Career (Tight End) 1. Ken MacAfee 2. Anthony Fasano 3. John Carlson 4. Tyler Eifert 5. Kyle Rudolph 6. Dean Masztak 7. *Tony Hunter 8. Derek Brown 9. Mike Creaney 10. Mark Bavaro *played TE only in 1981-82

3645 (2008-) 2707 (2007-09) 2593 (2003-06) 2512 (1992-95) 2493 (1984-87) 2283 (1969-71) 2277 (2002-06) 2195 (2002-05) 2113 (1966-68) 1897 (1979-82) 797 (1977) 713 (2011) 634 (2006) 576 (2005) 507 (1982) 483 (1976) 428 (1979) 397 (1981) 395 (1984) 376 (1983)

Notre Dame Inside Opponent Red Zone (Victories) Times Times Total Rush Pass FGs Failed to score inside RZ in RZ Scored Pts TDs TDs TDs Made FGA Down Int Fumb Half Game vs. Michigan State 2 2 10 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 at Pittsburgh 1 1 8 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 at Purdue 5 4 24 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 vs. Air Force 6 6 42 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 vs. Navy 7 7 49 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 at Wake Forest 2 2 14 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 vs. Maryland 4 4 28 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 vs. Boston College 2 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 29 28 181 24 17 7 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 28 of 29 (96.6%) TD Totals 24 of 29 (82.8%)

1,759 (1974-77) 1,102 (2003-05) 1,093 (2004-07) 1,065 (2009-) 1,032 (2008-10) 924 (1978-81) 904 (1979-82) 899 (1988-91) 890 (1970-72) 771 (1981-84)

Notre Dame Inside Opponent Red Zone (Losses) Times Times Total Rush Pass FGs Failed to score inside RZ in RZ Scored Pts TDs TDs TDs Made FGA Down Int Fumb Half Game vs. USF 6 2 13 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 at Michigan 5 3 21 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 vs. USC 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 at Stanford 3 2 14 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 16 8 51 7 3 4 1 2 0 3 3 0 0 Totals 8 of 16 (50.0%) TD Totals 7 of 16 (43.8%)

Yards per Reception - Game (min. 4 receptions) 1. Michael Floyd (4 for 189) 47.3 vs. Nevada, Sept. 5, 2009 2. Jim Morse (5 for 208) 41.6 at USC, Nov. 26, 1955 3. Golden Tate (4 for 127) 31.8 vs. Michigan, Sept. 13, 2008 (4 for 121) 30.3 4. John Carlson at Michigan State, Sept. 23, 2006 Rhema McKnight (4 for 121) 30.3 at Boston College, Oct. 25, 2003 6. Golden Tate (6 for 177) 29.5 vs. Hawai’i (Hawai’i Bowl), Dec. 24, 2008 Jeff Samardzija (6 for 177) 29.5 vs. North Carolina, Nov. 4, 2006 8. Golden Tate (9 for 244) 27.1 vs. Washington (Oct. 3, 2009) 9. Tim Brown (7 for 184) 26.3 vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 1986 10. Tony Hunter (5 for 131) 26.2 vs. USC, Oct. 20, 1979

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u Notre Dame had only six turnovers in the red zone over the last 35 games entering the 2011 season. u Notre Dame had three turnovers in the red zone over the course of the entire 2010 season (13 games). In fact, the Irish had a total of five red zone turnovers over the last two seasons combined. u Notre Dame continued its streak of successful red zone trips in the 45-24 rout of Maryland on Nov. 12. The Irish scored touchdowns on all four of their red zone opportunities against the Terps. u Notre Dame went two for two (both touchdowns) in the 24-17 victory over Wake Forest on Nov. 5. u Notre Dame had a remarkable day in terms of red zone efficiency in the 56-14 rout of Navy on Oct. 29. The Irish had seven red zone scoring opportunities and not only scored on each chance, but collected touchdowns on all seven trips. It was the most trips into the red zone with a perfect touchdown percentage by an Irish offense since at least 1977. u The Irish success in the red zone is a pretty telling tale when it comes to victory or defeat. Notre Dame has scored on 28 of its 29 red zone opportunities, including 24 touchdowns, in its eight victories. However, in their three losses, the Irish have converted just six of 13 red zone chances (five touchdowns). u Here is an interesting graphic for Notre Dame's offense in the red zone in its eight victories compared to its four losses:

u Notre Dame converted on just one of its two red zone opportunities against USC on Oct. 22. The Irish only managed a field goal on a drive that reached the Trojans seven-yard line just before halftime and then Notre Dame mishandled the center-quarterback exchange on a third down and goal play from the one-yard line late in the third quarter. The fumble was ultimately returned 80 yards for a touchdown resulting in a 14-point swing (Irish trailed 17-10 and was inches from tying the score prior to the fumble). u It was the second fumble return for a touchdown of 80 yards or longer by an Irish opponent this season and second at Notre Dame Stadium. u Notre Dame excelled in the red zone in victories over Purdue and Air Force. The Irish had six red zone opportunities against the Falcons on Oct. 8 and came away with six touchdowns. Notre Dame had five red zone chances against the Boilermakers on Oct. 1 and came away with four scores (three touchdowns), but did have a 23-yard field goal blocked. u In victories over Air Force and Purdue, Notre Dame scored on 10 of its 11 red zone chances, including nine touchdowns. u The Irish entered Pittsburgh's red zone on just one occasion and recorded a touchdown along with a two-point conversion. OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT u Notre Dame is one of nine FBS schools that has registered a 1,000-yard receiver (Michael Floyd), 1,000-yard rusher (Cierre Wood) and 2,700-yard passer (Tommy Rees). The other FBS schools to already accomplish the feat include Arizona State, Baylor, USC, Iowa, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, California and Texas A&M. u Notre Dame totaled 5,089 yards of total offense in the regular season, which ranks 38th in the FBS in total offense yards. The Irish rank 32nd in the FBS in total yards per play (6.09) and 33rd in total yards/game (424.08). u Notre Dame recorded 67 explosive plays (27 rushes of at least 15 yards and 40 receptions of at least 20 yards) in the regular season. u The Irish tallied seven explosive plays (one rush and six receptions) in the loss to No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 26. The six pass plays of 20+ yards were the second-most by Notre Dame in any single game. The Irish recorded seven pass plays of 20 yards or more in the season opener against USF.

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Game Notes u Here is a game-by-game breakdown of explosive plays: 20+ Yard Passing Plays 7 6 5 5 4 3 3 3 2 1 1 0

Date Oct. 1 Sept. 10 Oct. 8 Nov. 12 Nov. 5 Sept. 24 Sept. 17 Nov. 26 Nov. 19 Oct. 29 Oct. 22 Sept. 3

Opponent Purdue Michigan Air Force Maryland Wake Forest Pittsburgh Michigan State Stanford Boston College Navy USC USF

15+ Yard Rushing Plays 5 5 4 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1

Year 500-yard Total Offense Games 2005 7 1970 6 2011 5 1992 5 1973 5 1968 5

u Here is a breakdown of Notre Dame’s 500-plus games, season by season, since 1990: 2006 None 2007: None 2008: None 2009: 510 vs. Nevada 530 vs. Washington 592 vs. Washington State 512 vs. Navy 2010: 535 vs. Michigan 2011: 508 vs. USF 513 vs. Michigan 551 vs. Purdue 560 vs. Air Force 508 vs. Maryland

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9 (2009) 8 (1970) 6 (2005) 5 (2009) 5 (2008) 5 (2005) 4 (2011) 4 (2010) 4 (2008) 4 (2006) 4 (1969)

Games with 100 Yards - Career 1. Michael Floyd 2. Golden Tate 3. Tom Gatewood 4. Derrick Mayes Jeff Samardzija 6. Maurice Stovall 7. Jim Seymour Tim Brown 9. Rhema McKnight 10. Jack Snow Tony Smith Malcolm Johnson

17 (2008-) 15 (2007-09) 13 (1969-71) 9 (1992-95) 9 (2003-06) 7 (2002-05) 6 (1966-68) 6 (1984-87) 5 (2002-06) 4 (1962-64) 4 (1989-91) 4 (1995-98)

Touchdown Receptions - Game 1. Maurice Stovall 4 vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 2. Michael Floyd 3 vs. Nevada, Sept. 5, 2009 Michael Floyd 3 vs. W. Michigan, Oct. 16, 2010 Golden Tate 3 at Stanford, Nov. 28, 2009 Golden Tate 3 vs. Hawai’i, Dec. 24, 2008* Eddie Anderson 3 at Northwestern, Nov. 20, 1920 Bill Barrett 3 vs. North Carolina, Nov. 12, 1949 Jim Mutscheller 3 vs. Michigan State, Oct. 28, 1950 Jim Kelly 3 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 10, 1962 Jim Seymour 3 vs. Purdue, Sept. 24, 1966 Tom Gatewood 3 vs. Purdue, Sept. 26, 1970 Jeff Samardzija 3 vs. Michigan State, Sept. 17, 2005 Maurice Stovall 3 vs. Navy, Nov. 12, 2005 *Hawai'i Bowl

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1997: 520 vs. Boston College 1998: None 1999: 566 vs. Oklahoma 524 vs. Navy 2000: None 2001: None 2002: None 2003: 512 vs. Stanford 2004: 536 vs. Purdue 2005: 502 vs. Pittsburgh 594 vs. Michigan State 560 vs. Washington 621 vs. Purdue 511 vs. BYU 505 vs. Navy 663 vs. Stanford

Games with 100 Yards - Season 1. Golden Tate 2. Tom Gatewood 3. Maurice Stovall 4. Michael Floyd Golden Tate Jeff Samardzija 7. Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Jeff Samardzija Tom Gatewood

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1990: 502 vs. Purdue 542 vs. Air Force 1991: 650 vs. Michigan State 1992: 561 vs. Northwestern 509 vs. Michigan State 580 vs. Purdue 521 vs. Pittsburgh 576 vs. Boston College 1993: 539 vs. Pittsburgh 535 vs. BYU 604 vs. Navy 1994: 547 vs. Purdue 1995: 503 vs. Purdue 511 vs. Texas 514 vs. Air Force 1996: 650 vs. Washington 544 vs. Boston College 565 vs. Pittsburgh 648 vs. Rutgers

86.8 (2008-) 81.3 (1966-68) 76.1 (1969-71) 73.2 (2007-09)

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Rank 1. 2. 3.

Receiving Yards per Game - Career 1. Michael Floyd 2. Jim Seymour 3. Tom Gatewood 4. Golden Tate

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FORTUNE 500 OFFENSE u Notre Dame eclipsed 500 yards of total offense in five of its 12 regular season games (508 vs. USF, 513 at Michigan, 551 at Purdue, 560 vs. Air Force and 508 vs. Maryland) - marking the first time the Irish have posted five or more 500-yard performances since the 2005 season. u Notre Dame's 2005 offense totaled 500 or more total yards in four of its first five games and six of its first 10. The '05 Irish finished the season with a school record seven games of at least 500 total yards, including 621 and 663 against BYU and Stanford, respectively. u In 1970, when Notre Dame set its all-time single-season record by averaging 510.5 yards per game (behind quarterback Joe Theismann), they had only two in their first five contests and finished with five 500-yard days for the season. More recently, in 2009 when the Irish ranked eight nationally with 451.75 yards per contest, they finished with four 500-yard efforts (with Jimmy Clausen at the helm). In 1968 – the only other year the Irish averaged 500 yards a game for the full season (504.4 to rate second nationally) – Terry Hanratty and Company accounted for five 500-yard efforts. u Notre Dame recorded five 500-yard games in both 1973 and 1992 as well.

124.6 (2009) 123.1 (1966) 113.6 (2009) 112.3 (1970) 104.1 (2005)

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u The Irish offense tallied 10 explosive plays at Michigan, the most in the Kelly era. The previous high of eight was accomplished twice, including the season opener against USF and last year's 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.). u Notre Dame tallied nine more explosive plays in the victory over Air Force on Oct. 8. u The Irish had a season-high of five rushes of at least 15 yards against both Purdue (Oct. 1) and Michigan (Sept. 10). u Notre Dame recorded a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in each of the first two games of 2011. The Irish had not posted consecutive outings with a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver since Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, 2009 against Michigan and Michigan State. Notre Dame accomplished the feat again in the rout of Purdue on Oct. 1.

Receiving Yards per Game - Season 1. Golden Tate 2. Jim Seymour 3. Michael Floyd 4. Tom Gatewood 5. Jeff Samardzija

GAME NOTES

Opponent USF Stanford Air Force Michigan Navy Boston College Maryland Michigan State Purdue Wake Forest USC Pittsburgh

MEDIA INFO

Date Sept. 3 Nov. 26 Oct. 8 Sept. 10 Oct. 29 Nov. 19 Nov. 12 Sept. 17 Oct. 1 Nov. 5 Oct. 22 Sept. 24

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Game Notes Eye On Career Records Touchdown Receptions - Season 1. Golden Tate 15 (2009) Rhema McKnight 15 (2006) Jeff Samardzija 15 (2005) 4. Michael Floyd 12 (2010) Jeff Samardzija 12 (2006) 6. Derrick Mayes 11 (1994) Maurice Stovall 11 (2005) 8. Golden Tate 10 (2008) 9. Michael Floyd ­9 (2009) Jack Snow 9 (1964) -- Michael Floyd 8 (2011) Touchdown Receptions - Career 1. Michael Floyd 2. Jeff Samardzija 3. Golden Tate 4. Derrick Mayes Rhema McKnight 6. Tom Gatewood 7. Maurice Stovall 8. Jim Seymour 9. ­Ken MacAfee 10. Tim Brown Bobby Brown Touchdown Receptions - Season (RB) 1. Joseph Heap 2. Bob Scarpitto Coley O’Brien 4. Jim Morse Jim Morse Ray Zellars Marc Edwards Tony Fisher 9. 18 players with (MR: Cierre Wood, 2010) Total Offense Total Plays - Season 1. Brady Quinn 2. Brady Quinn 3. Jimmy Clausen 4. Jimmy Clausen 5. Jarious Jackson 6. Tommy Rees 7. Brady Quinn 8. Joe Theismann 9. Brady Quinn 10. Carlyle Holiday Total Offense Yards - Season 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Brady Quinn 4. Jarious Jackson 5. Jimmy Clausen 6. Joe Theismann 7. Tommy Rees 8. Brady Quinn 9. Rick Mirer 10. Steve Beuerlein

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36 (2008-) 27 (2003-06) 26 (2007-09) 22 (1992-95) 22 (2002-06) 19 (1969-71) 18 (2002-05) 16 (1966-68) 15 (1974-77) 12 (1984-87) 12 (1996-99) 5 (1953) 4 (1959) 4 (1968) 3 (1954) 3 (1955) 3 (1993) 3 (1995) 3 (2000) 2

549 (2006) 520 (2005) 494 (2008) 484 (2009) 456 (1999) 411 (2011) 407 (2004) 391 (1970) 380 (2003) 350 (2002) 4,009 (2005) 3,627 (2009) 3,497 (2006) 3,217 (1999) 3,099 (2008) 2,813 (1970) 2,680 (2011) 2,582 (2004) 2,423 (1991) 2,246 (1986)

u Notre Dame surpassed 550 total yards in consecutive victories over Purdue and Air Force. The Irish had not totaled 550 yards or more of total offense in back-to-back games since 2005. Notre Dame actually surpassed 550 total yards in three straight games against Michigan State, Washington and Purdue. u Notre Dame totaled 560 total yards in the rout of Air Force on Oct. 8. It was the most yards for the Irish since Oct. 31, 2009 when Notre Dame had 592 against Washington State. u Purdue was the first time the Irish came away with a victory in a game where the Irish exceeded 500 yards this season. Notre Dame also had 500 or more total yards against both USF and Michigan. u Notre Dame racked up 34 first downs in the victory over Purdue on Oct. 1. The Irish fell just two first downs shy of the school record set against Army in 1974 (36). The 34 first downs were the most for Notre Dame since they had 34 against Michigan State on Sept. 21, 1991. In fact, an Irish team has not recorded more first downs in a game since the school record 36 first downs on Oct. 19, 1974. u The Irish rank tied for 19th in the FBS in first downs per game (23.92). FBS First Down Leaders Name 1. Baylor 2. Houston 3. Nevada 4. Texas A&M 5. Oklahoma State 6. Oklahoma 7. Texas Tech 8. Arizona 9. Boise State 10. Stanford t-19. Notre Dame

Rush Pass Penalty Total PG 157 162 25 344 28.67 110 239 19 368 28.31 160 150 19 329 27.42 129 174 20 323 26.92 98 208 16 322 26.83 112 197 12 321 26.75 103 192 19 314 26.17 78 203 28 309 25.75 98 186 23 307 25.58 122 155 21 298 24.83 107 153 27 287 23.92

OFFENSIVE FIREWORKS u Notre Dame and Air Force combined for 60 first downs, 1,125 total yards and 92 points in its meeting on Oct. 8. u The 92 combined points are the most in Notre Dame Stadium history. The previous mark was 90 combined points, which happened on two different occasions. The Irish knocked off SMU, 61-29, in 1986 and Navy bested Notre Dame, 46-44, in three overtimes in 2007. u Notre Dame collected touchdowns on each of its first six drives in the game against Air Force on Oct. 8. TEAM RECORDS IN JEOPARDY u Notre Dame will approach several team single-season offensive records from the modern era this season. Here is an overview of the team records that could be threatened this season: Record Rushing Yards Per Attempt (Modern Record) Pass Attempts Pass Attempts Per Game Pass Completions Pass Completions Per Game Completion Percentage Extra Point Percentage Kickoff Return Yards First Downs First Downs by Passing First Downs by Penalty

Number (Year) 5.6 (1992) 481 (2010) 37.8 (2005) 301 (2009) 25.1 (2009) .673 (2009) 100.0 (1990, 41 of 41) 100.0 (1987, 36 of 36) 100.0 (1972, 34 of 34) 1,223 (1999) 314 (2005) 169 (2005) 22 (1997)

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IRISH TOUGH TO BEAT WHEN WINNING THE RUSHING BATTLE u Notre Dame’s 27-game winning streak when outrushing its opponent was snapped in the loss at Michigan on Sept. 10. The Irish had not lost a game when outrushing their foe since Dec. 28, 2004 when Notre Dame lost to Oregon State, 38-21, in the Insight Bowl. u Notre Dame has outrushed seven of its opponents this season. The Irish have won 33 of their last 34 games when recording more rushing yards than their opponent. DOUBLE CENTURY GROUND GAME u Notre Dame ran for 212 yards in its 45-21 rout of Maryland on Nov. 12. The Irish improved to 3-0 this season when rushing for at least 200 yards. u Notre Dame has won eight consecutive games when it rushes for at least 200 yards. The Irish have not lost a game with more than 200 yards on the ground since Nov. 3, 2007 against Navy. u Notre Dame is 20-1 over the last 10 years (since the start of the 2002 season) when it gains 200 or more yards rushing.

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2010 Rush Yards/Game 62.83 150.25 168.67 100.33 103.31 119.50 156.38 113.00 150.50 251.62 126.62

Improvement (Percentage) 95.64 70.83 64.52 60.47 58.99 54.88 51.07 47.64 39.81 39.46 31.10

Rank Team 1. Utah State 2. Temple 3. Army 4. Missouri 5. Wyoming 6. UNLV 7. Indiana 8. Bowling Green 9. Texas 10. Colorado State 17. Notre Dame

2011 Rush Yards/Game 277.50 256.67 350.91 236.25 185.08 164.25 161.00 122.92 210.42 166.83 166.00

2010 Rush Yards/Game 168.67 150.25 251.62 156.38 119.50 103.31 100.33 62.83 150.50 113.00 126.62

Improvement (Yards) 108.83 106.42 99.29 79.87 65.58 60.94 60.67 60.09 59.92 53.83 39.38

Rushing/Receiving Yards - Season (Non-QB) 1. Allen Pinkett 1,682 (1983) 2. Darius Walker 1,658 (2006) 3. Darius Walker 1,547 (2005) 4. Vagas Ferguson 1,509 (1979) 5. Autry Denson 1,443 (1997) 6. Reggie Brooks 1,367 (1992) 7. Allen Pinkett 1,362 (1984) 8. Julius Jones 1,321 (2003) 9. Autry Denson 1,290 (1996) 10. Raghib Ismail 1,278 (1990) -- Cierre Wood 1,223 (2011) Total Touchdowns - Career 1. Allen Pinkett 2. Autry Denson 3. Michael Floyd 4. Louis (Red) Salmon 5. Vagas Ferguson 6. Anthony Johnson 7. Marc Edwards 8. Stan Cofall Golden Tate 10. Neil Worden Julius Jones

53 (1982-85) 47 (1995-98) 37 (2008-) 36 (1900-03) 35 (1976-79) 34 (1986-89) 32 (1993-96) 30 (1914-16) 30 (2007-09) 29 (1951-53) 29 (1999-01, ’03)

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243.8 (2003-06) 222.7 (2007-09) 187.3 (1968-70) 182.2 (1966-68) 180.2 (2010-) 159.3 (1989-92) 153.8 (1983-86)

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BALANCED ATTACK u Notre Dame is 4-0 this season when it runs the ball more than it passes (Michigan State, Navy, Wake Forest and Maryland). When the Irish run the ball on at least 42 percent of their plays, they are 8-2 in 2011 (the defeats coming on Sept. 10 at Michigan and Nov. 26 at Stanford). u Notre Dame is one of nine FBS schools (five among BCS AQ conferences) that rank in the top 34 in total offense and total defense. u Sophomore QB Andrew Hendrix tossed his first career touchdown pass and collected his first career touchdown run in the 28-14 defeat at No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 26. Hendrix, who played the entire second half, completed 11 of 24 passes for 192 yards. u The Irish had seven different players register a touchdown in the 59-33 rout of Air Force. The last time the Irish had at least seven different players score touchdowns – Oct. 9, 1999 against Arizona State. u The 59 points scored for the Irish were the most since Nov. 23, 1996, when Notre Dame shutout Rutgers, 62-0, in Lou Holtz’s last game as head coach at Notre Dame Stadium. u Junior WR Robby Toma collected his first career touchdown reception. Toma hauled in a 10-yard pass from Rees with 4:07 to go in the first quarter to give the Irish a 21-3 lead over Air Force. u Freshman RB George Atkinson III collected his first career touchdown run. Atkinson III leapt in the end zone from one-yard out to make the score, 59-19, in favor of Notre Dame. Twin brother DB Josh Atkinson also made his Irish debut against the Falcons. u During Notre Dame’s recent four-game winning streak, the Irish were incredibly balanced on offense, scoring nine rushing touchdowns and nine passing touchdowns. Notre Dame rushed the ball on 48 percent of its plays over the streak and 48 percent of its offensive yards were on the ground. The Irish averaged 6.4 yards on running plays and 6.5 yards on total pass plays in the four games.

Total Yards per Game - Career 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Joe Theismann 4. Terry Hanratty 5. Tommy Rees 6. Rick Mirer 7. Steve Beuerlein

334.1 (2005) 302.3 (2009) 281.3 (1970) 269.0 (2006) 268.1 (1999) 249.3 (1968) 238.4 (2008) 234.1 (2010) 223.3 (2011) 215.3 (2004)

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POINTS-A-PLENTY u Notre Dame has scored 45 or more points on three different occasions in 2011 – each in the last six contests. The Irish have not had a season with at least three games of 45 or more points since 1996. The '96 squad had five games with 45 or more points. u Notre Dame has eclipsed the 50-point barrier twice in its last six games. The Irish had not surpassed 50 points in multiple games in the same season since 1996 when Notre Dame registered 50 or more points in four games. u Prior to the Air Force contest on Oct. 8, Notre Dame had not eclipsed 50 points in a game since Nov. 29, 2003, when the Irish routed Stanford (57-7) – a span of 93 games. u The 2011 edition of the Notre Dame offense is just the ninth Irish squad since 1946 to collect multiple 50+ point games. u The Irish scored 132 points in games against Air Force, USC and Navy. Notre Dame has not posted more points over a three-game stretch since 1996 when the Irish scored 142 points in three games against Pittsburgh, Rutgers and USC. u Notre Dame is one of 15 teams in the FBS this season to eclipse 56 points in multiple games. The Irish are one of 11 FBS squads to accomplish the feat against exclusively FBS opponents. The only teams with more 56+ point games against multiple FBS foes – Houston (five), Oklahoma State (four) and Stanford (three).

Total Offense Yards per Game - Season 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Joe Theismann 4. Brady Quinn 5. Jarious Jackson 6. Terry Hanratty 7. Jimmy Clausen 8. Dayne Crist 9. Tommy Rees 10. Brady Quinn

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2011 Rush Yards/Game 122.92 256.67 277.50 161.00 164.25 185.08 236.25 166.83 210.42 350.91 166.00

Total Offense Yards per Attempt - Career 1. John Huarte 7.46 (1962-64) 2. George Gipp 7.39 (1917-20) 3. Jarious Jackson 7.34 (1996-99) 4. Rick Mirer 7.04 (1989-92) 5. Joe Theismann 6.73 (1968-70) 6. Tommy Rees 6.45 (2010-) 7. Brady Quinn 6.44 (2003-06)

GAME NOTES

Rank Team 1. Bowling Green 2. Temple 3. Utah State 4. Indiana 5. UNLV 6. Wyoming 7. Missouri 8. Colorado State 9. Texas 10. Army 13. Notre Dame

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MEDIA INFO

IRISH GROUND GAME IN 2011 YIELDS MAJOR RETURNS COMPARED TO 2010 u Notre Dame averaged only 126.62 rushing yards/game in 2010. The Irish have improved that effort in 2011 to 166.00 rushing yards/game or an improvement of 31.10 percent, which ranks as the 13th-best improvement (percentage wise) in rushing yards/game in the FBS. u Notre Dame's improvement of 39.38 rushing yards/game compared to 2010 ranks as the 17th-best improvement (yards wise) in the FBS.

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Game Notes Eye On Career Records Scoring - Season 1. Jerome Bettis 2. Allen Pinkett 3. Golden Tate Allen Pinkett 5. Louis (Red) Salmon 6. Vagas Ferguson 7. David Ruffer 8. Autry Denson 9. Craig Hentrich 10. Kevin Pendergast John Carney

Year 1991 1983 2009 1984 1903 1979 2010 1998 1990 1993 1986

TD 20 18 18 18 15 17 0 15 0 0 0

Scoring - Career 1. Allen Pinkett 2. Craig Hentrich 3. Autry Denson 4. Louis (Red) Salmon 5. Nicholas Setta 6. Dave Reeve 7. Stan Cofall 8. John Carney 9. Michael Floyd 10. Vagas Ferguson ***Salmon's TD and FG worth five pts each

PAT 0 1** 0 0 30 0 37 0 41 45 24

FG PTS 0 120 0 110 0 108 0 108 0 105*** 0 102 18 91 0 90 16 89 14 87 21 87 320 294 282 250*** 248 247 246 223 216 210

Points Responsibility - Season 1. Brady Quinn, 2006 234 2 rushing TDs, 37 passing TDs 2. Brady Quinn, 2005 198 1 rushing TD, 32 passing TDs 3. Jimmy Clausen, 2009 186 3 rushing TDs, 28 passing TDs 4. Rick Mirer, 1991 162 9 rushing TDs, 18 passing TDs 5. Jimmy Clausen, 2008 150 0 rushing TDs, 25 passing TDs 6. Jarious Jackson, 1999 146 7 rush TDs, 17 pass TDs, 1 two-point 7. Ron Powlus, 1994 130 2 rush TDs, 19 pass TDs, 2 two-point 8. Ron Mohardt, 1921 126 12 rushing TDs, 9 passing TDs 124 9. Joe Theismann, 1970 4 rush TDs, 16 pass TDs, 2 two-point 10. Brady Quinn, 2004 120 3 rushing TDs, 17 passing TDs -- Tommy Rees, 2011 114 0 rushing TDs, 19 passing TDs Points Responsibility per Game - Season (234 in 13) 18.0 1. Brady Quinn, 2006 2. Brady Quinn, 2005 (198 in 12) 16.5 (186 in 12) 15.5 3. Jimmy Clausen, 2009 4. Rick Mirer, 1992 (162 in 12) 13.5 (114 in 9) 27.7 5. Dayne Crist, 2010 (124 in 10) 12.4 6. Joe Theismann, 1970 (146 in 12) 12.2 7. Jarious Jackson, 1999 8. Ron Powlus, 1994 (130 in 11) 11.82 9. John Huarte, 1964 (118 in 10) 11.80 (150 in 13) 11.50 10. Jimmy Clausen, 2008

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IRISH MOVE THE CHAINS ON THE GROUND u Notre Dame has a pair of running backs ranked among the top 72 in the FBS in rushing yards per game. Junior RB Cierre Wood ranks 46th and senior RB Jonas Gray is 72nd. The Irish are one of four teams across the nation to have a pair of running backs rank among the top 72 (Oregon, Temple and Texas A&M). u Gray and Wood combined for 160 yards on 37 carries in the 16-14 victory over Boston College on Nov. 19. Wood rushed for 94 yards on a career-high 26 carries, while Gray had 61 yards on 11 rushes before suffering a season-ending knee injury early in the third quarter. u Gray and Wood combined for 235 yards on 39 carries – good for a 6.0 yards a carry – and three touchdowns in the 45-21 rout of Maryland on Nov. 12. Gray rushed for a career-best 136 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns, while Wood collected 99 yards on 18 rushes and one touchdown. u Gray and Wood nearly became the first Irish running back tandem to each rush for a 100 yards in the same game in over 10 years, but Wood finished one yard shy of the century mark. The last rushing tandem to accomplish the feat – FB Rashon Powers-Neal (108) and TB Ryan Grant (103) against Stanford on Oct. 5, 2002. TB Robert Farmer and TB Autry Denson are the last true running back tandem to collect 100-yard rushing games in the same contest. Farmer had 140 yards and Denson had 108 against Pittsburgh on Oct. 11, 1996. u Wood (1,042) and Gray (791) have combined for 1,833 yards rushing in 2011. They are one of three FBS backfields (Texas A&M and Temple are the others) with a pair of running backs with at least 791 yards rushing. u Wood and Gray were on pace to become the first Irish running back tandem in school history to not only surpass 900 yards on the ground in the same season, but eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier before Gray's season-ending injury. Rushing Yards - Season Player, Year 1. Vagas Ferguson, 1979 2. Allen Pinkett, 1983 3. Reggie Brooks, 1992 4. Julius Jones, 2003 Autry Denson, 1997 6. Darius Walker, 2006 7. Darius Walker, 2005 8. Vagas Ferguson, 1978 9. Autry Denson, 1996 10. Autry Denson, 1998 11. Allen Pinkett, 1984 12. Allen Pinkett, 1985 13. Ryan Grant, 2002 14. Al Hunter, 1976 15. Lee Becton, 1993 16. Jerome Heavens, 1977 17. Jerome Bettis, 1991 18. Marchy Schwartz, 1930 19. Creighton Miller, 1943 20. Jim Stone, 1980 -- Cierre Wood, 2011 * modern school records

Carries Net *301 *1437 252 1394 167 1343 229 1268 264 1268 255 1267 253 1196 211 1192 202 1179 251 1176 275 1105 255 1100 261 1085 233 1058 164 1044 229 994 168 972 124 927 151 911 192 908 216 1,128

Avg 4.8 5.5 *8.0 5.5 4.8 5.0 4.7 5.6 5.8 4.7 4.0 4.3 4.2 4.5 6.4 4.3 5.8 7.5 6.0 4.7 5.2

TD *17 16 13 10 12 7 9 7 8 15 *17 11 9 12 6 6 16 9 10 7 10 (projected)

u Notre Dame has rushed for 1,992 yards in 2011. The Irish are on pace to rush for 2,158 yards this season, which would be the most since 2000, when Notre Dame ran for 2,349 yards. u Gray (12) and Wood (nine) have rushed for a combined 21 touchdowns. Gray is tied for 26th in the FBS in rushing touchdowns, while Wood is tied for 43rd. The duo is one of three running back tandems in the FBS with at least nine rushing touchdowns apiece (LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner of Oregon; Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith of Oklahoma State). u Notre Dame has rushed for 25 touchdowns in 2011, which ranks tied for 30th in the FBS. It is the most rushing touchdowns in a season for the Irish since 1996 when they had 34. u Gray and Wood combined for 68 yards on 15 carries in the opening half against Wake Forest on Nov. 5, but totaled 71 yards on just five carries on Notre Dame’s first two scoring drives of the third quarter. u Gray and Wood each rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the first half against Navy on Oct. 29. u Notre Dame had not had two running backs register multiple rushing touchdowns in the same game since Oct. 11, 2001 against West Virginia when Julius Jones and Tony Fisher each had a pair. u The four touchdown rushes in the first half alone against Navy equaled Notre Dame’s previous high for the season. The Irish had four rushing touchdowns in the victory over Air Force on Oct. 8. u Notre Dame finished the game against Navy with seven rushing touchdowns – the most for the Irish since Sept. 26, 1992 against Purdue (also had seven rushing touchdowns). Notre Dame has not had more rushing touchdowns in a game since Nov. 6, 1965 when the Irish had nine rushing touchdowns in a 69-13 rout of Pittsburgh. u Notre Dame rushed for 266 yards on 29 carries in the 59-33 rout of Air Force on Oct. 8. The Irish rushed for 735 yards combined in victories over Pittsburgh, Purdue and Air Force. Notre Dame recorded 182 yards against the Panthers and 287 yards against the Boilermakers. The Irish had not rushed for more yards over a three-game span since 2003 when Notre Dame totaled 804 yards on the ground against Navy (280), BYU (204) and Stanford (320), respectively.

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3rd Down Completion Percentage Player (Year) Pct. (Cmp-Att) Tommy Rees (2010) 57.1% (28-49) Tommy Rees (2011) 59.1% (55-93)

Player (Year) Pct. (Cmp-Att) Brady Quinn (2005) 60.2% (59-98) Brady Quinn (2006) 48.5% (50-103)

Player (Year) Pct. (Cmp-Att) Jimmy Clausen (2008) 47.9% (46-96) Jimmy Clausen (2009) 52.4% (44-84)

Total 1st Down 2nd Down 3rd Down 4th Down Att. Avg. 1st TD Att. Avg. 1st TD Att. Avg. 1st TD Att. Avg. 1st TD Att. Avg. 1st TD 199 5.2 53 9 111 5.4 21 6 64 5.4 20 2 23 3.8 11 1 1 10.0 1 0 Cierre Wood Jonas Gray 114 6.9 38 12 62 7.7 13 4 36 6.1 15 5 15 6.0 10 2 1 1.0 0 1

110 (2008) 101 (2009) 98 (2006) 97 (2008) 93 (2010) 92 (1985) 91 (1999) 85 (2007) 84 (2011) 81 (1994) 81 (2002)

Tackles - Career - Defensive Back 1. Tom Zbikowski 2. Kyle McCarthy 3. Jim Browner 4. A'Jani Sanders 5. Harrison Smith 6. David Bruton 7. Brian Magee 8. Deke Cooper 9. Jeff Burris 10. John Covington Stacey Toran

300 (2004-07) 240 (2005-09) 228 (1976-78) 225 (1996-99) 217 (2007-) 214 (2005-08) 206 (1992-95) 203 (1997-99) 189 (1991-93) 184 (1990-93) 184 (1980-83)

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Tackles - Season - Defensive Back 1. Kyle McCarthy 2. Kyle McCarthy 3. Chinedum Ndukwe 4. David Bruton 5. Harrison Smith 6. Steve Lawrence 7. A'Jani Sanders 8. David Bruton 9. Harrison Smith 10. Brian Magee Glenn Earl

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QUICK STRIKE OFFENSE u Notre Dame marched 87 yards in 39 seconds on four plays capped off by a two-yard run from sophomore QB Andrew Hendrix to close the scoring against No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 26. It was Notre Dame’s 13th touchdown drive in 2011 that took less than two minutes. It also was the ninth touchdown drive for the Irish this season that took four plays or less u Notre Dame’s first touchdown at Wake Forest on Nov. 5 – a 38-yard touchdown pass from sophomore QB Tommy Rees to junior TE Tyler Eifert – came via a scoring drive that lasted only 23 seconds. u Notre Dame’s first touchdown at Purdue on Oct. 1 – a 35-yard TD pass from sophomore QB Tommy Rees to senior WR Michael Floyd – came just 24 seconds into the first quarter. It was Notre Dame’s earliest touchdown to open a game since Floyd hauled in an 80-yard TD pass from senior QB Dayne Crist on the first play from scrimmage against Western Michigan on Oct. 16, 2010. That Floyd score came just 12 seconds into the contest. u The 10-second scoring drive was the fastest for the Irish since an eight second touchdown drive against the Broncos. Floyd hauled in a 32-yard TD pass from senior WR John Goodman on that drive. u Notre Dame added its second one-play touchdown drive of 2011 in the rout of Navy on Oct. 29. Senior WR Michael Floyd hauled in a 56-yard touchdown pass from sophomore QB Tommy Rees. Senior RB Jonas Gray had a 79-yard touchdown run on the other one-play Irish scoring drive.

521 (1978-81) 479 (1975-78) 398 (1975-78) 369 (1967-69) 361 (1982-85) 353 (1983-86) 340 (1973, 1975-77) 307 (2009-) 306 (2005-08) 303 (2007-)

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WHO TO LOOK TO ON THIRD DOWN? u Junior TE Tyler Eifert, senior WR Michael Floyd, junior WR Theo Riddick, sophomore WR TJ Jones, senior WR John Goodman and junior WR Robby Toma have registered 18, 15, four, four, two and one first down receptions, respectively, on third down passing plays. In fact, of Eifert's 20 third-down grabs, 18 have produced either a first down or touchdown.

Tackles - Career 1. Bob Crable 2. Bob Golic 3. Steve Heimkreiter 4. Bob Olson 5. Tony Furjanic 6. Mike Kovaleski 7. Ross Browner 8. Manti Te'o 9. Maurice Crum Jr. 10. Harrison Smith

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u Senior RB Jonas Gray and junior RB Cierre Wood averaged 6.9 and 5.2 yards per carry, respectively, in the regular season. Gray also averaged 7.7 yards per carry on first down, while Wood picked up 5.4 yards per first down rush. Gray averaged 6.1 yards per rush on second down and Wood averaged 5.4 yards per rush on second down. Here is a complete breakdown of their season.

vs. Michigan, Sept. 23, 1978 vs. Clemson, Nov. 17, 1979 at Air Force, Nov. 11, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 14, 1978 vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 1975 vs. Stanford, Sept. 25, 2010 at Michigan, Sept. 19, 1981 vs. Purdue, Sept. 30, 1978 vs. Michigan, Sept. 20, 1980 at Georgia Tech, Nov. 8, 1980 at Alabama, Nov. 15, 1980 vs. Florida State, Oct. 10, 1981

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REES AHEAD OF THE GAME ON THIRD DOWN u Rees is also completing 59.1% (55 for 93) of his passes on third down. Here is an impressive comparison of third-down passing between Rees during his first two seasons against former Irish signal callers Brady Quinn (junior and senior campaigns) and Jimmy Clausen (sophomore and junior seasons).

Tackles - Game 1. Bob Golic 26 Bob Crable 26 3. Chinendum Ndukwe 22 Bob Golic 22 Jeff Weston 22 6. Manti Te'o 21 7. Bob Crable 20 8. Bob Golic 19 Bob Crable 19 Bob Crable 19 Bob Crable 19 Bob Crable 19

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IRISH EFFICIENT ON FIRST & SECOND DOWN u Notre Dame has a 66.8% completion percentage (123 for 184) on first down. Sophomore QB Tommy Rees is 106 for 160 (66.3%) for 49 first downs and six touchdowns on first down. The Irish (97 for 144, 67.4%) and Rees (91 for 129, 70.5%) are even better on second down.

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u Notre Dame surpassed 250 yards rushing in back-to-back weeks on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 (287 at Purdue and 266 against Air Force). The Irish had not gone back-to-back weeks with 250+ yards on the ground since Nov. 11 and Nov. 18, 2000. Notre Dame galloped for 380 and 295 against Boston College and Rutgers, respectively. u Notre Dame rushed for 469 yards in consecutive road games at Pittsburgh (182) and at Purdue (287). The Irish had not posted a higher rushing total over back-to-back road games since 2000 (Notre Dame had 541 yards on the ground in victories at Rutgers and USC). u The Irish rushed for 287 yards in the rout of Purdue on Oct. 1 – the most for Notre Dame since it ran for 320 yards at Stanford on Nov. 29, 2003. u Notre Dame averaged a remarkable 8.0 yards per rush in victories over Purdue and Air Force – 287 yards on 40 carries against the Boilermakers and 266 yards on 29 carries against the Falcons. u Notre Dame averaged an astounding 9.2 yards per rush in the rout of Air Force on Oct. 8. This came one week after the Irish averaged 7.2 yards per rush at Purdue. The 7.2 yards per rush average against the Boilermakers was the highest for Notre Dame since Nov. 9, 1996 (when the Irish averaged 7.3 yards per carry; minimum 20 carries). The Irish rushed for 426 yards on 58 carries in a 48-21 rout of Boston College in Chestnut Hill. u Just how good was 9.2 yards per carry? Notre Dame has not posted a higher per carry average (minimum 20 rushes) since the start of the 1950 season (when complete box scores became available). The 9.2 yards per carry is just off the school record. Notre Dame averaged 12.9 yards per rush (464 yards on 36 carries) against Kalamazoo on Sept. 29, 1923. It fell just shy of the modern school record as well – 10.0 yards per carry against Great Lakes on Dec. 5, 1942 (250 yards on 25 rushes).

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Game Notes u Notre Dame has registered 13 touchdown drives of under two minutes.

Eye On Career Records Tackles for Loss - Career 1. Ross Browner 2. Kory Minor 3. Justin Tuck Anthony Weaver 5. Victor Abiamiri Walt Patulski 7. Courtney Watson 8. Scott Zettek 9. Brandon Hoyte 10. Derek Landri -- Darius Fleming Sacks - Career 1. Justin Tuck 2. Kory Minor 3. Victor Abiamiri 4. Mike Gann 5. Renaldo Wynn 6. Ryan Roberts 7. Bryant Young 8. Anthony Weaver 9. Bert Berry 10. Darius Fleming

77–515 (1973, 1975-77) 44.5–209 (1995-98) 42–209 (2002-04) 42–121 (1998-2001) 40-219 (2003-06) 40–264 (1969-71) 39–151 (2000-03) 38–212 (1976-80) 36-119 (2002-05) 34.5-136 (2002-06) 32.5-131 (2008-) 24.5 (2002-04) 22.5 (1995-98) 21.5 (2003-06) 21 (1981-84) 19.5 (1993-96) 19 (1999-2002) 18 (1990-93) 17 (1998-2001) 16.5 (1993-96) 15.0 (2008-)

Interceptions - Game 1. 14 players with 3 (MR: Harrison Smith, vs. Miami, Fla., Dec. 31, 2010) Interceptions - Season 1. Mike Townsend 2. Tom MacDonald 3. Angelo Bertelli Tony Carey Todd Lyght 6. Harrison Smith Tom Schoen Clarence Ellis Dave Duerson Shane Walton

10 (1972) 9 (1962) 8 (1942) 8 (1964) 8 (1989) 7 (2010) 7 (1966) 7 (1970) 7 (1982) 7 (2002)

Interception Return Yards - Game 1. Luther Bradley 103 at Purdue, Sept. 20, 1975 vs. LSU, Nov 21, 1998 2. Bobbie Howard 89 3. Dave Duerson 88 at Miami (Fla.), Nov. 27, 1981 4. Robert Blanton 83 vs. Michigan St., Sept. 17, 2011 Tom Zbikowski 83 vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 6. Tom Carter 79 vs. Tennessee, Nov. 9, 1991 Passes Broken Up - Season 1. Clarence Ellis 2. Dave Waymer 3. Raeshon McNeil Luther Bradley Tom Schoen 6. Harrison Smith Ralph Stepaniak David Martin Thomas O’Leary Tony Carey Tom Longo Dennis Phillips

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13 (1969) 12 (1978) 11 (2008) 11 (1973) 11 (1967) 9 (2011) 10 (1969) 10 (1966) 10 (1966) 10 (1964) 10 (1964) 10 (1963)

Drive Time Scoring Play 0:10 Michael Floyd 35-yard pass from Tommy Rees 0:14 Jonas Gray 79-yard run 0:22 Michael Floyd 56-yard pass from Tommy Rees 0:23 Tyler Eifert 38-yard pass from Tommy Rees 0:39 Andrew Hendrix 2-yd run 0:42 Theo Riddick 29-yard pass from Tommy Rees 1:03 Cierre Wood 55-yard run 1:09 Theo Riddick 24-yard pass from Tommy Rees 1:21 Michael Floyd 24-yard pass from Tommy Rees 1:37 Jonas Gray two-yard run 1:41 Robby Toma 10-yard pass from Tommy Rees 1:54 Jonas Gray six-yard run 1:58 Michael Floyd eight-yard pass from Tommy Rees

Opponent (Date) Purdue (Oct. 1) Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) Navy (Oct. 29) Wake Forest (Nov. 5) Stanford (Nov. 26) Michigan (Sept. 10) Purdue (Oct. 1) Air Force (Oct. 8) USF (Sept. 3) Navy (Oct. 29) Air Force (Oct. 8) Air Force (Oct. 8) USF (Sept. 3)

u Notre Dame has registered 10 touchdown drives that needed just four plays or less. Plays 1-79 1-56 2-50 2-35 3-79 4-22 4-51 4-61 4-80 4-87

Scoring Play Jonas Gray 79-yard run Michael Floyd 56-yard pass from Tommy Rees Tyler Eifert 38-yard pass from Tommy Rees Michael Floyd 35-yard pass from Tommy Rees Cierre Wood 55-yard run Jonas Gray two-yard run Robby Toma 10-yard pass from Tommy Rees Theo Riddick 29-yard pass from Tommy Rees George Atkinson III one-yard run Andrew Hendrix 2-yd run

Opponent (Date) Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) Navy (Oct. 29) Wake Forest (Nov. 5) Purdue (Oct. 1) Purdue (Oct. 1) Navy (Oct. 29) Air Force (Oct. 8) Michigan (Sept. 10) Air Force (Oct. 8) Stanford (Nov. 26)

EXPLOSIVE RUSHING ATTACK u Notre Dame has already had three different players – senior RB Jonas Gray (79), junior RB Cierre Wood (55) and sophomore QB Andrew Hendrix (78) – register runs of 50 yards or longer. The Irish have not had three separate players record runs of 50 yards or longer in the same season since 2001 when Carlyle Holiday (67), Julius Jones (59) and Tony Fisher (55) accomplished the feat. u Notre Dame has collected 27 runs of 15 yards or longer already in 2011. Junior RB Cierre Wood leads the Irish with 13 such carries, while senior RB Jonas Gray has added 11, sophomore QB Andrew Hendrix has two and freshman RB George Atkinson III has one. Notre Dame is on pace for 29 runs of 15 yards or longer. The Irish recorded 26 in 2010. u Notre Dame senior RB Jonas Gray (136), junior RB Cierre Wood (104, 134, 191) and sophomore QB Andrew Hendrix (111) have all recorded a 100-yard rushing game this season. The Irish have not had three different players register 100-yard games in the same season since 2001 when Tony Fisher, Carlyle Holiday and Julius Jones all rushed for 100 yards or more in a game. u Notre Dame is averaging 5.01 rushing yards per carry in 2011, which would fall shy of the modern school record set during the 1992 season (5.6 yards per carry). The all-time school record was put up by Knute Rockne’s 1921 squad (6.2 yards per rush). u Notre Dame ranks 21st in the FBS in yards per carry. FBS Rushing Yards Per Carry Leaders School Carries Net 1. Oregon 589 3844 2. Utah State 573 3330 3. Air Force 668 3844 4. Georgia Tech 661 3802 5. Northern Illinois 560 3219 6. Army 690 3860 7. Alabama 473 2638 8. Navy 628 3451 9. Wisconsin 563 3086 10. Oklahoma State 377 2049 21. Notre Dame 392 1998

Avg 6.53 5.81 5.75 5.75 5.75 5.59 5.58 5.5 5.48 5.44 5.01

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Game Notes u Notre Dame averages a touchdown every 15.92 carries, which ranks 12th-best in the FBS.

u Notre Dame recorded 27 runs of at least 15 yards in the regular season. It is the most by the Irish in a season since 2003 when Notre Dame recorded 33. u Here is a run-down explosive runs over the last 14 years: 13 14 7 7 5 13 14 9 25 12 13 8 11 12

Jonas Gray Armando Allen Jr. Robert Hughes James Aldridge James Aldridge Brady Quinn Travis Thomas Ryan Grant Ryan Grant Carlyle Holiday Tony Fisher, Julius Jones Julius Jones Julius Jones Jarious Jackson

11 5 6 6 3 3 2 3 5 8 6 8 7 8

Sacks/Game 0.67 0.67 0.67 0.67 0.69 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.83 1.08

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Most Consecutive Field Goals - Season 1. David Ruffer 2. Nick Tausch 3. Mike Johnston

18 (2010) 14 (2009) 13 (1982)

Most Consecutive Field Goals - Career 1. David Ruffer ( Pittsburgh '09 – Miami, Fla. '10) 2. Nick Tausch (Michigan '09 – Washington St. '09) 3. Mike Johnston (Michigan '82 – Oregon '82) 4. John Carney ( Navy '84 – Michigan '85) 5. Nicholas Setta (USC '00 – USC '01) Nicholas Setta (Washington State '03 – Purdue '03) D.J. Fitzpatrick (Navy '03 – BYU '04) 8. Chuck Male ( Miami '78 – Georgia Tech '78) Chuck Male ( Michigan '79 – Michigan State '79) John Carney ( Air Force '86 – Penn State '86) C­ onsecutive Games with Field Goals 1. Nicholas Setta 2. David Ruffer John Carney

23 14 13 10 9 9 9 8 8 8

16 (2000-02) 11 (2009-10) 11 (1986)

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Sack Yds 37 48 51 60 66 55 61 62 62 83 96

Field Goal Percentage - Season (min. 15 attempts) 1. David Ruffer, 2010 18-19 (.947) 2. John Carney, 1984 17-19 (.895)

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FBS Sacks Allowed Leaders School Sacks 1. Texas A&M 8.0 Boise State 8.0 USC 8.0 Middle Tennessee 8.0 5. Northern Illinois 9.0 6. Air Force 9.0 Toledo 9.0 Oklahoma 9.0 Stanford 9.0 10. San Diego State 10.0 17. Notre Dame 13.0

21-28 (1986) 19-22 (1982) 18-19 (2010) 18-23 (1980) 18-22 (1985) 14-17 (2009) 14-24 (2008) 14-25 (2002) 12-21 (1983)

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OFFENSIVE LINE PAVES THE WAY u Notre Dame has been sacked only 13 times (or 1.08 per game) on 439 passes attempted or 452 actual pass attempts when including the pass plays that ultimately resulted in sacks. In other words, the Irish are yielding a sack once out of every 34.8 pass attempts or just 2.88% of true pass attempts. u Notre Dame’s offensive line put the “O” in October as the group allowed zero sacks in October. In fact, the Irish did not allow a sack in 195 consecutive pass attempts, spanning from the third quarter at Pittsburgh on Sept. 24 until the second quarter of the victory over Maryland on Nov. 12. The Terps did finish the contest with three sacks. u Notre Dame held seven of its opponents in 2011 without a sack, including USC (24th) and Michigan (28th) – both of whom rank in the top 40 in the FBS in sacks/game. In fact, the Irish rank 17th in the FBS in fewest sacks allowed despite having faced four teams that rank among the top 10 in sacks/game and seven teams that rank among the top 40. u Notre Dame held USC without a sack for the first time since the 1998 meeting. u Notre Dame is 17th in the FBS in overall sacks allowed (13) and sacks allowed per game (1.08). u Only seven schools in the FBS – Oklahoma (558), USC (447), Texas A&M (497), Middle Tennessee State (509), Boise State (441), Ball State (460) and Oklahoma State (553) – have allowed fewer sacks per game with as many pass attempts as the Irish (438).

Field Goals - Season 1. John Carney 2. Mike Johnson 3. David Ruffer Harry Oliver John Carney 6. Nick Tausch Brandon Walker Nicholas Setta 9. Mike Johnson

COACHES & STAFF

Team Leaders Cierre Wood Cierre Wood Armando Allen Jr. Armando Allen Jr. Robert Hughes Darius Walker Darius Walker Darius Walker Julius Jones Ryan Grant Carlyle Holiday Matt LoVecchio Jarious Jackson Autry Denson

5 vs. Washington, Oct. 3, 2009 5 vs. Washington State, Sept. 6, 2003 5 vs. Maryland, Aug. 31, 2002 5 vs. Miami, Oct. 20, 1990 4 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 1, 2008 4 vs. BYU, Nov. 15, 2003 4 vs. Michigan, Sept. 10, 1988 4 vs. SMU, Nov. 8, 1986 4 at Michigan, Sept. 14, 1985 4 vs. Miami, Oct. 11, 1980 4 at Michigan State, Oct. 4, 1980 4 at Michigan, Sept. 15, 1979

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Year 15+ Yard Running Plays 2011 27 2010 26 25 2009 2008 22 2007 9 2006 18 2005 17 15 2004 2003 33 2002 25 2001 28 2000 30 27 1999 1998 28

Field Goals - Game 1. Nick Tausch Nicholas Setta Nicholas Setta Craig Hentrich 5. Brandon Walker D.J. Fitzpatrick Reggie Ho John Carney John Carney Harry Oliver Harry Oliver Chuck Male

32 (1969-71) 28 (2007-) 27 (1973-77) 25 (1999-02) 22 (1976-79) 20.5 (1987-90) 20 (2006-10) 20 (1969-71) 19 (1965-67) 18 (2000-03)

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Passes Broken Up - Career 1. Clarence Ellis 2. Harrison Smith 3. Luther Bradley 4. Shane Walton 5. Dave Waymer 6. Todd Lyght 7. Darrin Walls Ralph Stepaniak 9. Thomas O’Leary Vontez Duff

Carries Touchdowns Touchdowns/Carry 377 34 11.09 563 46 12.24 404 33 12.24 301 22 13.68 481 35 13.74 473 33 14.33 324 22 14.73 661 44 15.02 589 39 15.10 382 25 15.28 398 25 15.92

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FBS Leaders Touchdowns/Carry School 1. Oklahoma State 2. Wisconsin Houston 4. Hawaii 5. TCU 6. Alabama 7. SMU 8. Georgia Tech 9. Oregon 10. Arkansas 12. Notre Dame

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Game Notes Eye On Career Records Extra Points (PAT) - Season 1. D.J. Fitzpatrick 2. Carl Gioia 3. Craig Hentrich 4. David Ruffer 5. Kevin Pendergast Scott Hempel 7. Nicholas Setta Craig Hentrich Craig Hentrich 10. Bob Thomas

52-54 (2005) 49-53 (2006) 48-48 (1991) 45-45 (2011) 45-48 (1993) 45-50 (1968) 44-45 (2000) 44-46 (1992) 44-45 (1989) 43-45 (1973)

Consecutive Extra Points 1. Craig Hentrich 136 (9-30-89 vs. Purdue to 9-26-92 vs. Purdue) 2. Nicholas Setta 92 (10-7-00 vs. Stanford to 10-11-03 ended by injury) 3. Bob Thomas 62 (11-6-71 vs. Pittsburgh to 10-23-73 vs. Army) 61 4. David Ruffer (10-30-10 vs. Tulsa to Current) D.J. Fitzpatrick 61 (11-6-04 at Tennessee to 11-26-05 at Stanford) 6. Brandon Walker 60 (10-6-07 at UCLA to career ended in 2010) 7. Mike Johnson 53 (10-18-80 vs. Army to 11-19-83 vs. Air Force) 8. Ted Gradel 35 (11-8-86 vs. SMU to 11-28-87 vs. Miami (Fla.) Extra Points (PAT) Attempted - Season 1. D.J. Fitzpatrick 2. Carl Gioia 3. Steve Oracko 4. Scott Hempel 5. Kevin Pendergast Craig Hentrich 7. Craig Hentrich 8. David Ruffer Nicholas Setta Craig Hentrich Bob Thomas

52-54 (2005) 49-53 (2006) 38-52 (1949) 45-50 (1968) 45-48 (1993) 48-48 (1991) 44-46 (1992) 45-45 (2011) 44-45 (2000) 44-45 (1989) 43-45 (1973)

Extra Points Percentage - Season (min. 20 made) 48-48 (1.000) 1. Craig Hentrich, 1991 David Ruffer, 2011 45-45 (2011) Craig Hentrich, 1990 41-41 (1.000) Brandon Walker, 2008 39-39 (1.000) Bob Thomas, 1972 34-34 (1.000) Ted Gradel, 1987 33-33 (1.000) Nicholas Setta, 2002 32-32 (1.000) Stefan Schroffner, 1994 30-30 (1.000) John Carney, 1984 25-25 (1.000) Nicholas Setta, 2001 23-23 (1.000)

NOTRE DAME HURRY-UP u Notre Dame second-year head coach Brian Kelly's no-huddle, up-tempo offense was on full display in the 45-24 rout of Maryland on Nov. 12. The Irish ran a season-high and Kelly-era high 84 plays against the Terps. Surprisingly, Kelly never ran as many as 84 offensive plays in his tenure at Cincinnati. Notre Dame has not run more plays in a regulation, non-overtime game since Nov. 26, 2005 at Stanford. The Irish ran 88 plays and totaled 663 yards of total offense in a 38-31 victory over the Cardinal. u Notre Dame did run 90 plays in their triple-overtime loss to Navy on Nov. 3, 2007. u Notre Dame’s first four scoring drives (three touchdowns, one field goal) against Maryland on Nov. 12 took eight plays, 11 plays, seven plays and 13 plays, respectively, but not one of those scoring drives took lasted longer than 4:43. In fact, three of those drives took only 2:39, 2:33 and 2:31. u Notre Dame ran 49 plays in the first half alone. FLOYD IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT u Senior WR Michael Floyd – a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist – owns Notre Dame school records in career receptions (266), career receiving yards (3,645), career touchdown receptions (36), career receiving yards per game (86.8) and career 100-yard receiving games (17). u Floyd's 36 career touchdown catches rank him tied for 17th in NCAA FBS history. FBS Career Touchdown Receptions Leaders Player, School Years 11. Braylon Edwards, Michigan 2001-04 Greg Jennings, Western Michigan 2002-05 Austin Pettis, Boise State 2007-10 14. Clarkston Hines, Duke 1986-89 Marcus Harris, Wyoming 1993-96 2009-11 16. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State 17. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 2008-11 Terance Mathis, New Mexico 1985-87, 89 Roy Williams, Texas 2000-03 James Hardy, Indiana 2005-07 Ryan Grice-Mullens, Hawaii 2005-07

TD Receptions 39 39 39 38 38 37 36 36 36 36 36

u Floyd's 266 career catches leave him six shy of 24th in NCAA FBS history. He has the chance to become the ninth wideout in FBS history to rank among the top 25 all-time in both touchdown receptions and catches. FBS Career Receptions Leaders Player, School 20. Emmanuel Sanders, SMU Greg Salas, Hawaii 22. Ryan Wolfe, UNLV 23. Troy Edwards, Louisiana Tech 24. Darius Watts, Marshall Vincent Marshall, Houston - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

Years 2006-09 2007-10 2006-09 1996-98 2000-03 2003-06 2008-11

Receptions 285 285 283 280 272 272 266

u Floyd's 3,645 career receiving yards leave him 57 shy of 25th in NCAA FBS history. He has the chance to become the eight wideout in FBS history to rank among the top 25 all-time in touchdown receptions, catches and receiving yards. FBS Career Receptions Leaders Player, School 20. Roy Williams, Texas 21. Emmanuel Sanders, SMU 22. Chad Mackey, Louisiana Tech 23. Vincent Marshall, Houston 24. Marc Zeno, Tulane 25. Brandon Stokley, La.-Lafayette 26. Ryne Robinson, Miami (Ohio) 27. Arnold Jackson, Louisville 28. Bryan Anderson, Central Michigan 29. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

Years 2000-03 2006-09 1993-96 2003-06 1984-87 1995-98 2003-06 1997-00 2006-09 2008-11

Receptions 3,866 3,791 3,789 3,770 3,725 3,702 3,697 3,670 3,648 3,645

u Floyd has a reception in 41 of the 42 games he has suited up for the Irish. The only game he failed to make a reception came against Navy in 2008 when he was injured early in the first quarter while blocking down field. u Floyd finished the game against Stanford with eight catches for 92 yards. He closed the regular season with 95 grabs (a single-season school record). u Floyd hauled in a six-yard touchdown pass with 6:21 left in the third quarter to cut the Irish deficit to 14 points (21-7). u The touchdown reception was Floyd’s eight of the season and 36th of his career (already a Notre Dame school record).

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86.8 (2008-) 81.3 (1966-68) 76.1 (1969-71) 73.2 (2007-09)

Scoring - Career 1. Allen Pinkett 2. Craig Hentrich 3. Autry Denson 4. Louis (Red) Salmon 5. Nicholas Setta 6. Dave Reeve 7. Stan Cofall 8. John Carney 9. Michael Floyd 10. Vagas Ferguson

320 (1982-85) 294 (1989-92) 282 (1995-98) 250 (1900-03) 248 (2000-03) 247 (1974-77) 246 (1914-16) 223 (1984-86) 222 (2008-11) 210 (1976-79)

u Among active FBS receivers, Floyd ranks third in career receiving touchdowns (36), fourth in career receiving yards (3,645), sixth in career receptions (266), seventh in career receiving yards/game (86.8), ninth in career receptions/game (6.33) and 14th in total touchdowns (37). Active FBS WRs - Career Touchdown Receptions 1. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma 2. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State 3. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 4. Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M 5. Juron Criner, Arizona

45 37 36 33 32

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Punts - Career 1. Blair Kiel 2. Joey Hildbold 3. Joe Restic 4. Hunter Smith 5. D.J. Fitzpatrick 6. Ben Turk Brian Doherty 8. Bob Williams 9. John Lattner 10. Craig Hentrich

259 (1980-83) 256 (1999-2002) 209 (1975-78) 174 (1995-98) 166 (2002-05) 140 (2009-) 140 (1971-73) 122 (1948-50) 119 (1951-53) 118 (1989-92)

Kickoff Returns - Game 8-157 vs. Army, Oct. 30, 1920 1. George Gipp 7-163 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 13, 1999 2. Julius Jones vs. Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010 3. Bennett Jackson 6-126 Bennett Jackson 6-122 vs. Navy, Oct. 23, 2010 Theo Riddick 6-129 vs. Washington, Oct. 3, 2009 Theo Riddick 6-122 at Stanford, Nov. 28, 2009 Armando Allen Jr. 6-117 vs. Air Force, Nov. 10, 2007 Mark McLane 6-95 vs. USC, Nov. 30, 1974 Lack Landry 6-112 vs. Michigan St., Nov. 10, 1951

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Active FBS WRs - Career Receiving Yards 1. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma 4,586 2. Jordan White, Western Michigan 3,922 3. Kendall Wright, Baylor 3,913 4. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 3,645 5. Tyron Carrier, Houston 3,449

39fg, 177xp, 294pts (1989-92) 39fg, 130xp, 247pts (1974-77) 46fg, 104xp, 242pts (2000-03) 51fg, 70xp, 223pts (1984-86) 34fg, 103xp, 205pts (2002-05) 28fg, 108xp, 192pts (1996-99) 33fg, 91xp, 190pts (2008-) 14fg, 122xp, 164pts (1968-70)

BOWL HISTORY

Total Touchdowns - Career 1. Allen Pinkett 53 (1982-85) 2. Autry Denson 47 (1995-98) 3. Michael Floyd 37 (2008-) 36 (1900-03) 4. Louis (Red) Salmon 35 (1976-79) 5. Vagas Ferguson 34 (1986-89) 6. Anthony Johnson 32 (1993-96) 7. Marc Edwards 8. Stan Cofall 30 (1914-16) Golden Tate 30 (2007-09) 10. Neil Worden 29 (1951-53) Julius Jones 29 (1999-01, ’03)

Points by Kicking - Career 1. Craig Hentrich 2. Dave Reeve 3. Nicholas Setta 4. John Carney 5. D.J. Fitzpatrick 6. Jim Sanson 7. David Ruffer 8. Scott Hempel

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u Floyd has now recorded 37 touchdowns over his Irish career. He third in school history. Floyd also ranks ninth in school history in career points.

18fg, 37xp, 91pts (2010) 16fg, 41xp, 89pts (1990) 14fg, 45xp, 87pts (1993) 21fg, 24 xp, 87pts (1986) 11fg, 52xp, 85pts (2005) 14fg, 39xp, 81pts (2008) 17fg, 25xp, 76pts (1984) 19fg, 19xp, 76pts (1982) 10fg, 45xp, 75pts (2011) 14fg, 32xp, 74pts (2002) 10fg, 44xp, 74pts (1992)

COACHES & STAFF

Receiving Yards Per Game - Career 1. Michael Floyd 2. Jim Seymour 3. Tom Gatewood 4. Golden Tate

Receiving Yards - Career 1. Michael Floyd 3645 (2008-) 2. Golden Tate 2707 (2007-09) 3. Jeff Samardzija 2593 (2003-06) 4. Derrick Mayes 2512 (1992-95) 5. Tim Brown 2493 (1984-87) 6. Tom Gatewood 2283 (1969-71) 7. Rhema McKnight 2277 (2002-06) 8. Maurice Stovall 2195 (2002-05) 9. Jim Seymour 2113 (1966-68) 10. Tony Hunter 1897 (1979-82)

Points by Kicking - Season 1. David Ruffer 2. Craig Hentrich 3. Kevin Pendergast John Carney 5. D.J. Fitzpatrick 6. Brandon Walker 7. John Carney Mike Johnston 9. David Ruffer 10. Nicholas Setta Craig Hentrich

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Games with 100 Yards - Career 17 (2008-) 1. Michael Floyd 15 (2007-09) 2. Golden Tate 3. Tom Gatewood 13 (1969-71) 4. Derrick Mayes 9 (1992-95) Jeff Samardzija 9 (2003-06) 7 (2002-05) 6. Maurice Stovall 7. Jim Seymour 6 (1966-68) Tim Brown 6 (1984-87)

266 (2008-) 179 (2003-06) 170 (2002-06) 157 (2007-09) 157 (1969-71) 138 (1966-68) 137 (1984-87) 130 (2002-05) 129 (1992-95) 128 (1974-77)

Points by Kicking - Game 1. Nick Tausch (17) 5 FGs, 2 PATs vs. Washington, Oct. 3, 2009 Nicholas Setta (17) 5 FGs, 2 PATs vs. Washington State, Sept. 6, 2003 Craig Hentrich (17) 5 FGs, 2 PATs vs. Miami, Oct. 20, 1990 4. Nicholas Setta (­­­16) 5 FGs, 1 PAT vs. Maryland, Aug. 31, 2002 4 FGs, 3 PATs 5. Brandon Walker (15) vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 1, 2008

GAME NOTES

TD Receptions – Career Receptions – Career 1. Michael Floyd 36 (2008-) 1. Michael Floyd 27 (2003-06) 2. Jeff Samardzija 2. Jeff Samardzija 3. Golden Tate 26 (2007-09) 3. Rhema McKnight 4. Rhema McKnight 22 (2003-06) 4. Golden Tate Derrick Mayes 22 (1992-95) Tom Gatewood 6. Tom Gatewood 19 (1969-71) 6. Jim Seymour 7. Maurice Stovall 18 (2002-05) 7. Tim Brown 8. Jim Seymour 16 (1966-68) 8. Maurice Stovall 9. Ken MacAfee 15 (1974-77) 9. Derrick Mayes 10. Tim Brown 12 (1984-87) 10. Ken MacAfee Bobby Brown 12 (1996-99)

Eye On Career Records

MEDIA INFO

u Floyd moved into a tie with four other wideouts for 17th place on the FBS all-time receiving touchdowns list. He is tied with Terance Mathis (New Mexico; 1985-87, 89), Roy Williams (Texas; 2000-03), James Hardy (Indiana; 2005-07) and Ryan Grice-Mullens (Hawaii; 200507). u Floyd hauled in a 25-yard grab midway through the fourth quarter against the Cardinal, which was his 94th catch of the season, besting Golden Tate’s previous school record of 93 receptions in a single season. u Floyd eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark for the fourth time in 2011 and 17th time in his career. He had six catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving) against Navy on Oct. 29. u Floyd has played in 42 career games, and in two of them (at Navy in 2008 and vs. Michigan State in 2009) he missed most of the action following an injury. Yet, Floyd has 17 career 100-yard receiving games over the other 40 games played.

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Game Notes Eye On Career Records Kickoff Returns - Season 1. Theo Riddick 2. Armando Allen Jr. 3. George Atkinson III 4. Bennett Jackson 5. Golden Tate Julius Jones 7. Tim Brown Tony Driver Tim Brown 10. Armando Allen Jr.

37-849 (2009) 33-704 (2007) 30-822 (2011) 29-645 (2010) 26-521 (2008) 26-603 (1999) 25-698 (1986) 23-512 (1998) 23-456 (1987) 21-543 (2008)

Kickoff Returns - Career 1. Julius Jones 2. Tim Brown 3. Armando Allen Jr. 4. Jim Stone 5. Theo Riddick Vontez Duff Tony Driver 8. Raghib Ismail 9. Golden Tate 10. Bennett Jackson Terry Eurick

72-1678 (1999-01, ’03) 69-1613 (1984-87) 54-1247 (2007-10) 49-1079 (1977-80) 47-1051 (2009-) 47-1230 (2000-03) 47-1083 (1997-2000) 46-1271 (1988-90) 44-909 (2007-09) 32-677 (2010-) 32-739 (1974-77)

Kickoff Return Yards - Game 1. Paul Castner 4-253 vs. Kalamazoo, Sept. 30, 1922 2. Raghib Ismail 3-192 vs. Michigan, Sept. 16, 1989 3. George Atkinson III 5-178 vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011 4. Willie Maher 4-174 vs. Kalamazoo, Sept. 29, 1923

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Kickoff Return Yards - Season 1. Theo Riddick 2. George Atkinson III 3. Armando Allen Jr. 4. Tim Brown 5. Bennett Jackson 6. Julius Jones 7. Allen Rossum 8. Armando Allen Jr. 9. Vontez Duff 10. Golden Tate

37-849 (2009) 30-822 (2011) 33-704 (2007) 25-698 (1986) 29-645 (2010) 26-603 (1999) 20-570 (1997) 21-543 (2008) 19-526 (2002) 26-521 (2008)

Kickoff Return Yards - Career 1. Julius Jones 2. Tim Brown 3. Raghib Ismail 4. Armando Allen Jr. 5. Vontez Duff 6. Tony Driver 7. Jim Stone 8. Theo Riddick 9. Golden Tate 10. Allen Rossum

72-1678 (1999-01, ’03) 69-1613 (1984-87) 46-1271 (1988-90) 54-1247 (2007-10) 47-1230 (2000-03) 47-1083 (1997-2000) 49-1079 (1977-80) 47-1051 (2009-) 44-909 (2007-09) 29-891 (1994-97)

Active FBS WRs - Career Receiving Yards/Game 1. Marquess Wilson, Washington State 99.8 2. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma 95.5 3. Jordan White, Western Michigan 93.4 4. Nick Harwell, Miami (Ohio) 91.8 5. Eric Page, Toledo 91.5 7. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 86.8

Active FBS WRs - Career Receptions/Game 1. Eric Page, Toledo 2. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma 3. Robert Woods, USC 4. Jordan White, Western Michigan 5. Lance Lewis, East Carolina 9. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

Active FBS WRs - Career Receptions 1. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma 349 2. Tyron Carrier, Houston 311 3. Kendall Wright, Baylor 295 4. Eric Page, Toledo 293 Jordan White, Western Michigan 293 6. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 266

Active FBS Players - Total Touchdowns 1. Montee Ball, Wisconsin 2. LaMichael James, Oregon 3. Bernard Pierce, Temple 4. Robert Turbin, Utah State 5. Lance Dunbar, North Texas 14. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

7.92 7.27 7.04 6.98 6.77 6.33 60 57 52 51 49 37

u Floyd has 95 receptions for 1,106 yards and eight touchdown catches in 2011. He and Jeff Samardzija are the only wideouts in Notre Dame history with multiple seasons of at least 70 receptions. Samardzija had 78 in 2006 and 77 in 2005. Floyd had 79 in 2010. u Floyd's 174 grabs over the last two seasons are the most by any Irish player in back-to-back years in school history. Samardzija combined for 155 in 2005-06. u Floyd is the third wideout in Notre Dame history to have two separate seasons rank in the top 10 for receiving touchdowns in a single season (joined Golden Tate and Jeff Samardzija). Receptions - Season Touchdown Receptions – Season 1. Michael Floyd 95 (2011) 1. Golden Tate 2. Golden Tate 93 (2009) Rhema McKnight 3. Michael Floyd 79 (2010) Jeff Samardzija 78 (2006) 4. Michael Floyd 4. Jeff Samardzija 5. Tom Gatewood 77 (1970) Jeff Samardzija Jeff Samardzija 77 (2005) 6. Derrick Mayes 7. Maurice Stovall 69 (2005) Maurice Stovall 8. Rhema McKnight 67 (2006) 8. Golden Tate 60 (1964) 9. Michael Floyd 9. Jack Snow 10. Golden Tate 58 (2008) Jack Snow Arnaz Battle 58 (2002) -- Michael Floyd

15 (2009) 15 (2006) 15 (2005) 12 (2010) 12 (2006) 11 (1994) 11 (2005) 10 (2008) 9 (2009) 9 (1964) 8 (2011)

u Floyd – who surpassed 1,000 yards receiving on the season against Boston College – became the third Irish wide receiver in school history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons (Jeff Samardzija and Golden Tate). His 2,131 receiving yards over the last two seasons are the thirdmost by any Irish player in back-to-back years in school history. Tate recorded 2,576 in 2008-09 and Samardzija had 2,266 in 2005-06. u Floyd is the only wide receiver in school history to have at least four seasons with four or more 100-yard receiving games. Receiving Yards - Season Games with 100 Yards - Season 1496 (2009) 1. Golden Tate 1. Golden Tate 2. Jeff Samardzija 1249 (2005) 2. Tom Gatewood 3. Maurice Stovall 1149 (2005) 3. Maurice Stovall 4. Tom Gatewood 1123 (1970) 4. Michael Floyd 5. Jack Snow 1114 (1964) Golden Tate 6. Michael Floyd 1106 (2011) Jeff Samardzija 7. Golden Tate 1080 (2008) 7. Michael Floyd 8. Michael Floyd 1025 (2010) Michael Floyd 9. Jeff Samardzija 1017 (2006) Michael Floyd 10. Tim Brown 910 (1986) Jeff Samardzija Tom Gatewood

9 (2009) 8 (1970) 6 (2005) 5 (2009) 5 (2008) 5 (2005) 4 (2011) 4 (2010) 4 (2008) 4 (2006) 4 (1969)

u Among FBS receivers in 2011, Floyd ranks eighth in receptions (95), ninth in receptions per game (7.92), tied for 24th in receiving yards (1,106) and 25th in receiving yards per game (92.17). u Floyd recorded his first career rushing touchdown with 2:59 left in the third quarter to push the Irish lead to 42-7 over Navy on Oct. 29. u Floyd registered 12 catches for 137 yards and one touchdown at Purdue on Oct. 1. The 12 receptions were just one shy of equaling his career-high of 13 set earlier this season at Michigan. u Floyd became the second active FBS receiver to eclipse 3,000 career receiving yards. u Floyd, who was held to four catches for 27 yards at Pittsburgh, surpassed that total on the second offensive play from scrimmage (35-yard TD catch) at Purdue. u Floyd eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the first half alone against the Boilermakers. u Floyd hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from sophomore QB Tommy Rees just 24 seconds into the first quarter to give the Irish a 7-0 lead at Purdue.

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vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 at Michigan, Sept. 10, 2011 vs. Purdue, Sept. 24, 1966 at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011 vs. USF, Sept. 3, 2011 vs. Purdue, Sept. 26, 1970 at Pittsburgh, Nov. 13, 1999 at USC, Nov. 27, 2010 vs. Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010 vs. Boston College, Oct. 24, 2009 at USC, Nov. 26, 1966 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 10, 1962

u Floyd has recorded a school record nine multi-touchdown games over his Irish career. u Floyd recorded three touchdown receptions against Western Michigan on Oct. 16, 2010 – the second such feat in his career. He also had three touchdown catches against Nevada on Sept. 5, 2009. Floyd is the third Notre Dame wideout to have three or more touchdown receptions in multiple games (Maurice Stovall, 2005; Golden Tate, 2009). vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 vs. Western Michigan, Oct. 16, 2010 vs. Nevada, Sept. 5, 2009 at Stanford, Nov. 28, 2009 vs. Hawai'i, Dec. 24, 2008 vs. Navy, Nov. 12, 2005 vs. Michigan State, Sept. 17, 2005 vs. Purdue, Sept. 26, 1970 vs. Purdue, Sept. 24, 1966 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 10, 1962 vs. Michigan State, Oct. 28, 1950 vs. North Carolina, Nov. 12, 1949 at Northwestern, Nov. 20, 1920

u Floyd is the first player in school history to register a touchdown catch of at least 80 yards more than once in his career. He actually has recorded three touchdown catches of at least 70 yards. u Floyd still owns the school record for yards per reception in a single game. He recorded four catches for 189 yards and three touchdowns in the 35-0 rout of Nevada in the 2009 season opener. He averaged 47.3 yards per reception, which broke the previous school record of 41.6 yards per catch by Jim Morse against USC on Nov. 26, 1955. vs. Nevada, Sept. 5, 2009 at USC, Nov. 26, 1955 vs. Michigan, Sept. 13, 2008 at Michigan State, Sept. 23, 2006 at Boston College, Oct. 25, 2003

BOWL HISTORY

Yards per Reception - Game (min. 4 rec.) 47.3 (4 for 189) 1. Michael Floyd 41.6 (5 for 208) 2. Jim Morse 3. Golden Tate 31.8 (4 for 127) 4. John Carlson 30.3 (4 for 121) Rhema McKnight 30.3 (4 for 121)

Total Kick/Punt Return Yards - Career 2,104 (1,678 KR, 426 PR); 1999-01, '03 1. Julius Jones 2,089 (1,613 KR, 476 PR); 1984-87 2. Tim Brown 1,955 (1,230 KR, 725 PR); 2000-03 3. Vontez Duff 1,607 (1,271 KR, 336 PR); 1988-90 4. Raghib Ismail 1,360 (1,247, 113 PR); 2007-10 5. Armando Allen Jr. 1,318 (891 KR, 427 PR); 1994-97 6. Allen Rossum 1,196 (909 KR, 287 PR); 2007-09 7. Golden Tate 1,083 (1,083 KR, 0 PR); 1997-2000 8. Tony Driver 1,079 (1,079 KR, 0 PR); 1977-80 9. Jim Stone 1,049 (1,051 KR, -2 PR); 2009 10. Theo Riddick

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4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Total Kick/Punt Return Yards - Season 1. Vontez Duff 911 (526 KR, 385 PR); 2002 2. Tim Brown 857 (456 KR, 401 PR); 1987 3. Theo Riddick 849 (849 KR, 0 PR); 2009 4. George Atkinson III 822 (822 KR, 0 PR); 2011 5. Julius Jones 798 (603 KR, 195 PR); 1999 6. Tim Brown 773 (698 KR, 75 PR); 1986 7. Armando Allen Jr. 704 (704 KR, 0 PR); 2007 8. Allen Rossum 653 (570 KR, 83 PR); 1997 9. Bennett Jackson 645 (645 KR; O PR); 2010 637 (521 KR, 116 PR); 2008 10. Golden Tate

COACHES & STAFF

Touchdown Receptions - Game 1. Maurice Stovall 2. Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Golden Tate Golden Tate Maurice Stovall Jeff Samardzija Tom Gatewood Jim Seymour Jim Kelly Jim Mutscheller Bill Barrett Eddie Anderson

2 (2011) 2 (1997) 2 (1989) 2 (1988) 2 (1986) 2 (1966) 2 (1953) 2 (1922)

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14 13 13 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11

Most Kickoff Return TDs - Season 1. George Atkinson III Allen Rossum Raghib Ismail Raghib Ismail Tim Brown Nick Eddy John Lattner Paul Castner

GAME NOTES

Receptions - Game 1. Maurice Stovall 2. Michael Floyd Jim Seymour 4. Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Tom Gatewood Bobby Brown 8. Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Golden Tate Jim Seymour Jim Kelly

Eye On Career Records

MEDIA INFO

u Floyd recorded his 200th career reception on a 22-yard grab early in the third quarter in the victory over No. 15 Michigan State. u Floyd finished the Michigan game with a career-high 13 receptions for 159 yards. The 13 catches were tied for the second-most in school history. u Floyd became Notre Dame’s all-time leader in career receiving yards following his 21-yard catch early in the first quarter against the Wolverines. Floyd bested the previous school record of 2,707 held by Golden Tate (2007-09). u Floyd has eclipsed 10 receptions in a single-game eight times in his career and four times in 2011 – both are school records. He had never posted back-to-back games with 10 or more catches before the opening two games of 2011. u Floyd is the only Notre Dame wideout to ever register five or more games with at least 11 catches. Jim Seymour is the only other Irish wide receiver to have multiple games with 11 or more receptions and he had two.

u Floyd's career-best reception went for 88 yards and a touchdown against Nevada in 2009. The 88-yard reception is the fourth-longest in Notre Dame football history. The 189 yards receiving in the rout of the WolfPack ranks 10th on the single-season list. 96 95 91 88 85

vs. Georgia Tech, Nov. 7, 1981 vs. Michigan, Sept. 11, 2010 at Pittsburgh, Nov. 7, 1964 vs. Nevada, Sept. 5, 2009 vs. Purdue, Sept. 27, 2003

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THIS IS NOTRE DAME

Longest Reception in ND History 1. Joe Howard 2. Kyle Rudolph 3. Nick Eddy 4. Michael Floyd 5. Maurice Stovall

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Game Notes Notre Dame Player Single-Game Highs RUSHING George Atkinson III Attempts: 7, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Yards: 28, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) TDs: 1, twice (last time vs. Navy, Oct. 29, 2011) Long: 15, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Dayne Crist Attempts: 10, vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) Yards: 25, vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) TDs: 1, four times (last vs. Western Michigan, Oct. 16, 2010) Long: 29, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Michael Floyd Attempts: 1, four times (last vs. Boston College, Nov. 19, 2011) Yards: 10, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) TDs: 1, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Long: 10, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) John Goodman Attempts: 1, three times (last at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011) Yards: 13, vs. USC (Oct. 17, 2009) TDs: None Long: 13, vs. USC (Oct. 17, 2009) Andrew Hendrix Attempts: 12, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Yards: 111, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) TDs: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Long: 78, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Jonas Gray Attempts: 21, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Yards: 136, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) TDs: 3, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Long: 79, at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24, 2011) Bennett Jackson Attempts: 1, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Yards: 20, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) TDs: None Long: 20, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Cam McDaniel Attempts: 2, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Yards: 8, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) TDs: None Long: 12, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Tommy Rees Attempts: 5, twice (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) Yards: 6, twice (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011) TDs: None Long: 12, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Theo Riddick Attempts: 9, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) Yards: 51, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) TDs: None Long: 24, at Purdue (Sept. 26, 2010)

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Receiving Yards - Game 1. Jim Seymour 2. Golden Tate 3. Jack Snow 4. Bobby Brown Jim Morse 6. Maurice Stovall 7. Golden Tate 8. Tom Gatewood 9. Jeff Samardzija 10. Michael Floyd

276 244 217 208 208 207 201 192 191 189

vs. Purdue, Sept. 24, 1966 vs. Washington, Oct. 3, 2009 at Wisconsin, Sept. 26, 1964 at Pittsburgh, Nov. 13, 1999 at USC, Nov. 26, 1955 vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 at Stanford, Nov. 28, 2009 vs. Purdue, Sept. 26, 1970 at Stanford, Nov. 26, 2005 vs. Nevada, Sept. 5, 2009

u Floyd not only became the first Irish freshman to register a touchdown catch in a season opener (2008), but also became the first freshman to register Notre Dame's first points of a season by TD. He established new school records for receptions (48), receiving yards (719) and receiving touchdowns (seven) by an Irish freshman in 2008. He also set a freshman record with 10 receptions against Pittsburgh on Nov. 1, 2008. u Floyd was the fourth different rookie in the last 20 years whose first career catch was a touchdown. The others were Raghib “Rocket” Ismail and Derek Brown in 1988 and Derrick Mayes in 1992 – mighty impressive company for Floyd to join. TYLER EIFERT'S HOUSE OF PAIN u Junior TE Tyler Eifert – a 2011 Mackey Award finalist – leads all Football Subdivision tight ends in receptions (57) and receptions per game (4.75). He is also second in receiving yards (713), second in receiving yards per catch (12.51; minimum 4.33/game) and second in receiving yards per game (59.42). FBS TEs - Receptions 1. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame 57 2. Ryan Otten, San Jose State 52 48 3. Dwayne Allen, Clemson

FBS TEs - Receiving Yards 1. Ryan Otten, San Jose State 2. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame 3. Gavin Escobar, San Diego State

FBS TEs - Receptions/Game 1. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame 4.75 2. Ryan Otten, San Jose State 4.73 4.33 3. Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky

FBS TEs - Receiving Yards/Catch (min. 4.33/game) 1. Ryan Otten, San Jose State 14.21 2. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame 12.51 3. Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky 11.81

FBS TEs - Receiving Yards/Game 1. Ryan Otten, San Jose State 2. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame 3. Coby Fleener, Stanford

739 713 710

67.18 59.42 54.00

u Only eight players in program history (Jack Snow, Tom Gatewood, Arnaz Battle, Jeff Samardzija, Maurice Stovall, Rhema McKnight, Golden Tate and Michael Floyd) caught more passes in a single season than did Eifert this fall (57). u Eifert broke a 34-year record at the position set by three-time All America TE Ken MacAfee. Eifert will likely pass Battle’s total of 58 during the Irish bowl game. Jack Snow’s number (60) is within reach as well. u 44 of Eifert's 57 receptions this season have garnered the Irish a touchdown or first down. u 18 of Eifert's 20 receptions this season on third down have garnered the Irish a touchdown or first down. u Eifert has 16 receptions of 15 or more yards and eight grabs of 20 or more yards. u With 57 receptions for 713 yards in 2011, Eifert ranks first and second, respectively, in receptions and receiving yards in single-season Irish tight end history. Receptions - Season (Tight End) Receiving Yards – Season (Tight End) 1. Tyler Eifert 57 (2011) 1. Ken MacAfee 797 (1977) 2. Ken MacAfee 54 (1977) 2. Tyler Eifert 713 (2011) 47 (2006) 3. John Carlson 634 (2006) 3. John Carlson Anthony Fasano 47 (2005) 4. Anthony Fasano 576 (2005) 5. Tony Hunter 42 (1982) 5. Tony Hunter 507 (1982) 6. John Carlson 40 (2007) 6. Ken MacAfee 483 (1976) 7. Ken MacAfee 34 (1976) 7. Dean Masztak 428 (1979) 8. Kyle Rudolph 33 (2009) 8. Tony Hunter 397 (1981) Mark Bavaro 32 (1984) 9. Mark Bavaro 395 (1984) 29 (2008) 10. Mark Bavaro 376 (1983) 10. Kyle Rudolph

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Game Notes u Below is a comparison between Eifert's receiving numbers and the rest of the 2011 Mackey Award finalists. Eifert has more receptions and receiving yards than any other semifinalist. Yr. Jr. Jr. Jr.

Receptions 57 48 44

Receiving Yards 713 577 572

Touchdowns 5 8 5

u Below is an interesting comparison between Eifert's receiving numbers and the 12 all-time Mackey Award winners. Only two tight ends would finish with more receptions, only three with more receiving touchdowns and only three with more receiving yards. Touchdowns 8 5 4 5 10 8 4 10 5 1 4 6 2

9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7

at Purdue, Sept. 24, 1977 vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011 at Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 2011 at Michigan State, Sept. 18, 2010 vs. Michigan, Sept. 11, 2010 vs. North Carolina, Nov. 4, 2006 vs. Purdue, Oct. 2, 2004 vs. USC, Oct. 22, 1977 vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011

Receiving Yards – Career (Tight End) 1. Ken MacAfee 1,759 (1974-77) 2. Anthony Fasano 1,102 (2003-05) 3. John Carlson 1,093 (2004-07) 4. Tyler Eifert 1,065 (2009-) 5. Kyle Rudolph 1,032 (2008-10) 6. Dean Masztak 924 (1978-81) 7. *Tony Hunter 904 (1979-82) 8. Derek Brown 899 (1988-91) 9. Mike Creaney 890 (1970-72) 10. Mark Bavaro 771 (1981-84)

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

RECEIVING Tyler Eifert Catches: 8, three times (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) Yards: 93, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) TDs: 1, seven times (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) Long: 39, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Michael Floyd Catches: 13, at Michigan (Sept. 17, 2011) Yards: 189, vs. Nevada (Sept. 5, 2009) TDs: 3, twice (last vs. Western Michigan, Oct. 16, 2010) Long: 88, vs. Nevada (Sept. 5, 2009)

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Receptions - Career (Tight End) 1. Ken MacAfee 128 (1974-77) 2. John Carlson 100 (2004-07) 3. Anthony Fasano 92 (2003-05) 4. Kyle Rudolph 90 (2008-10) 5. Tyler Eifert 84 (2009-) 6. *Tony Hunter 67 (1979-82) 7. Derek Brown 62 (1988-91) Dean Masztak 62 (1978-81) 9. Mark Bavaro 55 (1981-84) 10. Mike Creaney 46 (1970-72) *played TE only in 1981-82

John Goodman Attempts: 1, three times (last at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011) Completions: 1, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Yards: 32, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) TDs: 1, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Long: 32, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010)

BOWL HISTORY

u Eifert hauled in a 23-yard catch on 3rd down and 19 late in the first quarter against No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 26. The reception made Eifert the fifth Irish tight end in school history to eclipse 1,000 career receiving yards. He joined Ken MacAfee (1974-77), Anthony Fasano (2002-05), John Carlson (2004-07) and Kyle Rudolph (2008-10). u With 84 receptions for 1,065 yards in his career, Eifert already ranks among the top 10 in Notre Dame tight end career receiving history. His 1,065 yards and 84 catches rank fourth and fifth, respectively. u Eifert needs just 16 receptions to become the third Notre Dame tight end in school history to reach 100 career catches. With 17 more grabs and 38 receiving yards, Eifert would rank second in career catches and receiving yards by an Irish tight end.

Andrew Hendrix Attempts: 24, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Completions: 11, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Yards: 192, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Long: 44, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) TDs: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Completion %: 100.0 (4-for-4), vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Passing Yards/Attempt: 8.3, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Passing Yards/Completion: 17.5, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Passing Efficiency: 169.3, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Interceptions: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011)

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Receptions - Game (Tight End) 1. Ken MacAfee 2. Tyler Eifert Tyler Eifert Tyler Eifert Kyle Rudolph Kyle Rudolph John Carlson Anthony Fasano Ken MacAfee t-10. Tyler Eifert

PASSING Tommy Rees Attempts: 54, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Completions: 33, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Yards: 334, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Long: 56, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) TDs: 4, twice (last vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011) Completion %: 85.7 (6-for-7), vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) Passing Yards/Attempt: 10.7, vs. Army (Nov. 20, 2010) Passing Yards/Completion: 16.5, vs. Army (Nov. 20, 2010) Passing Efficiency: 180.51, vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) Interceptions: 3, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010)

COACHES & STAFF

u Eifert has five touchdown receptions in 2011 and seven in his career. u Eifert is the second Irish tight end with at least five touchdown catches in a single-season. Ken MacAfee owns the school record for touchdown receptions by a tight end with six in 1977. u Eifert has registered a career-best eight catches on three different occasions in 2011 – against Pittsburgh, Air Force and Maryland. He is tied with Kyle Rudolph (twice in 2010), John Carlson (2006), Anthony Fasano (2004) and Ken MacAfee (1977) for second most ever in a game by a Notre Dame tight end. The Irish single-game record is nine by MacAfee for 114 yards in a 31-24 victory at Purdue in 1977.

Cierre Wood Attempts: 26, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) Yards: 191, at Purdue (Oct. 1, 2011) TDs: 2, three times (last vs. Navy, Oct. 29, 2011) Long: 55, at Purdue (Oct. 1, 2011)

THE FIGHTING IRISH

Receptions Receiving Yards 48 577 57 713 54 627 68 850 90 987 62 881 47 564 58 741 41 541 60 605 43 742 51 753 58 605

Robby Toma Attempts: 1, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Yards: 12, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) TDs: None Long: 12, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011)

GAME NOTES

All-Time Mackey Award Winners Name, School Dwayne Allen (2011) Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (2011) D. J. Williams, Arkansas (2010) Aaron Hernandez, Florida (2009) Chase Coffman, Missouri (2008) Fred Davis, Southern California (2007) Matt Spaeth, Minnesota (2006) Marcedes Lewis, UCLA (2005) Heath Miller, Virginia (2004) Kellen Winslow II, Miami, Fla. (2003) Dallas Clark, Iowa (2002) Daniel Graham, Colorado (2001) Tim Stratton, Purdue (2000)

Harrison Smith Attempts: 1, twice (last at Washington, Oct. 25, 2008) Yards: 35, at Washington (Oct. 25, 2008) TDs: None Long: 35, at Washington (Oct. 25, 2008)

MEDIA INFO

Mackey Award Finalists Name, School Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame Dwayne Allen, Clemson Orson Charles, Georgia

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Game Notes Notre Dame Player Single-Game Highs John Goodman Catches: 5, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) Yards: 73, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) TDs: 1, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) Long: 64, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) Jonas Gray Catches: 2, twice (last vs. Boston College, Nov. 19, 2011) Yards: 42, at Purdue (Sept. 26, 2009) TDs: None Long: 23, at Purdue (Sept. 26, 2009) TJ Jones Catches: 6, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) Yards: 73, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010) TDs: 1, six times (last at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011) Long: 53, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010) Ben Koyack Catches: 1, at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24, 2011) Yards: 5, at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24, 2011) TDs: None Long: 5, at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24, 2011) Mike Ragone Catches: 3, vs. Connecticut (Nov. 21, 2009) Yards: 33, vs. Navy (Nov. 7, 2009) TDs: None Long: 30, vs. Navy (Nov. 7, 2009) Theo Riddick Catches: 10, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) Yards: 128, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) TDs: 2, at Michigan State (Sept. 10, 2011) Long: 45, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Robby Toma Catches: 7, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Yards: 73, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) TDs: 1, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Long: 27, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) Cierre Wood Catches: 6, twice (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011) Yards: 57, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) TDs: 2, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010 Long: 31, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) PUNTS Ben Turk Attempts: 8, four times (last vs. Boston College, Nov. 19, 2011) Yards: 352, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) Long: 56, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Average (min. 3): 46.6, vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 9, 2010) KICKOFFS Kyle Brindza Attempts: 10, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Yards: 675, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Touchbacks: 3, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Average (min. 3): 70.0, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011)

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u Eifert was the fifth Irish tight end with at least four touchdown catches in a single-season. He joined John Carlson (2006), Pete Chryplewicz (1996) and Derek Brown (1991). u Eifert had seven more receptions for 66 yards against USC on Oct. 22. The seven catches are tied for the 10th-most in single-game Notre Dame tight-end history. u Eifert registered eight receptions, including four on the 11-play, 85-yard, go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter at Pittsburgh on Sept. 24. Eifert’s four grabs totaled 34 yards. He also added a the two-point conversion reception. u Eifert, a 2011 Mackey Award candidate, earned the Mackey Tight End of the Week Award for his effort against Pittsburgh. He was honored with the same award following last year's Army game where Eifert caught four passes for 78 yards with one touchdown at Yankee Stadium u Eifert’s previous career-high was six catches in the season opener against USF. He also registered a career-best 93 receiving yards against the Bulls. He hauled in a 37-yard grab, the second-longest reception of his career. BY LAND, CIERRE u Junior RB Cierre Wood became the 10th Irish running back (16th different season) to surpass 1,000 yards on the ground in a single season and first since Darius Walker ran for 1,267 yards in 2006. u Wood leads Notre Dame with 1,042 yards on the ground on 199 carries and nine rushing touchdowns. He ranks 46th in the FBS in rushing yards per game (86.83). u Wood is on pace to rush for 1,128 yards, which would rank 11th in single-season Notre Dame history. Rushing Yards - Season Player, Year 1. Vagas Ferguson, 1979 2. Allen Pinkett, 1983 3. Reggie Brooks, 1992 4. Julius Jones, 2003 Autry Denson, 1997 6. Darius Walker, 2006 7. Darius Walker, 2005 8. Vagas Ferguson, 1978 9. Autry Denson, 1996 10. Autry Denson, 1998 11. Allen Pinkett, 1984 12. Allen Pinkett, 1985 13. Ryan Grant, 2002 14. Al Hunter, 1976 15. Lee Becton, 1993 16. Jerome Heavens, 1977 17. Jerome Bettis, 1991 18. Marchy Schwartz, 1930 19. Creighton Miller, 1943 20. Jim Stone, 1980 -- Cierre Wood, 2011 * school records

Carries *301 252 167 229 264 255 253 211 202 251 275 255 261 233 164 229 168 124 151 192 216

Net *1437 1394 1343 1268 1268 1267 1196 1192 1179 1176 1105 1100 1085 1058 1044 994 972 927 911 908 1,128

Avg 4.8 5.5 *8.0 5.5 4.8 5.0 4.7 5.6 5.8 4.7 4.0 4.3 4.2 4.5 6.4 4.3 5.8 7.5 6.0 4.7 5.2

TD *17 16 13 10 12 7 9 7 8 15 *17 11 9 12 6 6 16 9 10 7 10 (projected)

u Wood has registered nine rushing touchdowns in 2011 and 12 for his career. u Wood is tied for 43rd in the FBS in rushing touchdowns. u Wood has a touchdown run in seven of Notre Dame’s 12 games. He has a rushing touchdown in eight of the last 13 games for the Irish. u Wood has recorded 12 career rushing touchdowns, 10 of which have come over Notre Dame's last 14 games. He was the first Irish running back to record a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games (snapped at Pittsburgh) since Darius Walker over the final four games of the 2005 campaign. u Wood's versatility has been on display this season as well. He has registered 26 receptions for 181 yards. Wood has also upped his career total for catches to 46. Both totals rank in the top 10 in school history among running backs. Receptions - Season (Running Back) Receptions - Career (Running Back) 56 (2006) 1. Armando Allen Jr. 1. Darius Walker 2. Armando Allen Jr. 50 (2008) 2. Darius Walker 3. Darius Walker 43 (2005) 3. Allen Pinkett 37 (1968) 4. Bob Gladieux 4. Bob Gladieux 5. Autry Denson 30 (1997) 5. Joseph Heap 6. Joseph Heap 29 (1952) 6. Mark Green 7. Armando Allen Jr. 28 (2009) 7. Autry Denson Allen Pinkett 28 (1983) 8. Jim Morse 9. Cierre Wood 26 (2011) 9. Cierre Wood 10. Marc Edwards 25 (1995) Marc Edwards Mark Green 25 (1986)

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119 (2007-10) 109 (2004-06) 73 (1982-85) 72 (1966-68) 71 (1951-54) 61 (1985-88) 53 (1995-98) 52 (1954-56) 46 (2010-) 46 (1993-96)


Game Notes Yards From Scrimmage - Season (Non-QB) 1. Allen Pinkett 1,682 (1983) 2. Darius Walker 1,658 (2006) 3. Darius Walker 1,547 (2005) 4. Vagas Ferguson 1,509 (1979) 5. Autry Denson 1,443 (1997) 6. Reggie Brooks 1,367 (1992) 7. Allen Pinkett 1,362 (1984) 8. Julius Jones 1,321 (2003) 9. Autry Denson 1,290 (1996) 10. Raghib Ismail 1,278 (1990) -- Cierre Wood 1,223 (2011)

Notre Dame Player Single-Game Highs

Jonas Gray Attempts: 1, three times (last vs. Stanford, Oct. 25, 2010) Yards: 16, vs. Stanford (Oct. 25, 2010) TDs: None Long: 16, vs. Stanford (Oct. 25, 2010)

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

Theo Riddick Attempts: 6, vs. Washington (Oct. 3, 2009) Yards: 129, vs. Washington (Oct. 3, 2009) TDs: None Long: 38, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 19, 2009)

THIS IS NOTRE DAME

Carries/Touchdown 8.59 8.61 9.50 9.92 10.00 10.82 11.27 11.56 11.87 12.05

BOWL HISTORY

Touchdowns 32 23 12 25 9 11 26 9 15 19

Cam McDaniel Catches: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Yards: 18, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) TDs: None Long: 18, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011)

2011 SEASON REVIEW

Carries 275 198 114 248 90 119 293 104 178 229

Austin Collinsworth Attempts: 2, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) Yards: 67, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) TDs: None Long: 41, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011)

Bennett Jackson Attempts: 6, twice (last vs. Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010) Yards: 126, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) TDs: None Long: 43, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010)

u Gray averaged a touchdown every 9.50 carries, which ranks third-best in the FBS. FBS Leaders Touchdowns/Carry Name, School 1. Montee Ball, Wisconsin 2. Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State 3. Jonas Gray, Notre Dame 4. Bernard Pierce, Temple 5. Jeremy Smith, Oklahoma State 6. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 7. Collin Klein, Kansas State 8. Charles Sims, Houston 9. Jasmin Hopkins, Northern Illinois 10. Robert Turbin, Utah State

kickoff returns George Atkinson III Attempts: 5, twice (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011) Yards: 178, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) TDs: 1, twice (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011) Long: 96, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011)

COACHES & STAFF

Avg. per Rush - Season (min. 100 attempts) 8.1 (1920) 1. George Gipp 2. Reggie Brooks 8.0 (1992) 3. Marchy Schwartz 7.5 (1930) 4. Don Miller 7.1 (1924) 5. Jonas Gray 6.94 (2011) 6. George Gipp 6.87 (1919)

Theo Riddick Attempts: 2, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) Yards: -2, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) TDs: None Long: -2, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011)

THE FIGHTING IRISH

MY NAME IS JONAS u Senior RB Jonas Gray ranks second on the Irish in rushing with 791 yards on 114 carries and ranks 72nd in the FBS in rushing yards per game (71.91). Gray, who was lost for the season after an injury early in the third quarter against Boston College on Nov. 19, averaged 6.9 yards per carry in 2011, which edges George Gipp (1919) for fifth-best in single-season school history.

PUNT returns John Goodman Attempts: 3, three times (last at Michigan, Sept. 10, 2011) Yards: 27, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) TDs: None Long: 24, vs. Nevada (Sept. 5, 2009)

GAME NOTES

u Wood has recorded three career multiple-rushing touchdown games, including Oct. 29 against Navy. u Wood raced for a career-best 191 yards on 20 carries in the rout at Purdue on Oct. 1. The 191 yards was the most by an Irish running back since Julius Jones had 218 yards rushing at Stanford on Nov. 29, 2003. Wood’s previous career-high was 134 yards earlier this season at Michigan. u The 9.6 yards per rush was the highest by a Notre Dame running back (minimum 10 carries) since Darius Walker averaged 10.2 at Air Force on Nov. 11, 2006. Walker rushed for 153 yards on 15 carries. u Wood ripped off a career-best 55-yard touchdown run with 9:06 left in the second quarter to give Notre Dame a 21-0 lead over the Boilermakers. The run was the longest of his career (bested 39-yard touchdown run against Western Michigan in 2010). u Wood also surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in the opening half (101 yards on nine carries). He has registered 100 or more yards on the ground in three of Notre Dame’s nine games in 2011 (the first three 100-yard rushing games of his career). u Wood had 69 yards on 16 carries in the first half against Pittsburgh and finished the afternoon with 94 yards on 23 rushes. u Wood registered his second career multiple-rushing touchdown game in the victory over No. 15 Michigan State. Wood totaled only 61 yards on 14 carries, but he had scoring runs of six and 23 yards in the opening half. Wood carried six times for 59 yards on the opening scoring drive alone. He picked up a trio of first downs on runs of 11, 16 and 23 yards. u Wood has registered 17 plays of 15 yards or more, including 13 rushes and four receptions. He has recorded 38 rushes of 10 yards or more, 60 of his 199 carries have resulted in a touchdown or first down and 12 of his 23 rushing attempts on third down plays have resulted in a touchdown or first down. u Wood rushed for 134 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown at Michigan. He eclipsed career-highs in both carries and rushing yards in each of the first two weeks of the season. u Wood surpassed 100 yards in each of Notre Dame's first two games in 2011. He was the first Irish running back to exceed 100 yards on the ground in consecutive weeks since Armando Allen Jr. in 2009 (against both Michigan and Michigan State). Wood was the first Notre Dame running back to eclipse 100 yards rushing in the opening two weeks of a season since Darius Walker in 2005 (who actually had 100 yards on the ground in the first four games of the year). u Wood rushed for 104 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown in the season opener against USF. u Wood surpassed the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career against the Bulls. He became the first Irish running back to eclipse 100 yards since Armando Allen against Connecticut on Nov. 21, 2009.

Nick Tausch Attempts: 8, vs. Washington (Oct. 3, 2009) Yards: 491, vs. Washington (Oct. 3, 2009) Touchbacks: None Average (min. 3): 67.4, at Purdue (Sept. 26, 2009)

MEDIA INFO

David Ruffer Attempts: 8, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Yards: 529, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Touchbacks: 3, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Average (min. 3): 69.8, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010)

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Game Notes Notre Dame Player Single-Game Highs Cierre Wood Attempts: 5, twice (last vs. Stanford, Sept. 25, 2010) Yards: 95, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) TDs: None Long: 38, vs. Purdue (Sept. 4, 2010) DEFENSE Robert Blanton Tackles: 10, twice (last at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011) Solos: 7, three times (last at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011) Assists: 6, vs. Miami, Fla. (Dec. 31, 2010) TFLs: 3.0, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) Sacks: 1.0, twice (last vs. Michigan State, Sept. 17, 2011) INTs: 1, eight times (last vs. Michigan State, Sept. 17, 2011) FF: None FR: None PBUs: 3, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) Carlo Calabrese Tackles: 10, twice (last at Boston College, Oct. 2, 2010) Solos: 8, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Assists: 7, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010) TFLs: 3.5, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Sacks: 1.5, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) INTs: None FF: None FR: None PBUs: 1, three times (last vs. Boston College, Nov. 19, 2011) Austin Collinsworth Tackles: 4, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Solos: 3, twice (last at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011) Assists: 2, twice (last vs. Navy, Oct. 29, 2011) TFLs: None Sacks: None INTs: None FF: 1, vs. Utah (Nov. 13, 2010) FR: None PBUs: None Sean Cwynar Tackles: 6, twice (last vs. Utah, Nov. 13, 2010) Solos: 3, twice (last vs. Boston College, Nov. 19, 2011) Assists: 5, vs. Utah (Nov. 13, 2010) TFLs: 1.0, twice (last vs. Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010) Sacks: None INTs: None FF: 1, vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 9, 2010) FR: None PBUs: None Steve Filer Tackles: 4, twice (last vs. Western Michigan, Oct. 16, 2010) Solos: 2, four times (last at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011) Assists: 4, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) TFLs: 1.0, twice (last vs. Michigan State, Sept. 17, 2011) Sacks: 1.0, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) INTs: None FF: 1, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) FR: None PBUs: None

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u Gray averaged 6.94 yards per rush, which ranks 10th-best in the FBS. Of the nine players ahead of Gray, only four had more carries in 2011. FBS Leaders Rushing Yards/Carry Name, School 1. Ja'Terian Douglas, Tulsa 2. Henry Josey, Missouri 3. Waymon James, TCU 4. Charles Sims, Houston 5. LaMichael James, Oregon 6. Raymond Maples, Army 7. Asher Clark, Air Force 8. Jeremy Smith, Oklahoma State 9. Michael Smith, Utah State 10. Jonas Gray, Notre Dame

Carries 108 145 107 104 222 133 151 90 102 114

Yards 884 1168 824 782 1646 984 1096 645 713 791

Yards/Carry 8.19 8.06 7.70 7.52 7.41 7.40 7.26 7.17 6.99 6.94

u Gray failed to registered a touchdown run over the first 25 games of his career, but ran for at least one touchdown in eight consecutive games (turns out the last eight games of his career). He was the first Irish running back with a touchdown run in eight consecutive games since Autry Denson in 1998. Denson collected a rushing touchdown in the first 10 games of the ‘98 campaign. Gray had a total of 12 touchdown runs over the same span. u Gray registered his first career 100-yard rushing game in the 45-24 rout of Maryland on Nov. 12. He rushed for 136 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns. u Gray registered two or more rushing touchdowns in three different games this season. u Gray is tied for 26th in the FBS in rushing touchdowns. u Gray’s 12 rushing touchdowns this season were the most for an Irish running back since Autry Denson had 15 in 1998 and tied for ninth-most in single-season school history. Rushing Touchdowns - Season 1. Vagas Ferguson Allen Pinkett 3. Bill Downs Allen Pinkett Jerome Bettis 6. Autry Denson 7. Bob Gladieux 8. Reggie Brooks 9. Jonas Gray Al Hunter Autry Denson

17 (1979) 17 (1984) 16 (1905) 16 (1983) 16 (1991) 15 (1998) 14 (1968) 13 (1992) 12 (2011) 12 (1976) 12 (1997)

u Gray registered 12 plays of 15 yards or more, including 11 rushes and one reception. He recorded 26 rushes of 10 yards or more, 45 of his 114 carries resulted in a touchdown or first down and 10 of his 15 rushing attempts on third down plays resulted in a touchdown or first down. u Gray rushed for three touchdowns in the rout of Navy on Oct. 29. He became the first Irish running back with three rushing touchdowns in the same game since Travis Thomas had three against Navy on Nov. 3, 2007. Gray became the first player with three rushing touchdowns in a non-overtime game since Darius Walker had three against Ohio State in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. He was also first Notre Dame running back with three rushing touchdowns in a regular season game since Raeshon Powers-Neal at Pittsburgh on Sept. 3, 2005. Rushing Touchdowns - Game 1. Art Smith 2. Bill Downs 3. Allen Pinkett Allen Pinkett Frank Lonergan Frank Lonergan 7. Jonas Gray Travis Thomas Rashon Powers-Neal Julius Jones Reggie Brooks Reggie Brooks Louis Salmon

7 6 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

vs. Loyola (Chicago), Oct. 28, 1911 vs. DePauw, Nov. 4, 1905 vs. Penn State, Nov. 17, 1984 at Penn State, Nov. 12, 1983 vs. Chi. Phys. and Surg., Oct. 29, 1903 vs. DePauw, Oct. 17, 1903 vs. Navy, Oct. 29, 2011 vs. Navy, Nov. 3, 2007 at Pittsburgh, Sept. 3, 2005 vs. BYU, Nov. 15, 2003 at USC, Nov. 28, 1992 vs. Purdue, Sept. 26, 1992 vs. Lake Forest, Oct. 11, 1902

u Gray registered the first touchdown run of his career against Pittsburgh on Sept. 24. He raced 79 yards with 13:44 to go in the second quarter to give the Irish a 7-3 lead. The 79-yard run was the longest by an Irish player since Terrance Howard went 80 yards for a touchdown at West Virginia on Oct. 21, 2000.

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Game Notes

2011 SEASON REVIEW BOWL HISTORY THIS IS NOTRE DAME

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

Ethan Johnson Tackles: 6, twice (last time vs. USF, Sept. 3, 2011) Solos: 5, at USC (Nov. 29, 2008) Assists: 5, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) TFLs: 2.0, three times (last vs. Purdue, Sept. 4, 2010) Sacks: 2.0, twice (last vs. Purdue, Sept. 4, 2010) INTs: None FF: 1, vs. Washington (Oct. 3, 2009) FR: 1, four times (last vs. Michigan State, Sept. 17, 2011) PBUs: 2, at Michigan State (Sept. 20, 2008) Blocked Kicks: 1, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 19, 2009)

COACHES & STAFF

Completion Percentage - Career (min. 150 attempts) 1. Tommy Rees 64.4 (2010-) 2. Jimmy Clausen 62.6 (2007-09) 3. Kevin McDougal 62.2 (1990-93) 4. Dayne Crist 58.9 (2008-11) 5. Brady Quinn 58.0 (2003-06) 6. Ron Powlus 57.6 (1994-97) 7. Jarious Jackson 57.1 (1996-99) 8. Joe Theismann 57.0 (1968-70) 9. Steve Beuerlein 55.6 (1983-86) 10. Terry Hanratty 55.3 (1966-68)

Bennett Jackson Tackles: 4, vs. Purdue (Sept. 4, 2010) Solos: 3, twice (last at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011) Assists: 2, twice (last at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011) TFLs: None Sacks: None INTs: None FF: None FR: None PBUs: None

THE FIGHTING IRISH

95 (2003-06) 60 (2007-09) 52 (1994-97) 41 (1989-92) 34 (1996-99) 31 (2010-) 31 (1968-70) 28 (1941-43) 27 (1983-86) 27 (1966-68)

Gary Gray Tackles: 12, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Solos: 8, vs. Purdue (Sept. 4, 2010) Assists: 5, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) TFLs: 1.0, five times (last vs. Army, Nov. 20, 2010) Sacks: None INTs: 1, seven times (last at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011) FF: 1, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) FR: 1, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) PBUs: 2, twice (last vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011)

GAME NOTES

u Rees has recorded at least one touchdown pass in 12 of his 15 starts. u Rees has thrown for at least two touchdown passes in six different games in 2011 and 10 times over his career. u Rees has thrown at least three touchdown passes three times in 2011 and five times in his career. u Rees has tossed 19 touchdown passes this season and 31 for his career. The 19 touchdown passes moves him into a tie with Ron Powlus (1994) for fifth in single-season Irish history. The 31 touchdown passes moves him into a tie with Joe Theismann (1968-70) for sixth in Notre Dame career history. u Rees completed a season-best 30 passes against Maryland on Nov. 12. The 30 completions rank as the ninth-most in single-game Irish history. u Rees not only ranks as the most accurate quarterback in school history based on career completion percentage (64.4%), but his 65.9% completion percentage in 2011 ranks second best. u Rees equaled the single-game school record for consecutive completions in the victory over Maryland on Nov. 12. He completed 14 straight passes over the second and third quarter. Rees actually completed 18 of his final 19 pass attempts.

Completion Percentage - Season (min. 100 attempts) 1. Jimmy Clausen 68.0 (2009) 2. Tommy Rees 65.9 (2011) 3. Brady Quinn 64.9 (2005) 4. Brady Quinn 61.9 (2006) 5. Kevin McDougal 61.6 (1993) 6. Ron Powlus 61.1 (1997) 7. Tommy Rees 61.0 (2010) 8. Jimmy Clausen 60.9 (2008) 9. Steve Beuerlein 60.3 (1984) 10. Dayne Crist 59.2 (2010)

Darius Fleming Tackles: 8, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) Solos: 5, twice (last at Stanford, Nov. 26, 2011) Assists: 5, twice (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) TFLs: 3.0, twice (last at Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 2011) Sacks: 2.0, three times (last at Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 2011) INTs: 1, twice (last at Stanford, Nov. 26, 2011) FF: 1, at Michigan (Sept. 12, 2009) FR: None PBUs: 2, twice (last at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011) Dan Fox Tackles: 7, vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) Solos: 4, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Assists: 6, vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) TFLs: 2.0, vs. Michigan (Sept. 10, 2010) Sacks: 1.0, vs. Michigan (Sept. 10, 2010) INTs: None FF: 1, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) FR: None PBUs: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011)

Notre Dame's All-Time Winningest Quarterbacks Name W L T Pct. 1. John Lujack 20 1 1 .932 2. Tony Rice 28 3 0 .903 3. Ralph Guglielmi 26 3 2 .871 4. Tom Clements 29 5 0 .853 5. Joe Theismann 20 3 2 .840 6. Terry Hanratty 22 4 1 .833 Angelo Bertelli 15 2 3 .825 7. Joe Montana 19 5 0 .7917 8. Rick Mirer 28 7 1 .7917 Tommy Rees 12 3 0 .800 -- Clements, Ron Powlus and Brady Quinn share the school record for total victories (29)

Touchdown Passes - Season Touchdown Passes - Career 1. Brady Quinn 37 (2006) 1. Brady Quinn 2. Brady Quinn 32 (2005) 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Jimmy Clausen 28 (2009) 3. Ron Powlus 25 (2008) 4. Rick Mirer 4. Jimmy Clausen 5. Tommy Rees 19 (2011) 5. Jarious Jackson Ron Powlus 19 (1994) 6. Tommy Rees 7. Rick Mirer 18 (1991) Joe Theismann 17 (2004) 8. Angelo Bertelli 8. Brady Quinn Jarious Jackson 17 (1999) 9. Steve Beuerlein 10. Joe Theismann 16 (1970) Terry Hanratty John Huarte 16 (1964) Bob Williams 16 (1949)

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MEDIA INFO

REES PIECES TOGETHER IRISH OFFENSE u Sophomore QB Tommy Rees is 12-3 as the Irish starting quarterback. He has captained the Irish to victories over both Michigan State and USC. Toss in a bowl victory as well and he is the first Notre Dame quarterback to accomplish those three feats since Rick Mirer in 1992. Mirer led Notre Dame to victories over the Spartans (52-31), Trojans (31-23) and Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl (28-3). u Rees has passed for 2,708 yards in 2011. He became the third Notre Dame quarterback to eclipse 2,000 yards passing during the regular season of his sophomore campaign, joining Brady Quinn in 2004 (2,586) and Jimmy Clausen in 2008 (3,172). u Rees has guided the Irish to victories at Notre Dame Stadium against 15th-ranked Utah (2010), at Notre Dame Stadium against 15thranked Michigan State (2011), at Yankee Stadium against Army (2010), at the LA Coliseum against arch-rival USC (2010; snapped Trojans eight-game winning streak in series), back-to-back road games at Pittsburgh and Purdue (2011), routs of Air Force, Navy and Maryland (2011) and narrow wins over Wake Forest (2011) and Boston College (2011). Rees was also the starting signal caller in Notre Dame's rout of Miami, Fla. in the 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl. u Rees owns a .800 winning percentage over his 15 career starts (12-3). Here is an interesting look at where Rees currently compares to the best Irish signal callers in school history (minimum 20 starts).

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Game Notes Notre Dame Player Single-Game Highs Kapron Lewis-Moore Tackles: 10, vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) Solos: 4, six times (last at Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 2011) Assists: 8, vs. Utah (Nov. 13, 2010) TFLs: 2.0, vs. Washington (Oct. 3, 2009) Sacks: 1.0, five times (last vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011) INTs: None FF: 1, three times (last vs. Michigan, Sept. 10, 2011) FR: 1, twice (last vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 9, 2010) PBUs: 1, twice (last at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011) Aaron Lynch Tackles: 6, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Solos: 5, twice (last at Stanford, Nov. 26, 2011) Assists: 3, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) TFLs: 1.0, five times (last at Stanford, Nov. 26, 2011) Sacks: 1.0, four times (last at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011) INTs: None FF: 1, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) FR: None PBUs: 1, twice (last vs. Boston College, Nov. 19, 2011) Kendall Moore Tackles: 4, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Solos: 4, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Assists: 1, twice (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011) TFLs: 1.0, twice (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) Sacks: None INTs: None FF: None FR: None PBUs: None Zeke Motta Tackles: 11, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) Solos: 5, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) Assists: 6, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) TFLs: 1.0, vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 9, 2010) Sacks: 0.5, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) INTs: 1, twice (last at Michigan, Sept. 10, 2011) FF: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) FR: 1, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) PBUs: 1, three times (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) Troy Niklas Tackles: 4, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) Solos: 2, twice (last time vs. Navy, Oct. 29, 2011) Assists: 4, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) TFLs: 0.5, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011 Sacks: None INTs: None FF: None FR: 1, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) PBUs: None

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Passing Yards - Season 1. Brady Quinn 3919 (2005) 2. Jimmy Clausen 3722 (2009) 3. Brady Quinn 3426 (2006) 4. Jimmy Clausen 3172 (2008) 5. Jarious Jackson 2753 (1999) 6. Tommy Rees 2708 (2011) 7. Brady Quinn 2586 (2004) 8. Joe Theismann 2529 (1970) 9. Steve Beuerlein 2211 (1986) 10. Rick Mirer 2117 (1991)

Yards per Game - Season 1. Brady Quinn 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Brady Quinn 4. Jimmy Clausen 5. Joe Theismann 6. Jarious Jackson 7. Dayne Crist 8. Tommy Rees 9. Brady Quinn 10. Terry Hanratty

326.6 (2005) 310.2 (2009) 263.5 (2006) 244.0 (2008) 242.9 (1970) 229.4 (1999) 225.9 (2010) 225.7 (2011) 215.5 (2004) 209.4 (1968)

Efficiency Rating - Career (min. 150 attempts) Consecutive Completions - Game 1. Kevin McDougal 156.7 (1990-93) 1. Tommy Rees 14 vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011 2. Jarious Jackson 145.7 (1996-99) Brady Quinn 14 vs. Ohio State, Jan. 2, 2006* 3. John Huarte 144.7 (1962-64) Ron Powlus 14 vs. Michigan State, Sept. 20, 1997 4. Rick Mirer 139.0 (1989-92) 4. Dayne Crist 12 vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 9, 2010 5. Jimmy Clausen 137.2 (2007-09) Jarious Jackson 12 vs. Navy, Nov. 14, 1998 6. Joe Theismann 136.1 (1968-70) Brady Quinn 12 vs. BYU, Oct. 22, 2005 7. Ron Powlus 135.6 (1994-97) 7. Jimmy Clausen 11 vs. Washington State, Oct. 31, 2009 8. Brady Quinn 134.4 (2003-06) Brady Quinn 11 at Pittsburgh, Sept. 3, 2005 9. Tommy Rees 134.2 (2010-) Brady Quinn 11 at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2005 10. Dayne Crist 127.0 (2008-11) * Fiesta Bowl u Here is a comparison between Rees and the more notable quarterbacks in Notre Dame history over their first 15 career starts. Completion Percentage Passing Yards Passing Touchdowns Interceptions Passing Efficiency W-L Record

Tommy Rees Jimmy Clausen Brady Quinn Ron Powlus Joe Montana Joe Theismann 64.3 (290 of 451) 58.7 (269 of 458) 49.8 (248 of 498) 55.8 (187 of 335) 48.4 (139 of 287) 54.6 (148 of 271) 3,105 2,851 3,221 2,661 2,045 2,258 25 21 17 26 12 16 14 14 19 13 17 22 134.22 120.04 107.76 140.40 110.24 127.85 12-3 7-8 8-7 8-6-1 12-3 11-2-2

u Rees tied and later bested his career-long pass completion in the rout of Navy on Oct. 29. He hooked up with junior WR Theo Riddick for 37 yards in the first quarter and spotted senior WR Michael Floyd for a 56-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. u The 56-yard completion to Floyd was a season-long for the Irish. u Rees was the fourth Irish quarterback in school history with multiple games of at least four touchdown passes. Rees joined Brady Quinn (seven), Jimmy Clausen (three) and Ron Powlus (three). u Rees was the first Notre Dame quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in a single half since Brady Quinn against Washington on Sept. 25, 2004 (also in first half). u Rees and Quinn are the only two Notre Dame signal callers to throw four touchdown passes in a single half. u Rees was the fourth Irish sophomore quarterback to throw for 300 yards in a game. He joins the likes of Terry Hanratty (1966), Brady Quinn (2004) and Jimmy Clausen (2008). Games with 300 Yards - Season Games with 300 Yards - Career 1. Jimmy Clausen 7 (2009) 1. Brady Quinn 2. Brady Quinn 5 (2005) 2. Jimmy Clausen 4 (2006) 3. Tommy Rees 3. Brady Quinn Jimmy Clausen 3 (2008) Dayne Crist 5. Dayne Crist 2 (2009) Jarious Jackson 6. Jarious Jackson 2 (1999) Terry Hanratty 7. 13 with 1 7. George Izo (MR: Tommy Rees, 2011) Joe Montana Joe Theismann John Huarte Rick Mirer Rusty Lisch Steve Beuerlein

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11 (2003-06) 10 (2007-09) 2 (2010-) 2 (2009-) 2 (1996-99) 2 (1966-68) 1 (1957-59) 1 (1975, 77-78) 1 (1968-70) 1 (1962-64) 1 (1989-92) 1 (1976, 77, 79) 1 (1983-86)


Game Notes u Rees threw his first interception in 135 pass attempts against USC on Oct. 22 (third longest single-season streak in school history). The 135 attempts without a pick ranks the fifth-longest streak overall when including streaks that spanned consecutive seasons.

Name Brady Quinn Jimmy Clausen Tommy Rees John Huarte Dayne Crist Rick Mirer

Consecutive Games with TD Pass 16 13 11 10 9 9

Year(s) (2004-05) (2008-09) (2010-2011) (1964) (2009-10) (1991)

THIS IS NOTRE DAME

Danny Spond Tackles: 6, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Solos: 5, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Assists: 2, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) TFLs: 0.5, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Sacks: None INTs: None FF: None FR: None PBUs: None

BOWL HISTORY

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

Harrison Smith Tackles: 14, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Solos: 8, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) Assists: 7, four times (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011) TFLs: 2.0, twice (last vs. Navy, Nov. 7, 2009) Sacks: 2.0, at Washington (Oct. 25, 2008) INTs: 3, vs. Miami (Fla.) (Dec. 31, 2010) Long INT Return: 23, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) INT Return Yards: 23, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) PBUs: 5, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) FF: 1, twice (last at Stanford, Nov. 26, 2011) FR: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011)

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u Rees, who was mere seconds from becoming the third Irish quarterback in school history to record road victories over both USC and Michigan in a career, completed 27-of-39 for 315 yards and three touchdowns against Michigan. He exceeded 300 yards passing for the second time in his career. u Rees was the ninth freshman quarterback to start for the Irish in the last 60 seasons (1951-present). The group includes Ralph Guglielmi (1951), Blair Kiel (1980), Steve Beuerlein (1983), Kent Graham (1987), Paul Failla (1991), Matt LoVecchio (2000), Brady Quinn (2003), Jimmy Clausen (2007) and Rees (2010). u Rees, who started in the 28-3 victory over No. 15 Utah last year, was the first Irish freshman quarterback to knock off a top 20 opponent since Blair Kiel helped Notre Dame get past No. 13 Miami, Fla., 32-14. Rees threw for the most touchdown passes (three) by a freshman in his first career start in school history. Rees also threw for the fourth-most yards ever by an Irish quarterback in his first start (second-most ever by a Notre Dame rookie quarterback in a victory). u Rees became the first freshman quarterback in Notre Dame history to ever lead the Irish to a victory in a bowl game. He also was the firstever, first-year starter (regardless of class) to lead Notre Dame to a bowl game victory. u Prior to Rees, freshmen or sophomore quarterbacks who are first-year starters at Notre Dame had a tough history in bowl games. From 1972 through 2004, they were 0-6 while averaging only 13 points per game. u They include 1972 sophomore Tom Clements (40-6 to Nebraska), 1980 freshman Blair Kiel (17-10 to Georgia), 1990 sophomore Rick Mirer (10-9 to Colorado), 1994 sophomore Ron Powlus (41-24 to Colorado), 2000 freshman Matt LoVecchio (41-9 to Oregon State) and 2004 sophomore Brady Quinn (38-21 to Oregon State). However, all but Quinn played a top-5 team. u Jimmy Clausen was a sophomore QB in 2008 when the Irish crushed Hawaii 49-21 in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, but it was Clausen’s second season as a starter, not first. u Rees set a single-season freshman school record with 12 touchdown passes in 2010. He also established a single-season freshman record in completions percentage (.610). Rees ranked among the top-five in the following categories for Irish freshman quarterbacks: passing yards (2nd; 1,106), passing efficiency (2nd; 132.70) and completions (3rd; 100). u Rees was the first Irish rookie quarterback to ever throw four touchdown passes in a single game. The four touchdown passes against Tulsa is tied with numerous others for the sixth-most in single-game school history. Rees completed 33 of 54 passes for 334 yards – the most ever by a quarterback that did not start the game. His 300-yard game was the 35th in school history and second-ever by a Notre Dame freshman. Brady Quinn is the only other freshman signal caller to throw for at least 300 yards in a single game (350, Oct. 25, 2003 at Boston College). u Rees hooked up with junior TE Tyler Eifert on a six-yard touchdown pass with 6:48 remaining against Pittsburgh to give the Irish a 13-12 lead. Rees then spotted Eifert again on the ensuing two-point conversion play to push the Notre Dame lead to 15-12.

COACHES & STAFF

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Jamoris Slaughter Tackles: 8, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Solos: 4, twice (last at Stanford, Nov. 26, 2011) Assists: 5, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) TFLs: 1.0, twice (last vs. Boston College, Nov. 19, 2011) Sacks: None INTs: 1, twice (last vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011) Long INT Return: 26, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) INT Return Yards: 26, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) FF: 1, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) FR: None PBUs: 1, five times (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011)

THE FIGHTING IRISH

u Rees' streak of 11 consecutive games with a touchdown pass was snapped against USC on Oct. 22, which ranked as the third-longest streak in school history. Brady Quinn holds the school record with a touchdown pass in 16 straight games (2004-05). u Rees' 11 straight games with a touchdown pass ranked as the fifth-longest among FBS signal callers when it was snapped.

Prince Shembo Tackles: 6, at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24, 2011) Solos: 5, at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24, 2011) Assists: 4, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) TFLs: 2.0, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Sacks: 2.0, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) INTs: None FF: 1, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) FR: None PBUs: None

GAME NOTES

Consecutive Passes Without INT - Career Name Att. Games 1. Brady Quinn 226 Michigan State 2006 - Army 2006 2. Jimmy Clausen 160 Washington 2009 - Navy 2009 3. Jimmy Clausen 147 USC 2008 - Purdue 2009 4. Brady Quinn 143 Stanford 2005 - Michigan 2006 5. Tommy Rees 135 Pittsburgh 2011 - USC 2011 6. Jimmy Clausen 132 Michigan State 2008 - North Carolina 2008 7. Dayne Crist 130 USC 2005 - Navy 2005 8. Carlyle Holiday 126 Pittsburgh 2002 - Rutgers 2002

Louis Nix III Tackles: 6, three times (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) Solos: 4, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Assists: 5, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) TFLs: 1.5, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Sacks: 0.5, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) INTs: None FF: None FR: None PBUs: 1, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011)

MEDIA INFO

Consecutive Passes Without INT - Single Season Name Att. Games 1. Brady Quinn 226 Michigan State 2006 - Army 2006 2. Jimmy Clausen 160 Washington 2009 - Navy 2009 3. Tommy Rees 135 Pittsburgh 2011 - USC 2011 4. John Huarte 132 Michigan State 2008 - North Carolina 2008 5. Dayne Crist 130 USC 2005 - Navy 2005 6. Carlyle Holiday 126 Pittsburgh 2002 - Rutgers 2002

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Game Notes Notre Dame Player Single-Game Highs Manti Te’o Tackles: 21, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) Solos: 8, three times (last at Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 2011) Assists: 13, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) TFLs: 3.0, at Purdue (Oct. 1, 2011) Sacks: 2.0, at Purdue (Oct. 1, 2011) INTs: None FF: 1, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010) FR: None PBUs: 1, six times (last vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011) Stephon Tuitt Tackles: 7, twice (last vs. Navy, Oct. 29, 2011) Solos: 3, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) Assists: 6, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) TFLs: 2.0, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) Sacks: 1.0, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) INTs: None FF: None FR: None PBUs: 1, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Hafis Williams Tackles: 2, four times (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) Solos: 2, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Assists: 1, four times (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) TFLs: None Sacks: None INTs: None FF: None FR: None PBUs: 1, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) Lo Wood Tackles: 2, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Solos: 1, six times (last vs. Boston College, Nov. 19, 2011) Assists: 1, three times (last vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011) TFLs: 0.5, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Sacks: None INTs: 1, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) FF: None FR: None PBUs: None

u Prior the 11-play, 85-yard go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth quarter, Rees was just 15-of-32 for 135 yards, but the sophomore signal caller went 8-of-8 for 74 yards on the drive. In fact, Rees completed his final nine passes of the contest. u Rees connected with Eifert four different times on the drive, including the touchdown pass and two-point conversion. u Rees came off the bench and sparked the Irish in the second half against USF. He completed 24-of-34 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns – all after halftime. u The 296 yards passing in a half ranks as the fourth-most in a half by a Notre Dame signal caller in school history. Passing Yards (Half) 1. Joe Theismann 2. Jimmy Clausen 3. Jimmy Clausen 4. Tommy Rees Joe Montana

377 (2nd) 342 (2nd) 300 (1st) 296 (2nd) 296 (2nd)

at USC, Nov. 28, 1970 vs. Navy, Nov. 7, 2009 at Hawai'i, Dec. 24, 2009 vs. USF, Sept. 3, 2011 at USC, Nov. 25, 1978

THE ANDREW HENDRIX EXPERIENCE u Sophomore QB Andrew Hendrix saw playing time for the first time in his Notre Dame career against Air Force on Oct. 8, but saw his most significant playing time on Nov. 26 at No. 4 Stanford. Hendrix played the entire second half against the Cardinal. u Hendrix set career-bests in attempts (11), completions (24), passing yards (192), touchdown passes (one) and touchdown runs (one). He also completed the longest pass of his career – a 45-yard completion to junior WR Theo Riddick. u Hendrix tossed his first career touchdown pass against Stanford, a six-yard strike to senior WR Michael Floyd, with 6:21 left in the third quarter to cut the Irish deficit to 14 points (21-7). u Hendrix accounted for 57 of the 77 yards on the drive. He went 3-for-4 for 44 yards and rushed for 13 yards. u Hendrix added his first career touchdown run late in the fourth quarter against the Cardinal to bring Notre Dame within 14 points (28-14). u Hendrix completed all four of his pass attempts for 33 yards and added a game-high 111 yards rushing in the rout of Air Force. He was the first Irish quarterback to run for 100 yards since Carlyle Holiday on Oct. 27, 2001, at Boston College. u Hendrix’ 78-yard run in the fourth quarter was the second-longest in school history by a Notre Dame quarterback. Bill Eder had a 79-yard touchdown run against Navy on Nov. 1, 1969. u Hendrix finished with 111 yards rushing on six carries. It was the most rushing yards by an Irish quarterback since Holiday had 130 yards on Oct. 13, 2001, against West Virginia. Rushing Yards - Game (Quarterback) Name Carries Avg. 1. Bill Etter 11 13.3 2. Tony Rice 26 5.4 3. Carlyle Holiday 30 4.3 4. Carlyle Holiday 19 6.4 5. Andrew Hendrix 6 18.5 6. Carlyle Holiday 22 5.0 7. Arnaz Battle 14 7.6 Jarious Jackson 15 7.1 Tony Rice 14 7.6 10. Paul Hornung 11 9.2

Yards (Opponent, Date) 146 (vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 1969) 141 (at Penn State, Nov. 18, 1989) 130 (vs. West Virginia, Oct. 13, 2001) 122 (vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 6, 2001) 111 (vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011) 109 (at Boston College, Oct. 27, 2001) 107 (vs. Nebraska, Sept. 9, 2000) 107 (vs. Oklahoma, Oct. 2, 1999) 107 (vs. Stanford, Oct. 1, 1988) 101 (vs. SMU, Sept. 22, 1956)

u Hendrix has rushed for 136 yards in four games this season. The 136 yards rushing is the most by an Irish quarterback since Carlyle Holiday finished the 2002 campaign with 200 yards on the ground. DEFENSE IS ABOUT POINTS, NOT YARDS u For the first time in 10 years, Notre Dame’s defense has allowed fewer than 21 points per game in consecutive seasons. u Notre Dame is one of 15 FBS teams that has allowed less than 21.0 points/game over each of the last two seasons. u Notre Dame's has allowed an average of 20.58 points/game over the last two seasons combined, which ranks as the 22nd-best average over 2010-11 of any team in the FBS. Team 1. Alabama 2. LSU 3. Boise State 4. Temple 5. TCU 6. Florida State 7. Ohio State 8. UCF 9. Wisconsin 10. Stanford 22. Notre Dame

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2011 Scoring Defense 8.83 10.54 18.25 13.83 21.25 15.17 20.75 18.33 17.00 20.33 20.92

2010 Scoring Defense 13.54 18.23 12.77 19.08 12.00 19.64 14.31 17.14 20.54 17.38 20.23

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2010-2011 Average 11.19 14.39 15.51 16.46 16.63 17.41 17.53 17.74 18.77 18.86 20.58


Game Notes

7 - Heisman Trophy Winners: Angelo Bertelli (1943), Johnny Lujack (1947), Leon Hart (1949), John Lattner (1953), Paul Hornung (1956), John Huarte (1964) and Tim Brown (1987). 10 - Alumni in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 11 - National Championships - since the AP poll began in 1936 (1943-46-47-49-66-73-77-88), the most AP titles of any other school. The Irish also earned consensus national titles in 1924, 1929 and 1930 prior to the AP rankings. 12 - Unbeaten and untied seasons. 21 - Seasons in which the team has been voted the national champion by at least one selector.

2009 Statistic National Rank

2011 Statistic National Rank

397.75 86th 6.19 102nd 771 112th

349.25 33rd 4.9 31st 846 47th

32 - Unanimous first-team All-Americans -- more than any other school.

25.92 63rd 13.30 35th 0.393 68th 1.9 81st 5.0 45th 6.0 71st

20.9 30th 16.7 18th 0.297 24th 1.6 26th 4.4 34th 0.5 1st

43 - College Football Hall of Fame Players.

31 - Bowl games in which the Irish have taken part.

36 - Irish players that captured Super Bowl titles.

61 - Notre Dame players selected in the first round of the NFL draft. 96 - Consensus All-Americans -- more than any other school. 99 - Percent graduation rate among football players who enter on scholarship and remain at least four years.

Rushing Defense Yards/Game Yards/Rush Rushing Touchdowns Allowed

170.25 89th 4.85 101st 18 57th

147.08 58th 3.9 48th 8 5th (5 with ND up 14+ pts in 4th quarter)

Passing Defense Yards/Game Passing Efficiency Third Down Conversion Third Down Conversion Allowed/Game

227.50 76th 134.76 82nd 39.49 67th 5.0 21st

202.17 36th 127.31 55th 35.29 26th 5.2 46th

123 - Years of college football (including 2011).

Explosive Plays Allowed Plays Over 20 Yards Plays Over 30 Yards

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32 10

234 - Consecutive games televised nationally or regionally.

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185 - Selections on All-America first teams. 225 - Consecutive sellouts at Notre Dame Stadium.

353 - Appearances by the Irish on network television -- more than any other school and more than the next two combined. 467 - Irish players drafted in the National Football League. 853 - All-time victories, third all-time in college football.

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IRISH PRETTY TOUGH ON THIRD DOWN u Notre Dame ranks 25th in the FBS in third-down defense. Irish opponents have managed to convert just 35.29% (60 of 170) on third down. Notre Dame’s third-down defense in the first two quarters of its 12 games has been even better. Irish foes have converted just 10 third downs in 36 attempts (27.8%) in the opening quarter and only 30 in 86 attempts (34.9%) in the first half. Here is a breakdown of Notre Dame’s third-down defense.

104 - Out of 123 years in which Notre Dame has finished with a winning record.

BOWL HISTORY

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2011 SEASON REVIEW

Scoring Defense Points/Game Yards/Point Points/Plays Defended Punts/Offensive Score 1st Quarter Points Allowed/Game 3rd Quarter Points Allowed/Game

6 - College Football Hall of Fame Coaches - Jesse Harper, Lou Holtz, Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian and Dan Devine.

COACHES & STAFF

Category Total Defense Yards/Game Yards/Play Plays Defended

1 - Notre Dame is the only team, college or professional, to have all of its games broadcast nationally on the radio and is the only team to have all of its home games televised nationally (NBC).

THE FIGHTING IRISH

u Here is a breakdown of the Irish defensive improvement compared to the year prior to the arrival of head coach Brian Kelly.

.732 - Notre Dame's winning percentage, the second-highest in college football history.

GAME NOTES

Last 16 Games Category Previous 16 Games 2,132 Net Rushing Yards 2,826 133.25 Rushing Yards/Game 176.63 3.71 Yards/Rush 4.62 9 Rushing Touchdowns 27 42 Longest Run 87 0 50+ Runs 5 5,291 Total Offense 6,295 330.69 Total Offense/Game 393.44 4.90 Total Offense/Play 5.79

Notre Dame Football By The Numbers

MEDIA INFO

IRISH DEFENSE MARKED IMPROVEMENT u From the first game of the 2009 season through the eighth game of the 2010 season, the Irish allowed 11 of 20 opponents (55 percent) to gain at least 400 yards total offense. From the first game of the 2009 season through the eighth game of last season, the Irish allowed 12 of 20 opponents (60.0 percent) to rush for at least 150 yards. u The improvement is striking in the last 16 games. The Irish have allowed only five of their last 16 opponents (31.3 percent) to gain as much as 400 yards total offense. During the last 16 games, only four have rushed for more than 150 yards in a game (25.0 percent). u In the last 16 games, the Irish have allowed 133.25 yards rushing per game and 330.69 yards total offense. In the 16 games prior, Notre Dame surrendered 176.63 yards rushing per game and 393.44 yards total offense. That's a 43.38-yard drop in rushing yards allowed per game and a 62.75-yard fall in total offense per game. u Notre Dame has kept nine of its last 16 opponents under 300 yards of total offense while only two of the previous 16 were limited to less than 300 yards. u The most impressive statistic is in the third quarter where the Irish defense has allowed just two touchdowns in the last 17 third quarters combined. Including all scores by the opposition, the Irish have surrendered just 30 points in the last 17 third quarters combined. That's an average of 1.76 points per third quarter. u Here is a breakdown of the Irish defensive improvement over their last 16 games compared to the previous 16 games.

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Notre Dame's Third-Down Defense Overall vs. USF 2-14 (14.3) at Michigan 3-9 (33.3) vs. MSU 5-17 (29.4) at Pittsburgh 7-17 (41.2) at Purdue 5-14 (35.7) vs. Air Force 6-17 (35.3) vs. USC 7-15 (46.7) vs. Navy 8-17 (47.1) at Wake Forest 3-10 (30.0) vs. Maryland 3-12 (25.0) vs. Boston College 3-13 (23.1) at Stanford 8-15 (53.3) Totals 60-170 (35.3)

1st Quarter 0-2 (0.0) 0-2 (0.0) 1-4 (25.0) 0-2 (0.0) 1-2 (50.0) 1-3 (33.3) 2-3 (66.7) 3-5 (60.0) 0-2 (0.0) 0-4 (0.0) 0-3 (0.0) 2-4 (50.0) 10-36 (27.8)

FBS Third-Down Defense Leaders Team Attempts 1. Alabama 172 2. Florida 166 3. Georgia 177 4. Oklahoma 180 5. Boise State 165 6. Stanford 152 7. Eastern Michigan 159 8. UCF 168 9. Pittsburgh 178 179 10. Virginia Tech 25. Notre Dame 170

Conversions Pct. 43 25.00 46 27.71 51 28.81 54 30.00 50 30.30 47 30.92 50 31.45 53 31.55 57 32.02 58 32.40 60 35.29

2nd Quarter 0-5 (0.0) 0-3 (0.0) 1-3 (33.3) 2-5 (40.0) 3-7 (42.9) 3-6 (50.0) 0-4 (0.0) 3-6 (50.0) 2-3 (66.7) 1-2 (50.0) 2-3 (66.7) 3-3 (100.0) 20-50 (40.0)

3rd Quarter 1-4 (25.0) 1-2 (50.0) 1-4 (25.0) 2-5 (40.0) 1-3 (33.3) 2-7 (28.6) 1-2 (50.0) 2-4 (50.0) 0-2 (0.0) 0-1 (0.0) 1-5 (20.0) 1-3 (33.3) 13-42 (31.0)

u The Irish limited Boston College to 3 of 13 (23.1) on third down in the game and 1 of 7 (14.3%) in the second half. u Notre Dame limited Maryland to 3 of 12 (25.0%) on third down in the 45-24 rout on Nov. 12. u The Terps were forced to punt on each of their first five possessions and they were only 1-of-7 through three quarters in third-down situations while falling behind 38-7. u Navy faced third down on 17 occasions against the Notre Dame defense and the Mids had to get less than five yards for a first down only once in 17 attempts. The average distance to go for a first down was seven yards for Navy. IRISH DEFENSE LEADS THE WAY u Notre Dame’s defense has allowed two offensive touchdown or less in 11 of its last 16 games. u Notre Dame has given up exactly nine rushing touchdowns over its last 17 games (dating back to the Tulsa game in 2010). Even more amazing, only three of those rushing touchdowns have come from an opposing running back (Jonathan Lee’s eight-yard TD run for Air Force with the Irish leading 59-27 with 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter on Oct. 8, Josh Harris’ two-yard run for Wake Forest in the second quarter on Nov. 5 and D.J. Adams’ two-yard touchdown on Nov. 12 with the Irish leading Maryland, 45-14, with 37 seconds left). u USC’s Mitch Mustain (2010) and Michigan’s Denard Robinson each snuck in from one-yard out (Robinson’s following a Wolverine fumble). Tim Jefferson of Air Force had a three-yard scoring run on Oct. 8 and Jarvi Cummings of Navy had a 12-yard touchdown run with the Irish leading 49-7 in the fourth quarter. Maryland’s signal caller C.J. Brown had a 24-yard touchdown run on Nov. 12 and Boston College quarterback Josh Bordner had a two-yard touchdown run on Nov. 19. Even crazier, eight of the last 10 rushing touchdowns against the Irish have come from quarterbacks (when you include Ricky Dobbs’ two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter of the game against Notre Dame on Oct. 23, 2010). u Over the last 21 games, only four running backs have recorded a rushing touchdown against Notre Dame (Gee Gee Greene, Navy, 2010; Jon Lee, Air Force, 2011; Josh Harris, Wake Forest, 2011; D.J. Adams, Maryland, 2011). u Notre Dame has surrendered 14 points or less in five games this season – Michigan State (13), Pittsburgh (12), Purdue (10), Navy (14) and Boston College (14). The Irish have not limited that many opponents to 14 points or less in the same season since 2002 when Notre Dame surrendered 14 points or less in six games. u Notre Dame surrendered 13 points or less in three consecutive games – Michigan State (13), Pittsburgh (12) and Purdue (10). The Irish had not done that since 1989 when Notre Dame was the top-ranked team in college football. Notre Dame limited Pittsburgh (seven), Navy (zero) and SMU (six) all under 13 points. u Notre Dame’s defense has allowed only eight rushing touchdowns this year. Only four teams in the FBS have allowed fewer rushing touchdowns than the Irish. FBS Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Leaders Rank School Rushing TDs Allowed 1. Alabama 3 2. LSU 6 Utah 6 TCU 6 t-5. Notre Dame 8

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4th Quarter 1-3 (33.3) 2-2 (100.0) 2-6 (33.3) 3-5 (60.0) 0-2 (0.0) 0-1 (0.0) 4-6 (66.7) 0-2 (0.0) 1-3 (33.3) 2-5 (40.0) 0-2 (0.0) 2-5 (40.0) 17-42 (40.5)

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Vs. Notre Dame 114.0 4.4

Vs. Everyone Else 246.7 5.4

MICHIGAN STATE Rushing Yards/Game Average Per Rush

Vs. Notre Dame 29.0 1.3

Vs. Everyone Else 152.4 4.2

PITTSBURGH Rushing Yards/Game Average Per Rush

Vs. Notre Dame 103.0 2.7

Vs. Everyone Else 155.5 3.8

PURDUE Rushing Yards/Game Average Per Rush

Vs. Notre Dame 84.0 3.1

Vs. Everyone Else 182.9 4.5

NAVY Rushing Yards/Game Average Per Rush

Vs. Notre Dame 196.0 3.9

Vs. Everyone Else 325.5 5.6

MARYLAND Rushing Yards/Game Average Per Rush

Vs. Notre Dame 145.0 4.1

Vs. Everyone Else 189.2 5.4

BOSTON COLLEGE Rushing Yards/Game Average Per Rush

Vs. Notre Dame 80.0 3.2

Vs. Everyone Else 135.5 3.6

STANFORD Rushing Yards/Game Average Per Rush

Vs. Notre Dame 196.0 4.7

Vs. Everyone Else 218.6 5.6

u The 229 yards of total offense was Navy’s lowest yardage figure since putting up just 193 yards of total offense against Georgia Southern on Sept. 9, 2011. u The 33 yards passing were the fewest by Navy since Nov. 13, 2010 against Central Michigan when the Midshipmen completed just two of their five passes for 33 yards. u Navy punted a season-high tying five times. u The 42-point win marks Notre Dame's largest margin of victory over Navy since winning 56-13 on Oct. 31, 1987. u The 56 points by the Irish were the most in the series since posting a 58-21 victory on Oct. 29, 1994. u The 14 points by the Midshipmen marked their lowest scoring output since last year’s 35-14 Poinsettia Bowl loss to San Diego State. u It’s also the fewest points Navy has scored in the series since the Irish handed Navy a 38-14 loss in Baltimore on Oct. 28, 2006. DEFENSE STYMIES MICHIGAN STATE RUNNING GAME u Michigan State managed just one rushing first down the entire game – and it came with two minutes remaining in the opening half. The Spartans have been held to one rushing first down or less just eight times in school history and three times have come against the Irish (1976, 1981 and 2011). Michigan State has been held to fewer first down rushes, zero, just once in school history and it came against Purdue in 1979. Fewest Rushing First Downs In Michigan State Single-Game History 1. 0 vs. Purdue, 1979 2. 1 vs. Notre Dame, 2011 1 vs. Iowa, 2010 1 vs. Iowa, 1995 1 vs. Notre Dame, 1981 1 vs. Notre Dame, 1976 1 vs. Mississippi State, 1947 1 vs. Auburn, 1938 u Bob Diaco – Notre Dame's defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach and two-time all-Big Ten selection at Iowa – played a key role as the starting middle linebacker in the Hawkeyes' dominant effort of the Spartans in 1995 (another game in which Michigan State was held to one rushing first down). u Notre Dame limited Michigan State to 29 yards rushing on 23 carries. It is the fewest rushing yards by the Spartans in the series with Notre Dame since Sept. 19, 1987. Michigan State managed just 21 yards in a 31-8 defeat. u Michigan State entered the game averaging 175.0 yards per game on the ground. u It was the fewest rushing yards allowed by the Irish since limiting Boston College to five yards on the ground on Oct. 2, 2010.

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THIS IS NOTRE DAME

2011 Category 2010 196 Rushing Yards 367 50 Carries 60 3.9 Yards per Rush 6.1 7 10+ yard runs 10 24 Two yards or less runs 15 6.0-11 Tackles for Loss 2.0-4 8-17 3rd Down 10-13 11 Rushing First Downs 18 5 Drives of 20+ yards 8 7 Drives of 20 yards or less 1

2010 2011 210-26-8.1 62-15-4.1

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TALE OF TWO DIFFERENT YEARS u Notre Dame was torched for 367 yards on 60 carries in last season’s 35-17 loss against Navy. The Irish limited the Midshipmen to 196 yards on 50 carries on Oct. 29. u Notre Dame’s front-line defense, which was removed from the game with 13:38 left in the fourth quarter, limited Navy to just 127 yards on 38 carries (3.3/rush). The Midshipmen totaled just 158 total yards against the Irish front-line defense. u Here is a comparison between the Oct. 29 final rushing numbers and 2010.

Alexander Teich

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MICHIGAN Rushing Yards/Game Average Per Rush

COACHES & STAFF

Vs. Everyone Else 187.2 4.7

THE FIGHTING IRISH

Vs. Notre Dame 126.0 3.0

GAME NOTES

USF Rushing Yards/Game Average Per Rush

u Navy had four touchdown drives of 73 yards or longer in the 2010 matchup with the Irish. The Mids' longest drive on Oct. 29 went for 59 yards on 12 plays and Notre Dame stopped Navy on downs. u The Irish forced a trio of Navy three and outs. Notre Dame had forced a total of two three and outs over the last two meetings with the Midshipmen combined. u The Midshipmen entered the game averaging 325.14 rushing yards per game, which ranked third in the nation behind Army and Air Force. Notre Dame allowed just 196 yards against Navy’s potent tripleoption attack, including one meaningless touchdown when the Irish reserves were on the field. u Notre Dame was victimized by two more turnovers inside their own 27-yard line on Oct. 29 against Navy that setup both of the Midshipmen touchdowns. Navy went 27 yards on six plays and 26 yards on two plays for touchdowns on Oct. 29. u Navy faced a third down on 17 occasions against the Notre Dame defense and the Mids had to get less than five yards for a first down only once. The average distance to go for a first down was seven yards for Navy. u Approximately 23 percent of Navy's rushing yards came on its opening drive, which ended with a missed field goal from 47 yards. The Mids had seven rushes of 10 yards or more, but none longer than 15 yards. u Notre Dame accomplished the feat without the starting senior DE tandem of Ethan Johnson and Kapron Lewis-Moore. Freshman DE Stephon Tuitt picked up his first career start, moving inside next to senior NG Sean Cwynar. Senior OLB Darius Fleming and sophomore OLB Prince Shembo each started at defensive end as the Irish implemented a 4-2-5 defensive alignment, which helped take away the fullback dive play that ripped the Irish defense for more than 200 yards in each of the last two games in the series. It also prevented the Midshipmen from picking up more than 15 yards on any single play during the game. Twenty-four of Navy’s 50 rushes on the day went for two yards or less. u Here is a comparison between the final rushing numbers for Navy fullback Alexander Teich on Oct. 29 and his numbers in 2010.

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u Notre Dame ranks 58th nationally in rush defense (147.08 rushing/game), and that’s with having faced Ray Graham of Pittsburgh and Denard Robinson of Michigan. The Irish also faced Air Force, Navy, Stanford, USF and Purdue, which all are ranked among the top 40 in the FBS in rushing yards per game. In fact, the Falcons and Midshipmen are ranked second and fourth, respectively. u Notre Dame has limited USF, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Navy, Maryland, Boston College and Stanford on the ground to significant worse numbers than those teams average against everyone else on its 2011 schedule.

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Game Notes Fighting Irish In The NFL AFC Baltimore Ravens SS Tom Zbikowski Buffalo Bills OT Sam Young Cleveland Browns LB Brian Smith* Denver Broncos SS David Bruton S Kyle McCarthy* QB Brady Quinn Miami Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano New England Patriots DB Sergio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers WR Arnaz Battle NFC Atlanta Falcons DB Darrin Walls Carolina Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen LS J. J. Jansen Chicago Bears RB Armando Allen Jr.* Detroit Lions WR Maurice Stovall Green Bay Packers RB Ryan Grant Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph C John Sullivan New Orleans Saints DB Terrail Lambert* New York Giants DE Justin Tuck Philadelphia Eagles DE Victor Abiamiri^ OT Ryan Harris DT Trevor Laws San Francisco 49ers NG Ian Williams Seattle Seahawks TE John Carlson^ WR Golden Tate

DEFENSE SO OUT OF CHARACTER IN FOURTH QUARTER AT MICHIGAN u Notre Dame's defense thoroughly dominated Michigan over the first two quarters and most of the third period. The Irish outgained the Wolverines, 145-27 and 123-63, in the opening 30 minutes (good for a halftime advantage in total yards of 268-90). Notre Dame then outgained Michigan, 142-51, in the third quarter before Denard Robinson's 77-yard pass completion with an Irish nearly defender pulling him down for a sack in the process. Notre Dame led 24-7 with just under two minutes left in the period and had outgained the Wolverines, 410-141, prior to that long pass play. u Michigan then exploded for 28 points and 229 yards in the fourth quarter alone (306 over the final 16 minutes of the game). u Notre Dame had allowed a total of five offensive touchdowns over its previous six games entering the tilt with Michigan. The Irish then limited the Wolverines to a touchdown over the first three quarters of the game. In fact, Notre Dame's five offensive touchdowns allowed came over a stretch of 28 quarters. Michigan nearly equalled that output in the fourth quarter alone. u Just how out of character was the fourth quarter for the Irish? Here is an interesting comparison between Notre Dame's defense over the previous 28 quarters of football (entering the fourth quarter), the first three quarters against the Wolverines and then the fourth quarter. Previous 28 Quarters ND Opponents First Downs/Game 14.7 By Rushing/Game 5.9 By Passing/Game 7.9 Penalty/Game 1.0 Rushing Yards/Game 118.9 Yards gained rushing/Game 138.1 Yards lost rushing/Game 19.3 Rushing Attempts/Game 34.3 Average Per Rush 3.5 TDs Rushing/Game 0.1 Passing Yards/Game 171.3 Completions/Game 16.3 Attempts/Game 29.3 Average Per Attempt 5.8 Average Per Completion 10.2 TDs Passing/Game 0.7 Interceptions/Game 1.4 Total Yards/Game 290.1 Total Plays/Game 63.6 Average Per Play 4.6 3rd-Down Conversions 34/102 3rd-Down Pct 33% 4th-Down Conversions 5/10 4th-Down Pct 50%

First 3 Quarters vs. UM First Downs By Rushing By Passing Penalty Rushing Yards Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush TDs Rushing Passing Yards Completions Attempts Average Per Attempt Average Per Completion TDs Passing Interceptions Total Yards Total Plays Average Per Play 3rd-Down Conversions 3rd-Down Pct 4th-Down Conversions 4th-Down Pct

Michigan 6 3 3 0 87 103 16 19 4.6 0 136 4 14 9.7 34.0 1 2 223 33 6.8 1/7 14% 0/0 0%

4th Quarter vs. UM First Downs By Rushing By Passing Penalty Rushing Yards Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush TDs Rushing Passing Yards Completions Attempts Average Per Attempt Average Per Completion TDs Passing Interceptions Total Yards Total Plays Average Per Play 3rd-Down Conversions 3rd-Down Pct 4th-Down Conversions 4th-Down Pct

Michigan 10 2 7 1 27 32 5 7 3.9 1 202 10 7 20.2 28.9 3 1 229 17 13.5 2/2 100% 0/0 0%

Tampa Bay Buccaneers C Jeff Faine

* excludes the fourth quarter against Michigan

Washington Redskins OL Eric Olsen*

TE'O PACKS A HAWAIIAN PUNCH u Junior LB Manti Te'o was named to a number of preseason award lists, including the Bednarik, Butkus, Lombardi and Nagurski. He was also named to numerous preseason All-American teams. Te'o was named a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award and finalist for the Butkus Award and Lott Trophy. u Te'o leads the Irish in total tackles (115), solo stops (55), assisted tackles (60) and tackles on running plays (86). u Te'o ranks tied for 27th in the FBS in tackles per game (9.58) and tied for 58th in tackles for loss (1.08/game). He ranks 20th in total tackles and tied for 22nd in tackles for loss among linebackers. u He has accomplished all of this playing most of the season with an injured ankle.

^ - injured reserve list * - practice squad # - physically unable to perform list

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u Notre Dame registered 10 quarterback hurries, nine pass breakups, five tackles for loss and two sacks. The Irish also forced a pair of turnovers (both came following an Irish turnover). u Freshman DE Aaron Lynch – seeing the most playing time to that point of his Irish career – absolutely dominated his counterparts on the Michigan State offensive line. He recorded six quarterback hurries, one sack, a forced fumble and five tackles. While Notre Dame tracks quarterback pressures at home, not every Irish opponent does the same on the road. To put into perspective what an incredible number that is, consider that senior DE Ethan Johnson and senior DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, plus senior OLB Darius Fleming, led the Irish in that category — with five apiece for the entire 2010 home season. u Michigan State’s longest run of the game went for eight yards. u Notre Dame limited the Spartans to one yard or less on eight of their 23 carries. u Notre Dame limited Michigan State to 13 yards rushing in the first half on 14 carries (just a 0.9 yards per carry average). u The 13 yards rushing allowed by the Irish were the fewest by a Notre Dame opponent in a half since Western Michigan managed minus-two yards in the second half on Oct. 16, 2010. u Michigan State’s longest run of the first half went for five yards. In fact, the Irish held the Spartans to one yard or less on six of their 14 rushes before halftime. u Michigan State amassed 154 total yards in the first half, 80 of which came on its 11-play touchdown drive early in the second quarter. The Spartans managed 74 yards on their other five drives. Notre Dame limited Michigan State to fewer than 17 yards on four of its six drives before halftime. u The Irish allowed a total of 52 yards of total offense in the third quarter on 13 plays, including nine yards rushing on six carries.

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Opp. Richmond Arkansas Michigan State Liberty Ole Miss Fla. Atlantic

Date Sept. 3 Oct. 29 Sept. 17 Sept. 3 Sept. 17 Oct. 8

PD 6 6 5 5 5 5

u Smith ranks second on the Irish in total tackles (84), solo stops (49) and assisted tackles (35). u Smith finished with four tackles against No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 26. He has now amassed 303 career tackles, which ranks 10th in school history. Smith has 216 career stops as a defensive back, which ranks fifth in Notre Dame defensive back history. u Smith became the 11th Notre Dame player to amass 300 tackles in a career. u Smith registered a forced fumble and fumble recovery on the same play with 3:12 to go in the second quarter. It marked his second career forced fumble (first since 2009) and first career fumble recovery.

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

521 (1978-81) 479 (1975-78) 398 (1975-78) 369 (1967-69) 361 (1982-85) 353 (1983-86) 340 (1973, 1975-77) 311 (2009-) 306 (2005-08) 303 (2007-)

THIS IS NOTRE DAME

Tackles – Career 1. Bob Crable 2. Bob Golic 3. Steve Heimkreiter 4. Bob Olson 5. Tony Furjanic 6. Mike Kovaleski 7. Ross Browner 8. Manti Te'o 9. Maurice Crum Jr. 10. Harrison Smith

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u Te'o also leads the Irish in sacks (4.5) and tackles for loss (13.0). u Among inside or middle linebackers, Te'o ranks eighth in tackles for loss per game, eighth in total tackles for loss and tied for ninth in solo tackles for loss.

FBS Passes Defended - Game Name, School 1. Matt Daniels, Duke Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt 3. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame David Amerson, North Carolina State Trey Wilson, Vanderbilt Royce Hill, North Texas

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FBS Active Tackle Leaders/Game Name, School Yr. Pos. GP UT AT TT TT/Gm 1. Luke Kuechly, Boston College JR LB 38 299 233 532 14.0 2. Brian Wagner, Akron JR LB 35 193 216 409 11.7 JR LB 24 159 110 269 11.2 3. Trent Mackey, Tulane 4. Lavonte David, Nebraska SR LB 26 142 132 274 10.5 5. Marcus McGraw, Houston SR LB 52 244 256 500 9.6 6. Carmen Messina, New Mexico SR LB 48 217 237 454 9.5 7. Travis Freeman, Ball State JR LB 36 125 211 336 9.3 8. Bobby Wagner, Utah State SR LB 47 195 243 438 9.3 SR DB 24 142 71 213 8.9 9. Jamie Bender, UAB 10. Keith Smith, San Jose State SO LB 25 113 107 220 8.8 14. Manti Te'o, Notre Dame Jr. LB 37 150 161 311 8.4

HARRISON SMITH LEADS SECONDARY u Senior S Harrison Smith registered a career-high 14 tackles in Notre Dame's loss to USC on Oct. 22. He recorded back-to-back 10+ tackle games for the second time in his career. He had 10 and 11 stops against Michigan State (Sept. 18) and Stanford (Sept. 25), respectively, in 2010. u Smith collected a game-high 11 tackles in the victory over Wake Forest on Nov. 5. He registered his ninth career 10 or more tackle game. Smith also chipped in with a tackle for loss. u Smith recorded a team-high 12 stops, including seven solo tackles, against Air Force on Oct. 8. u Smith rebounded from a disappointing effort against Michigan with one of the top games in his Irish career a week later against Michigan State. Smith registered eight tackles, four solo stops and recorded five pass breakups. The five pass breakups are likely the most by an Irish player in single-game school history when you consider 10 over an entire season ranks tied for 10th most in single-season history. Only five players have recorded five or more pass breakups in an entire season dating back to 2007. u The five passes defended against Michigan State tied for the third-most in the FBS this season.

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u Te'o also ranks 14th in the FBS among active players in career tackles per game (8.4).

LO WOOD ON A HIGH NOTE u Sophomore CB Lo Wood collected his first career interception in the third quarter against Maryland on Nov. 12. He promptly returned it 57 yards for a touchdown. u Wood’s interception return for a touchdown was the first by an Irish player since Darrin Walls had a 42-yard interception return against Army in 2010 at Yankee Stadium.

THE FIGHTING IRISH

521 (1978-81) 479 (1975-78) 398 (1975-78) 369 (1967-69) 361 (1982-85) 353 (1983-86) 340 (1973, 1975-77) 311 (2009-) 306 (2005-08) 303 (2007-)

SLAUGHTER HOUSE TWO u Senior S Jamoris Slaughter forced a fumble on Air Force’s first offensive play of the game. The forced fumble was the first of his career. u Slaughter added his first interception of the season and second of his career later in the game.

GAME NOTES

Tackles – Career 1. Bob Crable 2. Bob Golic 3. Steve Heimkreiter 4. Bob Olson 5. Tony Furjanic 6. Mike Kovaleski 7. Ross Browner 8. Manti Te'o 9. Maurice Crum Jr. 10. Harrison Smith

FBS Middle Linebacker Tackle for Loss Leaders Name, School Solo Ast Yds Total PG 1. Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky 11 12 51 17 1.42 2. Chris Borland, Wisconsin 12 12 37 18 1.38 12 7 58 15.5 1.29 3. Dexter Heyman, Louisville 4. Sean Spence, Miami (Fla.) 10 8 39 14 1.27 5. Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers 12 6 55 15 1.25 6. Dwayne Woods Jr., Bowling Green 13 2 46 14 1.17 Trent Mackey, Tulane 11 6 53 14 1.17 10 6 30 13 1.08 8. Manti Te'o, Notre Dame Mychal Kendricks, California 11 4 56 13 1.08 Adrien Cole, Louisiana Tech 11 4 49 13 1.08

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u Off the gridiron, Te'o has excelled in the classroom and in the community. He has earned a 3.37 cumulative grade-point average at Notre Dame and has volunteered dozens of hours at a local youth center. While he was in high school, the former Eagle Scout volunteered his time at Hawaii Special Olympics and with the Head Start preschool program. u Te'o recorded a game-high 12 tackles in the loss at No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 26. He added 1.5 tackles for loss. Te’o eclipsed 10 or more tackles in eight of Notre Dame’s 12 games in 2011 and 17 different times over his career. He has led Notre Dame in tackles eight times in 2011 and 18 different times over his career. u Te’o finished with a team-high 12 tackles against Boston College on Nov. 19. He added 0.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries. u Te’o registered 12 tackles on Boston College’s 63 offensive plays (19.05%). Luke Kuechly accounted for 14 tackles on Notre Dame’s 78 offensive plays (17.95). u Te'o finished with a game-high 13 tackles in the rout of Navy on Oct. 29. He added 2.5 tackles for loss and half a sack. u Te'o finished with 10 tackles in the loss to USC on Oct. 22. u Te'o paced the Irish defense with 10 tackles, five solo stops, two and a half for loss and one pass breakup, in the victory over Air Force on Oct. 8. u Te'o paced the Irish defense with eight tackles, all solo stops, three for loss and two sacks, in the victory at Purdue on Oct. 1. u Te’o registered a team-high 10 tackles in the victory over Pittsburgh. He also added a sack. u Te'o registered a team-high 12 tackles in the victory over No. 15 Michigan State. u Te'o finished with a game-high 14 tackles in the season opener against USF. He had seven solo stops, seven assisted tackles and one sack. The 14 tackles were the second-most in his career. u Te'o paced the Irish last year with 133 tackles and his nine and a half tackles for loss ranked second on the team. He was named a second-team All-American by SI.com after the season and Te'o was also a semifinalist in 2010 for both the Bednarik Award (top collegiate defender) and Butkus Trophy (top collegiate linebacker). u The 133 tackles by Te'o in 2010 were the most by a Notre Dame player since Tony Furjanic made 147 in 1983. u Te'o has recorded 311 tackles in his career, which ranks eighth in school history. He was the 10th player in Irish history to ever reach 300 career stops.

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Game Notes u Smith leads the Irish with 10 passes defended in 2011, which ranks tied for 75th in the FBS in total passes defended and 83rd in passes defended/game. He ranks tied for 36th in the FBS in total pass breakups and tied for 38th in pass breakups/game. FBS Pass Breakup Leaders Name, School PBUs Name, School PBUs 1. Merrill Noel, Wake Forest 19 1. Merrill Noel, Wake Forest 1.58 2. E.J. Gaines, Missouri 16 2. E.J. Gaines, Missouri 1.33 3. Broderick Brown, Oklahoma State 15 3. Broderick Brown, Oklahoma State 1.25 Carrington Byndom, Texas 15 Carrington Byndom, Texas 1.25 Josh Robinson, UCF 15 Josh Robinson, UCF 1.25 Najja Johnson, Buffalo 15 Najja Johnson, Buffalo 1.25 7. Desmond Marrow, Toledo 14 7. Desmond Marrow, Toledo 1.17 Matt Daniels, Duke 14 Matt Daniels, Duke 1.17 Preston Hadley, BYU 14 Preston Hadley, BYU 1.17 Corby Eason, BYU 14 Corby Eason, BYU 1.17 Jonte Green, New Mexico State 14 t-38. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame 0.83 t-36. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame 10 u Smith now has registered 28 pass breakups over his career, which ranks tied for second all-time. Passes Broken Up - Career Interceptions – Season 1. Clarence Ellis 32 (1969-71) 1. Mike Townsend 2. Harrison Smith 28 (2007-) 2. Tom MacDonald Luther Bradley 27 (1973-77) 3. Angelo Bertelli 4. Shane Walton 25 (1999-02) Tony Carey 5. Dave Waymer 22 (1976-79) Todd Lyght 6. Todd Lyght 20.5 (1987-90) 6. Harrison Smith 7. Darrin Walls 20 (2006-10) Tom Schoen Ralph Stepaniak 20 (1969-71) Clarence Ellis 9. Thomas O’Leary 19 (1965-67) Dave Duerson 10. Vontez Duff 18 (2000-03) Shane Walton

10 (1972) 9 (1962) 8 (1942) 8 (1964) 8 (1989) 7 (2010) 7 (1966) 7 (1970) 7 (1982) 7 (2002)

u Smith has 304 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 28 pass breakups, seven interceptions, three and a half sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery over his Irish career. He is the first Notre Dame player to ever register 200 or more tackles, 15 or more tackles for loss and 15 or more pass breakups. u Smith has recorded 216 of his 303 career tackles as a defensive back, which ranks fifth all-time. His total of 93 tackles in 2010 ranks as the fifth-most in single-season history by an Irish defensive back. u Smith and Kyle McCarthy (2005-09) are the only players in school history to have multiple seasons rank among the top 10 in single-season tackle history for defensive backs. Tackles - Career - Defensive Back 1. Tom Zbikowski 300 (2004-07) 2. Kyle McCarthy 240 (2005-09) 3. Jim Browner 228 (1976-78) 4. A'Jani Sanders 225 (1996-99) 5. Harrison Smith 216 (2008-) 6. David Bruton 214 (2005-08) 206 (1992-95) 7. Brian Magee 8. Deke Cooper 203 (1997-99) 9. Jeff Burris 189 (1991-93) 10. John Covington 184 (1990-93) Stacey Toran 184 (1980-83)

Tackles - Season - Defensive Back 1. Kyle McCarthy 110 (2008) 2. Kyle McCarthy 101 (2009) 3. Chinedum Ndukwe 98 (2006) 4. David Bruton 97 (2008) 5. Harrison Smith 93 (2010) 6. Steve Lawrence 92 (1985) 7. A'Jani Sanders 91 (1999) 8. David Bruton 85 (2007) 9. Harrison Smith 84 (2011) 10. Brian Magee 81 (1994) Glenn Earl 81 (2002)

u Smith is Notre Dame's lone season captain. He is the first Irish lone season captain since 1999 when Jarious Jackson held the individual honor. The other single individual captains for Notre Dame in the last 40 years include Jarious Jackson (1999), Rodney Culver (1991) and Mike Kovaleski (1986).

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u Smith ranks tied for 16th among active FBS players with 182 career solo tackles. FBS Career Solo Tackle Leaders Name, School 1. Luke Kuechly, Boston College 2. Marcus McGraw, Houston 3. Travis Lewis, Oklahoma 4. Carmen Messina, New Mexico 5. Curnelius Arnick, Tulsa 6. Chris Marve, Vanderbilt 7. Cody Davis, Texas Tech 8. Danny Trevathan, Kentucky 9. Bobby Wagner, Utah State 10. Brian Wagner, Akron t-16. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame

Yr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr.

Pos. LB LB LB LB LB LB DB LB LB LB DB

UT 299 244 239 217 205 203 202 198 195 193 182

u Smith collected three interceptions in the first half alone of the Hyundai Sun Bowl in 2010. The three interceptions not only equaled a school record, but is also equaled the Sun Bowl record. Smith became 14th Notre Dame player to accomplish the feat and first since Shane Walton against Maryland in 2002. Buddy McClinton of Auburn had three interceptions in the 1968 Sun Bowl. u Smith’s three interceptions was an Irish bowl game record. It bested Elmer Layden’s previous school record of two picks set against Stanford in the 1925 Rose Bowl. u Smith finished 2010 with seven interceptions, which ranked fourth nationally in total picks and interceptions per game. Smith also joined Jayron Hosley of Virginia Tech and Marco Nelson of Tulsa as the only three players in the FBS in 2010 to record three interceptions in one game. JOHNSON, FLEMING ENJOYING THEIR SACK LUNCHES u Notre Dame senior LB Darius Fleming (15.0) and senior DE Ethan Johnson (12.5) have combined for 27.5 sacks over their career. u Fleming and Johnson are each gaining ground on the career sack totals at Notre Dame. Sacks did not become an officially recognized statistics until 1982. u Fleming is also approaching the top 10 list for career tackles for loss. Sacks – Career Tackles for Loss – Career 1. Justin Tuck 24.5 (2002-04) 1. Ross Browner 77–515 (1973, 1975-77) 2. Kory Minor 22.5 (1995-98) 2. Kory Minor 44.5–209 (1995-98) 3. Victor Abiamiri 21.5 (2003-06) 3. Justin Tuck 42–209 (2002-04) 21.0 (1981-84) Anthony Weaver 42–121 (1998-2001) 4. Mike Gann 5. Renaldo Wynn 19.5 (1993-96) 5. Victor Abiamiri 40-219 (2003-06) 6. Ryan Roberts 19.0 (1999-2002) Walt Patulski 40–264 (1969-71) 7. Bryant Young 18.0 (1990-93) 7. Courtney Watson 39–151 (2000-03) 8. Anthony Weaver 17.0 (1998-2001) 8. Scott Zettek 38–212 (1976-80) 16.5 (1993-96) 9. Brandon Hoyte 36-119 (2002-05) 9. Bert Berry 10. Darius Fleming 15.0 (2008-) 10. Derek Landri 34.5-136 (2002-06) -- Ethan Johnson 12.5 (2008-) -- Darius Fleming 32.5-131 (2008-) LYNCH PIN OF IRISH FRONT FOUR u Freshman DE Aaron Lynch has come into his own. He picked up his first career start on Oct. 8 against Air Force. Against Purdue on Oct. 1, Lynch had three solo tackles, including his third sack of the season and third in as many games. Lynch was the first Irish player to register unassisted sacks in three consecutive games since Kyle Budinscak accomplished the feat in the final three games of the 2004 season. In fact, a Notre Dame player had not registered unassisted sacks in three straight regular season games since Justin Tuck in 2003. Ryan Roberts is the last Irish player to have a sack in four straight games – the first four contests of the 2000 season. u Lynch had a pair of tackles and a sack in the victory over Pittsburgh on Sept. 24. In the rout of No. 15 Michigan State on Sept. 17, Lynch registered his first career sack and forced fumble on a 3rd and five play late in the first quarter. He not only sacked Spartan QB Kirk Cousins for a loss of 10 yards, but knocked the ball loose and senior DE Ethan Johnson recovered the fumble. u Lynch – seeing the most playing time to that point of his Irish career – absolutely dominated his counterparts on the Michigan State offensive line. He recorded six quarterback hurries, one sack, a forced fumble and five tackles. While Notre Dame tracks quarterback pressures at home, not every Irish opponent does the same on the road. To put into perspective what an incredible number that is, consider that senior DE Ethan Johnson and senior DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, plus senior OLB Darius Fleming, led the Irish in that category — with five apiece for the entire 2010 home season. Lynch had a sack and three tackles in the victory over Wake Forest on Nov. 5. u Lynch had a career-high six tackles and a half tackle for loss in the loss at No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 26.

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Longest Field Goals 1. Dave Reeve (Pittsburgh, 1976) 2. David Ruffer (Maryland, 2011) 3. Nicholas Setta (Maryland, 2002) John Carney (SMU, 1984) Harry Oliver (Michigan, 1980) Dave Reeve (Michigan State, 1977) 7. David Ruffer (Miami, Fla., 2010) David Ruffer (Pittsburgh, 2010) D.J. Fitzpatrick (Syracuse, 2003) Harry Oliver (Georgia, 1980) Harry Oliver (Navy, 1980) +Aloha Bowl $ Sugar Bowl

53 52 51 +51 51 51 50 50 50 $50 50

u Ruffer’s previous career-long was 50 yards – set on two different occasions. He is the second place kicker in school history with three or more field goals of 50 yards or longer (Harry Oliver is the other). u Ruffer missed two straight kicks after the 23 straight, including a 30-yarder in the loss to USF, but connected on two straight before missing another field goal at Pittsburgh. u Prior to his first career miss against Miami (Fla.) in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in 2010, Ruffer was the only kicker in the FBS in 2010 still perfect in field goal attempts. He also was the only kicker in the FBS still perfect for his career. u Ruffer’s 18 straight field goals in one season was an Irish school record. Most Consecutive Field Goals - Season 1. David Ruffer 2. Nick Tausch 3. Mike Johnston

18 (2010) 14 (2009) 13 (1982)

u Ruffer’s 23 straight field goals was the longest active streak in the FBS. The NCAA record for consecutive field goals converted is 30 by Chuck Nelson of Washington in 1981-82. He also holds the NCAA record for consecutive field goals made in a single season (25, 1982). Most Consecutive Field Goals – Career 1. David Ruffer (Pittsburgh '09 – Miami '10) 2. Nick Tausch (Michigan '09 – Washington St. '09) 3. Mike Johnston (Michigan '82 – Oregon '82) 4. John Carney (Navy '84 – Michigan '85) 5. Nicholas Setta (USC '00 – USC '01) Nicholas Setta (Washington State '03 – Purdue '03) D.J. Fitzpatrick (Navy '03 – BYU '04)

23 14 13 10 9 9 9

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DAVID RUFFER HAD PERFECT 20/20 VISION u Despite a challenging start to the 2011 season (two of six at one point), senior PK David Ruffer has rebounded and ranks eighth among FBS active leaders in career field goal percentage (84.62). He has connected on 33 of his 39 career field goal attempts. Ruffer actually made the first 23 field goals of his career. The 23 straight field goals was the longest streak in school history. u Ruffer registered his fifth career game with at least three field goals in the victory over Boston College on Nov. 19. He did it three different times in 2010 and once in 2009. u Ruffer connected on eight straight field goals dating back to Purdue (Oct. 1) before missing a 20-yard kick at No. 4 Stanford. u Ruffer is now 10-for-15 (.667) this season and 13-for-14 (.929) on field goals of 40 yards or longer over his career.

u Ruffer connected on a career-long 52-yard field goal with 2:47 remaining in the first quarter to push the Irish lead to 10-0 over Maryland on Nov. 12. u The 52-yard field goal is the second-longest in school history. Dave Reeve's 53-yard field goal against Pittsburgh in 1976 still stands alone.

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FF Blkd Saf . . . 1 . . . . .

FG % 92.00 87.80 86.96 86.84 86.21 86.05 85.11 84.62 84.44 83.87

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FR-Yds . . .

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GP-GS UT AT TT TFL-Yds Scks-Yds PBU Qbh NIX III, Louis 12-10 12 30 42 4.0-8 0.5-1 1 . LYNCH, Aaron 11-5 17 11 28 5.5-27 4.0-24 2 13 TUITT, Stephon 8-3 9 18 27 2.0-14 1.0-11 1 2

FGA 25 41 23 38 29 43 47 39 45 62

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FIRST YEAR TRIO OF LYNCH, TUITT, NIX III u The freshman DE tandem of Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt, as well as sophomore (but firstyear player) NG Louis Nix III have been vital to the success of the Irish defensive line in 2011. The trio has helped Notre Dame overcome the injuries that cost senior DE Ethan Johnson four games and senior DE Kapron Lewis-Moore the entire season. u The trio has seen action in a combined 31 games and made 18 career starts. u Nix III, Tuitt and Lynch rank seventh, 13th and 14th, respectively, on the Irish in tackles, including first, third and fourth among the defensive line. u Lynch is second on Notre Dame in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss and leads the team with 13 quarterback hurries. While the Irish track quarterback pressures at home, not every Notre Dame opponent does the same on the road. Nonetheless, the 13 quarterback hurries are the most by an Irish player in a single season since the stat began getting tracked in 1998.

FBS Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders Name, School 1. Brett Baer, La.-Lafayette 2. Matt Hogan, Houston 3. Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State 4. Ross Krautman, Syracuse 5. Bryson Rose, Ole Miss 6. Derek Dimke, Illinois 7. Justin Tucker, Texas 8. David Ruffer, Notre Dame 9. Jack Griffin, FIU 10. Grant Ressel, Missouri

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ROBERT "BIG PLAY" BLANTON u Senior DB Robert Blanton has turned himself into one of the top defensive backs in the country. Blanton is tied for the team-lead with two interceptions and ranks second in tackles for loss (eight), tied for second in passes defended (seven), tied for second in pass breakups (five), third in tackles (69) and third in solo stops (47). u Blanton's 19.0 career tackles for loss are the most by an Irish defensive back since the start of the 1998 season. u Blanton had a career-high equaling 10 stops, including seven solo tackles, and two for loss in the victory at Wake Forest on Nov. 5. u Blanton has eclipsed the 10-tackle plateau on two different occasions in 2011. u Blanton had 10 stops, including seven solo tackles, one for loss and recovered a fumble in the rout of Air Force on Oct. 8. u Blanton quite possibly registered the best game of his career in the victory over No. 15 Michigan State. He had six tackles, three for loss, three pass breakups, one sack and an interception. After Michigan State recovered a muffed punt deep in Irish territory trailing by 15 points with just over four minutes left in regulation, Blanton picked off a Kirk Cousins' pass and raced 82 yards to set up a field goal that sealed the Notre Dame victory. u Blanton played in 12 games in 2010 and only started one contest, but it did not deter him from making a number of big plays. u Blanton blocked a punt and returned it six yards for a touchdown against Utah on Nov. 13. He was the first Irish player to block a punt since Dec. 24, 2008, against Hawai'i in the Hawai'i Bowl. Blanton was also the first Notre Dame player to return a blocked punt for a touchdown since Toryan Smith (14 yards) on Nov. 15, 2008, against Navy. u The touchdown was the second of Blanton’s career. He registered a 47-yard interception return for touchdown against Purdue on Sept. 27, 2008. u Blanton registered seven tackles for loss in 2010, which ranked third-best on the team. The seven tackles for loss were the most by an Irish defensive back since A'Jani Sanders had 10.0 during the 1999 season.

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Game Notes u Ruffer’s 18 field goals in 2010 ranked as the third-most in single-season school history. Field Goals - Season 1. John Carney 2. Mike Johnson 3. David Ruffer Harry Oliver John Carney 6. Nick Tausch Brandon Walker Nicholas Setta 9. Mike Johnson

21-28 (1986) 19-22 (1982) 18-19 (2010) 18-23 (1980) 18-22 (1985) 14-17 (2009) 14-24 (2008) 14-25 (2002) 12-21 (1983)

u Ruffer is the second Irish kicker to ever register multiple field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same season (2010). Harry Oliver had a pair of 50+ yard kicks in 1980. Extra Points (PAT) - Season 1. D.J. Fitzpatrick 2. Carl Gioia 3. Craig Hentrich 4. David Ruffer 5. Kevin Pendergast Scott Hempel 7. Nicholas Setta Craig Hentrich Craig Hentrich 10. Bob Thomas

52-54 (2005) 49-53 (2006) 48-48 (1991) 45-45 (2011) 45-48 (1993) 45-50 (1968) 44-45 (2000) 44-46 (1992) 44-45 (1989) 43-45 (1973)

Extra Points (PAT) Attempted - Season 1. D.J. Fitzpatrick 2. Carl Gioia 3. Steve Oracko 4. Scott Hempel 5. Kevin Pendergast Craig Hentrich 7. Craig Hentrich 8. David Ruffer Nicholas Setta Craig Hentrich Bob Thomas

52-54 (2005) 49-53 (2006) 38-52 (1949) 45-50 (1968) 45-48 (1993) 48-48 (1991) 44-46 (1992) 45-45 (2011) 44-45 (2000) 44-45 (1989) 43-45 (1973)

Consecutive Extra Points 1. Craig Hentrich 2. Nicholas Setta 3. Bob Thomas 4. David Ruffer D.J. Fitzpatrick 6. Brandon Walker 7. Mike Johnson 8. Ted Gradel

(9-30-89 vs. Purdue to 9-26-92 vs. Purdue) (10-7-00 vs. Stanford to 10-11-03 ended by injury) (11-6-71 vs. Pittsburgh to 10-23-73 vs. Army) (10-30-10 vs. Tulsa to Current) (11-6-04 at Tennessee to 11-26-05 at Stanford) (10-6-07 at UCLA to career ended in 2010) (10-18-80 vs. Army to 11-19-83 vs. Air Force) (11-8-86 vs. SMU to 11-28-87 vs. Miami (Fla.)

136 92 62 61 61 60 53 35

Extra Points Percentage - Season (min. 20 made) 48-48 (1.000) 1. Craig Hentrich, 1991 David Ruffer, 2011 45-45 (1.000) Craig Hentrich, 1990 41-41 (1.000) Brandon Walker, 2008 39-39 (1.000) Bob Thomas, 1972 34-34 (1.000) Ted Gradel, 1987 33-33 (1.000) Nicholas Setta, 2002 32-32 (1.000) Stefan Schroffner, 1994 30-30 (1.000) John Carney, 1984 25-25 (1.000) Nicholas Setta, 2001 23-23 (1.000)

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Points by Kicking - Season 1. David Ruffer 2. Craig Hentrich 3. Kevin Pendergast John Carney 5. D.J. Fitzpatrick 6. Brandon Walker 7. John Carney Mike Johnston 9. David Ruffer 10. Nicholas Setta Craig Hentrich

18fg, 37xp, 91pts (2010) 16fg, 41xp, 89pts (1990) 14fg, 45xp, 87pts (1993) 21fg, 24 xp, 87pts (1986) 11fg, 52xp, 85pts (2005) 14fg, 39xp, 81pts (2008) 17fg, 25xp, 76pts (1984) 19fg, 19xp, 76pts (1982) 10fg, 45xp, 75pts (2011) 14fg, 32xp, 74pts (2002) 10fg, 44xp, 74pts (1992)

Points by Kicking - Career 1. Craig Hentrich 2. Dave Reeve 3. Nicholas Setta 4. John Carney 5. D.J. Fitzpatrick 6. Jim Sanson 7. David Ruffer 8. Scott Hempel

39fg, 177xp, 294pts (1989-92) 39fg, 130xp, 247pts (1974-77) 46fg, 104xp, 242pts (2000-03) 51fg, 70xp, 223pts (1984-86) 34fg, 103xp, 205pts (2002-05) 28fg, 108xp, 192pts (1996-99) 33fg, 91xp, 190pts (2008-) 14fg, 122xp, 164pts (1968-70)

BRINDZA OWNS QUITE THE LEG u Freshman PK Kyle Brindza has averaged 65.1 yards per kickoff on 68 attempts in 2011. He also has recorded 11 touchbacks, which is the most by an Irish kicker since the stat was recorded in 1998. Senior PK David Ruffer had 10 over the course of the entire 2010 season. u Brindza's 65.1 yards per kickoff average is the best since 1998 by a wide margin. The next best effort by an Irish kicker since '98 – David Ruffer's 64.3 yards per kickoff in 2010. u Brindza averaged 70.0 yards per kickoff on his four attempts against USC on Oct. 22. He also added a pair of touchbacks. AUSTIN COLLINSWORTH POWERS IRISH SPECIAL TEAMS u Notre Dame sophomore S Austin Collinsworth leads the Irish in all three special team tackle categories, including total tackles (15), kickoff return tackles (13) and punt return tackles (tied, two). ST Tackles KR Tackles PR Tackles Austin Collinsworth 15 13 2 1. Troy Niklas 10 10 0 2. Chris Salvi 8 8 0 3. George Atkinson III 8 8 0 5. Bennett Jackson 7 5 2 Danny Spond 6 6 0 6. Dan McCarthy 6 5 1 8. David Posluszny 4 4 0 9. Kendall Moore 3 3 0 10. Jamoris Slaughter 3 1 2 BY GEORGE, IT’S ATKINSON AGAIN u Freshman RB George Atkinson III registered a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the second quarter against USC on Oct. 22. The 96-yard return was the longest at Notre Dame Stadium since Julius Jones went 100 yards against Nebraska on Sept. 9, 2000. It also was the tied for the fifth-longest in Notre Dame Stadium history. u The kickoff return for a touchdown was Atkinson’s second of the season. He is the first Irish player to have multiple kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same season since Allen Rossum in 1997. u The two touchdown kickoff returns in a single-season equals the Notre Dame school record. Atkinson III is the second Notre Dame freshman to ever return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same season. Raghib “Rocket” Ismail had a pair in 1988. u Atkinson III was the fourth FBS player in 2011 to register a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns. u Atkinson III returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to give Notre Dame a 14-3 lead with 1:20 remaining in the first quarter against Michigan State on Sept. 17. u Atkinson III was the first Irish freshman to return a kickoff for a touchdown since Raghib “Rocket” Ismail had two kickoff returns for touchdown against Rice on Nov. 6, 1988. He was the first Notre Dame player to return a kickoff for a touchdown since Armando Allen Jr. raced 96 yards for a score against Hawai’i in the 2008 Hawai’i Bowl.

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Cl Sr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Fr. So.

KR 51 30 16 29 26 31 31 30 26 22

Yds 1318 822 563 915 811 858 821 788 676 567

TDs 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Avg. 25.84 27.40 35.19 31.55 31.19 27.68 26.48 26.27 26.00 25.77

Ret/Gm 4.25 2.50 1.78 2.42 2.17 2.38 2.58 2.50 2.60 1.83

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87 86 86 80 80 78 75 75 72 71

GSR 1. Notre Dame 2. Duke Boston College 4. Northwestern U.S. Naval Academy 6. Rice 7. Stanford Wake Forest 9. Vanderbilt 10. Virginia Tech

99 97 97 96 96 95 94 94 92 91

GSR 1. Notre Dame 2. Duke U.S. Naval Academy 4. Boston College 5. Northwestern 6. Rice 7. Stanford 8. Wake Forest 9. U.S. Air Force Academy U.S. Military Academy

98 96 96 95 94 93 92 91 90 90

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Male Student-Athletes Federal Rate 1. Notre Dame 2. Northwestern Stanford 4. Duke Boston College 6. Rice 7. Penn State Wake Forest 9. Vanderbilt 10. Miami (Ohio)

91 90 88 85 85 85 79 79 76 76

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Official Notre Dame Football Postgame Show u The Official Notre Dame Football Postgame Show will again be broadcast live following every Notre Dame game on Newsradio 960 WSBT and Sunny 101.5 FM, and televised live on UND.com. The show is hosted by Jack Nolan and Irish All-Americans Reggie Brooks and Mirko Jurkovic. The televised version of the show on UND.com also features game highlights.

All Student-Athletes Federal Rate 1. Notre Dame 2. Stanford 3. Northwestern 4. Duke Boston College Rice 7. Penn State Wake Forest 9. Michigan Virginia

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NOTRE DAME Football—A Family Affair u The Golic family is one of just several father-son combinations who have played for Notre Dame represented on the 2011 Irish roster. Mike Sr. earned four monograms at Notre Dame from 1981-84, while Mike Jr. is a senior C and Jake is a junior TE. In addition to their father, Mike and Jake's two uncles also played for the Irish. Bob was not only a four-year monogram winner from 1975-78, but he was a two-time All-American and helped the Irish to the 1977 National Title. Greg earned a pair of monograms in 1981 and 1983. u Other current Notre Dame players whose fathers also played for the Irish include sophomore WR TJ Jones (Andre, 1987-90), freshman OT Conor Hanratty (Terry, 1966-68) and senior OLB Jonathan Frantz (Mike, 1970-72). u The Irish feature a quartet of players who had elder siblings also suit up for Notre Dame. Junior WR Nick Fitzpatrick is the younger brother of former PK D.J. Fitzpatrick (2002-05). Senior RB Patrick Coughlin is the younger brother of former WR Brian Coughlin (2009). Senior WR Ryan Sharpley is the younger brother of former QB Evan Sharpley (2006-09). Senior S Dan McCarthy is the younger brother of former S Kyle McCarthy (2006-09). u In addition to the Golic brothers, the Irish 2011 roster has two other sets of brothers – Zack and Nick Martin as well as George III and Josh Atkinson. Zack is a junior OT and Nick is a freshman OT. George III is a freshman RB and Josh is a freshman CB.

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SIX FOOTBALL STUDENT-ATHLETES ENTER FIFTH YEAR u Six seniors on the University of Notre Dame football team were approved to return for a fifth year by the school's Faculty Board on Athletics. u OT Taylor Dever, CB Gary Gray, OL Andrew Nuss, TE Mike Ragone, PK David Ruffer and S Harrison Smith have all graduated. The sextet are currently enrolled in the graduate studies program at Notre Dame.

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WALK-ON PLAYERS JOIN THE IRISH SQUAD THIS SPRING u Nine walk-on players have been added to the 2011 roster. Junior S Blake Breslau (San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker), freshman S Connor Cavalaris (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), freshman WR/RB Eric Lee (Pleasant Hill, Iowa/Dowling Catholic), sophomore WR Ryan Liebscher (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain HS), freshman LB Connor Little (Lake Elmo, Minn./Hill-Murray), sophomore TE Arturo Martinez (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit), sophomore RB Tyler Plantz (Frankfort, Ill./ Providence Catholic), freshman ILB Joe Schmidt (Orange, Calif./Mater Dei) and senior WR Ryan Sharpley (Marshall, Mich./Marshall).

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FBS Kick Return Touchdown Leaders Player, School 1. Taveon Rogers, New Mexico State 2. George Atkinson III, Notre Dame Tyler Lockett, Kansas State Greg McCoy, TCU Luther Ambrose, La.-Monroe De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Tavon Austin, West Virginia Jamal Miles, Arizona State Tommylee Lewis, Northern Illinois Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

Irish Athletes Again Rank #1 in NCAA Graduation Ratings u The University of Notre Dame can once again claim the 2011 national championship for graduating its student-athletes. Both the federal graduation-rate figures and the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) numbers for all Notre Dame student-athletes rate the Irish first among the 120 football-playing institutions in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). This marks the fifth year in a row Notre Dame has led the way among FBS institutions in GSR ratings for all student-athletes--and it's the second year in a row Notre Dame has been number one in the federal rates. Whether measured by the federal government in its Department of Education report or by the NCAA through its GSR numbers, graduation rates for Notre Dame student-athletes one again rank either number one or among the handful of national leaders in five major categories among all major football-playing colleges and universities. Notre Dame's institutional research found that Irish student-athletes rank number one in eight of 10 major categories--ranking tied for second in one and fifth in the other. Those match the best results for Notre Dame in the seven years the NCAA has published both the GSR and federal numbers. The eight number-one rankings equal the same number of top rankings that came each of the last two years (in 2009 and 2010 figures). For the third year in a row Notre Dame leads the nation in all five GSR categories--for all studentathletes (at 99), male student-athletes (98), female student-athletes (100), black student-athletes (98) and football student-athletes (97, up one point from 2010). Notre Dame also ranks number one in the federal numbers for all student-athletes (91), male student-athletes (87) and female student-athletes (96). In calculations that include all student-athletes in all sports, Notre Dame ranks first among the FBS schools in the GSR figures, which were initiated in 2005 by the NCAA. The University's 99 percent GSR for all its student-athletes ranks ahead of the 97 figures for Duke and Boston College. Using the federal formula, Notre Dame graduated a four-year average of 91 percent of its student-athletes, just ahead of Stanford at 90. Notre Dame graduated 96 percent of all women competing in varsity athletics, to rank first among its peer institutions based on the federal calculations (ahead of Stanford and Rice at 94). Among men, Notre Dame's 87 percent federal rate also was first, ahead of Stanford and Northwestern at 86. Notre Dame graduated 85 percent of its black student-athletes, ranking tied for second nationally (behind Rice) based on the federal rate, and Irish football players graduated at an 83 percent rate, to rank fifth. In the GSR standings, the Irish scored a clean sweep in all five categories. In addition to its numberone ranking for all student-athletes, Notre Dame finished by itself in first among female student athletes at 100, first among male student-athletes at 98 percent (ahead of Duke and the U.S. Naval Academy at 96), first among football players at 97 percent, and first among black student-athletes at 98 percent (ahead of runner-up Rice at 96).

MEDIA INFO

u Atkinson III – the fourth Notre Dame rookie to ever return a kickoff for a touchdown – joined the company of running back Al Hunter (1973 Sugar Bowl victory versus Alabama), running back Allen Pinkett (1982 loss to Penn State) and Ismail (two against Rice in 1988). Hunter became Notre Dame’s first 1,000-yard rusher, Pinkett is No. 2 on the school’s all-time rushing chart and Ismail won the Walter Camp Award as a junior. Not a bad club to join. u Atkinson III recorded the first kickoff return for a touchdown by an Irish player at Notre Dame Stadium since Julius Jones against No. 1 Nebraska on Sept. 9, 2000 with his 89-yard kick return against Michigan State.

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Game Notes Black Student-Athletes Federal Rate 1. Rice 2. Notre Dame Northwestern 4. Stanford 5. Vanderbilt Wake Forest 7. Duke 8. Penn State Rutgers 10. Miami (Ohio)

93 85 85 77 76 76 74 73 73 70

Football Student-Athletes Federal Rate 1. Boston College 87 2. Northwestern 86 3. Rice 84 Stanford 84 5. Notre Dame 83 6. Penn State 80 7. Duke 79 8. Rutgers 76 9. TCU 75 10. Miami (Ohio) 73

GSR 1. Notre Dame 98 2. Rice 96 3. Duke 91 4. Boston College 90 Northwestern 90 6. Miami (Fla.) 88 7. Penn State 87 Vanderbilt 87 9. Rutgers 86 U.S. Naval Academy 86 GSR 1. Notre Dame 2. Northwestern 3. Boston College Duke Rice 6. U.S. Naval Academy 7. Rutgers 8. Miami (Fla.) U.S. Military Academy 10. Penn State Stanford

97 94 93 93 93 91 89 88 88 87 87

u Since the NCAA first published GSR numbers in 2005, here are the trends for Notre Dame in all 10 categories over the seven years of graduation rates (includes ranking and raw graduation percentage; SA stands for student-athletes): Category Fed. All SAs GSR Male SAs Fed. GSR Female SAs Fed. GSR Black SAs Fed. GSR Football SAs Fed. GSR

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 1st at 90 2nd at 89 3rd at 89 2nd at 89 2nd at 90 1st at 91 1st at 91 2nd at 98 2nd at 98 1st at 98 1st at 98 1st at 99 1st at 99 1st at 99 1st at 87 1st at 87 3rd at 85 2nd at 87 1st at 88 1st at 87 1st at 87 2nd at 98 2nd at 97 2nd at 97 2nd at 97 1st at 98 1st at 98 1st at 98 1st at 96 2nd at 94 1st at 94 1st at 93 1st at 94 1st at 94 1st at 94 5th at 99 2nd at 99 1st at 100 1st at 100 1st at 100 1st at 100 1st at 100 6th at 78 6th at 84 8th at 75 1st at 84 1st at 85 2nd at 86 2nd at 85 6th at 93 3rd at 95 4th at 91 2nd at 96 1st at 97 1st at 98 1st at 98 4th at 85 6th at 84 6th at 79 4th at 85 3rd at 85 4th at 85 5th at 83 2nd at 96 3rd at 95 3rd at 93 2nd at 94 1st at 96 1st at 96 1st at 97

u Over the seven years worth of numbers of both the federal rates and the GSR, Notre Dame had 70 possible rankings in the five categories (among the FBS institutions) and 35 times ranked first, 17 times ranked second and six times ranked third. u The federally mandated NCAA Graduation-Rates Report, the 21st such survey issued by the association, covers students who enrolled between 2001 and 2004 at all Division I institutions. The federal graduation rates are based on the raw percentage of student-athletes who entered an institution and graduated within six years. Students who leave or transfer, regardless of academic standing, are considered non-graduates. All those receiving athletics aid are included in the statistics. All military academies are exempt from the federal survey because they do not offer grants-in-aid to student-athletes. The GSR was created to more accurately reflect actual graduation rates by including transfer data in the calculation. College and university presidents asked the NCAA to develop a new methodology that takes into account the mobility among students in today's higher education environment. Research indicates that approximately 60 percent of all new bachelor's degree recipients are attending more than one undergraduate institution during their collegiate careers.

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Game Notes 2011 Irish Honors/Awards

Dan Fox, So., ILB u Notre Dame’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year Award Everett Golson, Fr., QB u Notre Dame’s Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year Award

Braxston Cave, Sr., C u Rimington Trophy Watch List

Jonas Gray, Sr., RB u Notre Dame’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Running Back (Oct. 30)

Austin Collinsworth, So., S u Notre Dame’s Special Teams Player of the Year Award u Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 7)

Kapron Lewis-Moore, Sr., DE u Hendricks Award Watch List Aaron Lynch, Fr., DE u Phil Steele First team Freshman All-American u Scouts Inc. #3 Freshman All-American Zack Martin, Jr., OT u Notre Dame’s Guardian of the Year Award u Outland Trophy Watch List Brandon Newman, Sr., NG u Notre Dame’s Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year Award

David Ruffer, Sr., PK u FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 21) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Place Kicker (Nov. 20) u FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 14) u Lou Groza Award Watch List

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

Cierre Wood, Jr., RB u FBS Independent Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Running Back (Oct. 2) u Walker Award Watch List u Hornung Award Watch List

THIS IS NOTRE DAME

Jamoris Slaughter, Sr., S u FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 11)

Stephen Tuitt, Fr., DE u Phil Steele Third team Freshman All-American

BOWL HISTORY

Tommy Rees, So., QB u FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 14) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Quarterback (Oct. 9) u FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 11)

Robby Toma, Jr., WR u Notre Dame’s Next Man In Award

2011 SEASON REVIEW

Darius Fleming, Sr., LB u Notre Dame’s Lineman of the Year Award u Butkus Award Watch List

Ethan Johnson, Sr., DE u Hendricks Award Watch List

COACHES & STAFF

Tyler Eifert, Jr., TE u Walter Camp First Team All-American u Mackey Award Finalist u Mackey Award Semifinalist u Rivals Third Team All-American u Mackey Award Watch List u Phil Steele Third team All-American u Sporting News’ Midseason All-American First Team u SI.com Honorable Mention All-American u Phil Steele Midseason All-American First Team u AP Second Team All-American u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Nov. 27) u College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week (Nov. 13) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Nov. 6) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Oct. 23) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Oct. 9) u FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 25) u College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week (Sept. 25) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Sept. 5)

Manti Te’o, Jr., LB u Notre Dame’s Rockne Student-Athlete of the Year Award u Capital One Academic All-America Second Team u Academic All-District V u Walter Camp Second Team All-American u Rivals Second Team All-American u Lott Trophy Finalist u Phil Steele Second team All-American u Butkus Award Finalist u Lombardi Award Semifinalist u SI.com Second Team All-American u Lott Trophy Semifinalist u AP Second Team All-American u Butkus Award Semifinalist u Phil Steele Midseason All-American First Team u FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 21) u FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 31) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Linebacker (Oct. 30) u FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3) u Bednarik Award Watch List u Butkus Award Watch List u Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List u Nagurski Trophy Watch List

THE FIGHTING IRISH

Kyle Brindza, Fr., PK u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Kickoff Specialist (Oct. 23)

Harrison Smith, Sr., S u Notre Dame’s Nick Pietrosante Award u Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 7) u Phil Steele Midseason All-American Third Team u Nagurski Trophy Watch List u Thorpe Award Watch List

GAME NOTES

Robert Blanton, Sr., CB u Notre Dame’s Back of the Year Award u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Defensive Back (Sept. 18) u FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 18)

Michael Floyd, Sr., WR u Notre Dame’s Monogram Club Most Valuable Player Award u Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist u Phil Steele Midseason All-American Second Team u Biletnikoff Award Watch List u Walter Camp Award Watch List u Phil Steele Second team All-American u Maxwell Award Watch List u SI.com Honorable Mention All-American u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Wide Receiver (Sept. 5) u FBS Independent Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 5) u FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 12) u FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 31) u Pro Football Weekly Honorable Mention All-America

MEDIA INFO

George Atkinson III, Fr., RB u Phil Steele Second team Freshman All-American u FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 23) u College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week (Oct. 23) u College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week (Sept. 18) u FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 18) u SI.com Honorable Mention All-American

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Game Notes The Last Time

NOTRE DAME Rushing Had 400 or more yards: ...................................................................................at Boston College, 1996 (426) Had 300 or more yards: ..............................................................................................at Stanford, 2003 (320) Had 70 or more rushing attempts: ..................................................................vs. Michigan State, 1991 (76) Had 60 or more rushing attempts: .................................................................................. vs. Navy, 2007 (63) Had 50 or more rushing attempts: .................................................................................. vs. Navy, 2008 (51) Had eight or more rush TDs: ..................................................................................... vs. Pittsburgh, 1965 (9) Had seven rush TDs: ........................................................................................................... vs. Navy, 2011 (7) Had six rush TDs: ................................................................................................................ vs. Navy, 1996 (6) Had five rush TDs: .................................................................................................................. at USC, 2000 (5) Had four rush TDs: ........................................................................................................vs. Air Force, 2011 (4) Had two players with 100 rush yards in a game: ..............................................................vs. Stanford, 2002. ................................................................................................... (Rashon Powers-Neal 108, Ryan Grant 103) Passing Had 500 or more yards:......................................................................................................at USC, 1970 (526) Had 400-499 yards: ........................................................................................................ vs. Navy, 2009 (452) Had 300-399 yards: .................................................................................................. at Michigan, 2011 (315) Had 50 or more pass attempts: .......................................................................................vs. Tulsa, 2010 (56) Had 40 or more pass attempts: .........................................................................................vs. USC, 2011 (43) Had 30-39 pass attempts: ............................................................................................at Stanford, 2011 (37) Had 35-39 pass completions: .......................................................................................... vs. Navy, 2009 (37) Had 30-34 pass completions: ...................................................................................vs. Maryland, 2011 (30) Had 25-29 pass completions: ............................................................................................vs. USC, 2011 (27) Had six or more passing TDs.................................................................................................vs. BYU, 2005 (6) Had five or more passing TDs: .......................................................................................at Stanford, 2009 (5) Had four or more passing TDs: .....................................................................................vs. Air Force, 2011 (4) Had three or more passing TDs: .......................................................................................at Purdue, 2011 (3) Had five or more passes intercepted: ..................................................................................vs. USC, 1967 (7) Had four or more passes intercepted: .. ............................................................... at Boston College, 2008 (4) Had three or more passes intercepted: ................................................................................ vs. USF, 2011 (3) Receiving Had two players with 100 receiving yards in a game: .......................................................................at Pittsburgh, 2009 (Golden Tate - 113, Michael Floyd - 107) Had a player with over 150 receiving yards in a game: ........................................................................................................ at Michigan, 2011 (Michael Floyd - 159) Had two players with 10 catches in a game: ............................................................................ vs. BYU, 2005 (Maurice Stovall - 14, Jeff Samardzija - 10) Combination Offense Had a 200-yard passer and 100-yard rusher in a game: ...........................................................................vs. Maryland, 2011 (Tommy Rees - 296, Jonas Gray - 136) Had a 100-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in a game: ........................................... at Purdue, 2011 (Michael Floyd – 137 receiving; Cierre Wood – 191 rushing) Total Offense Had 600 or more yards total offense: ........................................................................at Stanford, 2005 (663) Had 500-599 yards total offense: ...........................................................................vs. Maryland, 2011 (508) Had 400-499 yards total offense: ..................................................................vs. Boston College, 2011 (417) Had 85 or more plays total offense: ............................................................................... vs. Navy, 2007 (90) Had 75-84 plays total offense: .........................................................................vs. Boston College, 2011 (78) Scoring Scored 60 or more points: ............................................................................................vs. Rutgers, 1996 (62) Scored 50-59 points: ........................................................................................................ vs. Navy, 2011 (56) Scored 40-49 points: .................................................................................................vs. Maryland, 2011 (45) Scored 30-39 points: ......................................................................................................at Purdue, 2011 (38) Scored a two-point conversion: ........................................................................................at Pittsburgh, 2011 Allowed 60 or more points: ....................................................................................................................Never Allowed 50-59 points: .......................................................................................... at Miami (Fla.), 1985 (58) Allowed 40-49 points: .................................................................................................at Stanford, 2009 (45) Allowed 30-39 points: .......................................................................................................vs. USC, 2011 (31)

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Was held scoreless: ....................................................................................... at Boston College, 2008 (17-0) Was held scoreless at home: . ............................................................................................ USC, 2007 (38-0) Was held scoreless on the road: ................................................................... at Boston College, 2008 (17-0) Was held without offensive touchdown: ....................................................................... at USC, 2008 (38-3) Held opponent scoreless: ......................................................................................... vs. Nevada, 2009 (35-0) Held opponent scoreless at home: .......................................................................... vs. Nevada, 2009 (35-0) Held opponent scoreless on the road: .......................................................................at Purdue, 1993 (17-0) Held opponent without offensive touchdown:............................................................vs. Army, 2010 (27-3) Held opponent scoreless at neutral site: ................................................................vs. Maryland (Giants Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ), 2002 (22-0) Held two or more opponents scoreless in a season: ..................................................................................................2002 vs. Maryland (22-0) vs. Rutgers (42-0) Held three or more opponents scoreless in a season: ............................................................. 1976 vs. Purdue (23-0) at Northwestern (49-0), vs. Oregon (41-0) Held four or more opponents scoreless in a season: .........................................................1966 vs. Army (35-0) vs. North Carolina (32-0), at Oklahoma (38-0), ..................................................................................... vs. Pittsburgh (40-0) vs. Duke (64-0), at USC (51-0) Held five or more opponents scoreless in a season: .........................................................1966 vs. Army (35-0) vs. North Carolina (32-0), at Oklahoma (38-0), ..................................................................................... vs. Pittsburgh (40-0) vs. Duke (64-0), at USC (51-0) Held six or more opponents scoreless in a season: .........................................................1966 vs. Army (35-0) vs. North Carolina (32-0), at Oklahoma (38-0), ..................................................................................... vs. Pittsburgh (40-0) vs. Duke (64-0), at USC (51-0) Had multiple players with multiple TDs in a game: ............................................................................................vs. Navy, 2011 (Jonas Gray - 3, Cierre Wood - 2) Turnovers Did not commit a turnover: ..............................................................................................vs. Maryland, 2011 Committed six or more turnovers: ..................................................................................... vs. Navy, 1984 (6) Committed five turnovers: ........................................................................................... at Michigan, 2011 (5) Lost four or more fumbles: .................................................................................vs. Michigan State, 1999 (4) Lost three fumbles: ....................................................................................................... at Michigan, 2011 (3) Recorded six or more takeaways: ............................................................................... vs. Michigan, 2008 (6) Recorded five takeaways: ...................................................................................vs. Boston College, 2009 (5) Returned two or more interceptions for TDs: ...............................................................vs. Stanford, 2002 (2) ...............................................................................(Shane Walton - 18 yards, Courtney Watson - 34 yards) Returned an interception for a TD: .............................................................................vs. Maryland, 2011 (1) .........................................................................................................................................(Lo Wood - 57 yards) Returned a fumble for a TD: ........................................................................................ vs. Michigan, 2008 (1) ................................................................................................................................... (Brian Smith - 35 yards) Defense Held opponent 50 or fewer rushing yards:......................................................vs. Michigan State, 2011 (29) Held opponent to 100 or fewer passing yards: ............................................................... vs. Navy, 2011 (33) Held opponent to 201-300 yards total offense:.............................................vs. Boston College, 2011 (250) Held opponent to 200 or fewer yards total offense: .................................................... vs. Army, 2010 (174) Intercepted five or more passes: .....................................................................................vs. Purdue, 1988 (5) Intercepted four passes: ........................................................................................... vs. Miami, Fla., 2010 (4) Intercepted three passes: ............................................................................................. at Michigan, 2011 (3) Scored a safety: .....................................................................................................................at Stanford, 2003 Recorded nine or more sacks:.........................................................................................vs. Rutgers, 1996 (9) Recorded eight sacks: ........................................................................... vs. Hawai'i (Hawai'i Bowl), 2008 (8) Recorded seven sacks: ....................................................................................................at Stanford, 2005 (7) Recorded six sacks: ......................................................................................................at Pittsburgh, 2011 (6) Recorded five sacks: ............................................................................................................vs. Tulsa, 2010 (5) Held opponent to 10 or fewer first downs:........................................................................vs. Army, 2010 (8) Special Teams Returned a punt for a TD: ..........................................................at Pittsburgh, 2009 (Golden Tate, 87 yards) Returned a blocked punt for a TD: .................................................vs. Utah, 2010 (Robert Blanton, 6 yards) Returned a kickoff for a TD: .....................................................vs. USC, 2011 (George Atkinson III, 96 yards) Returned a blocked FG for a TD..............................................at Air Force, 2006 (Terrail Lambert, 76 yards) Blocked a punt: .............................................................................................vs. Utah, 2010 (Robert Blanton) Punted 10 or more times: ....................................................................................................... USC, 2007 (10)

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Special Teams Scored 15 or more points kicking:....................................................Nick Tausch vs. Washington, 2009 (17) Scored 10-14 points kicking: ......................................................David Ruffer vs. Boston College, 2011 (10) Kicked five or more field goals:...........................................................Nick Tausch vs. Washington, 2009 (5) Kicked four field goals: ...................................................................Brandon Walker vs. Pittsburgh, 2008 (4) Kicked two field goals of 50 or more yards: ...........................................................................................Never Kicked a field goal of 50 or more yards:.............................................. David Ruffer vs. Maryland, 2011 (52) Kicked a punt 70 or more yards:.....................................................................Jim Yoder vs. Texas, 1971 (71) Kicked a punt 60-69 yards: .............................................................................Geoff Price vs. PSU, 2006 (62) Punted 10 or more times: ...............................................................................Geoff Price vs. USC, 2007 (10) Totaled 175 or more kickoff return yards:....................................... George Atkinson III vs. USC, 2011 (178) Totaled 100 or more punt return yards:.............................................Golden Tate at Pittsburgh, 2009 (101)

Passing Had 400 or more yards: ............................................................................................Washington, 2005 (408) Had 300-399 yards: .............................................................................................Michigan State, 2011 (329) Had 60 or more pass attempts: ....................................................................................Tennessee, 1990 (60)

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

THIS IS NOTRE DAME

Rushing Had 400 or more yards: ...............................................................................................Pittsburgh, 1975 (411) Had 300-399 yards: ....................................................................................................... Air Force, 2011 (363) Had 200-299 yards: ............................................................................................................... USC, 2011 (219) Had 50 or more rushing attempts: ........................................................................................Navy, 2011 (50) Had five or more rush TDs: ........................................................................................................ USC, 2005 (5) Had four rush TDs: ....................................................................................................................Navy, 2010 (4) Had two or more players with 100 rush yards in a game: ...........................................................Navy, 2009 ........................................................................................................ (Vince Murray - 158, Ricky Dobbs - 102)

BOWL HISTORY

AN OPPOSING TEAM

2011 SEASON REVIEW

Passing Passed for 500 or more yards: ................................................................ Joe Theismann at USC, 1970 (526) Passed for 400-499 yards: ................................................................... Jimmy Clausen vs. Navy, 2009 (452) Passed for 300-399 yards: .................................................................Tommy Rees at Michigan, 2011 (315) Attempted 50 or more passes:...................................................................Tommy Rees vs. Tulsa, 2010 (54) Attempted 40-49 passes: .........................................................................Tommy Rees at Purdue, 2011 (40) Attempted 30-39 passes: ...........................................................Tommy Rees vs. Boston College, 2011 (39) Completed 30 or more passes: .......................................................... Tommy Rees vs. Maryland, 2011 (30) Completed 20-29 passes: ..........................................................Tommy Rees vs. Boston College, 2011 (24) Threw six TDs: ................................................................................................. Brady Quinn vs. BYU, 2005 (6) Threw five or more TDs: .......................................................................Jimmy Clausen at Stanford, 2009 (5) Threw four or more TDs: ........................................................................Tommy Rees vs. Air Force, 2011 (4) Threw three or more TDs............................................................................Tommy Rees at Purdue, 2011 (3) Threw five or more interceptions: ................................................................................................Before 1975 Threw four interceptions: .......................................................... Jimmy Clausen at Boston College, 2008 (4) Threw three interceptions: ..............................................................................Tommy Rees at USC, 2010 (3) Completed a pass of 90 yards or more:................................................. Dayne Crist vs. Michigan, 2010 (95) Completed a pass of 80-89 yards:...........................................Dayne Crist vs. Western Michigan, 2010 (80) Completed a pass of 70-79 yards:......................................................Jimmy Clausen at Stanford, 2009 (78) Completed a pass of 60-69 yards:........................................... Dayne Crist vs. Washington State, 2009 (64) Completed a pass of 50-59 yards: .............................................................Tommy Rees vs. Navy, 2011 (56)

Defense Intercepted three or more passes:...................................................Harrison Smith vs. Miami, Fla., 2010 (3) Intercepted two passes:............................................................. Kyle McCarthy vs. Boston College, 2009 (2) Recovered three or more fumbles: .........................................................................................................Never Forced two fumbles: ..............................................................................Maurice Crum, Jr. at UCLA, 2007 (2) Recovered two fumbles: .........................................................................Brian Smith vs. Michigan, 2008 (2) Recorded 20 or more tackles: ..................................................................Manti Te'o vs. Stanford, 2010 (21) Recorded 15-20 tackles: ..................................David Bruton (16), Kyle McCarthy (15) vs. Pittsburgh, 2008 Recorded 10-14 tackles: ................................................................. Manti Te'o vs. Boston College, 2011 (12) Recorded 4.0 or more sacks: .............................................................Victor Abiamiri at Stanford, 2005 (4.0) Recorded 3.0-3.5 sacks: ...................................................................Victor Abiamiri vs. Stanford, 2006 (3.0) Recorded 2.0-2.5 sacks: .................................................................Darius Fleming at Pittsburgh, 2011 (2.0)

COACHES & STAFF

Rushing Rushed for 300 or more yards: ................................................................................................................Never Rushed for 250-299 yards:..................................................................Julius Jones at Pittsburgh, 2003 (262) Rushed for 200-249 yards: ....................................................................Julius Jones at Stanford, 2003 (218) Rushed for 175-199 yards: ..................................................................... Cierre Wood at Purdue, 2011 (191) Rushed for 150-174 yards: .................................................................... Darius Walker vs. Army, 2006 (162) Rushed for 125-149 yards: ...................................................................Jonas Gray vs. Maryland, 2011 (136) Rushed for 100-124 yards: ...........................................................Andrew Hendrix vs. Air Force, 2001 (111) Quarterback rushed for 100 or more yards: ................................Andrew Hendrix vs. Air Force, 2001 (111) Rushed 40 or more times: .............................................................................Allen Pinkett at LSU, 1984 (40) Rushed 35-39 times: .....................................................................................Julius Jones vs. BYU, 2003 (35) Rushed 30-34 times: ..............................................................................James Aldridge vs. Navy, 2007 (32) Rushed 25-29 times: ...................................................................Cierre Wood vs. Boston College, 2011 (26) Rushed for four or more TDs: .................................................................. Emmett Mosley vs. Navy, 1994 (4) Rushed for three TDs: .......................................................................................Jonas Gray vs. Navy, 2011 (3) Rushed for two TDs: .................................................................................Jonas Gray vs. Maryland, 2011 (2) Had a run of 80 yards or more:...............................................Terrance Howard at West Virginia, 2000 (80) Had a run of 70-79 yards: ..............................................................Andrew Hendrix vs. Air Force, 2011 (78) Had a run of 60-69 yards: ..............................................................................Brady Quinn at USC, 2006 (60) Had a run of 50-59 yards: ........................................................................ Cierre Wood at Purdue, 2011 (55)

Scoring Accounted for four or more touchdowns:................................Tommy Rees vs. Air Force, 2010 (4 passing) Accounted for three touchdowns:...................................................... Jonas Gray vs. Navy, 2011 (3 rushing)

THE FIGHTING IRISH

A NOTRE DAME PLAYER

Total Offense Had 500 or more yards total offense: ..................................................... Joe Theismann at USC, 1970 (512) Had 400-499 yards total offense: ........................................................ Jimmy Clausen vs. Navy, 2009 (447) Had 100 yards both passing and rushing: ...................................................................Jarious Jackson vs. Oklahoma, 1999 (276 passing, 107 rushing)

GAME NOTES

Miscellaneous Had 30 or more first downs: .................................................................................... va. Maryland, 2011 (30) Had 20-29 first downs: ................................................................................................at Stanford, 2011 (20) Was not penalized: ...................................................................................................................... at LSU, 1997 Had 10 or more penalties: ............................................................................................at Stanford, 2011 (10) Had 120 or more yards in penalties: ..........................................................................at Rutgers, 2000 (120) Had 40 minutes or more of possession time:........................................vs. Washington State, 2009 (40:54) Had 35-40 minutes of possession time:................................................................at Michigan, 2011 (37:01) Was involved in a tie game: .........................................................................................at USC, 1994 (17-17) Was involved in an overtime game: ...........................................................at Michigan State, 2010 (31-34)

Receiving Caught 15 or more passes: ......................................................................................................................Never Caught 10-14 passes: ...............................................................Michael Floyd vs. Boston College, 2011 (10) Caught seven to nine passes:.................................................................. Michael Floyd at Stanford, 2011 (8) Had 200 or more yards receiving: .........................................................Golden Tate at Stanford, 2009 (201) Had 175-199 yards receiving:.............................................................Michael Floyd vs. Nevada, 2009 (189) Had 150-174 yards receiving: ..........................................................Michael Floyd at Michigan, 2011 (159) Had 100-149 yards receiving: ................................................................Michael Floyd vs. Navy, 2011 (121) Caught four or more TDs:...........................................................................Maurice Stovall vs. BYU, 2005 (4) Caught three TDs: ...............................................................Michigan Floyd vs. Western Michigan, 2010 (3) Caught two TDs: ..................................................................................... Theo Riddick at Michigan, 2011 (2)

MEDIA INFO

Did not punt: ............................................................................................................................. vs. Navy, 2009 Blocked a field goal: .................................................................................................vs. Boston College, 2007 Had a field goal blocked: ........................................................................................................at Purdue, 2011 Blocked a PAT kick:..............................................................................................................vs. Air Force, 2011 Scored on a blocked PAT attempt: ..........................................................................................vs. Texas, 1995 Missed a kicking PAT: .................................................................................................................. at USC, 2010 Had a kicking PAT blocked: ......................................................................................................vs. Tulsa, 2010 Opponent scored on a blocked PAT attempt: .........................................................................vs. Tulsa, 2010 Had a punt blocked: .................................................................................................. at Boston College, 2008

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Game Notes The Last Time Had 50-59 pass attempts: .....................................................................................Michigan State, 2011 (53) Had 40-49 pass attempts:.............................................................................................Miami, Fla., 2010 (40) Had 30 or more pass completions: .......................................................................Michigan State, 2011 (34) Had five or more passing TDs: .................................................................................................. USC, 2004 (5) Had four passing TDs: ......................................................................................................... Stanford, 2011 (4) Had three passing TDs: .............................................................................................................. USC, 2011 (3) Receiving Had two players with 100 receiving yards in a game: .................................................................. USC, 2009 .................................................................................................(Anthony McCoy 153, Damien Williams 108) Total Offense Had 600 or more yards total offense: .....................................................Ohio State, 2006 Fiesta Bowl (617) Had 500-599 yards total offense: ................................................................................. Air Force, 2011 (565) Had 400-499 yards total offense: ..................................................................................Stanford, 2011 (429) Had 80 or more plays: ..................................................................................................... Air Force, 2011 (88) Had 75-79 plays: ..................................................................................................................... USC, 2011 (79) Scoring Scored 60 or more points: .......................................................................................................................Never Scored 50-59 points: ..................................................................................................Miami (Fla.), 1985 (58) Scored 40-49 points: ........................................................................................................Stanford, 2009 (45) Scored 30-39 points: ............................................................................................................... USC, 2011 (31) Scored a two-point conversion: ...............................................................................................Air Force, 2011

Rushing Rushed for 300 or more yards: .............................................................Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, 1975 (303) Rushed for 200-299 yards: ...................................................................... Alexander Teich, Navy, 2010 (210) Rushed for 150-199 yards:...................................................................... Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh, 2009 (154) Rushed for 100-149 yards: .................................................................... Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, 2011 (120) Rushed 40 or more times: .................................................................. Craig Heyward, Pittsburgh, 1987 (42) Rushed 30-39 times: ........................................................................................Ricky Dobbs, Navy, 2009 (31) Rushed 25-29 times: ................................................................................. Alexander Teich, Navy, 2010 (26) Rushed for five or more TDs:.......................................................................Walter Reyes, Syracuse, 2003 (5) Rushed for four or more TDs: .....................................................................Walter Reyes, Syracuse, 2003 (5) Rushed for three or more TDs: ...........................................................................Ricky Dobbs, Navy, 2010 (3) Rushed for two or more TDs: ........................................................Alex Carder, Western Michigan, 2010 (2) Had a run of 80 yards or more:......................................................... Denard Robinson, Michigan, 2010 (87) Had a run of 70-79 yards:.........................................................................Walter Reyes, Syracuse, 2003 (71) Had a run of 60-69 yards:...............................................................Javon Ringer, Michigan State, 2008 (63) Had a run of 50-59 yards: ......................................................................... Alexander Teich, Navy, 2010 (54)

Turnovers Did not commit a turnover: ...........................................................................................Boston College, 2011 Had three or more fumbles lost: .......................................................................................Michigan, 2011 (3) Intercepted five or more passes: ............................................................................................... USC, 1967 (7) Intercepted four passes: ....................................................................................................... Purdue, 2003 (4) Intercepted three passes: ...........................................................................................................USF, 2011 (3) Returned an interception for a TD: ................................................................................................Tulsa, 2010 ..............................................................................................................................(Shawn Jackson - 66 yards) Returned a fumble for a TD: ............................................................................................................ USC, 2011 ...........................................................................................................................(Jawanza Starling - 80 yards)

Passing Passed for 500 or more yards: ................................................................................................................Never Passed for 400-499 yards: ..............................................................................Matt Leinart, USC, 2004 (400) Passed for 300-399 yards: ............................................................Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, 2011 (329) Attempted 60 or more passes: .................................................................Andy Kelly, Tennessee, 1990 (60) Attempted 50-59 passes: ................................................................Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, 2011 (53) Attempted 40-49 passes: ............................................................Alex Carder, Western Michigan, 2010 (43) Completed 30 or more passes: .......................................................Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, 2011 (34) Completed 20-29 passes: .........................................................................Andrew Luck, Stanford, 2011 (20) Threw five or more TDs:.......................................................................................Matt Leinart, USC, 2004 (5) Threw four TDs: ...........................................................................................Andrew Luck, Stanford, 2011 (4) Threw three TDs: .................................................................................................. Matt Barley, USC, 2011 (3) Completed a pass of 90 yards or more: ..........................................................Kyle Orton, Purdue, 2004 (97) Completed a pass of 80-89 yards: .............................................................Curtis Painter, Purdue, 2006 (88) Completed a pass of 70-79 yards: ...................................................Denard Robinson, Michigan, 2011 (77) Completed a pass of 60-69 yards: ...................................................Denard Robinson, Michigan, 2011 (64) Completed a pass of 50-59 yards:.............................................................Andrew Luck, Stanford, 2010 (55)

Defense Held ND to 10 or fewer first downs: ....................................................................................... USC, 2007 (10) Scored a safety: ........................................................................................................................... Purdue, 2010 Held ND to 50 or fewer rushing yards: ................................................................................... USC, 2011 (41) Held ND to 101-200 passing yards: ........................................................................ Wake Forest, 2011 (166) Held ND to 100 or fewer passing yards: ...............................................................................UCLA, 2007 (94) Held ND to 201-300 yards total offense: .............................................................................. USC, 2011 (267) Held ND to 200 or fewer yards total offense: ....................................................................... USC, 2007 (165)

Receiving Caught 10 or more passes: .............................................................................Robert Woods, USC, 2011 (12) Caught seven to nine passes: ...................................................................Antavian Edison, Purdue, 2011 (7) Had 200 or more yards receiving: ......................................................... Selwyn Lymon, Purdue, 2006 (238) Had 150-199 yards receiving: ...............................................B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State, 2011 (158) Had 100-149 yards receiving: ......................................................................Robert Woods, USC, 2011 (119) Caught three or more TD passes: ................................................................... Dwayne Jarrett, USC, 2006 (3) Caught two TD passes: .................................................................................Coby Fleener, Stanford, 2011 (2)

Special Teams Returned a punt for a TD: .............................................................Tulsa, 2010 (Damaris Johnson - 59 yards) Returned a blocked punt for a TD: ................................................................................ Michigan State, 2004 .................................................................................................................................. (Jerramy Scott - 0 yards) Returned a kickoff for a TD:........................................................Michigan, 2009 (Darryl Stonum - 94 yards) Punted 10 or more times: ..................................................................................... Boston College, 2010 (11) Did not punt: .......................................................................................................................Miami (Fla.), 1985 Missed a kicking PAT: .................................................................................................... Michigan State, 2009

Scoring Accounted for five or more touchdowns: ...........Denard Robinson, Michigan, 2011 (4 passing, 1 rushing) Accounted for four touchdowns: ..................................................Andrew Luck, Stanford, 2011 (4 passing) Accounted for three touchdowns:.........................................................Matt Barkley, USC, 2011 (3 passing)

Miscellaneous Had 30 or more first downs: ........................................................................................... Air Force, 2011 (32) Had 20-29 first downs: ....................................................................................................Stanford, 2011 (23) Had 10 or more penalties: ................................................................................................Stanford, 2011 (11) Had 100 or more yards in penalties: .............................................................................Stanford, 2011 (113) Had 35 minutes or more of possession time: ...................................................................USC, 2011 (39:11) Had one 100-yard receiver and one 100-yard rusher: .................................................................. USC, 2011 ..........................................................................(Curtis McNeal, 118 rushing, Robert Woods, 119 receiving)

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Defense Intercepted three or more passes: ............................................................Rod Johnson, N.C. State, 2003 (3) Intercepted two passes: ............................................................................ Josh Bush, Wake Forest, 2011 (2) Recorded three or more sacks: ........................................................................Bruce Davis, UCLA, 2007 (3.0) Recorded two sacks: ...............................................................................Chase Thomas, Stanford, 2011 (2.0) Special Teams Kicked four or more field goals: ...............................................................Nate Whitaker, Stanford, 2010 (5) Kicked a field goal 50 or more yards: ................................................................Matt Payne, BYU, 2004 (53) Kicked a punt of 65 or more yards:........................................................Jared Armstrong, Purdue, 2006 (69) Totaled 100 or more kick return yards: .........................................Lovell Jackson, Wake Forest, 2011 (114)

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Game Notes Notre Dame Football Two-Deep Depth Chart

5-11 187 So./2 6-3 207 Sr./3

Notre Dame Defense DE 90 Ethan Johnson 6-4 300 Sr./4 19 Aaron Lynch 6-6 265 Fr./1

WR

5-9 185 Jr./2 5-11 187 So./2

NG or

9 98

Louis Nix III Sean Cwynar

6-3 6-4

LT 70 72

Zack Martin 6-4 303 Jr./2 Nick Martin 6-4 1/4 280 Fr./1

DE

7 50

Stephon Tuitt Chase Hounshell

6-6 1/4 295 Fr./1 6-4 1/4 265 Fr./1

LG

Chris Watt Bruce Heggie

6-3 6-5

310 280

Jr./2 So./1

OLB 45 1

Darius Fleming 6-2 255 Sr./4 Ishaq Williams 6-5 255 Fr./1

C 57 76 RG 78 65

Mike Golic Jr. Andrew Nuss

6-3 6-5

295 303

Sr./3 Gr./4

Dan Fox 6-3 240 Jr./2 Carlo Calabrese 6-1 245 Jr./2

Trevor Robinson 6-5 311 Sr./4 Conor Hanratty 6-4 1/2 315 Fr./1

ILB 48 or 44 ILB 5 8

Manti Te'o Kendall Moore

6-2 255 Jr./3 6-1 242 So./1

RT 75 74

Taylor Dever Christian Lombard

6-5 301 Gr./4 6-5 301 So./1

OLB 55 58

Prince Shembo Troy Niklas

6-2 250 So./2 6-6 1/2 250 Fr./1

TE 80 18 or 82

Tyler Eifert Ben Koyack Alex Welch

6-6 249 Jr./2 6-5 253 Fr./1 6-4 245 So./1

CB

12 23

Robert Blanton Lo Wood

6-1 5-10

200 195

Sr./4 So./2

WR 3 87

Michael Floyd Daniel Smith

6-3 224 Sr./4 6-4 215 So./1

S

22 15

HARRISON SMITH Dan McCarthy

6-2 6-2

214 205

Gr./4 Sr./3

QB

11 12

Tommy Rees Andrew Hendrix

6-2 6-2

215 220

So./2 So./1

S 26 or 17 28

Jamoris Slaughter Zeke Motta Austin Collinsworth

6-0 198 Sr./3 6-2 215 Jr./3 6-1 200 So./2

RB

20 6

Cierre Wood Theo Riddick

6-0 5-11

215 198

Jr./2 Jr./3

CB 4 2

Gary Gray Bennett Jackson

5-11 195 Gr./4 6-0 185 So./2

9 7

LS

50 60

Ryan Kavanagh 6-3 200 Sr./3 Jordan Cowart 6-2 215 Jr./3

SS

60 50

Jordan Cowart Ryan Kavanagh

6-2 6-3

215 200

Jr./3 Sr./3

81 3

John Goodman 6-3 207 Sr./3 Michael Floyd 6-3 224 Sr./4

KR

34 28 6 2

George Atkinson III 6-1 1/4 200 Fr./1 Austin Collinsworth 6-1 200 So./2 Theo Riddick 5-11 198 Jr. /3 Bennett Jackson 6-0 185 So./2

KO

27 97

Kyle Brindza David Ruffer

ALL CAPS - returning starter from 2010

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6-1 219 Fr./1 6-1 193 Gr./4

THIS IS NOTRE DAME

PR or

BOWL HISTORY

5-11 196 Jr./3 6-1 219 Fr./1

2011 SEASON REVIEW

P 35 Ben Turk 27 Kyle Brindza

Notre Dame Special Teams HLD 50 Ryan Kavanagh 6-3 200 Sr./3 35 Ben Turk 5-11 196 Jr./3

COACHES & STAFF

6-1 193 Gr./4 6-0 190 Jr./3 6-1 219 Fr./1

So./1 Gr./3

THE FIGHTING IRISH

Notre Dame Special Teams PK 97 David Ruffer 40 Nick Tausch 27 Kyle Brindza

326 285

GAME NOTES

66 51

Robby Toma TJ Jones

MEDIA INFO

Notre Dame Offense WR 7 TJ Jones 81 John Goodman

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Game Notes Notre Dame Football Roster Information Numerical No. Name 1 Deion Walker 1 Ishaq Williams 2 Bennett Jackson 3 Michael Floyd 4 Gary Gray 5 Everett Golson 5 Manti Te’o 6 Theo Riddick 7 TJ Jones 7 Stephon Tuitt 8 Kendall Moore 9 Louis Nix III 9 Robby Toma 11 Tommy Rees 12 Robert Blanton 12 Andrew Hendrix 13 Danny Spond 14 Luke Massa 15 Dan McCarthy 16 DaVaris Daniels 17 Zeke Motta 17 Matthew Mulvey 18 Ben Koyack 19 Aaron Lynch 20 Cierre Wood 21 Jalen Brown 22 Harrison Smith 23 Lo Wood 24 Chris Salvi 25 Jonas Gray 26 Jamoris Slaughter 27 Kyle Brindza 28 Austin Collinsworth 29 Patrick Coughlin 30 Ben Councell 31 Cameron Roberson 32 Andrew Plaska 33 Cam McDaniel 34 George Atkinson III 34 Eilar Hardy 35 Joe Romano 35 Ben Turk 36 David Posluszny 37 Mike Grieco 37 Eric Lee 38 Nick Fitzpatrick 38 Joe Schmidt 39 Ryan Liebscher 39 Ryan Sheehan 40 Connor Cavalaris 40 Nick Tausch 41 Matthias Farley 42 Nick Lezynski 43 Josh Atkinson 44 Carlo Calabrese 45 Darius Fleming 46 Steve Filer 47 Jonathan Frantz 48 Dan Fox 49 Blake Breslau

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Pos WR OLB CB WR CB QB ILB WR WR DE ILB NG WR QB CB QB OLB WR S WR S QB TE DE RB CB S CB S RB S K/P S RB OLB RB CB RB RB S CB P ILB P RB/WR WR ILB WR CB S K WR CB CB ILB OLB OLB OLB ILB S

Alphabetical No. Name 34 Atkinson III, George 43 Atkinson, Josh 12 ***Blanton, Robert 49 Breslau, Blake+ 27 Brindza, Kyle 21 Brown, Jalen 44 *Calabrese, Carlo 56 Carrico, Brad 40 Cavalaris, Connor+ 52 **Cave, Braxston 73 *Clelland, Lane 28 *Collinsworth, Austin 29 *Coughlin, Patrick+ 30 Councell, Ben 60 **Cowart, Jordan 98 **Cwynar, Sean 16 Daniels, DaVaris 75 **Dever, Taylor *Eifert, Tyler 80 41 Farley, Matthias ***Filer, Steve 46 38 Fitzpatrick, Nick+ 45 ***Fleming, Darius ***Floyd, Michael 3 *Fox, Dan 48 47 Frantz, Jonathan+ Golic, Jake 88 *Golic Jr., Mike 57 Golson, Everett 5 **Goodman, John 81 Grace, Jarrett 59 ***Gray, Gary 4 **Gray, Jonas 25 Grieco, Mike+ 37 Hanratty, Conor 65 Hardy, Eilar 34 Hegarty, Matt 77 Heggie, Bruce 51 Hendrix, Andrew 12 Hounshell, Chase 50 2 *Jackson, Bennett 90 ***Johnson, Ethan *Jones, TJ 7 50 *Kavanagh, Ryan+ Koyack, Ben 18 37 Lee, Eric+ 89 **Lewis-Moore, Kapron *Lezynski, Nick+ 42 39 Liebscher, Ryan+ Little, Connor+ 93 74 Lombard, Christian 19 Lynch, Aaron 71 Mahoney, Dennis+ 72 Martin, Nick *Martin, Zack 70 86 Martinez, Arturo+ Massa, Luke 14 15 McCarthy, Dan 33 McDaniel, Cam 54 **McDonald, Anthony

Pos. RB CB CB S K/P CB ILB OT S C OT S RB OLB LS DE WR OT TE WR OLB WR OLB WR ILB OLB TE C QB WR ILB CB RB P OG S OT C/OG QB DE CB DE WR LS TE WR/RB DE CB WR LB OT DE OT C/OG OT TE WR S RB ILB

Ht. 6-1.25 5-11.5 6-1 5-10 6-1 6-0.5 6-1 6-5 5-10 6-3 6-5 6-1 6-0 6-4.5 6-2 6-4 6-1.5 6-5 6-6 5-10.5 6-3 5-8 6-2 6-3 6-3 6-2 6-4 6-3 6-0 6-3 6-2.5 5-11 5-10 6-1 6-4.5 5-11.25 6-4.5 6-5 6-2 6-4.25 6-0 6-4 5-11 6-3 6-5 5-9 6-4 5-9 5-11 6-3 6-5 6-6 6-7 6-4.25 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-2 5-9.75 6-2

Wt. 200 185 200 180 219 198 245 290 180 303 297 200 200 230 215 285 185 301 249 194 245 170 255 224 240 215 245 295 185 207 240 195 230 185 315 177 291 280 220 265 185 300 187 200 253 180 300 180 190 225 301 265 294 280 303 250 220 205 192 238

Cl./Elg.^ Fr./1 Fr./1 Sr./4 Jr./2 Fr./1 Fr./1 Jr./2 Fr./1 Fr./1 Sr./3 Sr./3 So./2 Gr./4 Fr./1 Jr./3 Gr./3 Fr./1 Gr./4 Jr./2 Fr./1 Sr./4 Jr./2 Sr./4 Sr./4 Jr./2 Sr./3 Jr./2 Sr./3 Fr./1 Sr./3 Fr./1 Gr./4 Sr./4 Sr./3 Fr./1 Fr./1 Fr./1 So./1 So./1 Fr./1 So./2 Sr./4 So./2 Sr./3 Fr./1 Fr./1 Sr./3 Gr./4 So./1 Fr./1 So./1 Fr./1 Sr./3 Fr./1 Jr./2 So./1 So./1 Sr./3 Fr./1 Sr./3

Hometown/High School Stockton, CA/Granada Stockton, CA/Granada Matthews, NC/Butler San Diego, CA/Francis Parker Canton, MI/Plymouth Irving, TX/MacArthur Verona, NJ/Verona Dublin, OH/Coffman Lake Forest, IL/Lake Forest Mishawaka, IN/Penn Owings Mills, MD/McDonogh School Fort Thomas, KY/Highlands Oak Lawn, IL/Brother Rice Asheville, NC/A.C. Reynolds Plantation, FL/St. Thomas Aquinas McHenry, IL/Marian Central Catholic Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills Nevada City, CA/Nevada Union Fort Wayne, IN/Bishop Dwenger Charlotte, NC/Christian Chicago, IL/Mount Carmel Mishawaka, IN/Marian Chicago, IL/St. Rita St. Paul, MN/Cretin-Derham Hall Rocky River, OH/St. Ignatius Avon Lake, OH/St. Ignatius West Hartford, CT/Northwest Catholic West Hartford, CT/Northwest Catholic Myrtle Beach, SC/Myrtle Beach Fort Wayne, IN/Bishop Dwenger Cincinnati, OH/Colerain Columbia, SC/Richland Northeast Pontiac, MI/Detroit Country Day Glen Ellyn, IL/St. Ignatius New Canaan, CT/New Canaan Reynoldsburg, OH/Pickerington Central Aztec, NM/Atec Sorrento, FL/Mount Dora Cincinnati, OH/Moeller Kirtland, OH/Lake Catholic Hazlet, NJ (Raritan) Portland, OR/Lincoln Gainesville, GA/Gainesville West Chester, PA/Salesianum (Del.) Oil City, PA/Oil City West Des Moines, IA/Dowling Catholic Weatherford, TX/Weatherford Newton, PA/Notre Dame High School Colorado Springs, CO/Cheyenne Mountain Lake Elmo, MN/Hill-Murray Inverness, IL/Fremd Cape Coral, FL/Island Coast Baltimore, MD/Boys Latin High School Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard Miami, FL/Belen Jesuit Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney Coppell,TX/Coppell Burbank, CA/Notre Dame

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NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

COACHES & STAFF

Tausch, Nick – TOWSH Te’o, Manti – TAY-oh, MAN-tie Toma, Robby – TOE-muh Tuitt, Stephon – TWO-it, stuh-FON Utupo, Justin – you-TOO-poe Williams, Hafis – hah-FEESE Williams, Ishaq – EE-shack Wood, Cierre – see-AIR

THE FIGHTING IRISH

Filer, Steve – FY-ler Hardy, Eilar – EYE-lar Heggie, Bruce – HEGG-ee Koyack, Ben – KOY-ack Lewis-Moore, Kapron – cap-rin Massa, Luke – MASS-uh Mulvey, Matthew – MULL-vee Posluszny, David – poz-LUZ-nee Schwenke, Kona – sh-wenk-ee, COE-nuh Slaughter, Jamoris – juh-MORE-iss

Pos RB DE LS C/OG ILB C ILB ILB OLB OT ILB C OLB ILB LS OL OT OG OG NG OT OT C/OG OT OT OT OT OT OG OT TE WR TE TE WR TE WR TE DE DE NG LB NG DE K NG NG

GAME NOTES

Pronunciation Guide Brindza, Kyle – BRIND-zuh Calabrese, Carlo – CAL-uh-breeze Carrico, Brad – CARE-uh-co Clelland, Lane – CLELL-und Coughlin, Patrick – COG-linn Cowart, Jordan – COW-ert Cwynar, Sean – SWIN-are Daniels, DaVaris – duh-VAR-iss Dever, Taylor – dever (rhymes with never) Eifert, Tyler – EYE-fert

Numerical (CONT.) No. Name 49 Tyler Plantz 50 Chase Hounshell 50 Ryan Kavanagh 51 Bruce Heggie 51 Sean Oxley 52 Braxston Cave 53 Justin Utupo 54 Anthony McDonald 55 Prince Shembo 56 Brad Carrico 56 Anthony Rabasa 57 Mike Golic Jr. 58 Troy Niklas 59 Jarrett Grace 60 Jordan Cowart 62 Matt Tansey 64 Tate Nichols 65 Connor Hanratty 66 Chris Watt 69 Tony Springmann 70 Zack Martin 71 Dennis Mahoney 72 Nick Martin 73 Lane Clelland 74 Christian Lombard 75 Taylor Dever 76 Andrew Nuss 77 Matt Hegarty 78 Trevor Robinson 79 Jordan Prestwood 80 Tyler Eifert 81 John Goodman 82 Alex Welch 83 Mike Ragone 85 Ryan Sharpley 86 Arturo Martinez 87 Daniel Smith 88 Jake Golic 89 Kapron Lewis-Moore 90 Ethan Johnson 92 Tyler Stockton 93 Connor Little 94 Hafis Williams 96 Kona Schwenke 97 David Ruffer 98 Sean Cwynar 99 Brandon Newman

MEDIA INFO

Alphabetical (CONT.) No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl./Elg.^ Hometown/High School Moore, Kendall ILB 6-1 242 So./1 Raleigh, NC/Southeast Raleigh 8 17 **Motta, Zeke S 6-2 215 Jr./3 Vero Beach, FL/Vero Beach 17 Mulvey, Matthew+ QB 6-2 191 Sr./3 Del Mar, CA/LaJolla 99 Newman, Brandon NG 6-0 303 Sr./3 Louisville, KY/Pleasure Ridge Park 64 Nichols, Tate OT 6-8 320 So./1 Walton, KY/Ryle Niklas, Troy OLB 6-6.5 250 Fr./1 Fullerton, CA/Servite 58 9 Nix III, Louis NG 6-3 326 So./1 Jacksonville, FL/Raines 76 **Nuss, Andrew OG 6-5 303 Gr./4 Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge 51 Oxley, Sean+ ILB 6-2 235 Sr./3 Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake 49 Plantz, Tyler+ RB 5-9 195 So./1 Frankfort, IL/Providence Catholic Plaska, Andrew+ CB 5-11 185 Sr./3 Zeeland, MI/Zeeland West 32 36 *Posluszny, David ILB 6-0 235 Sr./3 Aliquippa, PA/Hopewell 79 Prestwood, Jordan OT 6-5 287 Fr./1 Plant City, FL/Plant City 56 Rabasa, Anthony ILB 6-3 240 Fr./1 Miami, FL/Columbus 83 ***Ragone, Mike TE 6-4 250 Gr./4 Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic *Rees, Tommy QB 6-2 215 So./2 Lake Forest, IL/Lake Forest 11 6 **Riddick, Theo WR 5-11 198 Jr./3 Manville, NJ/Immaculata 31 Roberson, Cameron RB 6-0 218 So./1 Newbury Park, CA/Newbury Park 78 ***Robinson, Trevor OG 6-5 311 Sr./4 Elkhorn, NE/Elkhorn 35 Romano, Joe+ CB 5-9 173 So./1 River Forest, IL/Fenwick 97 *Ruffer, David K 6-1 193 Gr./4 Oakton, VA/Gonzaga *Salvi, Chris+ S 5-10 190 Sr./3 Lake Forest, IL/Carmel Catholic 24 38 Schmidt, Joe+ ILB 6-0.25 220 Fr./1 Orange, CA/Mater Dei *Schwenke, Kona DE 6-4 285 So./2 Hauula, HI/Kahuku 96 85 Sharpley, Ryan+ WR 6-4 210 Sr./1 Marshall, MI/Marshall 39 *Sheehan, Ryan+ CB 5-10 177 Gr./4 Purcellville, VA/Loudown Valley *Shembo, Prince OLB 6-2 250 So./2 Charlotte, NC/Ardrey Kell 55 **Slaughter, Jamoris S 6-0 198 Sr./4 Stone Mountain, GA/Tucker 26 87 *Smith, Daniel WR 6-4 215 So./2 South Bend, IN/Clay 22 ***Smith, Harrison S 6-2 214 Gr./4 Knoxville, TN/Knoxville Catholic 13 *Spond, Danny OLB 6-2 242 So./2 Littleton, CO/Columbine Springmann, Tony NG 6-5.5 280 Fr./1 Fort Wayne, IN/Bishop Dwenger 69 92 Stockton, Tyler NG 6-0 290 Jr./2 Linwood, NJ/Hun School Tansey, Matt+ OL 6-6 265 Jr./2 Berkeley Heights, NJ/Governor Livingston 62 40 *Tausch, Nick K 6-0 190 Jr./3 Plano, TX/Jesuit 5 **Te’o, Manti ILB 6-2 255 Jr./3 Laie, HI/Punahou *Toma, Robby WR 5-9 185 Jr./3 Laie, HI/Punahou 9 7 Tuitt, Stephon DE 6-6.25 295 Fr./1 Monroe, GA/Monroe 35 *Turk, Ben P 5-11 196 Jr./3 Davie, FL/St. Thomas Aquinas Utupo, Justin ILB 6-1 251 So./1 Lakewood, CA/Lakewood 53 1 Walker, Deion WR 6-3 206 Sr./3 Christchurch, VA/Christchurch *Watt, Chris OG 6-3 310 Jr./2 Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West 66 Welch, Alex TE 6-4 245 So./1 Cincinnati, OH/Elder 82 94 *Williams, Hafis NG 6-1 295 Sr./3 Elizabeth, NJ/Elizabeth 1 Williams, Ishaq OLB 6-5 255 Fr./1 Brooklyn, NY/Lincoln 20 *Wood, Cierre RB 6-0 215 Jr./2 Oxnard, CA/Santa Clara 23 *Wood, Lo CB 5-10 195 So./2 Apopka, FL/Apopka ^ Class is the academic year they will be this fall/Eligibility is the athletic season they will be this fall * Number of monograms earned + Walk-on Player

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34 RB / KR / 6-1.5 / 200 / Fr. / Stockton, CA (Granada)

Josh Atkinson CB / 5-11.5 / 185 / Fr. / Stockton, CA (Granada)

GEORGE Atkinson’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 2, at Purdue (Oct. 1, 2011) Kick Returns: 5, twice (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011) Kick Return Yards: 178, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Touchdowns: 1, twice (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011) Kick Return Average: 35.6, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Kick Return Touchdowns: 1, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Rushing Touchdowns: 1, twice (last vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011)

JOSH Atkinson’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 1, twice (last at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011) Solo Tackles: 1, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 1, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011)

JOSH Atkinson’S GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck USF Did Not Play at Michigan Did Not Play Michigan State Did Not Play Did Not Play at Pittsburgh at Purdue Did Not Play Air Force 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 USC 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 Navy 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 at Wake Forest 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 vs. Maryland 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 Boston College 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 at Stanford 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 * - games started

FF FR Int PBU Blk

0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BOWL HISTORY

GEORGE atkinson’s CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS Year G-GS rec yds td lg rec/g avg/c avg/g 2011 12-0 1 10 0 10 0.1 10.0 0.8 TOTAL 12-0 1 10 0 10 0.1 10.0 0.8

JOSH atkinson’S CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2011 7-0 1 1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 7-0 1 1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0

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GEORGE atkinson’S CAREER Rushing STATISTICS Year G-GS ATT YDS TD LG AVG/C AVG/G 2011 12-0 9 27 2 15 3.0 2.2 TOTAL 12-0 9 27 2 15 3.0 2.2

FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Played in seven games, primarily on special teams ... registered a tackle in games against Navy (Oct. 29) and Wake Forest (Nov. 5) ... for a complete bio, go to page 73 of the 2011 media guide.

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FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Played in all 12 games for the Irish, proving to be a key asset on special teams ... returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns ... first was an 89-yarder against Michigan State (Sept. 17) ... second was 96-yarder against USC (Oct. 22) ... the return against the Trojans was the fifth-longest in Notre Dame Stadium history and the longest since Julius Jones went 100 yards against Nebraska on Sept. 9, 2000 ... became first Irish player since Allen Rossum in 1997 to have a pair of kick returns for TDs in a season ... two kickoff returns also ties Notre Dame’s season record ... became first freshman with two kickoff returns for TDs in a season since Raghib “Rocket” Ismail in 1988 ... averaged season-best 35.6 yards a return against USC, returning five kicks for 178 yards and a TD ... also registered over 100 yards in a game against Michigan State and Air Force ... averaged 27.4 yards a return on the season ... notched rushing TDs as a reserve running back in games against Air Force (Oct. 8) and Navy (Oct. 29).. also recorded eight tackles on special teams ... for a complete bio, go to page 73 of the 2011 media guide.

GEORGE atkinson’S CAREER RETURN stats Year KR Yds Avg TD LG PR 2011 30 822 27.4 2 96 0 Total 30 822 27.4 2 96 0

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GEORGE Atkinson’S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Game Kickoff Return Yards (Oct. 22, 2011 vs. USC, 178, 3rd) u Single-Season Kickoff Return Touchdowns (2011, 2, t-1st) u Single-Season Kickoff Return Yards (2011, 822, 2nd) u Single-Season Kickoff Returns (2011, 30, 3rd) u Single-Season Kickoff/Punt Return Yards (2011, 822, 4th)

TD AVG LG 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 1 35.5 89 0 30.0 36 0 24.3 26 0 24.8 40 1 35.6 96 0 29.5 31 0 24.0 32 0 17.0 20 0 17.0 17 0 23.7 28

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GEORGE Atkinson’S HONORS & AWARDS u Phil Steele Second team Freshman All-American u FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 23) u College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week (Oct. 23) u College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week (Sept. 18) u FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 18) u SI.com Honorable Mention All-American

KR YDS 0 0 142 60 73 124 178 58 48 51 17 71

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GEORGE atkinson’S GAME-BY-GAME 2011 UT-AT TT KR USF 0-0 0 0 at Michigan 0-0 0 0 Michigan State 0-0 0 4 at Pittsburgh 0-0 0 2 at Purdue 1-1 2 3 Air Force 0-1 1 5 USC 1-0 1 5 Navy 0-0 0 2 at Wake Forest 1-0 1 2 vs. Maryland 0-1 1 3 Boston Coll. 0-1 1 1 at Stanford 1-0 1 3 * - games started

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NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

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GEORGE atkinson’S CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2011 12-0 4 4 8 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 12-0 4 4 8 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0

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12 Robert Blanton CB / 6-1 / 200 / Sr. / Matthews, N.C. (Butler) blanton’s HONORS & AWARDS u Notre Dame’s Back of the Year Award u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Defensive Back (Sept. 18) u FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 18) blanton’s PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Game Interception Return Yards (Sept. 17, 2011 vs. Michigan State, 83, 5th) BLANTON’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 10, twice (last at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011) Solo Tackles: 7, three times (last at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 6, vs. Miami, Fla. (Dec. 31, 2010) Tackles For Loss: 3.0, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) Sacks: 1.0, twice (last vs. Michigan State, Sept. 17, 2011) Interceptions: 1, eight times (last vs. Michigan State, Sept. 17, 2011) Interception Return Yards: 82, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) Longest Interception Return: 82, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) Interception Return Touchdown: 1, vs. Purdue (Sept. 27, 2008) Forced Fumbles: None Fumble Recoveries:1 vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Pass Breakups: 3, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) Blocked Punt: 1, vs. Utah (Nov. 13, 2010) Blocked Punt Return Yards: 6, vs. Utah (Nov. 13, 2010) Longest Blocked Punt Return: 6, vs. Utah (Nov. 13, 2010) Blocked Punt Return Touchdown: 1, vs. Utah (Nov. 13, 2010) SENIOR SEASON (2011): Started all 12 games, recording 69 tackles, eight for loss, one sack, five pass breakups, two interceptions and one fumble recovery ... is tied for first on team in interceptions and is second on team in tackles for loss and third in tackles ... eight career interceptions is most among active Irish players, while 15 career pass breakups are tied for second on the current roster ... notched a career-high 10 tackles, including one for a loss, and also recovered first career fumble in a 59-33 victory over Air Force (Oct. 8) ... tied career-high in tackles with 10, including two for loss, in a win against Wake Forest (Nov. 5) ... had seven tackles, including six solo stops, in the victory at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) ... named FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Defensive Back (Sept. 18) ... registered six tackles, three for loss, three pass breakups, one sack and returned an interception 82 yards – from the Irish one-yard line – to set up clinching field goal in fourth quarter against Michigan State (Sept. 17) ... for a complete bio, go to page 21 of the 2011 media guide. BLANTON’S CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2008 12-4 26 7 33 3.0-14 0.0-0 2-47 3 0 0-0 0 2009 12-8 21 17 38 1.0-1 0.0-0 2-0 2 0 0-0 0 2010 13-1 29 23 52 7.0-19 1.0-6 2-(-1) 5 0 0-0 1 2011 12-12 47 22 69 8.0-24 1.0-11 2-82 5 0 1-4 0 TOTAL 49-25 123 69 192 19.0-58 2.0-17 8-128 15 0 1-4 1

BLANTON’S GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck *USF 4-2 6 1.0-3 0.0-0 *at Michigan 2-2 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 *Michigan State 3-3 6 3.0-13 1.0-11 *at Pittsburgh 6-1 7 0.0-0 0.0-0 *at Purdue 4-2 6 1.0-1 0.0-0 *Air Force 7-3 10 1.0-2 0.0-0 *USC 3-1 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 *Navy 4-3 7 0.0-0 0.0-0 *at Wake Forest 7-3 10 2.0-5 0.0-0 *vs. Maryland 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 *Boston Coll. 2-1 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 *at Stanford 5-1 6 0.0-0 0.0-0 * - games started

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27 Kyle Brindza K-P / 6-1 / 219 / Fr. / Canton, Mich. (Plymouth) brindza’s HONORS & AWARDS u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Kickoff Specialist (Oct. 23) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Saw action in all 12 games, serving as the team’s kickoff specialist ... kicked off 68 times throughout the year, totaling 4,427 yards ... averaged 65.1 yards a kick ... forced opponents into 11 touchbacks ... averaged season-best 70.0 yards a kickoff against USC (Oct. 22, 2011) ... for a complete bio, go to page 73 of the 2011 media guide. Brindza’S kickoff STATISTICS Year G-GS KO YDS AVG 65.1 2011 12-0 68 4,427 TOTAL 12-0 68 4,427 65.1

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Brindza’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2011 12-0 1 1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 12-0 1 1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0

21 jalen brown CB / 6-0.5 / 198 / Fr. / Irving, Texas (MacArthur) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 74 of the 2011 media guide.

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Carlo Calabrese

Braxston Cave

ILB / 6-1 / 245 / Jr. / Verona, N.J. (Verona)

C / 6-3 / 303 / Sr. / Mishawaka, Ind. (Penn)

CALABRESE’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2009 Did Not Play 2010 11-8 26 34 60 5.0-18 2.5-11 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2011 12-0 14 21 35 1.0-3 1.0-3 0-0 3 0 0-0 0 23-8 40 55 95 6.0-21 3.5-14 0-0 3 0 0-0 0 TOTAL

CAVE’S CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS 2008 1-0 2009 12-0 2010 13-13 2011 9-9 TOTAL 35-22

73 Lane clelland OT / 6-5 / 297 / Sr. / Owings Mills, Md. (McDonogh School) SENIOR SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 24 of the 2011 media guide.

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Calabrese’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF FR Int PBU Blk USF 1-4 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Michigan Michigan State 1-3 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Pittsburgh 4-1 5 1.0-3 1.0-3 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 at Purdue 3-1 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Air Force 1-4 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 USC Navy 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Wake Forest 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 vs. Maryland 0-5 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Boston College 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 at Stanford 2-1 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 * - games started

SENIOR SEASON (2011): Started first nine games at center before suffering a season-ending foot injury against Wake Forest ... was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List in the preseason ... offensive line allowed only five sacks in the nine games he started ... for a complete bio, go to page 24 of the 2011 media guide.

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JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Saw action in all 12 games as a reserve linebacker ... recorded 35 tackles, including 14 solo stops, one for loss, a sack and three pass breakups ... registered a season-high tying five tackles, including a sack and pass breakup, in the victory at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) ... also had five tackles in victories over Maryland (Nov. 12) and Air Force (Oct. 8) and in the season-opening game against USF (Sept. 3) ... for a complete bio, go to page 23 of the 2011 media guide.

cave’s HONORS & AWARDS u Rimington Trophy Watch List

GAME NOTES

CALABRESE’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 10, twice (last at Boston College, Oct. 2, 2010) Solo Tackles: 8, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Assisted Tackles: 7, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010) Tackles For Loss: 3.5, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Sacks: 1.5, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) Interceptions: None Forced Fumbles: None Fumble Recoveries: None Pass Breakups: 1, three times (last vs. Boston College, Nov. 19, 2011)

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OL / 6-5 / 290 / Fr. / Dublin, Ohio (Coffman)

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

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FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 74 of the 2011 media guide.

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28 austin collinsworth S / 6-1 / 200 / So. / Fort Thomas, Ky. (Highlands) collinsworth’s HONORS & AWARDS u Notre Dame’s Special Teams Player of the Year Award u Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 7) COLLINSWORTH’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 4, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Solo Tackles: 3, twice (last at Michigan (Sept. 10, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 2, twice (last vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Tackles For Loss: None Sacks: None Interceptions: None Forced Fumbles: 1, vs. Utah (Nov. 13, 2010) Fumble Recoveries: None Pass Breakups: None Kick Returns: 2, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) Kick Return Yards: 67, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) Longest Kick Return: 41, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011)

ben councell OLB / 6-4.5 / 230 / Fr. / Asheville, N.C. (A.C. Reynolds) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 74 of the 2011 media guide.

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PBU FF FR Blk 0 1 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 0

collinsworth’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF FR Int PBU Blk USF 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Michigan 3-0 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Michigan State 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Pittsburgh 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Purdue 3-0 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Air Force 1-2 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 USC 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Navy 2-2 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Wake Forest 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 vs. Maryland 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Boston College 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Stanford 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 * - games started

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SENIOR SEASON (2011): Participated in all 12 games this year, seeing action primarily on special teams and as a backup safety ... notched 17 tackles on the year ... had career-high four tackles in win against Navy (Oct. 29) ... produced career-highs in kick returns (2), yards (67) and long (41) in a win at Wake Forest (Nov. 5) ... returned three kicks, including a long of 24 yards against USF (Sept. 3) ... for a complete bio, go to page 25 of the 2011 media guide. COLLINSWORTH’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck 2010 13-0 5 2 7 0.0-0 0.0-0 2011 12-0 12 5 17 0.0-0 0.0-0 TOTAL 25-0 17 7 24 0.0-0 0.0-0

Kick Returns USF at Michigan Michigan State at Pittsburgh at Purdue Air Force USC Navy at Wake Forest vs. Maryland Boston College at Stanford

60 jordan cowart LS / 6-2 / 215 / Jr. / Plantation, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas) JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Saw action in eight games, serving as the team’s starting short snapper on field goals and extra points ... did not play vs. Air Force, USC, Navy or Wake Forest ... also served as the long snapper for punts for part of the year ... missed four games with a hand injury ... for a complete bio, go to page 25 of the 2011 media guide. cowart’s CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS 2009 10-0 2010 13-0 2011 8-0 TOTAL 31-0

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sean cwynar

taylor dever

NG / 6-4 / 285 / Gr. / McHenry, Ill. (Marian Central Catholic)

SENIOR SEASON (2011): Started all 12 games at right tackle ... part of a unit that allowed only 13 sacks in 12 games during the regular season ... helped pave the way for a running game that averaged 5.0 yards a carry ... one of six fifth-year scholarship seniors on 2011 roster (Harrison Smith, David Ruffer, Mike Ragone, Gary Gray and Andrew Nuss are the others) ... for a complete bio, go to page 29 of the 2011 media guide.

cwynar’s CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2008 Did Not Play 2009 11-1 0 3 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2010 13-4 9 24 33 3.0-6 0.0-0 0-0 0 1 0-0 0 2011 11-2 6 15 21 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 35-7 15 42 57 3.0-6 0.0-0 0-0 0 1 0-0 0 TOTAL FF FR Int PBU Blk 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0

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davaris Daniels WR / 6-1.5 / 185 / Fr. / Vernon Hills, Ill. (Vernon Hills)

EIFERT’S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Game Receptions By Tight End (Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Maryland, 8, t-2nd) u Single-Game Receptions By Tight End (Oct. 8, 2011 vs. Air Force, 8, t-2nd) u Single-Game Receptions By Tight End (Sept. 24, 2011 at Pittsburgh, 8, t-2nd) u Single-Season Receptions By Tight End (2011, 57, 1st) u Career Receptions By Tight End (2009-, 84, 5th) u Single-Season Receiving Yards By Tight End (2011, 713, 2nd) u Career Receiving Yards By Tight End (2009-, 1,065, 4th)

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

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FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 74 of the 2011 media guide.

eifert’s HONORS & AWARDS u Walter Camp First Team All-American u Mackey Award Finalist u Mackey Award Semifinalist u Rivals Third Team All-American u Mackey Award Watch List u Phil Steele Third team All-American u Sporting News’ Midseason All-American First Team u SI.com Honorable Mention All-American u Phil Steele Midseason All-American First Team u AP Second Team All-American u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Nov. 27) u College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week (Nov. 13) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Nov. 6) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Oct. 23) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Oct. 9) u FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 25) u College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week (Sept. 25) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Sept. 5)

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te / 6-6 / 249 / Jr. / Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Dwenger)

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cwynar’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck *USF 0-4 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 Did Not Play at Michigan Michigan State 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 at Pittsburgh 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 at Purdue 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 Air Force 1-1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 USC *Navy 0-2 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 at Wake Forest 1-1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 vs. Maryland 1-2 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 Boston College 1-3 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 at Stanford * - games started

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SENIOR SEASON (2011): Saw action in 11 games, including a pair of starts against South Florida and Navy ... did not play at Michigan ... notched season-high of four tackles in home games against South Florida and Boston College ... had two-plus tackles in six games ... for a complete bio, go to page 28 of the 2011 media guide.

DEVER’S CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS 2007 DNP 2008 12-0 2009 6-0 2010 11-10 2011 12-12 TOTAL 41-22

GAME NOTES

cwynar’s CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 6, twice (last vs. Utah, Nov. 13, 2010) Solo Tackles: 3, vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) Assisted Tackles: 5, vs. Utah (Nov. 13, 2010) Tackles For Loss: 1.0, twice (last vs. Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010) Sacks: None Interceptions: None Forced Fumbles: 1, vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 9, 2010) Fumble Recoveries: None Pass Breakups: None

OT / 6-5 / 301 / Gr. / Nevada City, Calif. (Nevada Union)

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Student-Athlete Profile updates eifert’s CAREER HIGHS Receptions: 8, three times (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) Receiving Yards: 93 vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) Longest Reception: 39, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Receiving Touchdowns: 1, seven times (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Established himself as one of the top tight ends in the country, hauling in 57 catches for 713 yards and five touchdowns during the regular season ... named a finalist for the John Mackey Award, which is awarded to the nation’s top tight end ... started all 12 games for the Irish ... is first in the nation among TEs with 57 catches and is second with 713 yards ... had a catch in every game this season, and had at least two catches in 11 ... tied career high with eight catches in three contests ... eight catches in a game ties him with Kyle Rudolph (twice in 2010), John Carlson (2006), Anthony Fasano (2004) and Ken MacAfee (1977) for second most ever in a game by a Notre Dame tight end ... averaged over 15 yards a catch in five games, including four of the last five ... is first on the team in average per catch and second in catches, yards, TD receptions and yards a game ... named FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 25) and the College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week (Sept. 25) after tying his career high with eight receptions, including four on the 11-play, 85-yard, go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) ... the four grabs totaled 34 yards ... also added a the two-point conversion reception to help secure the win ... tied career high in catches with eight for 81 yards and a TD against Air Force (Oct. 8) ... also notched eight catches, this time for 83 yards and a TD, in a win vs. Maryland (Nov. 12) ... named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Sept. 5) after hauling in six receptions for 93 yards, including a 37-yard grab, in the season opener vs. USF (Sept. 3) ... for a complete bio, go to page 30 of the 2011 media guide. eifert’s CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS Year G-GS rec yds td lg rec/g avg/c avg/g 2009 1-0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2010 11-8 27 352 2 39 2.5 13.0 32.0 2011 12-12 57 713 5 38 4.8 12.5 59.4 TOTAL 24-20 84 1,065 7 39 3.5 12.7 44.4 eifert’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 rec yds avg td lg *USF 6 93 15.5 0 37 *at Michigan 4 51 12.8 0 22 *Michigan State 2 25 12.5 0 16 *at Pittsburgh 8 75 9.4 1 18 4 38 9.5 1 13 *at Purdue *Air Force 8 81 10.0 1 22 *USC 7 66 9.4 0 11 *Navy 1 17 17.0 0 17 *at Wake Forest 3 60 20.0 1 38 8 83 10.3 1 34 *vs. Maryland *Boston College 2 45 22.5 0 37 *at Stanford 4 79 19.8 0 24 * - games started

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41 matthias farley WR / 5-10.5 / 194 / Fr. / Charlotte, N.C. (Christian) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 74 of the 2011 media guide.

46 steve filer OLB / 6-3 / 245 / Sr. / Chicago, Ill. (Mount Carmel) filer’s CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 4, twice (last vs. Western Michigan, Oct. 16, 2010) Solo Tackles: 2, four times (last vs. Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 4, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Tackles For Loss: 1.0, twice (last vs. Michigan State, Sept. 17, 2011) Sacks: 1.0, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) Interceptions: None Forced Fumbles: 1, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) Fumble Recoveries: None Pass Breakups: None SENIOR SEASON (2011): Played in first nine games, primarily on special teams, before being sidelined with a season-ending injury ... notched five tackles on the year, including a tackle for loss ... registered tackle for loss in a win against Michigan State (Sept. 17) ... had a pair of tackles in a win at Purdue (Oct. 1) ... for a complete bio, go to page 30 of the 2011 media guide. filer’s CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2008 11-0 1 0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 1 0-0 0 2009 12-0 7 10 17 1.5-11 1.5-11 2010 13-0 8 6 14 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2011 9-0 3 2 5 1.0-3 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 43-0 19 18 37 2.5-14 1.5-11 0-0 0 1 0-0 0 filer’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF FR Int PBU Blk USF 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Michigan 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Michigan State 1-0 1 1.0-3 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Pittsburgh 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Purdue 2-0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Air Force 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 USC 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Navy 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Wake Forest 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 vs. Maryland Did Not Play Boston College Did Not Play at Stanford Did Not Play * - games started

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darius fleming

michael floyd

OLB / 6-2 / 255 / Sr. / Chicago, Ill. (St. Rita)

WR / 6-3 / 224 / Sr. / St. Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham)

FLEMING’S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Career Sacks (2008-, 15.0, 10th)

FF FR 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 1 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0

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floyd’s CAREER HIGHS Receptions: 13, at Michigan (Sept. 10, 2011) Receiving Yards: 189, vs. Nevada (Sept. 5, 2009) Longest Reception: 88, vs. Nevada (Sept. 5, 2009) Receiving Touchdowns: 3, twice (last vs. Western Michigan, Oct. 16, 2010) Carries: 1, three times (last vs. Navy, Oct. 29, 2011) Rushing Yards: 10, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Longest Rush: 10, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Rushing Touchdowns: 1 vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011)

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fleming’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL *USF 2-6 8 0.5-3 *at Michigan 1-0 1 0.0-0 *Michigan State 1-4 5 0.0-0 *at Pittsburgh 3-1 4 3.0-12 *at Purdue 1-1 2 0.0-0 *Air Force 2-5 7 0.5-1 *USC 3-3 6 1.0-1 *Navy 0-2 2 0.0-0 *at Wake Forest 3-1 4 0.0-0 *vs. Maryland 0-5 5 0.0-0 *Boston College 1-3 4 1.0-6 *at Stanford 5-0 5 1.0-3 * - games started

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fleming’s CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL 2008 13-3 13 11 24 2.5-20 2009 11-7 21 9 30 12.0-35 2010 13-13 27 22 49 11.0-50 2011 12-12 23 31 54 7.0-26 TOTAL 49-35 84 73 157 32.5-131

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SENIOR SEASON (2011): Established himself as one of the top Irish defenders, starting all 12 games at outside linebacker ... had 54 tackles, including seven for loss ... also produced 3.5 QB sacks and had an interception, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked extra point ... remains Notre Dame’s active career leader in tackles for loss, yards from tackles for loss, total sacks and sack yardage ... named to the preseason Butkus Award Watch List ... had at least four tackles in nine games, including season-best eight in the season opener against South Florida (Sept. 3) ... had second career interception against Stanford (Nov. 26), returning it 34 yards into Cardinal territory ... notched four tackles and a sack in a win against Boston College (Nov. 19) ... had four tackles, including a career-high tying three for loss and two sacks, at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) ... notched a pair of tackles and two pass breakups at Purdue (Oct. 1) ... recorded seven tackles, two quarterback hurries and an extra point block in a win vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) ... caused second forced fumble of career to go along with four tackles in a win against Wake Forest (Nov. 5) ... for a complete bio, go to page 32 of the 2011 media guide.

FLOYD’S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Game Yards/Reception (Sept. 5, 2009 vs. Nevada, 47.3, 1st) u Single-Game Receptions (Sept. 11, 2011 at Michigan, 13, t-2nd) u Single-Game Touchdown Receptions (Oct. 16, 2010 vs. Western Michigan, 3, t-2nd) u Single-Game Touchdown Receptions (Sept. 5, 2009 vs. Nevada, 3, t-2nd) u Single-Game Receptions (Oct. 1, 2011 at Purdue, 12, t-4th) u Single-Game Receptions (Sept. 3, 2011 vs. USF, 12, t-4th) u Single-Game Receptions (Nov. 27, 2010 at USC, 11, t-8th) u Single-Game Receptions (Oct. 30, 2010 vs. Tulsa, 11, t-8th) u Single-Game Receiving Yards (Sept. 5, 2009 vs. Nevada, 189, 10th) u Single-Season Receptions (2011, 95, 1st) u Single-Season Receptions (2010, 79, 3rd) u Single-Season Receiving Yards/Game (2009, 113.6, 3rd) u Single-Season 100-Yard Receiving Games (2009, 5, 4th) u Single-Season Touchdown Receptions (2010, 12, 4th) u Single-Season Receiving Yards (2011, 1,106, 6th) u Single-Season 100-Yard Receiving Games (2008, 4, t-7th) u Single-Season 100-Yard Receiving Games (2010, 4, t-7th) u Single-Season 100-Yard Receiving Games (2011, 4, t-7th) u Single-Season Receiving Yards (2010, 1,025, 8th) u Single-Season Touchdown Receptions (2009, 9, t-9th) u Career Receptions (2008-, 266, 1st) u Career Receiving Yards (2008-, 3,645, 1st) u Career Touchdown Receptions (2008-, 36, 1st) u Career Receiving Yards/Game (2008-, 86.8, 1st) u Career 100-Yard Receiving Games (2008-, 17, 1st) u Career Touchdowns (2008-, 37, 3rd) u Career All-Purpose Yards (2008-, 3,675, 10th) u Career Scoring (2008-, 222, 9th)

THE FIGHTING IRISH

fleming’s CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 8, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) Solo Tackles: 5, twice (last vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 6, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) Tackles For Loss: 3.0, twice (last at Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 2011) Sacks: 2.0, three times (last at Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 2011) Interceptions: 1, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Forced Fumbles: 1, twice (last at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011) Fumble Recoveries: None Pass Breakups: 2, twice (last at Purdue (Oct. 1, 2011) Blocks: 1, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011)

GAME NOTES

floyd’s HONORS & AWARDS u Notre Dame’s Monogram Club Most Valuable Player Award u Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist u Phil Steele Midseason All-American Second Team u Biletnikoff Award Watch List u Walter Camp Award Watch List u Phil Steele Second team All-American u Maxwell Award Watch List u SI.com Honorable Mention All-American u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Wide Receiver (Sept. 5) u FBS Independent Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 5) u FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 12) u FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 31) u Pro Football Weekly Honorable Mention All-America

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48 dan fox ILB / 6-3 / 240 / Jr. / Rocky River, Ohio (St. Ignatius) fox’s HONORS & AWARDS u Notre Dame’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year Award fox’s CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 7, vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) Solo Tackles: 4, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Assisted Tackles: 6, vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) Tackles For Loss: 2.0, vs. Michigan (Sept. 10, 2010) Sacks: 1.0, vs. Michigan (Sept. 10, 2010) Interceptions: None Forced Fumbles: 1, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Fumble Recoveries: None Pass Breakups: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Started all 12 games at inside linebacker during the regular season ... notched 46 tackles, including two for loss ... also turned in a sack, forced fumble and pass breakup ... had three or more tackles in 11 games, including seven with four or more ... had four tackles, including two for loss and a sack at Michigan (Sept. 10) ... registered career-high six tackles in a victory vs. Air Force (Oct. 8) ... had four tackles and first career forced fumble in a win against Maryland (Nov. 12) ... produced four tackles and first career pass breakup against Stanford (Nov. 26) ... for a complete bio, go to page 36 of the 2011 media guide. fox’s CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2009 Did Not Play 2010 13-0 9 11 20 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2011 12-12 20 26 46 2.0-6 1.0-5 0-0 1 1 0-0 0 25-12 29 37 66 2.0-6 1.0-5 0-0 1 1 0-0 0 TOTAL fox’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT *USF 0-3 3 3-1 4 *at Michigan *Michigan State 1-4 5 *at Pittsburgh 2-1 3 *at Purdue 2-0 0 *Air Force 2-4 6 2-3 5 *USC *Navy 1-2 3 *at Wake Forest 1-3 4 *vs. Maryland 3-1 4 *Boston College 1-2 3 *at Stanford 2-2 4 * - games started

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Jake Golic

john goodman

TE / 6-4 / 245 / Jr. / West Hartford, Conn. (Northwest Catholic)

WR / 6-3 / 207 / Sr. / Fort Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Dwenger)

JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Saw action in three games in a reserve role ... for a complete bio, go to page 36 of the 2011 media guide.

MIKE Golic JR. SENIOR SEASON (2011): Played in 11 games, did not play vs. USC primarily on special teams, before starting the final three games of the regular season at center, replacing injured starter Braxston Cave ... for a complete bio, go to page 37 of the 2011 media guide. Golic JR.’s CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS 2008 Did Not Play 2009 3-0 2010 12-0 2011 11-3 TOTAL 26-3

SENIOR SEASON (2011): Played in all 12 games, serving as a punter returner and reserve wide receiver for the Irish ... returned punts in four games, with a long return of 13 against Michigan (Sept. 10) ... caught passes in six games, with a long of 17 in a win at Wake Forest (Nov. 5) ... for a complete bio, go to page 37 of the 2011 media guide.

5 QB / 6-0 / 185 / Fr. / Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Myrtle Beach) golson’s’ HONORS & AWARDS u Notre Dame’s Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year Award FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 75 of the 2011 media guide.

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everett golson

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COACHES & STAFF

GOODMAN’S CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS Year G-GS rec yds td lg rec/g avg/c avg/g 2008 Did Not Play 6 104 1 64 0.7 17.3 11.6 2009 9-1 2010 13-3 15 146 0 30 1.2 9.7 11.2 2011 12-0 7 65 0 17 0.6 9.3 5.4 TOTAL 34-4 28 315 1 64 0.8 11.2 9.3

THE FIGHTING IRISH

C / 6-3 / 295 / Sr. / West Hartford, Conn. (Northwest Catholic)

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goodman’s CAREER HIGHS Receptions: 5, twice (last vs. Stanford, Sept. 25, 2010) Receiving Yards: 73, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) Longest Reception: 64, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) Receiving Touchdowns: 1, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) Carries: 1, twice (last vs. USC, Oct. 17, 2009) Rushing Yards: 13, vs. USC (Oct. 17, 2009) Longest Rush: 13, vs. USC (Oct. 17, 2009) Pass Attempts: 1, twice (last vs. Western Michigan, Oct. 16, 2010) Pass Completions: 1, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Passing Yards: 32, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Passing Touchdowns: 1, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Longest Completion: 32, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010)

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gary gray’s CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2007 Did Not Play 2008 9-0 15 0 15 0.0-0 0.0-0 2-65 2 0 0-0 0 2009 11-7 17 11 28 0.0-0 0.0-0 1-30 1 0 0-0 0 2010 13-13 48 18 66 5.0-10 0.0-0 1-23 7 1 0-0 0 2011 12-12 43 17 60 0.5-1 0.0-0 2-13 5 0 1-0 0 TOTAL 45-32 123 46 169 5.5-11 0.0-0 6-131 15 1 1-0 0

59 jarrett grace ILB / 6-2.5 / 240 / Fr. / Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 75 of the 2011 media guide.

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gary gray

RB / 5-10 / 230 / Sr. / Pontiac, Mich. (Detroit Country Day School)

CB / 5-11 / 195 /Gr. / Columbia, S.C. (Richland Northeast) gary gray’s CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 12, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Solo Tackles: 8, vs. Purdue (Sept. 4, 2010) Assisted Tackles: 5, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Tackles For Loss: 1.0, five times (last vs. Army, Nov. 20, 2010) Sacks: None Interceptions: 1, six times (last at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011) Interception Return Yards: 41, vs. Michigan (Sept. 13, 2008) Longest Interception Return: 41, vs. Michigan (Sept. 13, 2008) Forced Fumbles: 1, vs. Western Michigan (Oct. 16, 2010) Fumble Recoveries: 1, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) Pass Breakups: 2, twice (last vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011) SENIOR SEASON (2011): Started all 12 games for the Irish at cornerback ... had 60 tackles during the regular season, good for fourth on the team ... also had two interceptions, fumble recovery and five pass breakups ... notched two double-digit tackle games, including a career-high 12 against USC (Oct. 22) ... recorded five tackles or more in eight games ... had 10 tackles and a pass breakup in a win vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17) ... recorded interceptions in games at Michigan (Sept. 10) and at Purdue (Oct. 1) ... one of six fifth-year seniors on scholarship on the 2011 Irish roster (Harrison Smith, David Ruffer, Mike Ragone, Gary Gray and Taylor Dever are the others) ... for a complete bio, go to page 39 of the 2011 media guide.

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gary gray’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF *USF 5-0 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 *at Michigan 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 *Michigan State 7-3 10 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 *at Pittsburgh 4-1 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 *at Purdue 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 *Air Force 3-2 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 *USC 7-5 12 0.5-1 0.0-0 0 *Navy 2-0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 *at Wake Forest 3-0 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 *vs. Maryland 5-1 6 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 *Boston College 1-4 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 5-1 6 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 *at Stanford * - games started

jonas GRAY’S HONORS & AWARDS u Notre Dame’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Running Back (Oct. 30) jonas GRAY’S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Game Rushing Touchdowns (Oct. 29, 2011 vs. Navy, 3, t-7th) u Single-Season Average Yards/Rush (2011, 6.94, 6th) u Single-Season Rushing Touchdowns (2011, 12, t-9th) jonas GRAY’S CAREER HIGHS Carries: 21, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Rushing Yards: 136, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Longest Rush: 79, at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24, 2011) Rushing Touchdowns: 3, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Receptions: 2, twice (last vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Receiving Yards: 42, at Purdue (Sept. 26, 2009) Longest Reception: 23, at Purdue (Sept. 26, 2009) Receiving Touchdowns: None Kickoff Returns: 1, three times (last vs. Stanford, Oct. 25, 2010) Kickoff Return Yards: 16, vs. Stanford (Oct. 25, 2010) Longest Kickoff Return: 16, vs. Stanford (Oct. 25, 2010) All-Purpose Yards: 141, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011)

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FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 76 of the 2011 media guide.

77 Matt Hegarty OT / 6-4.5 / 291 / Fr. / Aztec, N.M. (Aztec) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 76 of the 2011 media guide.

51 bruce heggie C-G / 6-5 / 280 / So. / Sorrento, Fla. (Mount Dora) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Participated in two games Air Force and Maryland in a reserve role ... for a complete bio, go to page 42 of the 2011 media guide.

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jonas GRAY’S GAME-BY-GAME 2011 ATT YDS AVG TD LG rec yds avg td lg USF 4 17 4.3 0 10 0 0 0.0 0 0 at Michigan 6 66 11.0 0 38 1 15 15.0 0 15 Michigan State 12 65 5.4 0 14 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 84 28.0 1 79 0 0 0.0 0 0 at Pitt at Purdue 15 94 6.3 1 18 0 0 0.0 0 0 Air Force 7 69 9.9 2 20 0 0 0.0 0 0 USC 4 38 9.5 1 25 2 3 1.5 0 2 *Navy 12 69 5.8 3 13 0 0 0.0 0 0 *at Wake Forest 19 92 4.8 1 25 0 0 0.0 0 0 *vs. Maryland 21 136 6.5 2 19 1 5 5.0 0 5 *Boston College 11 61 5.5 1 26 2 15 7.5 0 12 at Stanford Did Not Play * - games started

S / 5-11.5 / 177 / Fr. / Reynoldsburg, Ohio (Pickerington Central)

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jonas GRAY’S CAREER RUSHING STATISTICS Year G-GS ATT YDS TD LG AVG/C 2008 7-0 21 90 0 19 4.3 2009 8-1 34 119 0 19 3.5 2010 7-0 20 100 0 36 5.0 2011 11-4 114 791 12 79 6.9 33-5 189 1100 12 79 5.8 TOTAL

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SENIOR SEASON (2011): Had a breakout senior season, playing in 11 games and starting four before a knee injury forced him to miss the Stanford game ... provided a powerful one-two punch at running back with teammate Cierre Wood ... averaged an impressive 6.9 yards a carry, which was ninth nationally ... average ranked sixth in Notre Dame history ... finished season with 791 yards rushing and 12 TDs ... the 12 TDs placed in the top 30 nationally and tied him for ninth place in Notre Dame single-season history ... set season-bests in all rushing categories ... set career standards in carries (21) and rushing yards (136) to go along with two TDs in a win vs. Maryland (Nov. 12) ... rushed for a then career-best 94 yards on a then career-high 15 carries and a TD in a victory at Purdue (Oct. 1) ... ran for a then career-high 84 yards on three carries, including a career-best 79-yard run at Pittsburgh (Sept. 10) ... the 79-yard run was the longest by an Irish player since Terrance Howard went 80 yards for a touchdown at West Virginia on Oct. 21, 2000 ... recorded first multi-TD game of career against Air Force (Oct. 8) ... had stellar game against Navy, rushing 12 times for 69 yards and a career-best three TDs (Oct. 29) ... the three TDs tied him for seventh in Notre Dame single-game history ... totted the rock a then career-high 19 times for 92 yards and a TD in a win at Wake Forest (Nov. 5) ... had 61 yards and a TD in a win vs. Boston College before going out with an injury ... for a complete bio, go to page 40 of the 2011 media guide.

OG / 6-4.5 / 315 / Fr. / New Canaan, Conn. (New Canaan)

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andrew hendrix

chase hounshell

QB / 6-2 / 220 / So. / Cincinnati, Ohio (Moeller)

DE / 6-4.5 / 265 / Fr. / Kirtland, Ohio (Lake Catholic)

hendrix’ PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Game Quarterback Rushing Yards (Oct. 8, 2011 vs. Air Force, 111, 5th) Hendrix’s CAREER HIGHS Carries: 12, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Rushing Yards: 111, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Rushing Touchdowns: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Longest Rush: 78, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Pass Attempts: 24, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Pass Completions: 11, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Passing Yards: 192, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Long Completion: 45, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Passing Touchdowns: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Completion Percentage: 100.0 (4-for-4), vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Passing Yards Per Attempt: 8.25, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Passing Yards Per Completion: 17.5, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Passing Efficiency: 169.30, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Interceptions: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Saw action in four games as a change of pace quarterback, before starting the second half of the Stanford game ... passed for 225 yards and a TD on 29 attempts, while rushing for 136 yards and a TD on 21 attempts ... saw first action of career against Air Force in reserve duty ... made presence known with 78-yard run in game ... ended contest with 111 yards rushing on six carries ... also went 4-for-4 (33 yards) through the air ... started the second half against the Cardinal, completing 11 passes for 192 yards and a TD, while running for 20 yards and a TD on 12 carries ... for a complete bio, go to page 42 of the 2011 media guide. hendrix’S CAREER OFFENSIVE STATISTICS PASSING RUSHING Year G-GS COMP ATT INT PCT YDS TD ATT YDS AVG TD 2010 Did Not Play 2011 4-0 15 29 1 51.7 225 1 21 136 6.5 1 4-0 15 29 1 51.7 225 1 21 136 6.5 1 TOTAL Hendrix’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS Passing rushing 2011 C-A-INT PCT YDS TD ATT YDS AVG TD USF Did Not Play at Michigan Did Not Play Michigan State Did Not Play at Pittsburgh Did Not Play at Purdue Did Not Play Air Force 4-4-0 100.0 33 0 6 111 18.5 0 USC 0-1-0 0.0 0 0 2 4 2.0 0 Navy Did Not Play at Wake Forest Did Not Play vs. Maryland 0-0-0 0.0 0 0 1 1 1.0 0 Boston College Did Not Play at Stanford 11-24-1 45.8 192 1 12 20 1.7 1 * - games started

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FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Competed in six games in a reserve role for the Irish, tallying four tackles ... played against Air Force, USC, Navy, Maryland, Boston College and Stanford ... all four tackles came in a victory vs. Air Force (Oct. 8) ... had one solo and three assisted tackles ... for a complete bio, go to page 76 of the 2011 media guide.

2 Bennett Jackson CB / 6-0 / 185 / So. / Hazlet, N.J. (Raritan) jackson’s PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Game Kickoff Returns (Oct. 23, 2010 vs. Navy, 6, t-3rd) u Single-Game Kickoff Returns (Oct. 30, 2010 vs. Tulsa, 6, t-3rd) u Single-Season Kickoff Returns (2010, 29, 4th) u Career Kickoff Returns (2010-, 32, t-10th) u Single-Season Kickoff Return Yards (2010, 645, 5th) u Single-Season Kickoff/Punt Return Yards (2010, 645, 10th) jackson’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 4, vs. Purdue (Sept. 4, 2010) Kick Returns: 6, twice (last vs. Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010) Kick Return Yards: 126, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Longest Kickoff Return: 43, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Played in all 12 regular season games, primarily on special teams ... notched 16 tackles ... also returned three kickoffs for 32 yards ... had a pair of kickoff returns for 31 yards against South Florida (Sept. 3) ... notched three tackles against Purdue (Oct. 1) and Air Force (Oct. 8) ... also had two tackles against USF (Sept. 3) and Wake Forest (Nov. 5) ... for a complete bio, go to page 42 of the 2011 media guide. jackson’S CAREER RUSHING STATISTICS Year G-GS ATT YDS TD LG AVG/C AVG/G 2010 13-0 1 20 0 20 20.0 1.5 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2011 12-0 0 TOTAL 25-0 1 20 0 20 20.0 0.8 jackson’S CAREER RETURN STATISTICS Year KR Yds Avg TD LG 2010 29 645 22.2 0 43 2011 3 32 10.7 0 17 Total 32 677 21.2 0 43

PR 0 0 0

Yds 0 0 0

Avg TD LG 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0

jackson’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL 2010 13-0 9 1 10 0.0-0 2011 12-0 10 6 16 0.0-0 TOTAL 25-0 19 7 26 0.0-0

Sck 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0

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PBU FF FR Blk 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0

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ethan johnson

tj jones

DE / 6-4 / 300 / Sr. / Portland, Ore. (Lincoln)

WR / 5-11 / 187 / So. / Gainesville, Ga. (Gainesville)

johnson’s HONORS & AWARDS u Hendricks Award Watch List

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jones’ GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 rec yds avg td lg *USF 6 58 9.7 0 23 *at Michigan 3 28 9.3 1 15 *Michigan State 3 40 13.3 1 26 *at Pittsburgh 3 31 10.3 0 14 *at Purdue 5 49 9.8 1 16 Air Force 1 23 23.0 0 23 *USC 2 23 11.5 0 16 *Navy 3 28 9.3 0 13 *at Wake Forest 3 16 5.3 0 8 *vs. Maryland 2 19 9.5 0 13 *Boston College 5 42 8.4 0 18 *at Stanford 1 2 2.0 0 2 * - games started

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JOHNSON’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2008 13-4 9 9 18 5.0-21 3.5-17 0-0 2 0 0-0 0 2009 12-11 15 16 31 6.5-39 4.0-32 0-0 1 1 2-0 1 2010 13-13 13 21 34 6.0-21 5.0-19 0-0 2 0 1-0 0 2011 8-8 6 8 14 1.0-2 0.0-0 0-0 1 0 1-0 0 TOTAL 46-36 43 54 97 18.5-83 12.5-68 0-0 6 1 4-0 1

jones’ CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS Year G-GS rec yds td lg rec/g avg/c avg/g 2010 12-7 23 306 3 53 1.9 13.3 25.5 2011 12-11 37 359 3 26 3.1 9.7 29.9 TOTAL 24-18 60 665 6 53 2.5 11.1 27.7

2011 SEASON REVIEW

JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Started eight games, missing four in the middle of the year with a leg injury ...did not play vs. Air Force, USC, Navy or Wake Forest ... tallied 14 tackles, including a tackle for loss ... also had a fumble recovery and a pass breakup ... had season-high four tackles in the season opener against South Florida (Sept. 3) ... tallied a pair of tackles, three QB hurries, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery in a win vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17) ... for a complete bio, go to page 43 of the 2011 media guide.

jones’ CAREER HIGHS Receptions: 6, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) Receiving Yards: 73, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010) Longest Reception: 53, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010) Receiving Touchdowns: 1, six times (last at Purdue, Oct., 2011) All-Purpose Yards: 73, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010)

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JOHNSON’S CAREER HIGHS Total Tackles: 6, vs. Connecticut (Nov. 21, 2009) Solo Tackles: 5, at USC (Nov. 29, 2008) Assisted Tackles: 4, twice (last vs. Western Michigan, Oct. 16, 2010) Tackles For Loss: 2.0, three times (last vs. Purdue, Sept. 4, 2010) Sacks: 2.0, twice (last vs. Purdue, Sept. 4, 2010) Interceptions: None Forced Fumbles: 1, vs. Washington (Oct. 3, 2009) Fumble Recoveries: 1, four times (last vs. Michigan State, Sept. 17, 2011) Pass Breakups: 2, at Michigan State (Sept. 20, 2008) Blocked Kicks: 1, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 19, 2009)

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Started 11 games did not start vs. USF ... and appeared in all 12, setting career highs in receptions (37) and yards (359) ... also caught three TD passes ... caught a pass in every game, and notched three or more catches in eight games ... had season-bests in catches (6) and yards (58) in season opener against South Florida (Sept. 3) ... caught TD passes against Michigan (Sept. 10), Michigan State (Sept. 17) and Purdue (Oct. 1) ... for a complete bio, go to page 45 of the 2011 media guide.

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johnson’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF FR Int PBU Blk *USF 1-3 4 1.0-2 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Michigan 2-0 2 0.0-0 1.0-5 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *Michigan State 0-2 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 1-0 0-0 1 0 *at Pittsburgh 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Purdue 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Air Force Did Not Play USC Did Not Play Navy Did Not Play at Wake Forest Did Not Play *vs. Maryland 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *Boston College 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Stanford 2-1 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 * - games started

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jackson’S GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT KR KR YDS TDS AVG LG USF 1-1 2 2 31 0 15.5 17 at Michigan 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Michigan State 0-0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 at Pittsburgh 1-0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 at Purdue 3-0 3 0 0 0 0.0 0 Air Force 3-0 3 1 1 0 1.0 1 USC 0-0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 Navy 1-2 3 0 0 0 0.0 0 at Wake Forest 0-2 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 vs. Maryland 1-0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 Boston Coll. 0-1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 at Stanford 0-0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 * - games started

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50 ryan kavanagh LS / 6-3 / 200 / Sr. / West Chester, Pa. (Salesianum (Del.)) SENIOR SEASON (2011): Served as the team’s holder on extra points and field goals and as the long snapper on punts for the second half of the season ... quick snaps helped allow for zero blocked punts ... efficient holds helped see only one blocked kick on the year, as kickers went 10-for-15 on field goals and a perfect 46-for-46 on extra points ... recorded an assisted tackle in a win at Wake Forest.

18 Ben Koyack TE / 6-5 / 253 / Fr. / Oil City, Pa. (Oil City Senior) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Played in 11 games, while starting the game against Air Force (Oct. 8), as a freshman ... did not play vs. USF ... caught one pass for five yards in a win at Pittsburgh ... for a complete bio, go to page 76 of the 2011 media guide.

lewis-moore’s CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2008 Did Not Play 2009 12-9 26 20 46 7.0-23 2.5-12 0-0 0 1 1-0 0 2010 13-13 20 42 62 2.5-19 2.0-19 0-0 1 1 1-0 0 2011 7-7 16 16 32 4.0-19 1.5-7 0-0 2 1 0-0 0 TOTAL 32-29 62 78 140 13.5-61 6.0-38 0-0 3 3 2-0 0 lewis-moore’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF FR Int PBU Blk *USF 1-6 7 1.5-7 0.5-3 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Michigan 3-1 4 0.5-3 0.0-0 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 *Michigan State 2-3 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Pittsburgh 4-0 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Purdue 2-0 2 1.0-5 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 *Air Force 2-2 4 1.0-4 1.0-4 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *USC 2-4 6 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Navy Did Not Play at Wake Forest Did Not Play vs. Maryland Did Not Play Boston College Did Not Play at Stanford Did Not Play * - games started

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kapron lewis-moore

SOPHMORE SEASON (2011): Backup offensive tackle and special teams performer who played in all 12 games ... for a complete bio, go to page 47 of the 2011 media guide.

DE / 6-4 / 300 / Sr. / Weatherford, Texas (Weatherford) lewis-moore’s HONORS & AWARDS u Hendricks Award Watch List

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lewis-moore’s CAREER HIGHS Total Tackles: 10, vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) Solo Tackles: 4, six times (last at Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 8, vs. Utah (Nov. 13, 2010) Tackles For Loss: 2.0, vs. Washington (Oct. 3, 2009) Sacks: 1.0, five times (last vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011) Interceptions: None Forced Fumble: 1, three times (last at Michigan, Sept. 10, 2011) Fumble Recoveries: 1, twice (last vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 9, 2010) Pass Breakups: 1, three times (last at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011)

aaron lynch DE / 6-6 / 265 / Fr. / Cape Coral, FL (Island Coast) Lynch’s HONORS & AWARDS u Phil Steele First team Freshman All-American u Scouts Inc. #3 Freshman All-American

SENIOR SEASON (2011): Started the first seven games of the year before suffering a season-ending knee injury against USC (Oct. 22) ... tallied 32 tackles, including four for loss, before suffering the injury ... also had 1.5 sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble ... had four or more tackles in six games ... turned in season-best seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss and half a sack, against USF (Sept. 3) ... registered four solo tackles in the victory at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) ... recorded four tackles, half a tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one pass breakup at Michigan (Sept. 10) ... had four tackles and a sack in a victory over Air Force (Oct. 8) ...notched six tackles against USC (Oct. 22) before being injured ... for a complete bio, go to page 46 of the 2011 media guide.

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LYNCH’S CAREER HIGHS Total Tackles: 6, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Solo Tackles: 5, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 3, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) Tackles For Loss: 1.0, four times (last at Stanford, Nov. 26, 2011) Sacks: 1.0, four times (last at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011) Interceptions: None Forced Fumble: 1, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) Fumble Recoveries: None Pass Breakups: 1, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) QB Hurries: 6, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011)

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OT / 6-4 / 303 / Jr. / Indianapolis, Ind. (Bishop Chatard) johnson’s HONORS & AWARDS u Notre Dame’s Guardian of the Year Award u Outland Trophy Watch List JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Started all 12 games at left tackle ... part of a unit that only allowed 13 sacks in 12 games during the regular season ... helped pave the way for a running game that averaged 5.0 yards a carry ... older brother of freshman offensive lineman Nick Martin. MARTIN’S CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS 2009 Did Not Play 2010 13-13 2011 12-12 TOTAL 25-25

14 luke massa SENIOR SEASON (2011): Saw action in seven games during the regular season, primarily on special teams ... did not play in first four games or at Wake Forest ... for a complete bio, go to page 48 of the 2011 media guide.

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WR / 6-4 / 220 / So. / Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)

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LYNCH’S GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF FR Int PBU Blk USF 0-1 1 0.5-1 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Michigan Did Not Play Michigan State 2-3 5 1.0-7 1.0-7 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Pittsburgh 2-0 2 1.0-9 1.0-9 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 3-0 3 1.0-2 1.0-2 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Purdue *Air Force 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *USC 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Navy 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Wake Forest 2-1 3 1.0-6 1.0-6 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 5-0 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 vs. Maryland *Boston College 0-1 1 0.5-1 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 *at Stanford 3-3 6 0.5-1 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 * - games started

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GAME NOTES

LYNCH’S CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2011 11-5 17 11 28 5.5-27 4.0-24 0-0 2 1 0-0 0 TOTAL 11-5 17 11 28 5.5-27 4.0-24 0-0 2 1 0-0 0

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FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Opposing defensive end that turned in a strong freshman campaign, starting five games and playing in 11 ... did not play at Michigan ... started against Air Force, USC, Wake Forest, Boston College and Stanford ... registered 28 tackles, including five and a half for loss totaling 27 yards ... also registered four sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble ... showed a knack for rushing the quarterback, tallying 13 QB hurries, which was tops on the team ... turned in strong all around game in a win vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17), tallying five tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a season-best six QB hurries ... had two tackles and a sack in a win at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) ... followed up with three tackles and a sack in a win at Purdue (Oct. 1) ... had three tackles, a sack and a pass breakup in a win at Wake Forest (Nov. 5) ... notched five tackles in a win vs. Maryland (Nov. 12) ... registered a season-high six tackles, including half a tackle for loss at Stanford (Nov. 26) ... for a complete bio, go to page 77 of the 2011 media guide.

nick martin FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Younger brother of starting offensive tackle Zack Martin ... did not see any action during the regular season.

15 dan mccarthy S / 6-2 / 205 / Sr. / Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney)

mccarthy’S CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2009 5-0 1 0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2010 7-0 3 2 5 0.5-1 0.0-0 0-0 0 1 0-0 0 2011 11-0 2 7 9 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 23-0 6 9 15 0.5-1 0.0-0 0-0 0 1 0-0 0

BOWL HISTORY

SENIOR SEASON (2011): Played in 11 games during the regular season ... did not play at Wake Forest ... saw action primarily on special teams and as a reserve safety ... produced nine tackles ... had four tackles each against Air Force (Oct. 8) and Navy (Oct. 29) ... for a complete bio, go to page 48 of the 2011 media guide.

2011 SEASON REVIEW

OL / 6-4.5 / 280 / Fr. / Indianapolis, Ind. (Bishop Chatard)

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cam mcdaniel

kendall moore

RB / 5-10 / 192 / Fr. / Coppell, Texas (Coppell)

ILB / 6-1 / 242 / So. / Cary, N.C. (Southeast Raleigh)

FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Played in seven games during the regular season ... did not play in first four games or against Navy ... saw time on special teams and at running back in a reserve role ... had three carries for nine yards and two kick returns for 24 yards ... also tallied a pair of tackles ... for a complete bio, go to page 77 of the 2011 media guide.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Played in all 12 games during the regular season, seeing action on special teams and as a reserve linebacker ... tallied 10 tackles and two tackles for loss on the year ... had seasonhigh four tackles, including a tackle for loss, in a win vs. Maryland (Nov. 12) ... also had a tackle for loss in a win vs. Navy (Oct. 29) ... for a complete bio, go to page 50 of the 2011 media guide.

McDaniel‘S CAREER Rushing STATISTICS Year G-GS ATT YDS TD LG AVG/C AVG/G 2011 7-0 3 9 0 12 3.0 1.3 TOTAL 7-0 3 9 0 12 3.0 1.3

moore’S CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2011 12-0 7 3 10 2.0-3 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 12-0 7 3 10 2.0-3 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0

mcdaniel’S CAREER RETURN stats Year KR Yds Avg TD LG 2011 2 24 12.0 0 18 Total 2 24 12.0 0 18

PR 0 0

Yds Avg TD LG 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0

mcdaniel’S CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2011 7-0 1 1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 7-0 1 1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0

54 anthony mcdonald ILB / 6-2 / 238 / Sr. / Burbank, Calif. (Notre Dame High School) SENIOR SEASON (2011): Played in four games during the regular season ... played against Michigan State, Purdue, Navy and Wake Forest ... tallied three tackles on the year, with all three coming in a win against Navy (Oct. 29) ... for a complete bio, go to page 49 of the 2011 media guide. mcdonald’S CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2008 Did Not Play 2009 12-0 5 5 10 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2010 11-0 6 5 11 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2011 4-0 1 2 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 27-0 12 12 24 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0

17 zeke motta S / 6-2 / 215 / Jr. / Vero Beach, Fla. (Vero Beach) MOTTA’S CAREER HIGHS Total Tackles: 11, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) Solo Tackles: 5, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) Assisted Tackles: 6, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) Tackles For Loss: 1.0, vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 9, 2010) Sacks: 0.5, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) Interceptions: 1, twice (last at Michigan, Sept. 10, 2011 Forced Fumble: 1, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Fumble Recoveries: 1, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010 Pass Breakups: 1, three times (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Played in all 12 games this season, starting seven at safety ... tallied 38 tackles, an interception, a pass breakup and a forced fumble ... had three or more tackles in six games ... had three six-tackle games ... had six tackles in games against Michigan State (Sept. 17), Boston College (Nov. 19) and Stanford (Nov. 26) ... had second career interception at Michigan (Sept. 10) ... forced first career fumble at Stanford (Nov. 26) ... for a complete bio, go to page 50 of the 2011 media guide. MOTTA’S CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2009 12-0 6 6 12 0.5-1 0.5-1 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2010 13-8 30 20 50 1.5-1 0.0-0 1-0 2 0 1-0 0 2011 12-7 15 23 38 0.0-0 0.0-0 1-0 1 1 0-0 0 TOTAL 37-15 51 49 100 2.0-2 0.5-1 2-0 3 1 1-0 0 MOTTA’S GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF FR Int PBU Blk 1-4 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 USF at Michigan 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 1-0 0 0 Michigan State 1-5 6 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Pittsburgh 2-0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Purdue 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *Air Force 1-2 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *USC 0-2 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *Navy 1-3 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Wake Forest 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *vs. Maryland 2-0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 *Boston College 2-4 6 0.5-3 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Stanford 4-2 6 0.0-0 0.0-0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 * - games started

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17 QB / 6-2 / 191 / Sr. / Del Mar, Calif. (La Jolla) SENIOR SEASON (2011): Walk-on quarterback who saw late game snaps in a win at Purdue (Oct. 1).

Brandon Newman NG / 6-0 / 303 / Sr. / Louisville, Ky. (Pleasure Ridge Point)

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Saw action in Navy game (Oct. 29) as a reserve defensive lineman ... for a complete bio, go to page 51 of the 2011 media guide.

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LOUIS NIX III

0T/G / 6-8 / 320 / So. / Walton, Ky. (Ryle)

NG / 6-3 / 326 / So. / Jacksonville, Fla. (Raines)

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Did not see any game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 52 of the 2011 media guide.

TROY NIKLAS OLB / 6-6 .5/ 250 / Fr. / Fullerton, Calif. (Servite)

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NIX III CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2010 Did Not Play 2011 12-10 12 30 42 4.0-8 0.5-1 0-0 1 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 12-10 12 30 42 4.0-8 0.5-1 0-0 1 0 0-0 0

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NIKLAS’ CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 4, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) Solo Tackles: 2, twice (last vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 4, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) Tackles For Loss: 0.5, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) Sacks: None Forced Fumbles: None Fumble Recoveries: 1, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Pass Breakups: None Interceptions: None

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Started 10 games at nose guard while playing in all 12 during the regular season ... did not play vs. USF or Navy ... collected 40 tackles, including four for loss ... also had a pass breakup and half a sack ... had nine games with two or more tackles and six of four or more ... had a pair of six tackle games ... opened career with six tackles, including a half tackle for loss against South Florida (Sept. 3) ... tied career high in tackles with six, including a half tackle for loss and a half sack in a win against Navy (Oct. 29) ... had four tackles, including a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss, against Stanford (Nov. 26) ... notched five tackles, including a tackle for loss and a pass breakup in a win vs. Boston College (Nov. 19) ... for a complete bio, go to page 52 of the 2011 media guide.

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NIX III CAREER HIGHS Total Tackles: 6, twice (last vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Solo Tackles: 2, four times (last at Stanford, Nov. 26, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 5, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Tackles For Loss: 1.5, at Stanford (Nov. 26, 2011) Sacks: 0.5, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Interceptions: None Forced Fumble: None Fumble Recoveries: None Pass Breakups: 1, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011)

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NEWMAN’S HONORS & AWARDS u Notre Dame’s Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year Award

NIKLAS’ GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF FR Int PBU Blk USF 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Michigan 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *Michigan State 0-3 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Pittsburgh 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Purdue 2-0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Air Force 1-1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 USC 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Navy 2-0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 1-0 0-0 0 0 at Wake Forest 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1-1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 vs. Maryland Boston College 0-4 4 0.5-3 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Stanford 1-1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 * - games started

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NIKLAS’ CAREER Defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2011 12-1 8 12 20 0.5-3 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 1-0 0 TOTAL 12-1 8 12 20 0.5-3 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 1-0 0

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matthew mulvey

FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Played in all 12 games for the Irish during the regular season, starting the game against Michigan State (Sept. 17) ... had career-high four tackles and a half tackle for loss in a win vs. Boston College (Nov. 19) ... had two tackles and first career fumble recovery in a win vs. Navy (Oct. 29) ... had three tackles in start against the Spartans ... for a complete bio, go to page 77 of the 2011 media guide.

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36 david p0sluszny ILB / 6-0 / 235 / Sr. / Aliquippa, Pa. (Hopewell) SENIOR SEASON (2011): Played in nine games during the regular season, seeing action on special teams and as a reserve linebacker ... did not play vs. USF, USC or Navy ... had a pair of tackles in a win vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17) ... also had a tackle against Michigan (Sept. 10) and Purdue (Oct. 1) ... for a complete bio, go to page 53 of the 2011 media guide. Posluszny’s CAREER Defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2009 10-0 2 1 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2010 6-0 0 1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2011 9-0 1 3 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 25-0 3 5 8 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0

andrew nuss OG / 6-5 / 303 / Gr. / Ashburn, Va. (Stone Bridge) SENIOR SEASON (2011): Competed in all 12 games as a reserve offensive lineman and on special teams units ... one of six fifth-year seniors on scholarship on the 2011 Irish roster (Harrison Smith, David Ruffer, Mike Ragone, Gary Gray and Taylor Dever are the others) ... for a complete bio, go to page 52 of the 2011 media guide.

79 jordan prestwood OT / 6-5 / 287 / Fr. / Plant City, Fla. (Plant City) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see any game action during the regular season.

nuss’ CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS 2007 Did Not Play 2008 3-0 2009 10-0 2010 13-0 2011 12-0 TOTAL 38-0

56 anthony rabasa ILB / 6-3 / 240 / Fr. / Miami, Fla. (Columbus) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see any game action during the regular season.

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83 TE / 6-4 / 250 / Gr. / Cherry Hill, N.J. (Camden Catholic) SENIOR SEASON (2011): Saw action in the first two games of the season against South Florida (Sept. 3) and Michigan (Sept. 10) ... had one catch for 10 yards against the Bulls ... missed last 10 games after suffering season ending knee injury ... for a complete bio, go to page 53 of the 2011 media guide.

TOMMY REES QB / 6-2 / 215 / So. / Lake Forest. Ill. (Lake Forest)

rees’ CAREER Offensive STATISTICS RUSHING PASSING Year G-GS COMP ATT INT PCT YDS TD ATT YDS AVG TD 100 164 8 61.0 1106 12 12 -2 -0.2 0 2010 9-4 2011 12-11 253 384 12 65.9 2708 19 27 -28 -1.0 -2.3 TOTAL 21-15 353 548 20 64.4 3814 31 39 -30 -0.8 -1.4

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BOWL HISTORY

rees’ GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS Passing rushing 2011 C-A-INT PCT LG YDS TD ATT YDS AVG TD 24-34-2 70.6 37 296 2 2 1 0.5 0 USF *at Michigan 27-39-2 69.2 29 315 3 2 -2 -1.0 0 *Michigan State 18-26-1 69.2 33 161 1 4 -7 -1.8 0 *at Pitt 24-42-1 57.1 19 216 1 5 6 1.2 0 *at Purdue 24-40-0 60.0 35 254 3 1 3 3.0 0 *Air Force 23-32-0 72.0 34 261 4 0 0 0.0 0 *USC 23-37-1 62.2 25 190 0 1 6 6.0 0 *Navy 16-22-1 72.7 56 237 1 1 -9 -9.0 0 *at Wake Forest 14-23-2 60.9 38 166 2 2 2 1.0 0 *vs. Maryland 30-38-0 79.0 34 296 2 5 -21 -4.2 0 *Boston College 24-39-1 61.5 37 256 0 1 3 3.0 3 *at Stanford 6-13-1 46.2 23 60 0 3 -16 -3.3 0 * - games started

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rees’ PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Game Consecutive Completions (Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Maryland, 14, t-1st) u Single-Game Pass Completions (Oct. 30, 2010 vs. Tulsa, 33, 2nd) u Single-Game Pass Attempts (Oct. 30, 2010 vs. Tulsa, 54, 6th) u Single-Game Touchdown Passes (Oct. 30, 2010 vs. Tulsa, 4, t-6th) u Single-Game Touchdown Passes (Oct. 8, 2011 vs. Air Force, 4, t-6th) u Single-Game Pass Completions (Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Maryland, 30, t-9th) u Single-Game Consecutive Passes Without Interception (Oct. 1, 2011 at Purdue, 40, t-10th) u Single-Season Consecutive Completions (2011, 14, t-1st) u Single-Season Completion Percentage (2011, 65.9, 2nd) u Single-Season Consecutive Passes Without Interception (2011, 135, 3rd) u Single-Season Completions/Game (2011, 21.1, 4th) u Single-Season Pass Completions (2011, 253, 5th) u Single-Season Pass Attempts (2011, 384, 5th) u Single-Season Touchdown Passes (2011, 19, t-5th) u Single-Season Total Offense Plays (2011, 411, 6th) u Single-Season Pass Attempts/Game (2011, 32.0, 6th) u Single-Season Passing Yards (2011, 2,708, 6th) u Single-Season Total Offense Yards (2011, 2,680, 7th) u Single-Season Completion Percentage (2010, 61.0, 7th) u Single-Season 300-Yard Passing Games (2011, 1, t-7th) u Single-Season 300-Yard Passing Games (2010, 1, t-7th) u Single-Season Passing Yards/Game (2011, 225.7, 8th) u Single-Season Total Yards/Game (2011, 223.3, 9th) u Career Completion Percentage (2010-, 64.4, 1st) u Career Pass Attempts/Game (2010-, 26.1, 3rd) u Career Completions/Game (2010-, 16.8, 3rd) u Career Passing Yards/Game (2010-, 181.6, 3rd) u Career 300-Yard Passing Games (2010-, 2, t-3rd)

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rees’ HONORS & AWARDS u FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 14) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Quarterback (Oct. 9) u FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 11)

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Started 11 games for the Irish, while appearing in all 12 ... took over for then-starter Dayne Crist at halftime of South Florida game, and started the remaining 11 regular season games ... boasts a 12-3 record as a starter ... passed for over 200 yards in eight games ... threw multiple TDs in six games ... threw a touchdown pass in 11 straight games from last season to this season, which ranks third for the longest streak in school history ... has thrown for 2,708 yards and 19 TDs on the year ... completed 65.9% of passes ... put together strong game in a 38-10 victory over Purdue (Oct. 1), throwing for 254 yards and three scores ... tied career-high with four touchdown passes, all coming in the first half, in a victory over Air Force (Oct. 8) ... four TD passes in first half tied with Brady Quinn for most in a half in Irish history ... named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Quarterback and FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 11) for effort against the Falcons ... produced most efficient game of season in win vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011), going 30-for-38 (79.0%) for 296 yards and two TDs ... named FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 14) for performance against the Terrapins ... threw for 315 yards and three TDs at Michigan (Sept. 10) ... also had two TD tosses against South Florida (Sept. 3) and Wake Forest (Nov. 5) ... for a complete bio, go to page 54 of the 2011 media guide.

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ragone’S CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS Year G-GS rec yds td lg rec/g avg/c avg/g 2007 11-0 1 7 0 7 0.1 7.0 0.6 2008 Did Not Play 2009 12-7 6 60 0 30 0.5 10.0 5.0 2010 12-2 3 32 0 12 0.2 10.7 2.7 2011 2-0 1 10 0 10 0.5 10.0 5.0 TOTAL 37-9 11 109 0 30 0.3 9.9 2.9

rees’ CAREER HIGHS Carries: 5, at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24, 2011) Rushing Yards: 6, twice (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011) Rushing Touchdowns: None Longest Rush: 12, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Pass Attempts: 54, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Pass Completions: 33, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Passing Yards: 334, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Long Completion: 56, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Passing Touchdowns: 4, twice (last vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011) Completion Percentage: 85.7 (6-for-7), vs. Navy (Oct. 23, 2010) Passing Yards Per Attempt: 10.77, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Passing Yards Per Completion: 16.5, vs. Army (Nov. 20, 2010) Passing Efficiency: 181.64, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Interceptions: 3, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010)

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u Career Total Yards/Game (2010-, 180.2, 5th) u Career Pass Completions (2010-, 353, 6th) u Career Total Yards/Attempt (2010-, 6.45, 6th) u Career Touchdown Passes (2010-, 31, t-6th) u Career Pass Attempts (2010-, 548, 8th) u Career Efficiency Rating (2010-, 134.3, 9th) u Lowest Career Interception Percentage (2010-, 3.65, 9th) u Career Passing Yards (2010-, 3,814, 10th)

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6 theo riddick WR / 5-11 / 198 / Jr. / Manville, N.J. (Immaculta) riddick’s PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Game Kickoff Returns (Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Washington, 6, t-3rd) u Single-Game Kickoff Returns (Nov. 28, 2009 at Stanford, 6, t-3rd) u Single-Season Kickoff Returns (2009, 37, 1st) u Career Kickoff Returns (2009-, 47, t-5th) u Single-Season Kickoff Return Yards (2009, 849, 1st) u Career Kickoff Return Yards (2009-, 1,051, 8th) u Single-Season Kickoff/Punt Return Yards (2009, 849, 3rd) u Career Kickoff/Punt Return Yards (2009-, 1,049, 10th) riddick’s CAREER HIGHS Carries: 9, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) Rushing Yards: 51, vs. Washington State (Oct. 31, 2009) Rushing Touchdowns: None Longest Rush: 24, at Purdue (Sept. 26, 2009) Receptions: 10, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) Receiving Yards: 128, at Michigan State (Sept. 18, 2010) Receiving Touchdowns: 2, at Michigan (Sept. 10, 2011) Longest Reception: 37, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010) Kick Returns: 6, vs. Washington (Oct. 3, 2009) Kick Return Yards: 129, vs. Washington (Oct. 3, 2009) Kick Return Touchdowns: None Longest Kick Return: 38, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 19, 2009) Punt Returns: 2, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) Punt Return Yards: -2, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) Punt Return Touchdowns: None Longest Punt Return: -2, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) All-Purpose Yards: 152, vs. Navy (Nov. 7, 2009)

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cameron robinson RB / 6-0 / 218 / So. / Newbury Park, Calif. (Newbury Park) SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Did not see any game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 57 of the 2011 media guide.

RIDDICK’S CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS Year G-GS rec yds td lg rec/g avg/c avg/g 2009 12-1 6 43 0 16 0.5 7.2 3.6 2010 9-8 40 414 3 37 4.4 10.4 46.0 2011 10-9 36 429 3 45 3.6 11.9 42.9 TOTAL 31-18 82 886 6 45 2.6 10.8 28.6

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JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Played in 10 games during the regular season, starting the first nine before missing two with injury ... proved to be a reliable No. 2 wide receiver, hauling in 36 catches for 429 yards and three TDs ... had seven games with two or more catches ... produced six games with 50 or more yards receiving ... recorded six receptions for 62 yards and two touchdowns at Michigan (Sept. 17), including 29yard grab late in the fourth quarter to give Irish a 31-28 lead ... collected six more catches (52 yards) in the victory at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) ... notched season-highs of eight catches and 83 yards with a TD in a victory over Air Force (Oct. 8) ... had a pair of catches for 67 yards against Stanford (Nov. 26) ... for a complete bio, go to page 55 of the 2011 media guide.

RIDDICK’S CAREER RUSHING STATISTICS Year ATT YDS TD LG AVG/C AVG/G 2009 29 160 0 24 5.5 13.3 2010 11 29 0 18 2.6 3.2 2011 6 27 0 14 4.5 2.7 TOTAL 46 216 0 24 4.7 7.0

RIDDICK’S CAREER RETURN stats Year KR Yds Avg TD LG 2009 37 849 22.9 0 38 2010 2 36 18.0 0 19 2011 8 166 20.8 0 34 Total 47 1051 22.4 0 38

78 trevor robinson OG / 6-5 / 311 / Sr. /Elkhorn, Ne. (Elkhorn) SENIOR SEASON (2011): Started all 12 games at right guard ... part of a unit that allowed only 13 sacks in 12 games during the regular season ... helped pave the way for a running game that averaged 5.0 yards a carry ... for a complete bio, go to page 57 of the 2011 media guide. robinson’s CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS 2008 11-3 2009 11-11 2010 13-13 2011 12-12 TOTAL 47-39

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david ruffer

chris salvi

PK / 6-1 / 193 / Gr. / Oakton, Va. (Gonzaga)

S / 5-10 / 190 / Sr. / Lake Forest, Ill. (Carmel Catholic)

DE / 6-4 / 285 / So. / Hauula, Hawaii (Kahuku) SENIOR SEASON (2011): Played in three games during the regular season Purdue, Wake Forest and Maryland ... for a complete bio, go to page 59 of the 2011 media guide. schwenke’s CAREER Defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2010 5-0 2 0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 1-0 0 2011 3-0 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 8-0 2 0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 1-0 0

55 PRINCE SHEMBO OLB / 6-2 / 250 / So. / Charlotte, N.C. (Ardrey Kell) shembo’s CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 6, at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24, 2011) Solo Tackles: 5, at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 4, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Tackles For Loss: 2.0, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Sacks: 2.0, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Forced Fumbles: 1, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Fumble Recoveries: None Pass Breakups: None Interceptions: None

BOWL HISTORY

Field Goals Breakdown Year 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LG Blkd 2009 0-0 2-2 1-1 2-2 0-0 42 0 2010 1-1 3-3 7-8 5-5 2-2 50 0 2011 0-0 3-5 3-5 3-4 1-1 52 0 Total 1-1 8-10 11-14 10-11 3-3 52 0

kona schwenke

2011 SEASON REVIEW

RUFFER’S CAREER STATISTICS Field Goals XP Kickoffs Year G M-A Pct LG M-A Pct Pts Att Yds Avg TB 2008 1-0 0-0 .000 - 0-1 .000 0 0 0 - 0 2009 7-0 5-5 1.000 42 9-10 .900 24 35 2174 62.1 2 2010 13-0 18-19 .947 50 37-40 .925 91 65 4182 64.3 10 2011 12-0 10-15 .667 52 45-45 1.000 75 2 31 15.5 0 Total 32-0 33-38 .868 52 89-94 .947 188 101 6370 63.1 12

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SENIOR SEASON (2011): Notre Dame’s starting place kicker for the second season in a row ... named to the preseason Lou Groza Award Watch List ... was 10-for-15 on the year in field goals with a long of 52 ... perfect on extra points, going 45-for-45, including 8-for-8 in a win over Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) and 6-for-6 in a victory over Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) ... booted career-long 52-yard field goal in victory over Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) ... named FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 14) after game against the Terrapins ... notched three field goals, including the game-winner with 8:08 left in the game, in a win vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) ... named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Place Kicker (Nov. 20) and FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 21) after performance against the Eagles ... one of six fifth-year seniors on scholarship on 2011 Irish roster (Harrison Smith, Mike Ragone, Andrew Nuss, Gary Gray and Taylor Dever are the others) ... for a complete bio, go to page 58 of the 2011 media guide.

salvi’s CAREER Defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2010 9-0 1 1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2011 12-0 3 6 9 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 12-0 3 6 9 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0

THE FIGHTING IRISH

ruffer’s PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Season Scoring (2010, 91, 7th) u Single-Season Field Goals (2010, 18, t-3rd) u Single-Season Field Goal Percentage (2010, .947, 1st) u Single-Season Consecutive Field Goals (2010, 18, 1st) u Career Consecutive Field Goals (2009-10, 23, 1st) u Career Consecutive Games With a Field Goal (2009-10, 11, 2nd) u Single-Season Extra Points (2011, 45-45, t-4th) u Career Consecutive Extra Points (2010-11, 61, 4th) u Single-Season Extra Points Attempted (2011, 45-45, t-8th) u Single-Season Extra Point Percentage (2011, 45-45, t-1st) u Single-Season Points (2010, 91, 1st) u Single-Season Points (2011, 75, 9th) u Career Points (2008-, 190, 7th)

SENIOR SEASON (2011): Played in all 12 regular season games as a member of the special teams unit ... tallied nine tackles ... had two each in wins over Air Force (Oct. 8), Navy (Oct. 29) and Maryland (Nov. 12) ... also had a tackle against Michigan State (Sept. 17), Purdue (Oct. 1) and Wake Forest (Nov. 5).

GAME NOTES

ruffer’s HONORS & AWARDS u FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 21) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Place Kicker (Nov. 20) u FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 14) u Lou Groza Award Watch List

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slaughter’S CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2008 Did Not Play 2009 12-1 12 2 14 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2010 11-5 20 11 31 0.0-0 0.0-0 1-26 3 0 0-0 0 2011 12-9 20 20 40 2.0-3 0.0-0 1-0 2 1 0-0 0 TOTAL 35-15 52 33 85 2.0-3 0.0-0 2-26 5 1 0-0 0 slaughter’S GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF FR Int PBU Blk *USF 2-0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Michigan 0-1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *Michigan State 2-2 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Pittsburgh 1-1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Purdue 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *Air Force 2-4 6 0.0-0 0.0-0 1 0-0 1-0 1 0 USC 3-5 8 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 *Navy 2-3 5 1.0-2 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *at Wake Forest 0-2 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *vs. Maryland 1-0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 *Boston College 2-1 3 1.0-1 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 at Stanford 4-1 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 * - games started

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SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Saw action in two games, recording a tackle in a win vs. Navy (Oct. 29) ... for a complete bio, go to page 61 of the 2011 media guide.

S / 6-0 / 198 / Sr. / Stone Mountain, Ga. (Tucker) slaughter’s HONORS & AWARDS u FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 11)

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slaughter’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 8, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Solo Tackles: 4, vs. Army (Nov. 20, 2010) Assisted Tackles: 5, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Tackles for Loss: 1.0, twice (last vs. Boston College, Nov. 19, 2011) Sacks: None Interceptions: 1, twice (last vs. Air Force (Oct. 8, 2011) Longest Interception Return: 26, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) Interception Return Yards: 26, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) Pass Breakups: 1, five times (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011) Forced Fumbles: 1, vs. Air Force (Oct. 8) Fumble Recoveries: None

Harrison smith

SENIOR SEASON (2011): Started nine games at safety, while appearing in all 12 ... did not start vs. Pittsburgh, USC or Stanford ...tallied 40 tackles, including two for loss ... also had an interception, forced fumble and two pass breakups ... had five games with four or more tackles ... had career game against Air Force (Oct. 8), notching six tackles, while forcing a fumble and intercepting a pass ... named FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 11) following performance against the Falcons ... notched career high in tackles with eight against USC (Oct. 22) ... had five tackles, including first-career tackle for loss, in a victory over Navy (Oct. 29) ... also had four tackles in a win vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17) and at Stanford (Nov. 26) ... for a complete bio, go to page 60 of the 2011 media guide.

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S / 6-2 / 214 / Sr. / Knoxville, Tenn. (Knoxville Catholic) HARRISON SMITH’S HONORS & AWARDS u Notre Dame’s Nick Pietrosante Award u Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 7) u Phil Steele Midseason All-American Third Team u Nagurski Trophy Watch List u Thorpe Award Watch List HARRISON SMITH’S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Career Tackles (2007-, 303, 10th) u Single-Season Tackles By Defensive Back (2010, 93, 5th) u Single-Season Tackles By Defensive Back (2011, 84, 9th) u Career Tackles By Defensive Back (2007-, 217, 5th) u Single-Game Interceptions (Dec. 31, 2010 vs. Miami, Fla., 3, t-1st) u Single-Season Interceptions (2010, 7, t-6th) u Single-Season Pass Breakups (2011, 10, t-6th) u Career Pass Breakups (2007-, 28, 2nd)

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DE / 6-5.5 / 280 / Fr. / Fort Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Dwenger) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see any game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 78 of the 2011 media guide.

92 tyler stockton NG / 6-0 / 302 / Jr. / Linwood, N.J. (Hun School) JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Did not see any game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 64 of the 2011 media guide. Stockton’s CAREER Defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2010 6-0 1 0 1 1.0-4 1.0-4 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2011 0-0 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 6-0 1 0 1 1.0-4 1.0-4 0-0 0 0 0-0 0

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HARRISON smith’S CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2007 Did Not Play 7 0 0-0 0 2008 13-9 39 18 57 8.5-39 3.5-26 0-0 2009 12-12 39 30 69 6.5-12 0.0-0 0-0 4 1 0-0 0 2010 13-13 56 37 93 0.5-1 0.0-0 7-54 7 0 0-0 0 2011 12-12 49 35 84 2.0-8 0.0-0 0-0 10 1 1-0 0 TOTAL 50-46 183 120 303 17.5-60 3.5-26 7-54 28 2 1-0 0

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SENIOR SEASON (2011): Turned in another All-America caliber season at safety, starting all 12 games and tallying 84 tackles and breaking up 10 passes ... named to the preseason Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award Watch Lists ... selected to Phil Steele’s Midseason All-American Third Team ... had three double-digit tackle games and had nine games with five or more tackles ... team leader with 37 career starts and 46 overall ... became 11th player in Notre Dame history with 300 tackles, surpassing the mark against Stanford (Nov. 26) ... had eight tackles and a career-high five pass breakups vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17) ... notched career-high 14 tackles vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) ... had 11 tackles and a tackle for loss in a win at Wake Forest (Nov. 5) ... selected as Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 7) after performance against the Demon Deacons ... had 12 tackles in a win against Air Force (Oct. 29) ... for a complete bio, go to page 61 of the 2011 media guide.

Spond’s CAREER Defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2010 8-0 1 0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 2011 9-0 7 6 13 0.5-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 17-0 8 6 14 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0

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HARRISON smith’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 14, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Solo Tackles: 8, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 7, four times (last vs. USC, Oct. 22, 2011) Tackles for Loss: 2.0, twice (last vs. Navy, Nov. 7, 2009) Sacks: 2.0, at Washington (Oct. 25, 2008) Interceptions: 3, vs. Miami (Fla.) (Dec. 31, 2010) Longest Interception Return: 23, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Interception Return Yards: 23, at Boston College (Oct. 2, 2010) Pass Breakups: 5, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) Forced Fumbles: 1, vs. Boston College (Oct. 24, 2009) Fumble Recoveries: None

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SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Played in nine games, primarily on special teams and also as a reserve linebacker ... did not play vs. Michigan state, Pittsburgh or Purdue ... had 13 tackles, including seven solo ... had career-best six tackles in a win vs. Maryland (Nov. 12) ... also notched three tackles in a win vs. Navy (Oct. 29) and two tackles in a win vs. Air Force (Oct. 8) ... chipped in with a half tackle for loss against the Falcons (Oct. 8) ... for a complete bio, go to page 63 of the 2011 media guide.

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40 nick Tausch PK / 6-0 / 190 / Jr. / Plano, Texas (Jesuit) tausch’s PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Game Field Goals (Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Washington, 5, t-1st) u Single-Season Field Goals (2009, 14, t-6th) u Single-Season Consecutive Field Goals (2009, 14, 2nd) u Career Consecutive Field Goals (2009, 14, 2nd) u Single-Game Points (Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Washington, 17, t-1st) JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Did not see any game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 64 of the 2011 media guide. TAusch’S CAREER STATISTICS Field Goals XP Kickoffs Year G M-A Pct LG M-A Pct Pts Att Yds Avg TB 2009 9-0 14-17 .824 46 27-30 .900 69 35 2164 61.8 0 2010 3-0 1-1 1.000 34 0-0 .000 3 8 443 55.4 0 Total 12-0 15-18 .833 46 27-30 .900 72 43 2607 60.6 0 Field Goals Breakdown Year 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LG Blkd 2009 0-0 5-6 6-7 3-4 0-0 46 0 2010 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 34 0 Total 0-0 5-6 7-8 3-4 0-0 46 0

JUNIOR SEASON (2011): All-America linebacker who started all 12 games at inside linebacker, tallying 111 tackles with 12 tackles for loss ... named finalist for some of college football’s most prestegious awards including the Lott and Butkus Awards after being named to numerous preseason awards lists and All-American scrolls ... was a semifinalist for the Bednarik, Butkus and Lombardi Awards and was a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy all at the same time, making him one of only three players in the country to be on all four lists ... placed on the Phil Steele Midseason All-America First Team ... notched double-digit tackles in eight games this season ... led team in tackles eight times ... had at least one tackle for loss in six games ... became only 10th Irish player to register 300 tackles for career at Stanford (Nov. 26) ... started 34 consecutive games and 35 overall in career ... recorded 14 tackles and a sack against USF (Sept. 3) ... had 12 tackles against Michigan State (Sept. 17) ... tallied 10 tackles and a sack at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) ... produced eight tackles, including a sack and a career-high three tackles for loss, in a victory at Purdue (Oct. 1) ... named FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3) following game against the Boilermakers ... recorded 12 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, and a pass breakup in a victory over Air Force (Oct. 8) ... had productive game against Navy (Oct. 29), tallying 13 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, and a half sack ... named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Linebacker (Oct. 30) and FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 31) following game against the Midshipman ... tallied 12 tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in a win vs. Boston College (Nov. 19) ... named FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 21) following game against the Eagles ... for a complete bio, go to page 65 of the 2011 media guide. te’o’s CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2009 12-10 29 34 63 5.5-25 1.0-12 0-0 1 0 0-0 0 2010 13-13 66 67 133 9.5-34 1.0-7 0-0 3 1 0-0 0 2011 12-12 55 60 115 13.0-30 4.5-17 0-0 1 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 37-35 150 161 311 28.0-89 6.5-36 0-0 5 1 0-0 0

5 manti te’o ILB / 6-2 / 255 / Jr. / Laie, Hawaii (Punahou) te’o’s HONORS & AWARDS u Notre Dame’s Rockne Student-Athlete of the Year Award u Capital One Academic All-America Second Team u Academic All-District V u Walter Camp Second Team All-American u Rivals Second Team All-American u Lott Trophy Finalist u Phil Steele Second team All-American u Butkus Award Finalist u Lombardi Award Semifinalist u SI.com Second Team All-American u Lott Trophy Semifinalist u AP Second Team All-American u Butkus Award Semifinalist u Phil Steele Midseason All-American First Team u FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 21) u FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 31) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Linebacker (Oct. 30) u FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3) u Bednarik Award Watch List u Butkus Award Watch List u Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List u Nagurski Trophy Watch List

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te’o’s CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 21, Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) (8 solo, 13 assisted) Solo Tackles: 8, three times (last at Pittsburgh, Sept. 23, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 13, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) Tackles For Loss: 3.0, at Purdue (Oct. 1, 2011) Sacks: 1.0, five times (last at Purdue, Oct. 1, 2011) Forced Fumbles: 1, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010) Pass Breakups: 1, six times (last vs. Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011)

te’o’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF FR Int *USF 6-8 14 1.0-1 1.0-1 0 0-0 0-0 *at Michigan 5-0 5 1.0-3 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 *Michigan State 2-10 12 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 *at Pittsburgh 8-2 10 1.0-5 1.0-5 0 0-0 0-0 *at Purdue 8-0 8 3.0-12 1.0-6 0 0-0 0-0 *Air Force 5-5 10 2.5-4 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 *USC 3-7 10 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 *Navy 5-8 13 2.5-4 0.5-1 0 0-0 0-0 *at Wake Forest 2-3 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 *vs. Maryland 3-1 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 *Boston College 3-9 12 0.5-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 *at Stanford 5-7 12 1.5-1 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 * - games started

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Robby Toma

Stephon Tuitt

WR / 5-9 / 185 / Jr. / Laie, Hawaii (Punahou)

DE / 6-6.25 / 295 / Fr. / Monroe, Ga. (Monroe Area) Tuitt’s HONORS & AWARDS u Phil Steele Third team Freshman All-American

toma’s CAREER HIGHS Receptions: 7, vs. Maryland (Nov 12, 2011) Receiving yards: 73, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Long reception: 27, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) All-purpose yards: 73, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Kick returns: 1, Washington State, Oct 31, 2009 Kick return yards: 11, Washington State, Oct 31, 2009 (1 returns) Long kick return: 11, Washington State, Oct 31, 2009 Tackles: 1, Western Michigan, Oct 16, 2010 (1-0)

Tuitt’s CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 7, twice (last vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Solo Tackles: 2, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 6, vs. USC (Oct. 22, 2011) Tackles for Loss: 2.0, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011) Sacks: 1.0, at Wake Forest (Nov. 5, 2011)

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Tuitt’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 UT-AT TT TFL Sck FF FR Int USF 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 at Michigan Did Not Play Michigan State 1-1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 at Pittsburgh 1-1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 Did Not Play at Purdue Air Force 1-4 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 USC 1-6 7 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 *Navy 2-5 7 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 *at Wake Forest 3-1 4 2.0-14 1.0-11 0 0-0 0-0 *vs. Maryland 0-0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 Boston College Did Not Play at Stanford Did Not Play * - games started

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tuitt’s CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2011 8-3 9 18 27 2.0-14 1.0-11 0-0 1 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 8-3 9 18 27 2.0-14 1.0-11 0-0 1 0 0-0 0

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Toma’s CAREER Receiving STATISTICS Year G-GS rec yds TD lg Rec/g avg/c avg/g 2009 3-0 3 21 0 8 1.0 7.0 7.0 8-2 14 187 0 26 1.8 13.4 23.4 2010 2011 12-3 15 173 1 27 1.2 11.5 14.4 TOTAL 23-5 32 381 1 27 1.4 11.9 16.6

FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Talented freshman that saw action in eight games, while starting three ... started vs. Navy, Wake Forest and Maryland ... did not play vs. Michigan, Purdue, Boston College or Stanford ... showed steady improvement throughout the regular season, tallying 23 of 27 tackles over final five games played ... had season high in tackles with seven in games against USC (Oct. 22) and Navy (Oct. 29) ... notched five and a pass breakup in a win vs. Air Force (Oct. 8) ... turned in most disruptive game in a win at Wake Forest (Nov. 5), compiling four tackles, with two going for a loss of 14 yards ... also had an 11-yard sack ... tallied two tackles each in wins against Michigan State (Sept. 17) and Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) ... for a complete bio, go to page 78 of the 2011 media guide.

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JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Saw action in all 12 games, starting the final three after injuries hit the Irish ... caught 15 balls for 173 yards and first career touchdown ... produced career highs in catches (7) and yards (73) in a win vs. Maryland (Nov. 12) ... had five catches for 65 yards in a win vs. Boston College (Nov. 19) ... caught first career TD pass in a win vs. Air Force (Oct. 8) ... for a complete bio, go to page 67 of the 2011 media guide.

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toma’s HONORS & AWARDS u Notre Dame’s Next Man In Award

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Ben Turk

justin utupo

P / 5-11 / 196 / Jr. / Davie, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

ILB / 6-1 / 251 / So. / Lakewood, Calif. (Lakewood)

turk’s PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Career Punts (2009-, 140, t-6th)

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Saw action in 11 games on the year, primarily on special teams ... did not play vs. USF ... for a complete bio, go to page 68 of the 2011 media guide.

turk’s CAREER HIGHS Punts: 8, four times (last vs. Boston College, Nov. 19, 2011) Punt Yards: 352, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) Long Punt: 58, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Punt Average: 46.6, vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 9, 2010) Touchbacks: 3, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) Fair Catches: 5, twice (last at Boston College, Oct. 2, 2010) 50+ Yard Punts: 2, twice (last vs. Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010) Inside 20: 4, vs. Michigan (Sept. 11, 2010)

1 Deion walker WR / 6-3 / 206 / Sr. / Christchurch, Va. (Christchurch)

JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Was the team’s starting punter in all 12 games during the regular season ... averaged 41 yards a punt or more per game the last six games and eight games total ... averaged a career-best 40.2 for the season, hitting 46 punts for 1,851 yards ... had a career-long 58 yarder in a win vs. Maryland (Nov. 12) ... had five kicks that went 50+ yards ... forced 13 fair catches and placed 14 inside the 20 yard line ... averaged 44 yards a punt in a win vs. Boston College (Nov. 19) ... also set career highs for punts, punt yards, touchbacks and fair catches against the Eagles ... for a complete bio, go to page 67 of the 2011 media guide. turk’s CAREER punting STATISTICS Year G-GS No. Yds Avg lg tb fc 2009 6-0 26 994 38.2 53 2 13 2010 13-0 68 2603 38.3 56 3 22 2011 12-0 46 1851 40.2 58 4 13 TOTAL 31-0 140 5448 38.9 58 9 48

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SENIOR SEASON (2011): Did not see any game action during the regular season ... for a complete bio, go to page 69 of the 2011 media guide. walker’s CAREER Receiving STATISTICS Year G-GS rec yds TD lg Rec/g avg/c avg/g 2008 Did Not Play 2009 5-0 1 15 0 15 0.2 15.0 3.0 2010 Did Not Play 2011 2-0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL 7-0 1 15 0 15 0.1 15.0 2.1

66 Chris Watt OG / 6-3 / 310 / Jr. / Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard West) JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Started all 12 games at left guard ... part of a unit that allowed only 13 sacks in 12 games during the regular season ... helped pave the way for a running game that averaged 5.0 yards a carry ... for a complete bio, go to page 69 of the 2011 media guide. WATT’S CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS 2009 Did Not Play 2010 13-0 2011 12-12 TOTAL 25-12

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ISHAQ WILLIAMS

TE / 6-4 / 245 / So. / Cincinnati, Ohio (Elder)

OLB / 6-5 / 255 / Fr. / Brooklyn, N.Y. (Lincoln)

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Saw action in nine games, catching one pass for eight yards and recording three tackles on special teams ... caught pass in a win vs. Navy (Oct. 29) ... tackles came in wins against the Midshipman (Oct. 29), Maryland (Nov. 5) and Maryland (Nov. 12) ... for a complete bio, go to page 70 of the 2011 media guide.

SENIOR SEASON (2011): Saw action in five games as a reserve nose guard ... registered eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss ... had two tackles each against Michigan (Sept. 10), Purdue (Oct. 1), Navy (Oct. 29) and Maryland (Nov. 12) ... for a complete bio, go to page 70 of the 2011 media guide. Int PBU FF FR Blk 0 1 0 1

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NG / 6-1 / 295 / Sr. / Elizabeth, N.J. (Elizabeth)

ishaq WILLIAMS’ CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 1, four times (last vs. Maryland, Nov. 12, 2011) Solo Tackles: 1, twice (last vs. Navy, Oct. 29, 2011) Assisted Tackles: 1, vs. Maryland (Nov. 12, 2011) Tackles for Loss: 1, vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011)

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hafis WILLIAMS’ CAREER defensive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck 2008 Did Not Play 2009 6-0 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 2010 13-0 6 5 11 0.5-1 0.0-0 2011 5-0 4 4 8 1.5-4 0.0-0 TOTAL 24-0 10 9 19 2.0-5 0.0-0

FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Saw action in 10 games as a reserve outside linebacker ... had five tackles on the season, including a tackle for loss ... did not play against USC or Wake Forest ... notched a tackle against Michigan (Sept. 10), Purdue (Oct. 1), Air Force (Oct. 8), Navy (Oct. 29) and Maryland (Nov. 12) ... for a complete bio, go to page 78 of the 2011 media guide. ishaq WILLIAMS’ CAREER DEFENsive STATISTICS Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sck Int PBU FF FR Blk 2011 10-0 3 2 5 1.0-2 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 TOTAL 10-0 3 2 5 1.0-2 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0

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20 CIERRE WOOD RB / 6-0 / 215 / Jr. / Oxnard, Calif. (Santa Clara) cierre wood’s HONORS & AWARDS u FBS Independent Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3) u College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Running Back (Oct. 2) u Walker Award Watch List u Hornung Award Watch List cierre wood’s PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS u Single-Season Receptions By Running Back (2011, 26, 9th) u Single-Season Touchdown Receptions By Running Back (2010, 2, t-9th) u Career Receptions By Running Back (2010-, 46, t-9th) cierre wood’s CAREER HIGHS Carries: 26, vs. Boston College (Nov. 19, 2011) Rushing Yards: 191, at Purdue (Oct. 1, 2011) Longest Rush: 55, at Purdue (Oct. 1, 2011) Rushing Touchdowns: 2, twice (last vs. Navy (Oct. 29, 2011) Receptions: 6, vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17, 2011) Receiving Yards: 57, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Longest Reception: 31, vs. USF (Sept. 3, 2011) Receiving Touchdowns: 2, vs. Tulsa (Oct. 30, 2010) Kickoff Returns: 5, two times (last vs. Stanford, Sept. 25, 2010) Kickoff Return Yards: 95, vs. Stanford (Sept. 25, 2010) Longest Kickoff Return: 38, vs. Purdue (Sept. 4, 2010) All-Purpose Yards: 212, at Purdue (Oct. 1, 2011)

cierre wood’s GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2011 ATT YDS AVG TD LG rec yds avg td lg *USF 21 104 5.0 1 18 3 44 14.7 0 31 *at Michigan 25 134 5.4 1 24 0 0 0.0 0 0 *Michigan State 14 61 4.4 2 22 6 5 0.8 0 7 *at Pitt 23 94 4.1 0 18 1 10 10.0 0 10 *at Purdue 20 191 9.6 1 55 2 22 11.0 0 20 *Air Force 10 66 6.6 1 24 2 11 5.5 0 11 *USC 5 5 1.0 0 7 6 41 6.8 0 15 Navy 11 66 6.0 2 14 2 13 6.5 0 9 at Wake Forest 14 87 6.2 0 27 1 17 17.0 0 17 vs. Maryland 18 99 5.5 1 21 2 15 7.5 0 10 Boston College 26 94 3.6 0 9 0 -3 -0.3 0 0 *at Stanford 12 41 3.4 0 13 1 6 6.0 0 6 * - games started

23 lo wood CB / 5-10 / 195 / So. / Apopka, Fla. (Apopka) FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Played in 10 games for the Irish during the regular season ... did not play vs. Wake Forest or USC ... tallied six tackles and an interception, which went for a 57-yard touchdown in a win vs. Maryland (Nov. 12) ... had a pair of tackles in a win vs. Air Force (Oct. 8) ... for a complete bio, go to page 72 of the 2011 media guide.

JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Quick, shifty back who put together the 16th 1,000 yard season in Notre Dame history ... provided a powerful one-two punch at running back with teammate Jonas Gray ... played in all 12 games, and started eight ... did not start vs. Navy, Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College ... averaged 86.8 yards a game and an impressive 5.2 yards a carry ... rushed for 1,042 yards on 199 carries with nine TDs ... all three categories were career highs ... had three 100-yard rushing games ... had two multi-touchdown games ... named to the preseason Walker and Hornung Award watch lists ... had career-high 26 carries in a win vs. Boston College (Nov. 19) ... eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for the season against the Eagles ... produced a then career-high in yards (134) and carries (25) against Michigan (Sept. 10) ... scored two TDs in a 31-13 win over Michigan State (Sept. 17) ... also had career-high six receptions against the Spartans (Sept. 17) ... recorded two more rush TDs in a win vs. Navy (Oct. 29) ... smashed career-high in yards (191), all-purpose yards (212) and longest run (55) in victory at Purdue (Oct. 1) ... named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Running Back (Oct. 2) and FBS Independent Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3) following game against the Boilermakers ... had 99 yards and a TD in a win vs. Maryland (Nov. 12) ... for a complete bio, go to page 71 of the 2011 media guide. cierre wood’s CAREER RUSHING STATISTICS Year G-GS ATT YDS TD LG AVG/C 2010 13-5 119 603 3 39 5.1 2011 12-8 199 1042 9 55 5.2 TOTAL 25-13 318 1645 12 55 5.2

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cierre wood’s CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS Year G-GS rec yds td lg rec/g avg/c avg/g 2010 13-5 20 170 2 23 1.5 8.5 13.1 2011 12-8 26 181 0 31 2.2 7.0 15.1 TOTAL 25-13 46 351 2 31 1.8 7.6 14.0

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Head coach

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly, a veteran of 21 seasons as a collegiate head coach – heads into his second bowl game in two seasons as the 29th head football coach at the University of Notre Dame.

Kelly’s head coaching resume includes:

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When Kelly was hired at Notre Dame he said two things he needed to accomplish early in his tenure were shoring up the defense and getting the players to be mentally and physically stronger so they could compete for all four quarters of all 12 games. Through his first two seasons, Kelly’s defense is one of 15 units in the FBS that has allowed less than 21 points per game in both seasons. It’s the first time an Irish defense has accomplished that feat in a decade. The month of November had not been kind to Notre Dame in the three years that preceded Kelly’s arrival in South Bend. The Irish had won only three of 13 games in the final month of the regular season. Through rigorous strength and conditioning workouts and Kelly’s coaching style, Notre Dame is 6-1 in November games since 2010. The Irish also had a hard time hanging onto leads prior to Kelly’s arrival. Notre Dame was a combined 9-6 when leading at halftime in 2008 and 2009 but have improved under Kelly to 15-2 when taking an advantage into the locker room. Notre Dame was one of 24 schools that opened 2011 with an 0-2 record but was one of only three teams (Georgia and Western Kentucky the others) to rebound and have a winning season. Since 2001, 275 FBS teams started 0-2 and Notre Dame became one of only 27 schools that won at least eight of its next 10 games. The Irish offense that Kelly directed eclipsed 500 yards of offense in five games, equal to the combined number of 500-yard games Notre Dame tallied in the previous five seasons. Notre Dame scored at least 45 points in three games in 2011, the most by an Irish offense since 1996. The Irish were led on offense by wide receiver Michael Floyd’s school-record 95 receptions and the running back duo of Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray that combined for 1,833 yards and 21 touchdowns. Floyd capped off his career by breaking former teammate Golden Tate’s two-year-old school record of single-season receptions. Wood and Gray formed a potent one-two punch out of the backfield. The tandem was one of only two running back duos in the FBS to each have at least nine rushing TDs in 2011. The other two running back teammates played on the high-octane offenses at Oregon and Oklahoma State.

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• Two seasons at Notre Dame where he has fashioned a 16-9 record that has included five losses by a combined 15 points. He has helped the Irish win eight of their last 10 games in 2011 and 15 of the last 21 games dating back to 2010. Kelly became the first Irish head coach to win a bowl game in his first season and has defeated opponents ranked in the top 15 in both seasons. • Three seasons at Cincinnati from 2007-09, including a 34-6 record (.850) and two straight outright BIG EAST Conference title teams that earned BCS appearances in 2008 (FedEx Orange Bowl) and ’09 (Allstate Sugar Bowl). At the time he accepted the position at Notre Dame, he qualified as the winningest active BIG EAST football coach and the only league coach with more than 150 wins.

 • Three seasons at Central Michigan University from 2004-06, including a 19-16 overall record (.542) featuring a 9-4 mark and Mid-American Conference title in 2006. • hirteen seasons at Grand Valley State University from 1991-2003, including a 118-35-2 record (.767) highlighted by NCAA Division II national championships in 2002 (14-0) and 2003 (14-1). • An overall record of 187-66-2 (.737) in those 21 seasons as a head coach.

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Currently the fifth-winningest active coach in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Kelly has guided Notre Dame to 16 wins over the last two seasons. His 110 victories as a head coach since 2001 are more than all but two active FBS head coaches – Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Mack Brown of Texas.

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Defensively, Notre Dame held 11 of 12 teams below their season scoring average and held 10 of 12 schools below their season rushing average. When Kelly arrived at Notre Dame, the Irish were coming off a season where the defense ranked 86th in the nation in total defense at 397.8 yards per game. Two years later, Notre Dame’s defense ranked 34th in yards allowed per game at 349.2 and were 28th in scoring defense. Junior linebacker Manti Te’o was named a finalist for the 2011 Butkus Award and Lott Trophy after leading Notre Dame with 115 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and four and a half sacks. Senior safety and team captain Harrison Smith paced the secondary with 84 tackles and 10 pass breakups. Despite enduring a slew of injuries at key positions, Kelly’s first Irish squad in 2010 came on strong to play perfectly in November. In addition to a convincing 28-3 victory over once-beaten and 15th-ranked Utah (Notre Dame’s widest margin over an Associated Press top 20 opponent in 14 years), the Irish defeated Army in the historic first football game ever played at the new Yankee Stadium – then ended an eight-game losing streak at the hands of archrival USC with a come-from-behind win at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Then, in the convincing 33-17 Hyundai Sun Bowl triumph against Miami, the Irish charged to a 30-3 lead after three periods, as Kelly became the first Notre Dame football coach ever to record a bowl victory in his first season on the Notre Dame sidelines. The Irish success down the stretch came mainly because of its defense, as Notre Dame went 13 consecutive periods over one late, four-game stretch without allowing an offensive touchdown (the best sequence in that category in 30 years). In those final four wins Notre Dame’s defense limited the Utes, Black Knights, Trojans and Hurricanes to combined averages of 9.8 points (best stretch for an Irish team since 1989), 91.8 yards on the ground and 276.5 total yards. In the last four contests, the Irish defense faced teams that were averaging 38 points (Tulsa), 41 (Utah), 31 (Army) and 32 (USC) per game, yet yielded only two offensive touchdowns, combined, to that quartet. Among individual defensive leaders was Te’o, Notre Dame’s top tackler in 2010 with 133 and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and Dick Butkus Award. Each of those four victories came in the first four career starts by Rees, following a season-ending injury to Dayne Crist. Among the pacesetters for Kelly’s spread offense was Floyd who caught 79 balls in 2010 for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns and was

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Head coach Year by Year with Brian Kelly

Year School 1983 Assumption 1984 Assumption 1985 Assumption 1986 Assumption

Position Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers

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1987 Grand Valley State 1988 Grand Valley State 1989 Grand Valley State 1990 Grand Valley State

Graduate Assistant/ Defensive Backs Graduate Assistant/ Defensive Backs Defensive Coordinator/ Recruiting Coordinator Defensive Coordinator/ Recruiting Coordinator

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1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach

9-3/NCAA Division II playoffs (0-1) 8-3 6-3-2 8-4/NCAA Division II playoffs (0-1) 8-3 8-3 9-2 9-3/NCAA Division II playoffs (0-1) 5-5 7-4 13-1/NCAA Division II runner-up (3-1) 14-0/NCAA Division II champion (4-0) 14-1/NCAA Division II champion (4-0)

Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State

2004 Central Michigan Head Coach 2005 Central Michigan Head Coach 2006 Central Michigan Head Coach

4-4 5-3 1-8

7-4 11-1/NCAA Division II playoffs (0-1) 10-2/NCAA Division II playoffs (0-1)

4-7 6-5 9-4/qualified for Motor City Bowl vs. Middle Tennessee

2006 Cincinnati Head Coach 1-0/International Bowl: W 27-24 vs. Western Michigan 2007 Cincinnati Head Coach 10-3/Papajohns.com Bowl: W 31-21 vs. Southern Mississippi Final Rankings: 17th AP, 20th USA Today 2008 Cincinnati Head Coach 11-3/FedEx Orange Bowl: L 7-20 vs. Virginia Tech Final Rankings: 17th AP and USA Today 2009 Cincinnati Head Coach 12-0/qualified for Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. Florida Rankings: 4th AP and USA Today 2010 Notre Dame Head Coach 2011 Notre Dame Head Coach

8-5/Hyundai Sun Bowl: W 33-17 vs. Miami (Fla.) 8-4/Champs Sports Bowl vs. Florida State

Grand Valley State Totals (13 seasons) Central Michigan Totals (3 seasons) Cincinnati Totals (3 seasons) Notre Dame Totals (2 seasons) Overall Totals (21 seasons)

118-35-2 19-16 34-6 16-9 187-66-2

.767 .542 .850 .640 .737

named the MVP of the Hyundai Sun Bowl (six catches for 109 yards and two TDs in that contest). Meanwhile, the Irish kicking game also sparkled in 2010, thanks to placekicker David Ruffer, who successfully converted his first 18 field-goal attempts (18 of 19 overall in 2010 and 23 for 24 in his career). Ruffer became one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award as the top placekicker in the nation. Kelly’s debut season in South Bend saw the 2010 Irish play arguably the most difficult schedule in the country, as all but one of the Notre Dame opponents finished .500 or better – something no other team in the country could claim. Notre Dame’s agenda ranked first nationally in the official NCAA schedule strength standings at the end of the regular season, with Irish opponents playing at a .652 clip (79-42).

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On the academic side, Kelly’s first season at Notre Dame featured a first-team ESPN Academic All-America honor for Ruffer, an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship for offensive lineman Chris Stewart (he attended law school at Notre Dame during the 2010 season) as a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete selection – and a first-place finish by Notre Dame among all FBS programs in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate standings with a 96 mark. Architect of two consecutive Bowl Championship Series appearances at the University of Cincinnati, including a perfect 12-0 regular season in 2009 that earned him national-coach-of-the-year honors. Kelly earned the ESPN/Home Depot National Coach of the Year Award in 2009, was the BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2009 (the first time a BIG EAST football coach won the award three straight years) -- and received the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year Award in both 2002 and 2003. He also in ’09 was a finalist for four other national awards – the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award (Football Writers Association of America), Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award (National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association), Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award and the George Munger Coach of the Year Award (Maxwell Football Club). He boasted a 2-1 record at Cincinnati in postseason bowl games – including a 27-24 win over Western Michigan in the International Bowl after the 2006 season (he coached in that game immediately after taking the job at Cincinnati), a 31-21 win over Southern Mississippi in the Papajohns.com Bowl after the ’07 season and a 20-7 loss to Virginia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl after the ’08 campaign. Kelly’s ’06 Central Michigan team finished 9-4 and qualified for the Motor City Bowl (Central Michigan defeated Middle Tennessee 31-14, though he did not coach after accepting the head coaching position at Cincinnati) – and his 12-0 team in ’09 earned an Allstate Sugar Bowl assignment against once-beaten Florida. In six NCAA Division II playoff appearances at Grand Valley State, Kelly’s teams combined for an 11-4 (.733) postseason record – including four straight victories in winning both the ’02 and ’03 NCAA titles. His ’01 Grand Valley State team fell 17-14 to North Dakota in the Division II national title game. Kelly’s ’09 team at Cincinnati finished third in the final BCS standings and fourth in both the final regular-season Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls. His ’08 team ended up 11-3 and 17th in both polls – and his ‘07 Bearcat squad finished 10-3 and 17th (AP) and 20th (USA Today/ESPN) in the final polls. Through the end of the 2009 regular season, his Cincinnati team won all 12 of its games, led the nation in passing efficiency (166.19), ranked second in kickoff returns (29.2 each) and sixth in total offense (464.25 yards per game), passing yardage (320.33) and scoring (39.83 points). Meanwhile, Kelly’s Bearcat defense rated third nationally in tackles for losses (8.42 per game) and eighth in sacks (2.92). The ’09 Cincinnati squad set Bearcat single-season records for points (495), passing yards (3,844), fewest fumbles (10), fewest fumbles lost (two) and fewest turnovers (10). Cincinnati concluded the ’09 campaign with a record 18 straight regular-season victories. Among the standouts Kelly coached on the ’09 Bearcat roster were first-team All-America receiver Mardy Gilyard (he ranked second nationally in all-purpose yards at 203.5 per game at the end of the regular season) and quarterback Tony Pike (ninth in passing efficiency at 155.36). Eleven Cincinnati players merited all-BIG EAST honors for ’09 (five first-team selections), including Gilyard, the league’s Special Teams Player of the Year for the second straight season. In three years at the helm of the program, Kelly put together a 34-6 record and led the Bearcats to their first two BIG EAST championships in 2008 and ‘09.

 Cincinnati achieved a then-school-record 11 victories in 2008, followed that up with a dozen wins in ’09, and had back-to-back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in school history. Kelly’s Bearcats in ’08 won the school’s first outright conference championship

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of three Bearcats to be named to an All-America team.

 Cincinnati ranked second in the BIG EAST and 24th nationally in passing offense (254.1), and was also second in the league and 27th nationally in passing efficiency (139.4). At the same time, the Bearcat defense led the BIG EAST in sacks (2.9) and tackles for a loss (6.5).

 Kelly’s Bearcats led the FBS in net punting (41.5 yards per punt), and Cincinnati also paced the BIG EAST in kickoff returns (24.2).

 During his three years at Central Michigan, he transformed a Chippewa program that had won more than three games only once in the past four seasons into a conference champion. Central Michigan posted a 9-4 regular-season record in 2006 en route to winning the MAC title and qualifying for its first bowl game in 12 years.

 Kelly inherited a program that had produced a mere 12 wins over its previous four seasons when he took the helm at Central Michigan in 2004. He guided the Chippewas to a 4-7 record in 2004 and a 6-5 slate -- the school’s first winning season in seven years -- in 2005.

 The Chippewas in 2005 defeated both defending MAC divisional champions, Miami and Toledo, and also knocked off eventual ‘05 league champ Akron. Central Michigan ranked first nationally in fewest turnovers (10) and fewest fumbles lost (four), while the team’s rushing defense ranked 20th and led the MAC at 113.7 yards per game (compared to 245.8 in ’03 -- the year before Kelly arrived). 

 In 2006 Central Michigan rolled up a 7-1 record in conference play to win the MAC West, then dominated Ohio 31-10 in the league championship game. Central Michigan boasted the 19th-most prolific passing attack in the nation, averaging 252.4 yards per game, set a Chippewa season mark with 28 TD passes and led the MAC in total offense (375.3 yards per game) and scoring (29.7 points). MAC Freshman of the Year Dan LeFevour passed for 2,869 yards and 25 TDs to rank 20th nationally in passing efficiency and 14th in total offense. 

 Kelly had 12 of his players achieve first-team all-conference honors over his three years at Central Michigan (including ’05 MAC Defensive Player of the Year Daniel Bazuin) -- and three advanced to the NFL (including 2005 draftees Eric Ghiacuic and Adam Kieft and free agent Tory Humphrey). Bazuin, who led the nation in ’05 in tackles for losses, also was a ’06 first-team Academic All-American. 

 Kelly arrived at Central Michigan after winning the back-to-back NCAA Division II national titles at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich. The all-time winningest program in NCAA Division II history, the Lakers were 41-2 in Kelly’s final three seasons, at one

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L 15-38 vs. East Texas State L 27-35 vs. Indiana (Pa.) L 14-37 vs. Slippery Rock W 42-13 vs. Bloomsburg* W 33-30 vs. Saginaw Valley State* W 34-16 vs. Catawba* L 14-17 vs. North Dakota# W 62-13 vs. C.W. Post* W 62-21 vs. Indiana (Pa.)* W 44-7 vs. Northern Colorado* W 31-24 vs. Valdosta State# W 65-36 vs. Bentley W 10-3 vs. Saginaw Valley State W 31-3 vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville W 10-3 vs. North Dakota# W 27-24 vs. Western Michigan W 31-21 vs. Southern Mississippi L 7-20 vs. Virginia Tech W 33-17 vs. Miami

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1991 Grand Valley State NCAA Div. II Playoffs NCAA Div. II Playoffs 1994 Grand Valley State 1998 Grand Valley State NCAA Div. II Playoffs 2001 Grand Valley State NCAA Div. II Playoffs NCAA Div. II Playoffs 2002 Grand Valley State NCAA Div. II Playoffs 2003 Grand Valley State 2006 Cincinnati International Bowl 2007 Cincinnati Papajohns.com Bowl FedEx Orange Bowl 2008 Cincinnati Hyundai Sun Bowl 2010 Notre Dame * home games played in Allendale, Mich. # NCAA Division II championship games

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since 1964 and earned the school’s first berth in a BCS game, playing against Virginia Tech in the 75th FedEx Orange Bowl. 

In ’08 Cincinnati achieved its then-highest ranking to close the regular season – 12th in the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls and the BCS standings entering the Orange Bowl. The Bearcats held down a postseason ranking of 17th in both polls, tying the top postseason ranking in school history.

 Following the close of the ’08 regular season, Kelly was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year for the second straight season. He also was named the American Football Monthly Schutt Sports FBS Coach of the Year, earned AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year honors and was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year by Sporting News.

 Cincinnati placed 10 players on the 2008 all-BIG EAST teams (including first-team selection Connor Barwin) – with kick returner Gilyard named the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year and punter Kevin Huber earning the first AFCA All-America nod in program history. Huber became the first two-time AP first-team All-America selection in Bearcat football history. The Bearcats’ 27-24 bowl victory over Western Michigan in 2006 came just 34 days after Kelly was hired.

 Then, in his first full season at the helm in ‘07, he put Cincinnati on the national radar by jumping out to a 6-0 start and earning the Bearcats their first appearance in the polls in more than 30 years. By winning 10 games for the first time since 1951, Cincinnati earned its 10th bowl appearance in program history and sixth bowl appearance in eight years. The Bearcats finished 17th in the AP poll and 20th in the USA Today/ESPN rankings, earning their first appearances in the final polls.

 Along the way to the 2007 Papajohns.com Bowl victory, the Bearcats’ third straight bowl win, Kelly earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors. Cincinnati listed seven individuals on the all-BIG EAST teams, including BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year and consensus All-America punter Huber. The national leader in punting, Huber was one

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Head coach point winning 32 consecutive games. Grand Valley State went 14-0 in 2002 en route to its first national title and was 14-1 in 2003 when it claimed its second crown. Kelly was named the AFCA Division II Coach of the Year after both seasons. 

Kelly led the Lakers to five conference titles (1992-97-98-2001-02) and six Division II playoff appearances in his 13 seasons at Grand Valley. The Lakers never finished lower than third in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference. 

 Kelly mentored a pair of finalists for the Harlon Hill Award, presented annually to the top player in Division II. Quarterback Curt Anes won the award in 2002 after finishing as runner-up in 2001. He threw for 10,581 career yards and 114 TD passes – 48 in ’01 and 47 in ‘02 (12 games with at least five TD passes). Anes still holds the NCAA Division II single-season passing efficiency record for ’01 at 221.6 (189 for 271 for 3,086 yards, with 21 TDs, three interceptions). Quarterback Jeff Fox was third in the balloting in 1998, as he became the first Laker quarterback to throw for more than 2,000 in multiple seasons. 

Kelly’s Grand Valley State players earned 77 All-America awards (11 in 2002 alone). Four players moved on to the NFL and another three to the Canadian Football League. His 2001 national runner-up squad set 77 NCAA, GLIAC and school records, including the all-time Division II scoring record by averaging 58.4 points per game (and an average victory margin of 48.0 points). The 2001 team also became the first Division II unit in 53 years to average more than 600 yards per game in total offense (600.8), leading the nation in that category. 

 Grand Valley State followed up its record-shattering 2001 season by averaging 497.5 yards and a nation-leading 46.7 points during its undefeated 2002 national championship run in which Kelly’s squad went wire to wire as the top-rated Division II squad. That ’02 campaign ended with a 31-24 championship game win over second-ranked and unbeaten Valdosta State – as All-America receiver David Kircus caught passes for 270 yards and three TDs. Kircus holds the NCAA Division II season record for TD receptions with 35 in ’02, catching at least one TD pass in 24 straight games in 2001-02. He ended his career with 4,142 receiving yards and 76 TD catches and led the nation (Division II) in scoring in both ’01 and ’02. The 2003 team, meanwhile, became more noted for its defense, leading the country in rushing defense at 62.0 yards per game. The Lakers defeated North Dakota 10-3 in the 2003 national title game (played annually in Florence, Ala.). In 10 of his 13 seasons at Grand Valley State, Kelly’s teams won eight or more games – and he finished with a 103-22-2 mark in GLIAC contests. The seniors on his final team in ’03 won 47 of their final 49 games (and finished 34-4 in four seasons of GLIAC play) and won 20 straight games in 2002-03. Kicker David Hendrix led the nation in ’03 with 25 field goals. Born Oct. 25, 1961, in Everett, Mass., and raised in Chelsea, Mass., Kelly attended St. John’s Prep School in Danvers, Mass. He was a four-year letter-winner at Assumption College (Worcester, Mass.) as a linebacker, captaining the squad in both ’81 and ’82 under coach Paul Cantiani on teams that finished 8-3 and 7-1-1. After graduating from Assumption in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, he served as linebacker coach and defensive coordinator (as well as softball coach) from 1983-86 at Assumption under head football coach Bernie Gaughan.

 Kelly joined the Grand Valley State staff in 1987 as a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach. He became the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 1989 and took over (at age 28) as head coach in 1991 (replacing Tom Beck, who left to become running backs coach at Notre Dame under Lou Holtz). His very first team Laker team finished 9-3 and qualified for the NCAA playoffs. In 2009 Kelly was inducted into

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the Grand Valley State Athletics Hall of Fame and in 2011 Grand Valley State renamed its Laker Turf Building the Kelly Family Sports Center. The Kelly Family Sports Center is a 138,000 square foot building that houses a regulation football field, a six-lane, 300-meter track, all of the amenities for field events, batting cages that drop from the ceiling, an athletic training room, locker rooms, multi-purpose rooms, classrooms, bleacher seating for 800 in the grandstand and bleachers on the field level for another 260 spectators. In addition to intercollegiate athletics, the movement science department, campus recreation/intramurals and club sports also use the facility. Kelly was announced as the Notre Dame head coach on Dec. 10, 2009. He signed a five-year contract to coach the Irish. In June 2010 Kelly and his wife Paqui made a $250,000 gift to the University of Notre Dame in support of endeavors in research, academics and community engagement. The benefaction directly supports three Notre Dame initiatives -- cancer research, the Hesburgh Libraries and the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC). In the area of cancer research -- the fight against breast cancer is a deeply personal cause for the Kelly family -- the gift benefits the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute that opened this past summer in Notre Dame’s new Harper Hall. The institute brings together scientists from Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend to collaborate to advance basic and clinical research as it pertains to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. The gift also provides financial support for the Hesburgh Libraries, which consist of the main Hesburgh Library and 11 subject branches across campus. The funding enables senior library personnel to identify and purchase the learning and teaching materials most in demand by Notre Dame scholars. At the RCLC, the gift underwrites innovative tutoring, violence-prevention, youth entrepreneurship and performing arts projects for adults and children in South Bend’s Northeast Neighborhood. Sponsored by Notre Dame in partnership with local residents, the RCLC serves an estimated 500 youths and adults each week, in addition to another 8,000 children annually through its outreach programs. In conjunction with the gift, Kelly launched the “Coach Kelly Challenge,” an effort aimed to encourage all members of the Notre Dame family to offer financial support to the University through one of its annual giving programs: the Notre Dame Annual Fund, the MBA and Law School annual funds, and the Rockne Heritage Fund. Notre Dame’s head football coach and his wife play host to a series of events benefitting the Kelly Cares Foundation, established by Brian and Paqui Kelly to support organizations, initiatives and programs that closely align with the goals and values of the Kelly family in three main areas: personal involvement, with emphasis on breast cancer research, prevention, education and awareness; education and institutional advancement; and, community involvement in selected initiatives and projects. In addition to several charity golf events, Kelly co-hosted the Irish Legends Golf Classic in June 2011 with former Notre Dame coaches Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz. Proceeds from that event were split evenly between the charities of the three coaches. Football 101 has become a must-attend event in the summers of 2010 and 2011 as more than 900 women had the opportunity to meet the Notre Dame football coaching staff, learn fun facts about Fighting Irish football and enjoy an upscale taste of South Bend. The participants also got a behind-the-scenes look at the Notre Dame football facilities – with proceeds benefitting breast cancer prevention, awareness and early detection initiatives. Kelly and his wife Francisca (Paqui) are parents of three children – Patrick, Grace and Kenzel.

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COACHING CAREER

Iowa Graduate Assistant Western Illinois RB/Special Teams Coord. Eastern Michigan RB/Special Teams Coord. Eastern Michigan LB/Special Teams Coord. Eastern Michigan OLB/Special Teams Coord. Western Michigan LB/Special Teams Coord. Central Michigan Co-Defensive Coord./LB Virginia LB/Special Teams Coord. Cincinnati Defensive Coord./ILB Notre Dame Defensive Coord./ILB Notre Dame Defensive Coord./LB

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Playing Experience

1991-95 Iowa

Linebacker

1991 Iowa Holiday 1993 Iowa Alamo 1995 Iowa Sun

PERSONAL INFORMATION ›› Twice an all-Big Ten selection at Iowa under Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry and was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker in 1995. That same season he was named the team’s co-MVP. ›› Led the Hawkeyes in tackles in both 1994 and 1995 and finished his career as the seventhleading tackler in Iowa history with 334 career stops. Started all 23 games during his final two seasons.

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DYNAMIC DISCIPLES ›› LB Manti Te’o 2011 Second-Team All-American; Finalist for Butkus Award and Lott Trophy ›› S Aaron Webster (Cincinnati) 2009 first-team all-Big East ›› LB Clint Sintim (Virginia) Led nation in sacks by a linebacker in 2007

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COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS ›› Semifinalist for the 2011 Broyles Award, presented annually to college football’s top assistant coach. ›› Led a defense that has held 11 of 12 opponents below their season scoring average and 10 of 12 teams below their season rushing average. The pass defense jumped 20 spots in the rankings compared to last year. ›› For the first time in 10 years, Notre Dame’s defense has allowed fewer than 21 points per game in consecutive seasons. The Irish are one of 15 teams to allow less than 21 points per game in each of the last two years. ›› Diaco’s defense surrendered 14 points or less in five games in 2011, the most since 2002. ›› The rush defense has been stingy near the goal line as only eight rushing TDs have been scored against Notre Dame in 2011. Only four schools have permitted fewer rushing TDs. Of the eight rushing TDs this year, only three have been by running backs. ›› The Irish defense was nothing short of sensational in the third quarter as Pittsburgh was the only team to score against Notre Dame in the first period following halftime. ›› Coached the linebackers and helped the growth of Manti Te’o who led the team with 115 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and four and a half sacks. Te’o was a finalist for the Butkus Award and Lott Trophy in 2011. ›› In his first season at Notre Dame, Diaco switched defensive schemes from a blitzing 4-3 defense the Irish utilized in 2009 and instilled a 3-4 no-crease defense.

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1996 Iowa Alamo 1997 Iowa Sun Western Illinois NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs-First Round 2000 2007 Virginia Gator 2010 Cincinnati Sugar Notre Dame Sun 2010 2011 Notre Dame Champs Sports

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1996-97 1999-2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006-08 2009 2010 2011

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Age on Dec. 29 38 Cedar Grove, N.J. Hometown Cedar Grove High School High School College Iowa (Sociology, 1995) Wife Julia Children Sons: Angelo and Michael; Daughter: Josephine

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Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 15th year coaching Second year at Notre Dame

›› Diaco’s defense was drastically better than the 2009 Notre Dame defense. The Irish allowed 5.69 fewer points per game, 40.5 fewer yards per game, averaged one half sacks more per game and forced more turnovers in 2010 than 2009. ›› The 2010 defense was dramatically improved compared to the 2009 defense in almost every statistical category: scoring defense (from 63rd in ’09 to 23rd in ’10), pass efficiency (82nd to 25th), rushing defense (89th to 50th) and total defense (86th to 50th). ›› In the final three games of the regular season, Diaco’s defense limited teams averaging at least 31 points per game to 22 combined points – the fewest points allowed by a Notre Dame defense in three straight games since the 1993 season. ›› Only four touchdowns were scored against the Irish defense in the final five games of the regular season. ›› Working with the inside linebackers, Diaco helped turn Te’o into an All-America candidate in 2010. The Bednarik Award and Butkus Award semifinalist led the Irish with 133 tackles and posted 9.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore. ›› Working with the inside linebackers, Diaco helped turn sophomore Manti Te’o into an AllAmerica candidate. The Bednarik Award and Butkus Award semifinalist led the Irish with 133 tackles and posted 9.5 tackles for loss. ›› In his only season at Cincinnati, he was charged with replacing 10 starters on the Bearcats’ defense, including every player on the front seven for 2009. ›› The Bearcats recorded 110 tackles for loss in 2009 (8.46 per game) to rank third in the nation. They totaled 37 sacks and tied for 10th in the country averaging 2.85 sacks per contest. Cincinnati’s defense allowed 3.6 rushing yards per carry. ›› Focused on the inside linebackers in 2009 at Cincinnati and helped Andre Revels and JK Schaffer experience career years in their first seasons as starters. Revels led the Bearcats with 108 tackles and added 4.5 tackles for loss and one interception, while Schaffer ranked second on the team with 100 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and three interceptions. ›› Safety Aaron Webster was named first-team all-BIG EAST in 2009 after pacing Cincinnati with four interceptions and five pass breakups. Defensive end Ricardo Mathews was named second-team all-BIG EAST as a first-year starter after he recorded a team-best 12.5 tackles for loss. ›› Prior to Cincinnati, spent three years as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator on Al Groh’s coaching staff at the University of Virginia from 2006-08. ›› At the conclusion of the 2008 season, was promoted to the Cavaliers’ defensive coordinator position, but he left two months later to take the same position at Cincinnati. ›› Diaco’s linebackers were critical to Virginia allowing only 3.7 yards per carry and just over 21 points per game to their opponents in 2008. ›› Only four schools permitted fewer rushing touchdowns than Virginia’s nine in 2007, and the Cavaliers allowed 106.9 rushing yards per game, 13th in the nation. Virginia ranked 16th nationally at 19.7 points allowed per game and were 23rd in total defense, allowing 332.5 yards per game. ›› Served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under Brian Kelly at Central Michigan in 2005. ›› In his only season with the Chippewas, Diaco turned around Central Michigan’s rushing defense that just two years earlier had ranked last in the Mid-American Conference. ›› Under Diaco’s watch, Central Michigan led the MAC, allowing only 113.7 rushing yards per game. He also helped defensive end Dan Bazuin lead the nation with 26.5 tackles for loss and tie a MAC record with 16 sacks. ›› First full-time position was at Western Illinois where he was the running backs coach and special teams coordinator in 1999 and 2000. The Leathernecks won the Gateway Conference crown in 2000 and made an appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

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CHARLEY MOLNAR Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks 28th year coaching Second year at Notre Dame THE MOLNAR FILE

Age on Dec. 29 50 Morristown, N.J. Hometown Bayley-Ellard (N.J.) High School High School College Lock Haven (Political Science, 1984) Wife Meg Children Sons: Charley III, Tate, Bryce, Mitch and Dominic; Daughters: Gillian, Gemma and Gianna COACHING CAREER

1984-86 1987-88 1989 1990-93 1994 1995 1996-97 1998-2000 2001 2002 2003-04 2005 2006 2007-09 2010-11

Lock Haven WR/TE/RB/PK Virginia Graduate Assistant Western Carolina QB Illinois State Offensive Coord./QB/WR Kent State QB Kent State QB/WR Kent State Offensive Coord./QB/WR Kent State Offensive Coord./QB Eastern Illinois WR Eastern Michigan QB Western Michigan QB Indiana State Assoc. Head Coach/Offensive Coord./QB Central Michigan QB/WR Cincinnati Passing Game Coord./WR Notre Dame Offensive Coord./QB

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1987 Virginia All-American 2001 Eastern Illinois NCAA 1-AA First Round 2006 Central Michigan Motor City 2007 Cincinnati International 2007 Cincinnati Papajohns.com 2009 Cincinnati Orange 2010 Cincinnati Sugar 2010 Notre Dame Sun 2011 Notre Dame Champs Sports COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS ›› Named head coach at the University of Massachusetts on Dec. 8. The Champs Sports Bowl will be his last game at Notre Dame. ›› The Irish offense eclipsed 500 yards of total offense in five of 12 regular-season games. That equaled the combined number of 500-yard games from 2006-10. ›› Notre Dame’s offense is one of nine in the FBS to have a 1,000-yard rusher (Cierre Wood), 1,000-yard receiver (Michael Floyd) and 2,700-yard passer (Tommy Rees). ›› The Irish posted at least 45 points in three games in 2011 and scored 132 points over a threegame stretch. Both were the best by an Irish offense since 1996. ›› Sophomore QB Tommy Rees is 8-3 as a starter in 2011 and 12-3 in his career (.800). Rees owns a better winning percentage than Joe Montana and Rick Mirer. ›› Rees has completed 253 of 384 pass attempts for 2,708 yards with 19 TDs and 12 interceptions. His 65.9 completion percentage is the second best in a season by a Notre Dame quarterback. The 19 TD passes are the fifth most by a Notre Dame player. ›› Helped install new offensive system in 2010 and developed both Dayne Crist and Rees as first-time starting quarterbacks. ›› Crist started the first nine games of ’10 and passed for 2,033 yards with 15 touchdowns before injuring a knee in the first quarter of the ninth game. ›› Rees played the rest of the ninth game after Crist was injured and completed 33 of 54 passes for 334 yards with four TDs and three interceptions. He started the final four games and led the Irish to wins over No. 15 Utah, Army, at USC and Miami (Fla.) in Hyundai Sun Bowl.

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›› Under Molnar’s tutelage, Rees set Notre Dame freshman records in TD passes (12) and completion percentage (61.0). Rees also ranked in the top five in completions (third, 100), yards (second, 1,106) and passing efficiency (second, 132.70) by a freshman Irish quarterback. ›› Was passing game coordinator and coached wide receivers at Cincinnati from 2007-09. Oversaw the two most prolific passing seasons in Cincinnati history and mentored a pair of record-setting receivers. ›› Cincinnati wide receivers Mardy Gilyard and Dominick Goodman flourished with Molnar as their coach. Goodman initially set Cincinnati career records with 2,512 receiving yards and 22 receiving touchdowns. Goodman also tied the previous school record with 204 career catches. Gilyard broke Goodman’s career records by recording 3,053 receiving yards and 25 TD catches. Gilyard also finished his Bearcat career with 204 receptions, tying Goodman’s record. ›› 2009 passing attack averaged 308.77 yards per game to rank eighth in nation and the 4,014 passing yards set Cincinnati single-season record. Bearcats ranked fourth in country in passing efficiency (161.21), thanks, in part, to a school record 39 TD passes. ›› Gilyard became just the second Cincinnati player ever named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. He caught a school-record 87 passes for 1,191 yards with 11 TDs and became the Bearcats’ first player with multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons. ›› Gilyard and Goodman both experienced career seasons in 2008 as Gilyard set the Cincinnati record with 1,276 receiving yards and Goodman totaled 1,028 yards receiving. The duo became the first Bearcats players to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards together in the same season since 1968 (Jim O’Brien and Tom Rossley). Gilyard caught 81 passes and 11 TDs in his breakthrough season and ranked eighth in the nation in total receiving yards, en route to being named firstteam all-BIG EAST. ›› In 2007, Molnar’s aerial attack proved a harbinger of things to come for Bearcats fans as Cincinnati passed for 3,720 yards and 36 TDs – both school records, at the time. The Bearcats ranked eighth in the country in passing efficiency (149.38) and averaged 286.2 passing yards per game to rank 20th nationally. Marcus Barnett was selected second-team all-BIG EAST and a Rivals.com first-team freshman All-American after tallying a school-record 13 TD receptions. ›› Joined Brian Kelly’s Central Michigan staff in 2006 and coached quarterbacks and wide receivers. Developed the most prolific freshman quarterback and wide receiver duo in the nation in 2006. ›› Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour was named MAC Freshman of the Year and was selected first-team all-MAC after he led the conference in passing TDs, passing yards, passing efficiency, completion percentage, total completions and total yards. LeFevour set school records for passing yards (3,031) and TD passes (26), and his 3,552 total yards were also a Central Michigan record. ›› Freshman wide receiver Bryan Anderson snagged a school-record 73 passes for 877 yards and five TDs in 2006. Anderson was named first-team all-MAC and was selected a first-team freshman All-American. ›› Molnar completed a rare coaching feat at the conclusion of the 2006 season. Not only was he on the sidelines for 15 contests, including the 2006 MAC Championship Game, 2006 Motor City Bowl and 2007 International Bowl, but he coached the MVP in all three postseason games. ›› As the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Indiana State, Molnar’s offense broke six school passing records, including passing yards, completion percentage and TD passes. ›› Coached quarterbacks from 2003-04 at Western Michigan and was forced to develop multiple signal-callers each season. In 2004, Molnar helped three quarterbacks combine to pass for 2,913 yards (264.8 yards per game) with 23 passing TDs. He also prepared three Bronco quarterbacks in 2003 and guided them to the eighth-ranked passing attack in the nation with 3,701 passing yards (308.4 yards per game) and 31 TDs. DYNAMIC DISCIPLES ›› WR Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati), St. Louis Rams 2009 AFCA first-team All-American; 2008-09 first-team all-BIG EAST; Cincinnati’s all-time record holder in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns ›› QB Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan), Cincinnati Bengals 2006 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and first-team all-MAC ›› QB Blayne Baggett (Indiana State) Indiana State record holder for most passing yards in a season ›› TE O.J. Santiago (Kent State) 1997 third-round NFL draft pick by Atlanta

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TONY ALFORD

THE ALFORD FILE

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Iowa State Insight.com Washington Holiday Iowa State Humanitarian Iowa State Independence Iowa State Houston Notre Dame Sun Notre Dame Champs Sports

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Colorado State

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Freedom Bowl

PERSONAL INFORMATION ›› Alford was a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference running back as a player for Colorado State in 1989 and was an honorable mention selection on USA Today’s All-America team. He played for the Rams from 1987-90 and was a 1989 Doak Walker Award nominee. Alford ran for a school-record 310 yards versus Utah during the 1989 season. ›› Participated in Denver Broncos training camp in 1991 and played for the World League of American Football’s Birmingham Fire in 1992. ›› His brother, Aaron, is the director of high school relations at the University of Utah.

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

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DYNAMIC DISCIPLES ›› WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) Owner of five Notre Dame career receiving records ›› RB Victor Anderson (Louisville) 2008 BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year; ’08 Freshman All-American ›› RB Ennis Haywood (Iowa State) 2000 all-Big 12 first team ›› RB Darren Davis (Iowa State) 1999 all-Big 12 first team; Iowa State’s No. 2 career rusher ›› RB Astron Whatley (Kent State) 1996 all-Mid-American Conference first team

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COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS ›› In his second season as wide receivers coach after spending his previous 15 years as a running backs coach. ›› Notre Dame wide receivers accounted for 172.9 yards of 258.1 receiving yards per game (67 percent). ›› Senior Michael Floyd led the Irish with a Notre Dame single-season record 95 receptions for 1,106 yards and eight TDs. He became just the second Irish player to record multiple seasons of at least 60 receptions. Floyd owns career records of receptions, receiving yards, receiving TDs, yards per game and 100-yard games. ›› Floyd was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and an honorable mention selection to Pro Football Weekly’s All-America team. ›› Junior Theo Riddick recorded a career-high 429 receiving yards despite missing over two games with a hamstring injury. ›› Sophomore TJ Jones and junior Robby Toma both set career highs in receptions and receiving yards. Toma was recipient of the Next Man In Award at the Notre Dame football awards banquet. ›› Named one of six finalists for national recruiter of the year by 247Sports.com following 2011 signing day and was tabbed one of nation’s top 25 recruiters in 2011 by Rivals.com. ›› Helped the Irish receiving game average 253.1 yards per contest in the 2010 regular season. ›› With Alford’s coaching, Floyd recorded a breakthrough season at Notre Dame. Floyd led the Irish with 79 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 TDs. His 2010 totals all rank in the top 10 on Notre Dame’s single-season records list.

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1993 Fort Collins (Colo.) H.S. Lake Wales (Fla.) H.S. 1994 Mount Union RB 1995 1996 Kent State RB 1997-2000 Iowa State RB 2001 Washington RB Iowa State Asst. Head Coach/RB 2002-06 2007-08 Louisville RB Notre Dame RB 2009 2010-11 Notre Dame WR

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Age on Dec. 29 43 Colorado Springs, Colo. Hometown Doherty (Colo.) High School High School College Colorado State (Exercise and Sports Science, 1992) Wife Trina Children Sons: Rylan, Kyler and Braydon

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Wide Receivers 17th year coaching Third year at Notre Dame

›› In his first season as a wide receiver, Riddick flourished under Alford’s tutelage as Riddick ranked second on the squad with 40 catches for 414 yards and three TDs in nine games. Prior to ’10, Riddick had only played running back. ›› Jones and Toma became consistent receiving options under Alford in 2010 as Jones totaled 306 yards and three TDs on 22 receptions and Toma caught 14 passes for 187 yards. ›› Notre Dame’s running backs Armando Allen, Robert Hughes, Riddick and Jonas Gray averaged 4.8 yards on 293 carries in 2009 while the top four Irish rushers in 2008 averaged 3.9 yards per carry. ›› Prior to Notre Dame, spent his entire 14-year coaching career working with running backs at five different schools and produced a 1,000-yard rusher seven times. ›› During the 2008 season, one of Alford’s pupils, redshirt freshman Victor Anderson, rushed for 1,047 yards with eight touchdowns and became the first Louisville running back to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards since 2005. Anderson was named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year and second-team all-BIG EAST. He was also placed on Sporting News’ Freshman AllAmerica squad. ›› Louisville averaged 164.5 yards rushing per game in 2008 and scored 18 rushing touchdowns. ›› Spent nine years during two stints as running backs coach at Iowa State (1997-2000, 200206) where he developed three of the school’s top six career rushing leaders (the last five years at Iowa State he also held the title of assistant head coach). Darren Davis, Ennis Haywood and Stevie Hicks combined for five 1,000-yard seasons with Alford as their position coach. ›› Four of the 10 best single-game rushing totals in Cyclone history occurred during Alford’s tenure, and Iowa State had a 200-yard rushing effort by one of his running backs eight times during his nine-year stint in Ames. ›› Hicks became the third Cyclone rusher under Alford to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a season, as he led Iowa State with 1,062 yards in 2004. ›› Iowa State was one of only three FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools that produced a 1,000-yard rusher annually from 1995-2001. ›› Haywood continued the tradition in 2000, as he led the Big 12 Conference and ranked 10th nationally with 1,237 rushing yards. Haywood was a first-team all-Big 12 running back as the Cylcones’ rushing attack averaged 209.0 yards per game and totaled 27 rushing TDs. ›› During his initial four years in Ames (1997-2000), Iowa State improved from 103rd to 17th nationally in rushing. ›› Under Alford’s guidance, Davis produced three consecutive seasons over 1,000 yards en route to becoming the second-most prolific rusher in school history. ›› Davis gained 1,005 yards as a sophomore in 1997, 1,116 yards in 1998 and ranked ninth in the nation in 1999 with a Big 12-best 1,388 rushing yards. ›› Sandwiched between Alford’s stints at Iowa State was a year as Washington’s running backs coach in 2001. Under Alford, Husky tailback Willie Hurst became the ninth back in school history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards.

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KERRY COOKS Cornerbacks Ninth year coaching Second year at Notre Dame THE COOKS FILE

Age on Dec. 29 37 Irving, Texas Hometown Nimitz (Texas) High School High School College Iowa (Sociology, 2000) Wife Elvern Children Daughters: Kerrington and Kennedy COACHING CAREER

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Kansas State Graduate Assistant Western Illinois DB/Asst. Special Teams Minnesota DB Wisconsin DB/Asst. Special Teams Notre Dame OLB Notre Dame CB Notre Dame Cornerbacks

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Kansas State Fiesta Minnesota Music City Wisconsin Outback Wisconsin Champs Sports Wisconsin Champs Sports Notre Dame Sun Notre Dame Champs Sports

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COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS ›› Former all-Big Ten Conference safety and National Football League veteran is in his ninth season coaching in college football and his first year with Notre Dame’s cornerbacks in 2011. ›› Coached the cornerbacks in 2011 and helped the Irish improve 20 spots in pass defense. Notre Dame’s secondary helped limit opponents to 202.2 passing yards per game and ranks 34th in the FBS. ›› Senior Robert Blanton has had his best season in his Irish career in 2011 as he ranks third on the team with 69 tackles, ranks second with eight tackles for loss and added five pass breakups, two interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovery. ›› Senior Gary Gray is the fourth-leading tackler with 60 stops and has tied his career-high with two interceptions while adding five pass breakups. ›› Helped develop sophomores Lo Wood and Bennett Jackson as capable backups to Blanton and Gray. Wood returned his first career interception 57 yards for a TD vs. Maryland. ›› Invited to attend 2011 NCAA Champion Forum, a seminar for minority coaches where they learn from current athletics directors how to interview for head coaching jobs and run a football program. ›› Worked with the outside linebackers in his first season at Notre Dame and helped improve the production of Darius Fleming, Kerry Neal, Brian Smith and Prince Shembo. ›› Notre Dame’s outside linebackers combined for 12 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in 2010. ›› Fleming tallied career highs of six sacks and 49 tackles and he led the Irish in sacks and with 11 tackles for loss.

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›› Coached defensive backs at Wisconsin for four seasons and helped develop 10 all-Big Ten honorees, including three first-team selections. ›› Helped lead the Badgers to a 38-14 record from 2006-09, with Wisconsin finishing the season ranked in the top 25 three times. ›› In 2009, two members of Cooks’ secondary received all-Big Ten accolades and a third player burst onto the scene as a first-year starter. ›› Safeties Jay Valai and Chris Maragos directed the Badgers defensive backfield and ranked in the top 10 in tackles on the team in 2009. ›› Valai was named a second-team all-Big Ten performer for the second year in a row in 2009 while Maragos garnered honorable mention all-conference accolades. ›› Cooks’ star pupil in 2008 was cornerback Allen Langford who earned first-team all-Big Ten plaudits and was named the team’s MVP after recording 47 tackles, two interceptions and a team-best 13 pass breakups. ›› Valai was named second-team all-Big Ten as a sophomore after posting 56 tackles and forcing three fumbles in his first season as a starter. ›› Cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu led the Badgers and tied for third in the conference in 2007 with 16 passes defended en route to being named first-team all-Big Ten. ›› Free Safety Shane Carter was a consensus honorable mention all-conference pick in 2007 after his seven interceptions led the Big Ten and tied for sixth nationally. ›› In his first season at Wisconsin in 2006, Cooks helped the Badgers lead the nation in pass efficiency defense (84.19 rating), and the 138.3 passing yards allowed per game ranked second in the nation. ›› Cooks helped Wisconsin allow 111.5 fewer passing yards per game in 2006 than 2005 and opposing quarterbacks only completed 47.8 percent of their passes against the Badgers. ›› Wisconsin finished 12-1 in 2006 and ranked fifth in the final coaches’ poll after defeating Arkansas in the Capital One Bowl. ›› Each of Cooks’ four starting defensive backs in 2006 received postseason recognition from the Big Ten, including Ikegwuonu who earned first-team honors after tallying 41 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass breakups. ›› Free safety Roderick Rogers was named to the Big Ten second team in 2006 while Langford and strong safety Joe Stellmacher both were named honorable mention all-Big Ten. ›› Cooks spent one season at Minnesota coaching defensive backs in 2005. His defensive backs allowed opponents to complete just 55.3 percent of their passes during the Big Ten season, second best in the league. ›› Prior to his year at Minnesota, Cooks coached defensive backs and assisted on special teams for one season at Western Illinois in 2004. The Leathernecks limited opponents to a Gateway Conference-best 157.2 passing yards per game, held opponents to the lowest completion percentage (45.4) in the conference and finished second in the league with 17 interceptions. ›› Cooks began coaching at his alma mater, Nimitz (Texas) High School, in 2003 before joining the coaching staff at Kansas State as a graduate assistant for the 2003 campaign. ›› While with the Wildcats, he worked mostly with defensive game plan preparation and assisted with the Kansas State secondary. PERSONAL INFORMATION ›› A four-year letterwinner and two-year starter as a strong safety at Iowa, Cooks played for the Hawkeyes from 1993-97. ›› As a senior, he was a team captain and earned all-Big Ten honors. ›› A fifth-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in the 1998 NFL Draft, Cooks also played for Green Bay, Atlanta and Jacksonville before retiring from the NFL in 2001. He also played for the XFL’s Chicago Enforcers in 2001. ›› Graduated from Iowa in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. DYNAMIC DISCIPLES ›› CB Allen Langford (Wisconsin) 2008 first-team all-Big Ten ›› CB Jack Ikegwuonu (Wisconsin), Philadelphia Eagles 2006 and 2007 first-team all-Big Ten

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MIKE DENBROCK

THE DENBROCK FILE

COACHING CAREER

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1982-85

Grand Valley State

Tight End

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

THIS IS NOTRE DAME

DYNAMIC DISCIPLES ›› TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame) 2011 Mackey Award Finalist; First-Team All-American ›› TE John Carlson (Notre Dame), Seattle Seahawks 2008 second-round NFL draft pick by Seattle ›› OT Ryan Harris (Notre Dame), Denver Broncos 2007 third-round NFL draft pick by Denver ›› TE Anthony Fasano (Notre Dame), Miami Dolphins 2006 second-round NFL draft pick by Dallas ›› OT Kwame Harris (Stanford) 2002 first-round NFL draft pick by San Francisco

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COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS ›› Denbrock returned in 2010 to Notre Dame where he previously coached Notre Dame’s offensive tackles and tight ends from 2002-04. ›› Earlier in his career he spent a combined eight seasons with head coach Brian Kelly at Grand Valley State. Kelly served as the Lakers’ head coach and Denbrock was on his coaching staff from 1992-98. The two were graduate assistants together at Grand Valley State in 1987. ›› Selected one of Tom Lemming’s Assistant Coaches of the Year in 2011. ›› Coached junior tight end Tyler Eifert to one of the best seasons ever by a Notre Dame tight end. Eifert ranks second on the team with 57 receptions for 713 yards and five TDs. ›› A Mackey Award finalist, Eifert leads all FBS tight ends in receptions and ranks second in receiving yards. His 57 catches are a Notre Dame record for receptions by a tight end and he ranks second all-time in single-season receiving yards by a Notre Dame tight end. ›› Eifert was selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America first team. He became Notre Dame’s 185th All-America first-team selection and the first Irish tight end named first team All-America since Derek Brown in 1991. ›› Developed sophomore Alex Welch and freshman Ben Koyack into contributors after injuries to senior Mike Ragone and junior Jake Golic ended their seasons. ›› Coached 2010 preseason All-American Kyle Rudolph as he collected 28 receptions for 328 yards and three touchdowns in first six games before a hamstring injury ended his season. Rudolph earned John Mackey Tight End of the Week honors following the Michigan game where he set career highs with eight catches for 164 yards and one touchdown.

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1989 Michigan State Gator 1989 Michigan State Aloha 1994 Grand Valley State Division II First Round 1998 Grand Valley State Division II First Round 2000 Buffalo Playoffs 2001 Stanford Seattle 2003 Notre Dame Gator 2004 Notre Dame Insight 2010 Notre Dame Sun 2011 Notre Dame Champs Sports

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1986-87 Grand Valley State Graduate Assistant Michigan State Graduate Assistant 1988-89 Illinois State OT/TE 1990-91 1992-95 Grand Valley State Offensive Coord./QB/WR Grand Valley State Defensive Coord./LB 1996-98 1999-2000 Buffalo (AFL) Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coord./OL/DL 2001 Stanford OT/TE 2002-04 Notre Dame OT/TE 2005-08 Washington OL 2009 Indiana State Assoc. Head Coach/Special Teams Coord.LB 2010-11 Notre Dame TE

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Age on Dec. 29 47 Albion, Mich. Hometown Homer (Mich.) High School High School College Grand Valley State (Communications, 1987) Wife Dianne Children Son: Chase

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Tight Ends 26th year coaching Fifth year at Notre Dame

›› Developed Eifert in Rudolph’s absence and turned the sophomore tight end into a reliable receiving option for the Irish. Eifert snagged 27 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns and was named John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week following his performance vs. Army where he caught four passes for 78 yards with one touchdown. ›› At Indiana State in 2009, helped turn redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Archie into an allconference player in his first season of collegiate football. He was named a second-team performer in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and was a member of the league’s allnewcomer team. ›› Junior return specialist Darrius Gates earned honorable mention accolades in 2009 from the Missouri Valley Football Conference after leading the league and ranking fifth nationally averaging 27.1 yards per kickoff return. ›› Coached offensive line at Washington and in 2007, the Husky line helped running back Louis Rankin become the first 1,000-yard rusher at Washington since 1997. Quarterback Jake Locker also nearly eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in 2007 as he gained 986 yards on the ground. Rankin and Locker ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in rushing yards per game among Pac-10 players. ›› Center Juan Garcia earned second-team all-Pacific-10 honors in 2007. ›› Denbrock’s offensive line paved the way for the Huskies to average 203.1 rushing yards per game in 2007. Washington ranked 18th nationally in rushing and second in the Pac-10 Conference. ›› Coached several players at Notre Dame who became NFL Draft selections, including offensive tackles Ryan Harris (2007, third round, Denver), Jim Molinaro (2004, seventh round, Washington), Jordan Black (2003, fifth round, Kansas City) and Brennan Curtin (2003, sixth round, Green Bay) plus tight ends John Carlson (2008, second round, Seattle), Anthony Fasano (2006, second round, Dallas) and Jerome Collins (2005, fifth round, St. Louis). ›› Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Denbrock worked in a similar capacity with the offensive tackles and tight ends at Stanford. His line helped lead the way for a Stanford rushing attack which ranked 23rd in the nation, averaging more than 200 yards per game and scoring 27 TDs. ›› Developed Kwame Harris into one of the top offensive tackles in the Pac-10 Conference. Harris earned second-team all-Pac-10 honors following 2001 and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. ›› Prior to his two years in Buffalo, Denbrock returned to his alma mater, Grand Valley State, where he coached with Kelly. ›› Denbrock served as the Lakers’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 1996-98 and his defensive unit ranked among the nation’s top 30 in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense each season. ›› His 1996 defense led the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference and was 11th nationally in scoring defense while also leading the conference in total defense. ›› As the offensive coordinator, Denbrock’s squad was first in the MIFC in both total and scoring offense from 1992-94. ›› In 1995, his offense ranked eighth in the nation in scoring and 12th in total offense. ›› Eight of his players earned first-team All-America honors during his seven years at Grand Valley State. ›› Denbrock’s first full-time coaching assignment came in 1990-91 as the tackles and tight ends coach at Illinois State. ›› He focused on the offensive line as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 1989 and helped with the quarterbacks and receivers on the 1988 Spartans squad. ›› He broke into coaching as a graduate assistant from 1986-87 at Grand Valley State where he worked with the offensive tackles and tight ends.

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MIKE ELSTON Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator 13th year coaching Second year at Notre Dame THE ELSTON FILE

Age on Dec. 29 Hometown High School College Wife Children

37 St. Marys, Ohio Memorial (Ohio) High School Michigan (Sport Management and Communications, 1998) Beth (Broyles) Daughters: Olivia, Sophia and Isabella

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Michigan Michigan Michigan Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan Central Michigan Central Michigan Central Michigan Cincinnati Cincinnati Notre Dame

Student Assistant Video Intern Graduate Assistant (OLB) DE DL/Recruiting Coordinator DL Co-Defensive Coordinator/DL LB/Special Teams Coordinator TE/ Special Teams Coord./Recruiting Coord. Asst. Head Coach/DL/Special Teams Coord. DL/Special Teams Coord.

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Michigan Rose Michigan Citrus Michigan Orange Michigan Citrus Central Michigan Motor City Cincinnati Papajohns.com Cincinnati Orange Cincinnati Sugar Notre Dame Sun Notre Dame Champs Sports

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Michigan

Outside Linebacker

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Michigan Hall of Fame Michigan Holiday Michigan Alamo Michigan Outback

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS ›› Led a defensive line unit that helped permit only 3.9 rushing yards per carry (best since 2006) and held 10 of 12 opponents below their season rushing average. ›› Opened year with three veteran players on defensive line: NG Sean Cwynar, DE Ethan Johnson and DE Kapron Lewis-Moore. All three players suffered injuries at various points of the season that caused them to miss 10 combined games. ›› Developed first-year players DE Aaron Lynch, NG Louis Nix III and DE Stephon Tuitt. The young trio combined to start 18 games and totaled 97 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and eight and a half sacks. ›› George Atkinson ranks 15th in the nation in kickoff return average at 27.4 and was a key reason the Irish kick returns moved from 75th in the NCAA in 2010 to 33rd in 2011. ›› Kicker David Ruffer has made more PATs without a miss this season than anyone in Notre Dame history (45-45). ›› In first season at Notre Dame, helped turn around Irish defense as well as coordinated special teams efforts that included an All-American caliber placekicker. ›› The defensive line aided the Irish efforts in holding opponents to 4.0 yards per carry in 2010, almost a yard fewer than the ’09 Irish defense permitted. In Notre Dame’s four-game win streak to close the 2010 season, the Irish allowed only 2.9 yards per rush against Utah, Army, USC and Miami. Those

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four teams combined to average 4.9 yards per carry against the rest of their respective schedules. ›› The starting defensive line of Lewis-Moore, Ian Williams, Cwynar and Johnson combined for 12 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. ›› Ruffer flourished with Elston’s tutelage as he was named one of three finalists for the Groza Award, presented annually to college football’s top kicker. He converted his first 18 field goal attempts of 2010 before missing his final kick of the season, snapping his school record streak for most consecutive made field goals in a season (18) and career (23). ›› In his only season as Cincinnati’s defensive line coach, Elston was forced to replace all of his starters while helping to implement a new defensive scheme. ›› The results were an attacking defensive front in 2009 that limited its opponents to 3.6 rushing yards per carry and helped lead Cincinnati’s defense to the third-most tackles for loss and 10th-most sacks in the nation. ›› The Bearcats’ defensive line combined for 57 tackles for losses and 25.5 of the team’s 37 sacks for the season. ›› Cincinnati was led in 2009 by Ricardo Mathews and Alex Daniels, two first-year starters at defensive end. Mathews received second-team all-BIG EAST honors and led Cincinnati with 12.5 tackles for loss. Daniels paced the defensive line with 56 tackles and led the team with 8.5 sacks. ›› Elston served as special teams coordinator in 2009 for the third straight season and helped Mardy Gilyard earn the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Gilyard averaged 30.5 yards on 42 kickoff returns and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. He also averaged 12.6 yards on 16 punt returns including one punt return for TD. ›› Elston’s kickoff return unit ranked second in the nation, averaging 28.5 yards per kickoff return, and only three schools returned more kickoffs for TDs than Cincinnati’s three returns. His punt return unit averaged 13.0 yards per return which ranked 17th in the nation. ›› Under Elston’s direction, Kevin Huber was selected as the first-team punter on the Associated Press’ All-America team in 2007 and 2008. Huber was also tabbed a first-team All-American in 2008 by the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America. He ranked seventh in the nation, averaging 45.0 yards per punt, and helped the Bearcats lead the nation in net punting at 41.5 yards. ›› Cincinnati became only the fourth team in NCAA FBS history to lead the nation in net punting in consecutive seasons. ›› Huber was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. ›› Gilyard also was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008 after leading the BIG EAST and ranking 11th nationally by averaging 27.6 yards on 36 kickoff returns. Gilyard returned two kickoffs for TDs, the first a 97-yarder at Oklahoma and the second for 100 yards at West Virginia. ›› In 2007, Huber was named a consensus All-American and recipient of the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year award after he led the nation averaging 46.9 yards per punt. Huber also helped the Bearcats rank first in the nation in net punting at 39.6 yards. ›› In 2006, he served as Central Michigan’s special teams coordinator and linebackers coach and instructed two all-Mid-American Conference linebackers, including the top tackler in the league. ›› Elston’s work with special teams in 2006 sparked a drastic improvement in the punting unit, which finished 19th nationally in net punting. ›› Spent the 2005 season as the Central Michigan co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. He helped develop a unit that led the MAC in rushing defense, allowing 113.7 yards per game, a major improvement for a team that ranked last in the MAC in rushing defense two years earlier. ›› Worked directly with defensive end Dan Bazuin who led the nation with 26.5 tackles for loss and tied a MAC record with 16 sacks. ›› Bazuin later became a second-round NFL draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 2007. PERSONAL INFORMATION ›› Elston was a member of Michigan’s football team from 1993-96 and lettered for the Wolverines as an outside linebacker from 1994-96. Michigan finished in the top 20 each year he lettered and he helped the Wolverines to a 25-12 record in his three seasons. DYNAMIC DISCIPLES ›› David Ruffer 2010 Lou Groza Award finalist ›› Dan Bazuin (Central Michigan) Led NCAA with 26.5 tackles for loss in 2005 and tied MAC record with 16 sacks; Second-round NFL draft pick of Chicago Bears in 2007 ›› Kevin Huber (Cincinnati), Cincinnati Bengals 2007 and 2008 first-team All-American; 2007 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year ›› Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati), St. Louis Rams 2008 and 2009 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year

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TIM HINTON

THE HINTON FILE

COACHING CAREER

Wilmington College NAIA First-Round Playoffs Wilmington College NAIA First-Round Playoffs Ohio State Citrus Ohio State Cotton Cincinnati Fort Worth Cincinnati International Cincinnati Papajohns.com Cincinnati Orange Cincinnati Sugar Notre Dame Sun Notre Dame Champs Sports

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

THIS IS NOTRE DAME

DYNAMIC DISCIPLES ›› Isaiah Pead (Cincinnati) Averaged 6.7 yards per carry and 10.1 yards per reception in 2009 ›› Richard Hall (Cincinnati) All-Conference USA in 2004 ›› Cris Carter (Ohio State) 1986 first-team All-American; Set Ohio State school record for receptions and receiving yards in a season

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COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS ›› The Irish are one of four teams in the FBS to have a pair of running backs rank among the top 72 in rushing yards per game in 2011. Junior Cierre Wood ranks 46th in the nation in rushing while senior Jonas Gray ranks 72nd. ›› Wood became the 10th Notre Dame player to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a season. His 1,042 rushing yards are the 16th-most in Irish history. ›› Wood (nine rushing TDs) and Gray (12 rushing TDs) are one of three running back tandems in the FBS where both running backs have at least nine rushing TDs. The other two duos play in the electric offenses at Oregon and Oklahoma State. ›› Gray averaged 6.9 yards per carry, the 10th-best average by an FBS running back this year and fifth-best average for a season by a Notre Dame running back. His 9.5 carries per touchdown ratio ranks third in the FBS. ›› The 12 rushing TDs totaled by Gray are tied for the ninth most in a season in school history. ›› Coached stable of four running backs that combined to rush for 1,517 yards on 314 carries and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. ›› Senior Armando Allen started seven of the eight contests he appeared and was Notre Dame’s leading rusher before an injury sidelined him for the final five games of 2010. Allen totaled 514 yards on 107 carries with two touchdowns and added 17 receptions for 138 yards.

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THE FIGHTING IRISH

1981 Wilmington College Student Asst. 1982-84 Wilmington College TE/WR 1985-86 Ohio State Graduate Asst. 1987-88 Zane Trace (Ohio) H.S. Head Coach 1989 Van Wert (Ohio) H.S. Head Coach Ohio University WR 1990 1991-92 Ohio University DL/Strength and Coord. Coach 1993-2003 Marion (Ohio) Harding H.S. Head Coach 2004-06 Cincinnati RB 2007 Cincinnati LB 2008 Cincinnati RB 2009 Cincinnati RB/Recruiting Coord. 2010-11 Notre Dame RB

GAME NOTES

Age on Dec. 29 51 Hometown Amanda, Ohio High School Amanda Clearcreek College B.A. Wilmington College (Industrial Education, 1982); M.A. Ohio State (Educational Policy and Leadership, 1987) Wife Bev Children Daughters: Dawn and Drew

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Running Backs 30th year coaching Second year at Notre Dame

›› Wood picked up the slack as a sophomore in Allen’s absence and was Notre Dame’s leading rusher in his first season of collegiate competition. Wood rushed 119 times for 603 yards with three touchdowns and his 5.1 yards per carry average was the second best by an Irish running back with at least 100 carries in the last 14 seasons. ›› Robert Hughes gained 300 yards on 68 carries and two touchdowns in his senior season, including 55 rushes for 222 yards with both touchdowns in the last five games. ›› Hinton’s top two running backs in 2009 combined to average 6.4 yards per carry, as Isaiah Pead and Jacob Ramsey gained 1,245 yards on 195 carries and scored 13 touchdowns. ›› Pead and Ramsey also proved to be threats out of the backfield, as they caught 38 combined passes for 346 yards and four TDs. They were also reliable rushers and blockers as neither player lost a fumble nor allowed a sack. ›› Hinton developed Pead during his sophomore season as Pead was the Bearcats’ top ballcarrier in 2009. He gained 806 yards on 121 carries with nine TDs and had a breakthrough performance against West Virginia when he gained 175 yards on 18 carries and one TD. Pead also averaged 10.1 yards on 20 receptions. ›› Ramsey and John Goebel shouldered most of the load in 2008, as Pead rushed just 30 times in his freshman season. The trio combined to rush for 1,465 yards and nine TDs while averaging 4.7 yards per carry. ›› Ramsey led the way for the Bearcats in 2008 with 664 yards on 152 carries with two TDs, while Goebel rushed 133 times for 607 yards and seven TDs. Goebel proved to be a receiving threat out of the backfield, recording 283 receiving yards on 26 catches. ›› Hinton shifted to linebackers in Kelly’s first season at Cincinnati and two of Hinton’s pupils ranked in the top three on the Bearcats in tackles in 2007. ›› Corey Smith ranked second on the 2007 squad with 80 tackles including six tackles for loss and two sacks while starting all but one game at weakside linebacker. Ryan Manalac tallied 76 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss at middle linebacker in his first season starting at Cincinnati. ›› Under head coach Mark Dantonio, Hinton worked with the Bearcats’ running backs from 200406. ›› In 2006, three Cincinnati running backs combined to rush for 1,358 yards and 10 TDs. ›› In Hinton’s first year with the Bearcats, he helped turn Richard Hall into a 1,000-yard rusher and an all-Conference USA player as Cincinnati’s ground attack averaged 183.4 rushing yards per contest. ›› Prior to Cincinnati, Hinton had great success as a high school head football coach in Ohio. ›› From 1993-2003, he was head coach at Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, where he directed his teams to five conference titles and five appearances in the state playoffs. Two of his teams advanced to the regional finals, and during his tenure at Harding he sent 13 players to the major college playing ranks. In 1995, he was named Ohio Division I Co-Coach of the Year. ›› His first two head coaching jobs came at Zane Trace High School in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he coached the 1987 and 1988 seasons and at Van Wert High School in Van Wert, Ohio, in 1989. ›› Hinton’s first exposure to major college football came as a graduate assistant at Ohio State from 1985-86. ›› In 1986, Hinton worked primarily with Ohio State’s wide receivers and helped Cris Carter set school records in single-season receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. Carter was named a first-team All-American after the season. ›› Under head coach Earle Bruce, Hinton was on the Buckeyes’ staff for two bowl game appearances. The 1986 team finished 10-3 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten Conference, earning a share of the Big Ten championship.

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CHUCK MARTIN Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator 20th year coaching Second year at Notre Dame THE MARTIN FILE

Age on Dec. 29 43 Park Forest, Ill. Hometown Rich East (Ill.) High School High School College Millikin (Ill.) (Accounting, 1990) Wife Dulcie Children Son: Max; Daughter: Emma COACHING CAREER

1992-93 1994-95 1996-97 1998-99 2000-02 2003 2004-09 2010 2011

Mankato State (Minn.) Graduate Asst. Wittenberg (Ohio) LB Millikin (Ill.) Defensive Coordinator/DB Eastern Michigan LB Grand Valley State DB Grand Valley State Defensive Coordinator/DB Grand Valley State Head Coach Notre Dame DB/Recruiting Coord. Notre Dame S/Recruiting Coord.

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Wittenberg (Ohio) Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Notre Dame Notre Dame

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

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Millikin (Ill.)

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1989

Millikin (Ill.)

Division III First Round Division II National Finalist Division II Champions Division II Champions Division II Regional Division II Champions Division II Champions Division II Semifinal Division II Regional Division II National Finalist Sun Champs Sports Safety Division II Quarterfinals

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS ›› In the season prior to Martin’s arrival at Notre Dame, the Irish ranked 76th in the nation in pass defense. Notre Dame currently ranks 34th in pass defense, allowing 202.2 yards per game. ›› Focused on safeties in 2011 and got great performances from senior Harrison Smith, senior Jamoris Slaughter and junior Zeke Motta. ›› Smith ranks second on the Irish with 84 tackles and became the 11th Notre Dame player to reach 300 career tackles. His 216 career tackles as a defensive back are the fifth most in school history. ›› Motta and Slaughter combined to record 78 tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups in 2011. ›› In first season at Notre Dame, helped improve the defensive statistical categories when compared to 2009: passing defense (76th to 54th) and pass efficiency defense (82nd to 25th). ›› Members of his secondary combined to total 15 of team’s 18 interceptions and 28 of team’s 46 passes broken up. ›› The improved coverage and tackling by the defensive backs under Martin led to the Irish allowing only 10.2 yards per completion in 2010, the fewest yards allowed by a Notre Dame defense since 1993. The 10.2 yards per completion average was seventh-best in the FBS in 2010. ›› Smith became one of Notre Dame’s most consistent players as he ranked fourth in nation with team-best seven interceptions and was second on Irish with 93 tackles.

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›› Named one of top 25 recruiters in nation by ESPN.com in February 2011 and was named to Rivals.com’s Tom Dienhart’s second team assistant coach dream team coaching staff in March 2011. ›› Led Grand Valley State University to two NCAA Division II national championships and won over 91 percent of his games as Lakers’ head coach. ›› Replaced Brian Kelly as Lakers’ head coach after Kelly was named head coach at Central Michigan University. ›› Under Martin’s watch, Grand Valley went 74-7 (.914) and won NCAA Division II national championships in 2005 and 2006. The Lakers were runners-up in 2009. ›› Guided the Lakers to five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference championships in six years and posted a 16-4 record in Division II playoffs. ›› Martin’s .914 winning percentage was the second best among active college football coaches, regardless of division (Mount Union’s Larry Kehres owned a .925 winning percentage). ›› A member of the Lakers coaching staff since 2000, Martin helped Grand Valley State post a 122-13 record from 2000-09, including winning 121 of its last 130 games. ›› As Grand Valley State head coach, helped develop 34 players who earned various All-America honors and 114 players who earned all-GLIAC plaudits, including 56 first-team selections. ›› The Lakers were ranked number one in the American Football Coaches Association Coaches Poll for 56 of 70 weeks the poll was released during his tenure. ›› From 2004 to 2009, directed Grand Valley State to 48 consecutive regular-season victories and 45 straight wins in GLIAC action. He also guided the Lakers to a Division II record 40-game winning streak from 2005-07. ›› Guided the Lakers to 13-2 record and school’s fifth consecutive GLIAC championship in 2009. Grand Valley State also made its ninth straight NCAA Division II playoff appearance and advanced to national championship game for third time in five seasons (falling to Northwest Missouri State, 30-23). It marked the sixth time since 2001 the Lakers had advanced to NCAA Division II finals. ›› The 2008 team turned in its fourth straight undefeated regular season and finished with an 11-1 record. The Lakers advanced to quarterfinals of Division II playoffs before falling to eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth in double overtime. ›› 2007 squad cruised through regular season undefeated and led GLIAC in scoring defense (14.5 points per game), total defense (303.6 yards per game), pass efficiency defense (95.6) and quarterback sacks (42). The Lakers advanced to national semifinals but were defeated at Northwest Missouri State. ›› Claimed his second national championship and Grand Valley State’s fourth title in 2006 after the Lakers defeated Northwest Missouri State for the second straight year, 17-14. The win capped off a perfect 15-0 season that saw Grand Valley State outscore its GLIAC foes by an average score of 37.1-14.6. ›› In his second season as head coach, guided Lakers to an undefeated season (13-0) and their third national championship. ›› Led Grand Valley State to a 10-3 mark and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs (lost in quarterfinals) in first season at the helm in 2004. The 10 wins by Martin were the most of any first-year head coach in school history. ›› Served as defensive coordinator under Kelly in 2003 and helped the Lakers to the national championship. Grand Valley State rode its defense to the title as it limited its final three opponents in the playoffs to just a field goal apiece. ›› Coached the linebackers at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, from 1994-95 and also served as head golf coach and assistant baseball coach. PERSONAL INFORMATION ›› Martin was an All-America safety at Millikin and was also selected a GTE Academic AllAmerican. He also doubled as an all-conference placekicker for the football team and received academic all-district honors for Millikin’s basketball team. He was inducted into the Millikin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. DYNAMIC DISCIPLES ›› CB Brandon Carr (Grand Valley State); Kansas City Chiefs Started all 48 games at cornerback in first three seasons with the Chiefs ›› OL Brandon Barnes (Grand Valley State) 2007 Gene Upshaw Award winner (top offensive lineman in NCAA Division II) ›› QB Cullen Finnerty (Grand Valley State) 2006 Harlon Hill Award runner-up (top player in NCAA Division II) ›› DL Mike McFadden (Grand Valley State) 2005 and 2006 Gene Upshaw Award winner

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ED WARINNER

THE WARINNER FILE

COACHING CAREER

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

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Mount Union (Ohio) Running Back/Quarterback

PLAYING CAREER ›› Played football and baseball at Mount Union College from 1979-83. ›› Led the team in many categories while earning his fourth letter in 1983. Also received two letters in baseball at Mount Union.

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

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DYNAMIC DISCIPLES ›› QB Todd Reesing (Kansas) Set every major single-season and career passing record at Kansas ›› WR Kerry Meier (Kansas), Atlanta Falcons First at Kansas in career receptions and second in receiving yards and TD receptions ›› WR Dezmon Briscoe (Kansas), Tampa Bay Buccaneers School record holder in career receiving yards and TD receptions ›› OT Anthony Collins (Kansas), Cincinnati Bengals 2007 first-team All-American

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COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS ›› Named one of three finalists for Offensive Line Coach of the Year by FootballScoop.com. ›› In his first season as run game coordinator, Notre Dame has increased its rushing output by 31.1 percent in 2011, the 13th-best improvement (percentage wise) in the FBS. The 39.4-yard improvement in the ground game is the 17th-best improvement (yards wise). ›› The Irish have rushed for 1,992 yards this year and are on pace to rush for 2,158 yards. That would be the best total by a Notre Dame team since 2000. ›› The offensive line have opened holes allowing the Irish to average 5.0 yards per carry this year, the best average since 1996. ›› Notre Dame QBs have been sacked only 13 times (1.08 per game) on 452 actual pass attempts. The Irish have yielded a sack once ever 34.8 pass attempts. ›› The offensive line did not allow a sack in the month of October. In fact, the Irish went 195 consecutive passes from a game on Sept. 24 to Nov. 12 without allowing a sack. ›› Named one of the top 20 assistant coaches primed to become a head coach in the near future by Rivals.com’s Tom Dienhart in June 2011. ›› In his first season at Notre Dame, developed three first-time starters on the offensive line and improved the average yards per rush and decreased sacks allowed compared to 2009. ›› The Irish averaged 4.0 rushing yards per game, the best rushing average by a Notre Dame team since 2003.

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1985 Michigan State All-American 1988 Army Sun 1996 Army Independence 2000 Air Force Silicon Valley 2002 Air Force San Francisco 2003 Kansas Tangerine 2008 Kansas Orange 2008 Kansas Insight 2010 Notre Dame Sun 2011 Notre Dame Champs Sports

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THE FIGHTING IRISH

1984 Akron RB Michigan State LB/Secondary 1985-86 1987 Army C/G 1988-90 Army Executive Assistant/Recruiting 1991 Army DL OL 1992-97 Army 1998-99 Army Offensive Coordinator/QB Air Force OL 2000-02 2003 Kansas OL 2004 Kansas OL/Run Game Coord. Illinois OL/Run Game Coord. 2005-06 Kansas Offensive Coordinator/QB 2007-08 Kansas Assoc. Head Coach/Offensive Coord./QB 2009 Notre Dame OL 2010 2011 Notre Dame OL/Run Game Coord.

GAME NOTES

Age on Dec. 29 50 Strasburg, Ohio Hometown Strasburg Franklin (Ohio) High School High School College B.A. Mount Union (Physical Education, 1984); M.A. Akron (Education, 1985) Wife Mary Beth Daughters: Madisyn and Merideth; Son: Edward Children

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Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator 28th year coaching Second year at Notre Dame

›› Notre Dame’s offensive line allowed a sack on 4.0 percent of the overall pass attempts in 2010 and the 1.54 sacks allowed per game was the fewest by an Irish offensive line since 1998 (0.8 per game). ›› Over the final six games of the 2010 season, Warinner’s offensive line faced defenses that were cumulatively averaging 2.3 sacks per game but the Irish O-line allowed only five sacks in 202 pass attempts in those six contests. ›› Directed offenses that led the nation in rushing (Air Force, 2002), were tops in Big Ten Conference rushing (Illinois, 2006) and ranked second in the nation in scoring (Kansas, 2007). ›› From 2007-09, the Jayhawks posted the three highest yards-per-game averages and the three most prolific passing seasons in Kansas history. Three of the top seven scoring seasons in school history came under his direction. ›› Under Warinner’s watch as offensive coordinator, the Jayhawks averaged 445.5 total yards per game, 302.1 passing yards per contest and 35.3 points on a combined basis from 2007-09. ›› Todd Reesing started all three years for Warinner and also worked with him as his position coach. Reesing set every major single-season and career passing record at Kansas, including career records in completions (932), attempts (1,461), passing yards (11,194), touchdown passes (90), 300-yard games (18), 200-yard games (31), total offense (11,840), total plays (1,796) and TDs accounted for (105). ›› Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier became the most prolific pass-catchers in Jayhawk history. ›› Briscoe recorded 219 receptions for 3,240 yards with 31 receiving TDs to set school records in receiving yards and TD receptions. Meier caught 226 passes for 2,309 yards with 18 TDs and set the Kansas record for career receptions. ›› In 2009, Warinner was named one of three finalists for the American Football Coaches Association’s National Assistant Coach of the Year award, following a campaign in which Kansas finished seventh in the NCAA in passing offense and 25th in total offense. ›› The Jayhawks set a school record by averaging 310.3 passing yards per game in 2009, and the 422.4 total yards per game were the third most in school history. ›› Reesing led Big 12 in total offense (311.3 yards per game) and ranked sixth nationally in passing yards per game (301.3) in 2009. ›› In 2008, Warinner’s offense averaged 432.4 yards per game and ranked eighth nationally in passing yards per game (305.6). The Jayhawks averaged 33.4 points per game, the third-best points-per-game average in school history. ›› Reesing completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 3,888 yards with 32 TD passes. ›› The 2007 offense was the nation’s second-highest scoring unit (42.8 points per game) and helped the Jayhawks to a 12-1 season including a victory in the FedEx Orange Bowl. ›› Kansas set a school record by averaging 479.8 total yards per game and ranked eighth nationally in that category. The Jayhawks averaged 291.0 passing yards per game (17th in the nation) and 188.8 rushing yards per contest (31st in the nation). ›› Twenty school records were set in 2007, including 17 offensive records, and offensive lineman Anthony Collins was named first-team All-America. ›› In his first season as a starter, Reesing passed for 3,486 yards with 33 TDs and seven interceptions in 2007. He set 20 different school records, was a Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist and was named second-team all-Big 12. ›› In his second season at Illinois, Warinner’s rushing attack led the Big Ten and finished 10th in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 188.3 in 2006. That average was the best output by an Illini team since 1973. ›› Coached the offensive line under Fisher DeBerry at Air Force from 2000-02 and helped the Falcons lead the nation with 307.8 rushing yards per game in 2002.

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PAUL LONGO Director of Football Strength and Conditioning 25th year in collegiate athletics Second year at Notre Dame THE LONGO FILE

Age on Dec. 29 53 Sterling Heights, Mich. Hometown Adlai Stevenson (Mich.) High School High School College Wayne State (Physical Education, 1983) Wife Shannon Children Son: Anthony; Daughter: Natalie CAREER

1987 1988-92 1993-98 1999-2003 2004-06 2007-09 2010-11

Wisconsin Assistant Strength Coach Iowa Assistant Football Strength Coach Iowa Head Football Strength Coach Iowa Olympic Sports Strength Coach Central Michigan Head Strength Coach Cincinnati Director of Football Strength and Conditioning Notre Dame Director of Football Strength and Conditioning

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1988 Iowa Peach 1991 Iowa Rose 1991 Iowa Holiday 1993 Iowa Alamo 1995 Iowa Sun 1996 Iowa Alamo 1997 Iowa Sun Central Michigan Motor City 2006 2007 Cincinnati International 2007 Cincinnati Papajohns.com 2009 Cincinnati Orange 2010 Cincinnati Sugar 2010 Notre Dame Sun 2011 Notre Dame Champs Sports PLAYING EXPERIENCE

1978-81

Wayne State

draft selections, including Longo’s prized pupil, Joe Staley. Staley entered Central Michigan in 2003 as a tight end and graduated as a left tackle and the first Chippewa to be a NFL firstround draft pick. ›› Staley caught 11 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown in his freshman season. Longo arrived with Kelly prior to the 2004 season and helped Staley pack on 80 pounds during his Chippewa career as he grew into an offensive tackle. He started 11 games at right tackle as a sophomore and moved to left tackle where he started all 25 games from 2005-06 and allowed only one combined sack in his final two seasons. ›› After becoming just the fifth Central Michigan player to participate in the Senior Bowl, Staley became the 28th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, picked by the San Francisco 49ers. ›› From 1988-2003, Longo served on the strength and conditioning staff at Iowa and worked primarily with football from 1988-98. ›› Worked with Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry as Longo served as the assistant strength coach for the football program from 1988-92 before being promoted to head strength coach for the Hawkeye football team in 1993. ›› Longo played a critical role in helping the Hawkeyes to seven bowl games including the 1991 Rose Bowl after Iowa claimed the Big Ten Conference championship in 1990. ›› The 1991 Hawkeyes compiled a 10-1-1 record and finished second in the Big Ten with a 7-1 ledger. Iowa was ranked 10th in the final polls after tying BYU in the Holiday Bowl. ›› Longo also made two trips to the Sun and Alamo Bowls and one appearance in the Peach Bowl. ›› Longo began his career as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Wisconsin in 1987. PERSONAL INFORMATION ›› He was a four-year starter at wide receiver on the Warriors’ football team, set season and career receiving records and twice was the MVP. ›› Totaled 91 career receptions for 1,154 yards at Wayne State and paced the Warriors in receiving from 1978-80. ›› Longo went to training camps as a free agent with four professional teams in three different leagues. DYNAMIC DISCIPLES ›› WR Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati) 2009 All-American; 2008-09 first-team all-BIG EAST ›› OT Joe Staley (Central Michigan), San Francisco 49ers 28th overall selection in first round of 2007 NFL Draft by San Francisco ›› CB Tom Knight (Iowa) Ninth overall selection in first round of 1997 NFL Draft by Arizona ›› OT Ross Verba (Iowa) 30th overall section in first round of 1997 NFL Draft by Green Bay

Wide Receiver

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS ›› Veteran strength and conditioning coach with 24 years of experience at NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools. ›› Worked in a similar capacity from 2007-09 at the University of Cincinnati and has worked alongside current Irish head football coach Brian Kelly as his speed, strength and conditioning coach since Kelly’s first season at Central Michigan in 2004. ›› Longo has instilled a grueling strength and conditioning program at Notre Dame that has helped the Irish become one of the top closing teams in the nation. ›› Through two years at Notre Dame, Longo and Kelly have helped the Irish secure a 14-2 record when leading after three quarters and are 15-2 when entering halftime with a lead. ›› Under Kelly’s watch at Cincinnati, the Bearcats were 32-0 when entering a fourth quarter with a lead and 29-2 when leading at halftime. ›› Since 2005 at Central Michigan, Kelly’s teams are 55-3 when leading after three quarters and 54-4 when taking the lead into halftime. ›› Stops at Wisconsin (1987), Iowa (1988-98), Central Michigan (2004-06) and Cincinnati (2007-09) have helped Longo produce more than 50 NFL draft picks. Eight Bearcats were selected in 2008 and 2009 combined, equal to the combined total of NFL draft picks from Cincinnati in the previous five drafts. ›› At Central Michigan, Longo served as the head strength coach and helped develop five NFL

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Bill Scholl is in his third year as deputy athletics director sixth year as a senior associate athletics director at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. He works with the Irish football squad on a daily basis from an administrative standpoint, working in concert with athletics director Jack Swarbrick in that regard. Serving as one of the department’s two deputy directors, Scholl focuses his attention on external functions such as development, the Team Notre Dame program, marketing and ticketing operations. Among those areas reporting to Scholl is the newly created position designed to manage the department’s relationship with former student-athletes. A 20-year veteran of the Notre Dame athletics department, Bill Scholl was promoted to his current post as deputy athletics director in August 2009 after serving as senior associate athletics director since 2004. His primary duties in that role include the creation, coordination, management and implementation of all annual, endowment, and capital development activities on behalf of the athletics department in alignment with the University’s central development office. In coordination with the central development office, Scholl oversees the Rockne Heritage Fund -- the first-ever athletics annual fund that directly benefits student-athlete grant-in-aid scholarships. This is in support of the University’s Scholarship Implementation Plan that now offers the full NCAA complement (more than 320) grant-in-aid scholarships to Irish student-athletes in all 26 varsity sports. Prior to his role as senior associate athletics director, Scholl spent three years as the associate athletics director for marketing and was executive director of the Notre Dame Monogram Club, an organization of Notre Dame student-athletes, student-managers and cheerleaders who have earned monograms during their years at Notre Dame through participation in one or more of its intercollegiate sports. Founded by Knute Rockne in 1916, today the club is comprised of more than 4,000 dues-paying members. In addition, Scholl oversaw all aspects of the athletics ticket office, including ticketing, parking, staffing, systems and customer relations. His sport administration duties include providing supervision for the men’s soccer as well as assisting the director of athletics with the men’s basketball program. Prior to being named an associate athletic director and the executive director of the Monogram Club, Scholl served seven years as an assistant athletic director for marketing, overseeing the Notre Dame marketing and promotions programs. As the promotions manager at Notre Dame, he greatly expanded the horizons of Notre Dame’s Olympic sports profile. Scholl was responsible for developing and implementing marketing and promotions plans for all athletic events. His activities included coordinating special events, giveaways, clinics, group nights and other general functions that broadened the community’s awareness of Notre Dame’s Olympic sports. The former director of financial development for the 1987 International Summer Special Olympic Games, Scholl served in the same position for one year at South Bend’s Logan Center which offers services to persons with developmental disabilities. He also spent five years with the Juhl Advertising Agency in Mishawaka. While working for Special Olympics, the Lakewood, Ohio, native was responsible for raising a $4.8 million budget from national and local corporations, foundations, governments, special events and the general public. Through his efforts, the final amount raised for the ‘87 Games was in excess of $8 million. In June 2000, the Notre Dame Monogram Club awarded him an honorary monogram. Born Sept. 2, 1957, Scholl is a 1979 Notre Dame graduate. He and his wife, Julie, have three children: Michael (a 2009 Notre Dame graduate), Stefanie and Kelly (a Notre Dame freshman).

Chad Klunder is in his seventh season as director of football operations at Notre Dame this fall. In his role, Klunder coordinates and oversees all day-to-day administrative and operational details including team travel, budgets, preseason camp arrangements, the annual coaches clinic and summer camps. A former graduate assistant coach at Notre Dame in 2003-04, Klunder worked with the Irish offense for two seasons. He previously served as running backs coach and coordinator of football operations at Harvard from 1998 through 2002. During his tenure at Harvard, his running backs led the Ivy League in rushing on three occasions. He coached three all-Ivy League players, including Chris Menick, Harvard’s all-time leading rusher. Harvard in 2001 finished 9-0 in the Ivy League and became the first Harvard team to go unbeaten or untied in conference play since 1913. Klunder also served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Minnesota – and worked as a graduate assistant football coach at St. Cloud State. At St. Cloud, he coached Randy Martin, who was a finalist in 1995 and ’96 for the Harlon Hill Trophy that goes to the NCAA Division II player of the year. The Waverly, Iowa, native played defensive back at Wartburg College in Waverly. He earned four letters, was twice a unanimous all-league pick and gained honorable mention All-America recognition. He served as a Wartburg co-captain in 1994 when his team advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. Born Aug. 28, 1972, Klunder received a degree in sports management from Wartburg in 1995 and has done master’s degree coursework at St. Cloud State, Minnesota and Notre Dame. He is married to the former Lisa Malin who is executive director of the College Football Hall of Fame. The couple have one daughter, Allyson.

Michael Painter

Defensive Graduate Assistant After spending three seasons as a staff associate for the University of Cincinnati’s football program, Michael Painter is in his second year at the University of Notre Dame as a defensive graduate assistant. Painter’s role at Cincinnati was similar to his previous position at Central Michigan, where he assisted in all facets of football operations. An integral part of forming the practice routine and working with the scout team and special teams, Painter helped the Chippewas win both the 2006 Mid-American Conference and Motor City Bowl titles. Raised in Sandusky, Ohio, Painter participated in three sports at Perkins High School, earning four letters in both football and track to complement the two letters earned in basketball. He attended Mount Union College where he was a member of the Purple Raiders’ football team that won the 2003 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship and played for the 2003 NCAA Division II national championship. After an injury ended his playing career, Painter transferred to Bowling Green where he graduated in 2006 with a degree in sport management. At Cincinnati, he worked towards his master’s degree in criminal justice. Born Aug. 6, 1984, Painter is single and resides in Mishawaka.

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Tim McDonnell

Director of Player Personnel Tim McDonnell is in his seventh season with the Irish football office this fall and first year as director of player personnel. For the previous four seasons, McDonnell served as the director of football personnel. In this capacity, McDonnell covered a variety of football-related matters, serving as a liaison between the team and NFL personnel, assisting with recruiting efforts, and helping to coordinate the walk-on program. In his current role, McDonnell will continue many of his previous job responsibilities but adds a greater role in the recruiting department by organizing and administering the Irish recruiting efforts. From 2005-06, McDonnell served as the coordinator of quality control under previous head coach Charlie Weis. In this role, McDonnell assisted the head football coach in all football-related matters, handled special projects for the coaching staff and assisted with personnel development and recruiting. A 2005 graduate of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., and a three-year football letterman as a receiver. McDonnell was the inaugural recipient of the Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award in 2005, presented to the Holy Cross varsity athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship that coach Daniel Allen exhibited throughout his life. He also received the 2004 Unsung Hero Award as the player who supported the team spiritually, emotionally and physically for the good of the team. A native of Harrison, N.Y., McDonnell graduated from Iona Prep before starting his collegiate career at Holy Cross. Born April 15, 1983, he is the grandson of the late Wellington Mara, former president of the New York Giants who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. McDonnell was married in July 2011 to the former Marisa Meister.

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Jon Carpenter is in his second season at Notre Dame as the graduate assistant for the Irish defense after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant for the defensive coaching staff at the University of Cincinnati. Carpenter played four seasons as a running back and linebacker at Cincinnati from 2004-07 and totaled 72 tackles, including two sacks, while contributing to the Bearcats’ special teams. In 2008 he was presented the Jim Kelly Spirit Award, presented annually to the Cincinnati football player who best displayed dedication, teamwork and loyalty to the program. While at Cincinnati, Carpenter was selected to the BIG EAST all-academic team three times. He graduated in the spring of 2008 with a degree in industrial management. Carpenter’s father, Rob, played in the NFL for 11 seasons and Jon’s older brother, Bobby, is a linebacker for the Detroit Lions. Jon’s younger brother, George, will be a senior linebacker at Marshall University this fall and his youngest brother, Nathan, will be a sophomore safety at Ohio University this fall. Born Sept. 1, 1985, Carpenter is a native of Lancaster, Ohio. He is single and resides in Mishawaka.

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Support Staff David Peloquin

Director of Football Development The 2011 football season is Dave Peloquin’s eighth season with the Notre Dame football program, and his fifth year as director of football development. In this role, Peloquin’s responsibilities deal primarily with the administration of Irish recruiting efforts. He works closely with recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin and played an integral role in piecing together a consensus top-10 recruiting class in 2011. Peloquin has helped oversee the last five recruiting efforts, three of which netted top-10 classes. Prior to being promoted to director of football development, Peloquin served as coordinator of player personnel development for two seasons in numerous administrative duties regarding Notre Dame’s recruiting. In 2004, Peloquin served in a similar capacity as a recruiting assistant, a role in which he worked with the entire coaching staff assisting in all recruiting aspects. Before rejoining the Irish, Peloquin worked as a sales representative for State Farm Insurance and Financial Services in the Chicago area. A 2003 Notre Dame graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from the Mendoza College of Business, Peloquin served as a student manager from 2000 to 2002 and was named head senior manager for the 2002 season. Born May 14, 1981, Peloquin is a native of Blue Island, Ill. He was married to the former Jamie Meisenhelder in July 2011.

Beth Rex

Director of Football Administration Beth Rex is in her second year as director of football administration at Notre Dame after serving as the football program associate from 2008-09 at the University of Cincinnati. Rex served as the assistant to current Irish head football coach Brian Kelly at Cincinnati and that continues to be part of her duties at Notre Dame. She serves as the liaison between Notre Dame’s sports performance department and the football office as well as serves as the primary contact person in all matters for Kelly. Rex also coordinates Kelly’s schedule, is responsible for all football staff and office operations as well as assists in event planning. Rex has worked in athletics for 15 years, primarily as an athletics trainer. She served as an athletics trainer at Cincinnati from 2001-08 and worked with the football, baseball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, tennis, men’s and women’s golf, cheerleading and dance teams. Among her various duties, Rex managed the administrative responsibilities of the athletics training room, oversaw the budget, handled all purchases and inventory and processed all medical claims for Cincinnati’s student-athletes. Rex also served as an adjunct professor at Cincinnati from 2006-08 and taught medical terminology, sports administration and athletics training. Prior to Cincinnati, Rex was an assistant athletics trainer at the University of Memphis for two years (1999-2001) and one year at the College of Wooster (1998-99). She worked with the baseball, women’s basketball and men’s soccer teams at Memphis and at Wooster she managed the athletic training duties for 21 varsity sports. While living in Memphis, she assisted the Memphis Maniax of the Xtreme Football League in the spring of 2001. From 1997-98, Rex worked at the National Athletic Trainers Association in Dallas where she was a continuing education assistant.

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Rex graduated in 1996 from Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in education. She began her career as a graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky where she earned her master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration. A native of Tiffin, Ohio, Rex is married to Byron Rex and the couple resides in South Bend.

Rob Hunt

Head Football Athletic Trainer The 2011 football season is Rob Hunt’s first season at Notre Dame as head football athletic trainer. Hunt joined Notre Dame in March 2011 and has 14 years of experience as an athletic trainer at NCAA institutions. Prior to Notre Dame, Hunt worked at Oklahoma State University for five years, serving as the head football athletic trainer from 2006-07 and the head athletic trainer for the Cowboys since 2007. At Oklahoma State, Hunt served as athletic trainer for the football team all five years and in his final four years in Stillwater he coordinated all aspects of medical care for the athletic department’s 16 athletics teams as well as supervised six assistant athletic trainers, eight graduate assistants and two insurance coordinators. Hunt spent 10 years in the state of Missouri prior to moving to Oklahoma State. From 2004-06 he was the head athletic trainer at Southeast Missouri State after serving as an assistant athletic trainer with the University of Missouri football team from 1999-2004. In his final year with the Tigers, Hunt also served as director of rehabilitation services. A graduate of Ball State in 1997 with a major in athletic training, Hunt earned his master’s degree in education at Missouri and served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer from 1997-99. In 1996 Hunt worked as an athletic trainer during the preseason with the New England Patriots. A native of West Lafayette, Ind., Hunt is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. He and his wife Krista are parents of four children: Robbie, Alexa, Rachel and Cole.

Ryan Grooms

Head Football Equipment Manager

part in film exchange and highlight videos. Following graduation, Grooms was an equipment intern for the New Orleans Saints’ summer training camp. He spent one year as a graduate assistant equipment manager at Marshall University where he supervised 12 student managers and assisted in the organization of equipment travel. Grooms is a member of the Athletic Equipment Manager Association and was a 2008 nominee for the Knight Pickard Award as the District 7 Equipment Manager of the Year. He also serves on the McDavid Advisory Committee. He and his wife Lynzee have one child, Easton, and live in Granger.

Adam Myers

Assistant Equipment Manager A former assistant equipment manager at the University of Minnesota, Adam Myers is in his second season in a similar role at the University of Notre Dame. Myers assisted head football equipment manager Ryan Grooms at Minnesota and was hired at Notre Dame shortly after Grooms arrived in South Bend. Myers spent two years at Minnesota where he managed the Golden Gophers’ student equipment managers, repaired damaged equipment and packed team trunks for travel to away games. Prior to joining the Minnesota staff, Myers served as a graduate assistant equipment manager at Marshall University where he was responsible for fitting student-athletes with helmets, shoulder pads, footwear and other equipment. He was also charged with equipment repair, inventory, laundry, transportation assistance and other duties at Marshall. He served as a student manager at Marshall from 2002 through 2007 and worked with the wide receivers and quarterbacks in addition to handling laundry duties. Myers completed a summer internship in 2005 with the New York Jets and he was involved in laundry, maintenance of protective equipment, packing trunks for home preseason games and sideline and locker room setup for home preseason games. A member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association since 2006, Myers was certified by the AEMA in June 2006. Myers is single and resides in Granger.

Ryan Grooms enters his second season at Notre Dame as the head football equipment manager. In his position, Grooms directs all facets of athletic equipment management for the Irish football team and oversees one assistant equipment manager, three senior managers and 21 junior managers. Grooms came to Notre Dame following two years at the University of Minnesota where he served in a similar capacity. Prior to Minnesota he spent five seasons as an equipment specialist for the United States Air Force Academy football program. During his time at Air Force, Grooms supervised 30 Cadet student managers and oversaw the daily football operations that included laundry for more than 240 Cadet varsity and junior varsity football players. He was responsible for organization and upkeep of the Falcon Athletic Center equipment room and bi-annual inventory. Grooms also handled equipment for boxing, cross country, track and field and water polo at the Air Force Academy. Grooms has been involved in equipment management since 2000, when he was a student at Ohio University. He spent two seasons with the Bobcat football team working with equipment and also taking

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Support staff Tim Collins

Jacob Flint

Video Coordinator

Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning

Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning

Karen Demeter returned to the Notre Dame football office in 2010 and is in her second season as recruiting services coordinator. Demeter assists recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin and director of football development Dave Peloquin. She previously served as the recruiting administrative assistant for the Irish from 2001-03 before becoming senior administrative assistant to the head coach from 2004-08. Demeter spent the 2009-10 school year as the senior administrative assistant to senior deputy athletics director Missy Conboy. A native of Akron, Ohio, Demeter and her husband, Darryl, are the parents of two daughters: Jocelyn and Lauren.

Joy Schosker

Senior Staff Assistant Joy Schosker is in her third year in the Irish football office and her 11th year overall at the University of Notre Dame. She serves as the primary contact for all general communication at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex. Prior to joining the Irish football office, Schosker worked at Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library for eight years. A native of Lakeville, Ind., she is married to Mike Schosker and the couple have three sons: Kyle, Kayne and Michael.

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BIG EAST championship. Guess coached the Cincinnati tight ends in 2009 and helped Ben Guidugli earn second-team all-BIG EAST Conference honors. Guidugli ranked fourth on the team with 27 receptions and totaled 364 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Prior to Cincinnati, Guess worked on the strength and conditioning staffs at South Florida (2009), Alcorn State (2008), Kentucky State (2007), Cincinnati (2006) and Tiffin (2005). At USF, Guess served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach and worked with the men’s basketball team. In 2008, Guess was the head strength and conditioning coach at Alcorn State. In 2007, Guess coached the secondary coach at Kentucky State and doubled as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. He held the same positions in 2005 at Tiffin. Guess first worked with head strength coach Paul Longo and Kelly in 2006 as a staff assistant for Cincinnati’s strength and conditioning staff, focusing on the football team. Guess earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State in 2002. He graduated from Tiffin University in 2007 with a master of business administration degree. While at Michigan State, Guess was a four-year letterman in football and also earned two letters with the Spartans’ basketball team. He was part of two Big Ten titles and an NCAA Final Four appearance (1999)

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Lorenzo Guess is in his second season as an assistant director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame. Guess was a member of Brian Kelly’s coaching staff at the University of Cincinnati in 2009. Guess helped guide the Bearcats to a 12-1 season in 2009 and an appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl following Cincinnati’s second straight

2003 Notre Dame graduate.

A 29-year employee of the University of Notre Dame, Julie DeBuysser just completed her 25th season as the secretary for the offensive coaching staff in the Irish football office. In her role, DeBuysser serves as the primary assistant to Notre Dame’s offensive coaches. A native of South Bend, DeBuysser is married to Denny DeBuysser and the couple has a son, Chris Martin, a

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Ryan Gould is in his first season as the assistant video coordinator for the Notre Dame football team, serving as the primary assistant to video coordinator Tim Collins. In this role, Gould assists Collins with all video and filming needs for the football team in addition to traveling to all football games. Gould helps compile all video packages utilized by Notre Dame’s football coaches in their scouting and game preparation and also works on special assignments within the program, such as highlight videos. A 2011 graduate from State University of New York-Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in sports management, Gould worked with the Irish as a temporary employee during spring practices before being hired full time in June. Gould worked as an intern in the Syracuse University football video department during the 2010 season where he filmed practice and filled other requests. As a student at SUNY-Cortland, Gould was a member of the sports management club where he volunteered in a variety of roles at sporting events, including selling tickets, fundraising, working as security for an event and many other duties. A native of Newburgh, N.Y., Gould attended Burke Catholic High School. He is single and resides in South Bend. Gould is a member of the Collegiate Sports Video Association.

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second straight season. Flint had been a member of Cincinnati’s strength and conditioning staff since 2007, helping the Bearcats to a 33-6 record during that time. He played for Kelly at Central Michigan as a walk-on and was rewarded for his dedication to the football program with a scholarship. Following his graduation, Flint worked as a staff assistant at Central Michigan, serving primarily in the weight room and assisting the development of the running backs. Flint competes in the 85-kilogram weight class in USA weightlifting and qualified for nationals in 2009. He is currently ranked 25th in the nation in his weight class. Born Oct. 19, 1982, Flint is a native of Shepherd, Mich. He was a foursport letterwinner at Shepherd High School and was twice named an all-league running back. Flint graduated with honors from Central Michigan in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He is married to the former Katie Schafer and they have one daughter, Blayke.

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Jacob Flint is in his second year at Notre Dame this fall as assistant director of strength and conditioning. Flint previously served as a member of strength and conditioning staff at the University of Cincinnati from 2007-09. Flint served the 2009 season as an assistant strength coach with the Bearcats and helped Cincinnati win the BIG EAST championship for the

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The 2011 football season is Tim Collins’ 21st year in charge of all video and filming needs for Notre Dame’s athletic department as its video systems coordinator. In addition to traveling to shoot Irish football games, Collins compiles all video packages utilized by Notre Dame’s football coaches in their scouting and game preparation. Collins and his staff also tape men’s and women’s home basketball games as well as hockey. A native of South Bend, Collins is a 1987 graduate of John Adams High School and attended Indiana Vocational Technical College. He also spent three years as a part-time news photographer at WNDU-TV, the NBC affiliate in South Bend. Collins was named the independent conference video coordinator of the year in 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2004 by the Collegiate Sports Video Association. In 2001, Collins was elected an executive officer of the CSVA, serving as secretary, and in 2002 was named treasurer of the organization. In 2004, the Notre Dame Monogram Club awarded Collins an honorary monogram in recognition of his years of service. Collins, born Dec. 10, 1968, and his wife, the former Michelle Williamson, married in 1990, and have a son, Carson, born Nov. 15, 2003.

with the basketball team. As a defensive back, Guess helped Michigan State defeat Florida in the 2000 Citrus Bowl and Fresno State in the 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl. Guess was an academic all-Big Ten selection in 1998. He was a major component of the 1999 defense that ranked number one in the Big Ten and seventh nationally under head coach Nick Saban. During the 2000 and 2001 seasons, his defensive units led the Big Ten in pass defense and were among the nation’s top 10 in those categories. Born Sept. 16, 1978, Guess attended Memorial High School in Wayne, Mich. He is married to the former Bianca Williams. The couple has one daughter, Nadia, and reside in Mishawaka.

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Support Staff Scott Booker

David Grimes

Intern (Offense)

Intern (Player Development)

Scott Booker is in his second season with the Irish football staff. His primary duty is assisting the offensive coaches in a variety of areas in his capacity as intern. He is responsible for film breakdowns, scouting reports, playbooks and other duties assigned by head coach Brian Kelly and the offensive staff. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Booker coached defensive backs for five seasons at two schools. He worked with the secondary at Western Kentucky in 2009 and was the defensive backs coach at his alma mater, Kent State, from 2005-08. At Kent State, Booker helped develop two NFL draft picks in Jack Williams and Usama Young. Williams earned second-team all-MidAmerican Conference honors in 2007 and was a fourth round selection by the Denver Broncos in the 2008 NFL Draft. Young received secondteam all-MAC accolades in 2006 and was selected in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. Under Booker’s tutelage, Kent State ranked first or second in the MAC in pass defense efficiency, pass defense and interceptions in 2006. In 2005, the Golden Flashes allowed only 190.5 passing yards per game to rank 24th in the nation. Booker served as a graduate assistant at Kent State in 2004 and was a student assistant in 2003. As a player, Booker was a four-year regular at safety and on special teams for Kent State from 1999-2002. He was named to the MAC allacademic team in 2001 and graduated in the spring of 2003 with a degree in business administration. He was co-winner of the athletic departments Judy Devine Excellence in Leadership Award as a senior and earned his master’s degree in sports studies from Kent State in 2006. Born Oct. 7, 1980, Booker is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., and attended Shady Side Academy where he earned three letters in football and basketball and one letter in track. He and his wife, Jen, reside in Mishawaka.

Former Notre Dame football captain David Grimes returned to the Fighting Irish football family in 2011 as an intern in the player development department. Grimes reports to Tim McDonnell and serves as a resource for the current Notre Dame football players. Acting as a liaison between the players and coaching staff, Grimes serves as a primary contact between Notre Dame’s student welfare and development office and academic services for student-athletes department. Through the student welfare and development office, Grimes helps coordinate community service projects through the “Irish Around the Bend” program. He also helps coordinate and monitor the study hall sessions at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex. Grimes graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 with a degree in marketing and participated in the training camps of the Denver Broncos in 2009 and Kansas City Chiefs in 2010. Voted one of three team captains as a senior, Grimes played wide receiver for the Irish from 2005-08 and caught 90 passes for 900 yards with seven touchdowns. He played in 45 games during his Notre Dame career and started 24 contests. Grimes played in three bowl games, including two Bowl Championship Series games (2006 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl), and he helped the Irish snap their nine-game bowl losing streak by winning his final collegiate game in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (defeated Hawaii 49-21). Born Dec. 31, 1986, in Los Angeles, Calif., Grimes graduated from St. Martin DePorres High School in Detroit, Mich., and was valedictorian at his senior year commencement. Grimes resides in South Bend.

Justin Cullen, Claire Kueny and Nathan Feldpausch

Senior Managers

Three senior managers lead the Notre Dame student managers who work with the 2011 Irish football team. Justin Cullen, the head manager for equipment, is from Storm Lake, Iowa, and is a political science and finance double major. Nathan Feldpausch, the head manager for administration, is from St. Johns, Mich., and is majoring in electrical engineering. Claire Kueny, the head manager for personnel, is from Richboro, Pa., and is an information technology management major. The three senior managers are responsible for overseeing the Student Manager Organization as well as tending to all matters regarding players and coaches. A group of 21 junior managers will assist the team this fall: Andrew Alea (Fort Myers, Fla.), Amanda Brady (Three Rivers, Mich.), Alex Clemente (Warren, N.J.), Andru Creighton (Indianapolis, Ind.), Gabriel Delatte (Lafayette, La.), Sean Hannon (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Ally Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Mary Kate Lamp (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), Jim Lampariello (Nutley, N.J.), Brigitte Lawless (Morristown, N.J.), John Madison (Saginaw, Mich.), Keith Marrero (New Orleans, La.), Russell McFall (Calabasas Hills, Calif.), Chris Mertens (Safety Harbor, Fla.), Brian Metz (Knoxville, Tenn.), Robert Mountel (Indianapolis, Ind.), Ciara O’Halloran (Atlanta, Ga.), Katie Schwab (Ironton, Ohio), Chris Samuelson (Pasadena, Calif.), Case Sketch (Independence, Ky.) and Brian Vega (Oradell, N.J.).

Bill Brechin

Intern (Offense) Bill Brechin is in his second season working with the Notre Dame football team. His primary duty is assisting the offensive coaches in a variety of areas in his capacity as intern. He is responsible for film breakdowns, scouting reports, playbooks and other duties as assigned by head coach Brian Kelly or the offensive coaching staff. Brechin joins the Irish following a two-year stint as graduate assistant at Grand Valley State where he worked with the Lakers’ safeties. In 2009, Grand Valley State advanced to the NCAA Division II national championship game. Brechin was an all-conference performer at Grand Valley State from 2005-07 as a defensive back. In his career with the Lakers he tallied 82 tackles, 24 pass deflections and eight interceptions. He helped lead Grand Valley State to back-to-back national championships in 2005 and 2006. The Lakers posted a 40-1 record during his playing career. Born Sept. 29, 1982, Brechin is a native of Addison, Ill. He and his wife Jessica have one son, John.

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Right after the second delay late in the fourth quarter, Jerrell Young intercepted Rees - Notre Dame’s fifth turnover of the game. Rees threw an 8-yard TD pass to Michael Floyd to cap a 99-yard drive with 21 seconds left as the Irish closed to 23-20. But USF recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock. Rees went 24 for 34 for 296 yards. With the delays, the game lasted 5 hours, 59 minutes. Rees also hit Floyd with a scoring pass in the third quarter and Cierre Wood’s 1-yard scoring run with 7:35 left made it 23-13 before the Irish failed to convert a 2-point attempt. Floyd made 12 catches and became the Irish’s career leader in receptions, passing Jeff Samardzija (179). Floyd now has 183. USF’s B.J. Daniels completed 18-of-30 for 128 yards and also carried 12 times for a net of 37. The Irish moved from the 20 to the South Florida 1 on the opening drive as Wood went 31 yards with a swing pass from Crist on the game’s first scrimmage play and Floyd later grabbed a 26-yarder. Wood had four carries for 21 yards to get the ball to the 1, but his backup Jonas Gray fumbled near the goal line as USF’s Young stripped the ball. Webster picked it up and ran 96 yards down the sideline, a score upheld by video replay. Bonani hit a 49-yarder to put the Bulls up 10-0 and then USF threatened to pull way ahead. After back-to-back facemask penalties on Notre Dame safety and captain Harrison Smith, the Bulls had a first down at the Irish 5. But the Irish defense held and when Daniels was stopped on a third down from the 1 for no gain, the Bulls sent in Bonani for a 17-yarder that made it 13-0. Later in the first half, Riddick fumbled a punt and Victor Marc recovered for USF. Bonani hit again from 36 yards out and the lead was 16-0. Rees completed a 15-yard pass to Floyd early in the third to put the ball at the 5, but once again the Irish couldn’t convert. Rees’ pass intended for TJ Jones hit the receiver and deflected in the air, resulting in an interception by South Florida’s Michael Lanaris. But on the next series, Rees hooked up tight end Tyler Eifert on a 37-yard pass and then hit Floyd for a 29-yard TD with 7:12 to go in the quarter, cutting the lead to 16-7. Notre Dame’s David Ruffer, who was 23-of-24 on field goals in his career, missed a 30-yard attempt later in the third quarter after Rees hit Riddick with a 27-yard pass and Floyd with one of 15.

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Skip Holtz returned to a place that educated and shaped him. As soon as he reached campus, his memories from Notre Dame jumped out. And now he’s created an even more vivid one. Holtz and the South Florida Bulls came to South Bend and upset the 16th-ranked Irish 23-20 Saturday in a wild game that was twice disrupted by heavy storms. “I don’t know if all that’s hit me yet. Notre Dame’s a special place,” Holtz said. “And it was great to come back.” His dad, Lou Holtz, wasn’t there Saturday. But there were plenty of family members there to see one of Skip Holtz’s biggest wins. Lou led Notre Dame to its last national title in 1988. Skip graduated from Notre Dame, played a year for his father and then coached with him in South Bend. The weather wasn’t cooperating for this homecoming. Officials asked fans to leave the stadium at halftime because of severe weather, mostly lightning, and the teams then stayed in their locker rooms for 2 hours, 10 minutes until it cleared. South Florida led 16-0 at the time. Then with 4:21 to play, the game was delayed for 43 minutes and again fans departed the stadium with wicked lightning flickering around the stadium. USF’s Kayvon Webster returned a fumble return 96 yards for a TD four minutes into the game, taking all the momentum from the Irish. They couldn’t recover. The score came after Notre Dame took the opening kickoff and drove smartly to the USF 1. What followed was a nightmare first half for the Irish that included two fumbles, a holding penalty that nullified a Cierre Wood TD run and then an interception of Dayne Crist by USF’s Devekeyan Lattimore in the end zone. Maikon Bonani kicked three field goals, and the Bulls had a 16-0 halftime lead. Then things got even stranger. With the crowd getting restless over Notre Dame’s erratic play as the teams left the field for halftime, the storms moved in and officials asked fans to evacuate Notre Dame Stadium. The teams were kept in their locker rooms. When the Irish finally emerged, they had switched quarterbacks from Crist to Tommy Rees, who led them to four straight victories as the starter at the end of last season. Crist was 7-of15 for 85 yards.

RUSHING: USF-Murray 14-40; Daniels 12-37; Scott 12-33; Lamar 2-18; Team 2-minus 2. Notre Dame-Wood 21-104; Gray, J. 4-17; Rees 2-1; Crist 2-minus 5. PASSING: USF-Daniels 18-30-0-128. Notre Dame-Rees 24-34-2-296; Crist 7-15-1-95. RECEIVING: USF-Griffin 8-75; Landi 3-14; Love 2-26; Lamar 2-3; Shields 1-12; Murray 1-1; Marc 1-minus 3. Notre Dame-Floyd 12-154; Eifert 6-93; Jones 6-58; Wood 3-44; Riddick 3-32; Ragone 1-10. INTERCEPTIONS: USF-Lattimore 1-0; Young 1-0; Lanaris 1-0. Notre Dame-None. FUMBLES: USF-Daniels 1-0. Notre Dame-Riddick 2-1; Rees 1-0; Gray 1-1. SACKS (UA-A): USF-Forte 1-0; Davis 1-0. Notre Dame-Te'o 1-0; Fleming 0-1; Lewis-Moore 0-1. TACKLES (UA-A): USF-Lejiste 6-4; Lanaris 5-5; Lattimore 5-4; Barrington 2-7; Young 5-2; Washington 5-2; Jeune 1-2; Webster 1-2; Sanchez 0-3; Giddins 0-3; Forte 2-0; McCaskill 1-1; Jenkins 0-2; Grisson 1-0; Davis 1-0; Cliett 1-0; Mitchell 1-0; Hampton 1-0; Boyd 0-1; Watson 0-1; Shaw 0-1. Notre Dame-Te'o 4-5; Fleming 3-5; Lewis-Moore 1-7; Nix 2-5; Blanton 4-2; Smith 3-3; Johnson 1-5; Gray, G. 5-0; Calabrese 1-4; Motta 1-4; Fox 0-4; Cwynar 0-4; Slaughter 2-0; Jackson 1-1; Turk 1-0; Wood 1-0; Lynch 0-1; Shembo 0-1; Niklas 0-1.

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USF ND FIRST DOWNS 20 27 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 42-126 29-117 PASSING YDS (NET) 128 391 Passes Att-Comp-Int 30-18-0 49-31-3 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 72-254 78-508 Fumble Returns-Yards 1-96 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 1-34 2--2 Kickoff Returns-Yards 4-67 5-110 Interception Returns-Yards 3-0 0-0

Third Quarter 7:12 ND Floyd 24 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 5-66 1:21 Fourth Quarter 11:05 USF Landi 2 yd pass from Daniels (Bonani kick), 14-80 5:02 7:35 ND Wood, C. 1 yd run (Rees, pass failed), 12-76 3:30 0:21 ND Floyd 8 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 10-99 1:58

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First Quarter 11:00 USF Webster 96 yd fumble recovery (Bonani kick) 4:45 USF Bonani 49 yd field goal, 8-41 3:04 1:08 USF Bonani 17 yd field goal, 5-39 2:31 Second Quarter 4:04 USF Bonani 36 yd field goal, 4-1 0:59

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Michigan Game Summary

Sept. 10, 2011 • Ann Arbor, Mich. • Michigan Stadium Score by Quarters

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First Quarter 9:05 ND Riddick 7 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 7-57 3:46 1:56 ND Wood, C. 4 yd run (Ruffer kick), 10-83 5:35 Second Quarter 10:18 UM Hemingway 43 yd pass from Robinson (Gibbons kick), 2-45 0:48 1:40 ND Ruffer 38 yd field goal, 8-29 2:53

Fourth Quarter 14:54 UM Robinson 1 yd run (Gibbons kick), 4-83 2:19 10:47 UM Gallon 14 yd pass from Robinson (Gibbons kick), 5-40 2:35 1:12 UM Smith 21 yd pass from Robinson (Gibbons kick), 5-58 1:04 0:30 ND Riddick 29 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 4-61 0:42 0:02 UM Roundtree 16 yd pass from Robinson (Gibbons kick), 3-80 0:30

Third Quarter 2:13 ND Jones 15 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 7-71 3:55 FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards

ND UM 28 16 33-198 26-114 315 338 39-27-2 24-11-3 72-513 50-452 0-0 0-0 3-10 1-21 6-89 5-98 3-0 2-18

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ND UM 4-33.5 5-38.6 4-3 1-0 9-75 9-82 37:01 22:59 8 of 14 3 of 9 0 of 0 0 of 0 3-5 3-3 1-5 0-0

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Denard Robinson stunned Notre Dame in the final minute again, capping a heart-pounding, pom-pom pumping night under the lights at the Big House. Michigan’s star quarterback threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree with 2 seconds left to lift the Wolverines to a thrilling 35-31 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night. “It’s never over until you see zeros on the clock,” Robinson said. In the first prime-time game at Michigan Stadium, matching up storied programs trying to restore their luster, new Michigan coach Brady Hoke could have chosen to kick a field goal to force overtime. But Hoke gave Robinson a shot, and it proved to be good idea. “Coach took a stab,” Roundtree said. On a night when Michigan Stadium was vibrant, with an NCAA-record crowd of 114,804 fired up an hour before kickoff, the Wolverines took their first lead on Robinson’s 21-yard pass to Vincent Smith with 1:12 left. Then they lost it. Briefly. Tommy Rees threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick with 30 seconds left, but the Fighting Irish left Jeremy Gallon wide open on a pass that let Michigan go from its 20 to the Notre Dame 16. “That was an exciting football game,” Hoke said. “Both teams fought for 60 minutes. It wasn’t pretty at times on both ends, but as I told my players, it’s great to win.” The Wolverines (2-0) have won three straight against the rival Irish (0-2) on late-game plays by their quarterbacks. Last year at Notre Dame, Robinson ran for a touchdown with 27 seconds left, and Tate Forcier threw a TD pass against the Irish two years ago with 11 seconds left. “It’s devastating,” Irish receiver Michael Floyd said. “It’s hard to take this one in. It’s distressing.” It’s the first time Michigan has beaten Notre Dame three straight times since 1908.

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RUSHING: Notre Dame-Wood, C. 25-134; Gray, J. 6-66; Rees 2-minus 2. Michigan-Robinson 16-108; Hopkins 5-10; Smith 1-3; Shaw 2-minus 3; Team 2-minus 4. PASSING: Notre Dame-Rees 27-39-2-315. Michigan-Robinson 11-24-3-338. RECEIVING: Notre Dame-Floyd 13-159; Riddick 6-62; Eifert 4-51; Jones 3-28; Gray, J. 1-15. Michigan-Hemingway 3-165; Gallon 2-78; Smith 2-26; Grady 1-27; Roundtree 1-16; McColgan 1-15; Koger 1-11. INTERCEPTIONS: Notre Dame-Blanton 1-0; Motta 1-0; Gray, G. 1-0. Michigan-Floyd 1-16; Kovacs 1-2. FUMBLES: Notre Dame-Rees 2-1; Collinsworth 1-1; Wood, C. 1-1. Michigan-Hopkins 1-0. SACKS (UA-A): Notre Dame-Fox 1-0. Michigan-None. TACKLES (UA-A): Notre Dame-Te'o 5-0; Smith, H. 4-1; Fox 3-1; Blanton 2-2; Collinsworth 3-0; Lewis-Moore 2-1; Johnson 2-0; Williams, H. 1-1; Calabrese 1-0; Watt 1-0; Williams, Ish. 1-0; Shembo 1-0; Motta 1-0; Fleming 1-0; Nix III 0-1; Slaughter 0-1; Posluszny 0-1; Filer 0-1; Niklas 0-1; Moore 0-1. Michigan-Demens 8-4; Gordon 4-5; Kovacs 5-3; Robinson 5-2; Floyd 5-1; Hawthorne 4-2; Ryan 2-2; Black 3-0; Woolfolk 3-0; Martin 1-2; Van Bergen 2-0; Avery 0-2; Gallon 1-0; McColgan 1-0; Smith 1-0; Hemingway 1-0; Fitzgerald 1-0; Wile 1-0; Clark 1-0; Morgan 0-1. Robinson didn’t match his game last year against Notre Dame, when he had a school-record 502 total yards, but Notre Dame couldn’t stop him when it mattered. He was 11 of 24 for 338 yards with four TDs and three interceptions and ran 11 times for 108 yards and a score. That one came on a fortunate bounce, when he scooped up Stephen Hopkins’ fumble inside the Notre Dame 1 and trotted in. “It was kind of crazy,” Robinson said. “I’ve never scored like that before.” With a new patch on his jersey bearing Desmond Howard’s name, Junior Hemingway, caught three passes for 165 yards and a TD. Michigan honored the former Heisman Trophy winner - who made a diving catch on fourth down against the Irish in 1991 - by announcing that the No. 21 jersey would always have his name on it. Notre Dame was doomed by turnovers for the second straight week. Rees threw two interceptions, one near the end zone, and fumbled deep in Michigan territory. Cierre Wood, who gave Notre Dame a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, also fumbled. “You can’t have turnovers. Period,” Rees said. “You have to eliminate them.” In his first loss in five starts, Rees was 27 of 39 for 315 yards with three TDs and two interceptions. Wood ran for 134 yards and a score on 25 carries. Floyd caught 13 passes for 159 yards, becoming Notre Dame’s career leader in yards receiving, and matched a school record with his 15th 100-yard receiving game. The Fighting Irish did whatever they wanted on the ground, through the air and on defense early on. In the end, though, they couldn’t make enough plays on both sides of the ball to get a needed win for second-year coach Brian Kelly.

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Michigan state game summary

Sept. 17, 2011 • Notre Dame, Ind. • Notre Dame Stadium Score by Quarters

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Third Quarter 9:30 ND Jones 26 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 8-71 3:47

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Cousins came right back after a 42-yard kickoff return by Nick Hill gave the Spartans good field position. His 21-yard pass to Todd Anderson and an 11-yarder to Cunningham gave the Spartans a first down at the Irish 8. But after the drive stalled, MSU lined up for a field goal, only to have their attempt at trickery turned away. After Notre Dame took an early 7-0 lead on a Wood TD run, the teams traded turnovers twice. Rees took a hard blindside hit from Kevin Pickelman and fumbled with MSU’s Jerel Worthy recovering. But just moments later, Notre Dame freshman defensive end Aaron Lynch drove into Cousins from behind, forcing a fumble and Johnson recovered for the Irish. But three plays later Rees’ pass was picked off by Kurtis Drummond and returned 34 yards to the Irish 27, setting up Conroy’s 40-yard field goal that made it 7-3. It was Notre Dame’s 12th turnover of the season. But 12 seconds later, Atkinson - the son of the former NFL star defensive back - took the ensuing kickoff, broke to the sideline and sprinted in for the touchdown. It was Notre Dame’s first kickoff return for a TD by a freshman since Raghib Ismail returned two against Rice in 1988. “That kickoff return was a huge play for them and I think it kind of deflated us momentarily on the sideline,” MSU linebacker Max Bullough said. “When a team can make plays like that in their own stadium, it is tough to beat them.” Whether Notre Dame can build on the victory remains to be seen. On this one, the Irish got some validation for their effort. “We’re 1-2 right now and we’re not happy with it, but it’s great to get a win,” said Johnson, who also recovered a fumble in addition to snuffing the fake field goal. “You have to enjoy the wins and get over the losses.”

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP) – No surprises this time for Notre Dame. The Irish used two touchdown runs from Cierre Wood, an electrifying 89-yard kickoff return from freshman George Atkinson III and a key late interception from Robert Blanton to beat No. 15 Michigan State 31-13 Saturday for their first win. “We wake up every morning and prepare to win,” said Blanton, part of an Irish defense that limited the Spartans to 29 rushing yards and only a field goal in the second half. “We just had to show we could go out and get the job done.” The Irish also showed they can stop a play off a fake field goal. The Spartans (2-1) stunned Notre Dame in overtime a year ago with a game-winning TD pass off a fake field goal and tried to surprise the Irish again after lining up for a field goal near the end of the first half. Notre Dame (1-2) was ready this time. On fourth-and-goal from the 2, Ethan Johnson broke up a shovel pass attempt and the Irish led 21-10 at the half. Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins, who had 11 straight completions at one juncture of the second half, was 34 of 53 for 329 yards but he was intercepted at the Notre Dame 6 with just under four minutes left by Blanton, who returned it 82 yards to the 12. The Spartans had just recovered a fumbled punt by Notre Dame’s John Goodman at the Irish 21 and were ready to set the stage for another frantic finish between the rivals. But with the Spartans trailing 28-13 and having a first and goal at the 3, Blanton came up with a juggling interception and then took off on his long return that sealed the win. Notre Dame pushed the lead to 28-10 in the third quarter when Tommy Rees hit Michael Floyd on a 22-yard pass and then lofted a perfect 26-yarder to TJ Jones for a touchdown. The Irish were penalized on the ensuing kickoff for unsportsmanlike conduct after Jones made a hand signal following his catch.

RUSHING: Michigan State-Bell 7-27; Baker 10-26; Cunningham 1-minus 1; Martin 1-minus 3; Cousins 4-minus 20. Notre Dame-Gray, J. 12-65; Wood, C. 14-61; Team 2-minus 5; Rees 4-minus 7. PASSING: Michigan State-Cousins 34-53-1-329; Sonntag 0-1-0-0. Notre Dame-Rees 18-26-1-161. RECEIVING: Michigan State-Cunningham 12-158; Martin 5-32; Bell 5-23; Caper 4-25; Sims 3-38; Baker 2-15; Anderson 1-21; Nichol 1-9; Linthicum 1-8. Notre Dame-Floyd 6-84; Wood, C. 6-5; Jones 3-40; Eifert 2-25; Riddick 1-7. INTERCEPTIONS: Michigan State-Drummond 1-34. Notre Dame-Blanton 1-82. FUMBLES: Michigan State-Cousins 1-1. Notre Dame-Rees 1-1; Atkinson III 1-0; Goodman 1-1. SACKS (UA-A): Michigan State-Pickelman 1-0. Notre Dame-Lynch 1-0; Blanton 1-0. TACKLES (UA-A): Michigan State-Lewis 5-4; Allen 4-3; Rush 3-4; Norman 2-5; Adams 4-1; Worthy 3-1; Gholston 3-1; Robinson 2-1; Pickelman 2-1; Dennard 2-0; Bullough 1-1; Gainer 1-1; Drummond 1-0; Bell 1-0; Freeman 0-1; Elsworth 0-1; Jones 0-1; White 0-1; Mumphery 0-1. Notre Dame-Te'o 2-10; Gray, G. 7-3; Smith, H. 4-4; Blanton 3-3; Motta 1-5; Lewis-Moore 2-3; Lynch 2-3; Fox 1-4; Fleming 1-4; Slaughter 2-2; Calabrese 1-3; Niklas 0-3; Nix III 0-3; Tuitt 1-1; Johnson 0-2; Posluszny 0-2; Wood, C. 1-0; Brindza 1-0; Filer 1-0; Coughlin 0-1; Salvi 0-1; Cwynar 0-1.

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MSU ND FIRST DOWNS 21 18 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 23-29 32-114 PASSING YDS (NET) 329 161 Passes Att-Comp-Int 54-34-1 26-18-1 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 77-358 58-275 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 2--3 Kickoff Returns-Yards 4-129 4-142 Interception Returns-Yards 1-34 1-82 Punts (Number-Avg) 6-39.7 4-41.5

Fourth Quarter 10:56 MSU Conroy 35 yd field goal, 8-42 3:53 3:11 ND Ruffer 33 yd field goal, 4-(-5) 0:21

GAME NOTES

First Quarter 10:41 ND Wood, C. 22 yd run (Ruffer kick), 8-76 4:19 1:32 MSU Conroy 40 yd field goal, 4-4 1:27 1:20 ND Atkinson III 89 yd kickoff return (Ruffer kick)

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Pittsburgh Game Summary

Sept. 24, 2011 • Pittsburgh, Pa. • Heinz Field Score by Quarters

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First Quarter 2:16 PITT Harper 45 yd field goal, 4--5 1:13 Second Quarter 13:44 ND Gray, J. 79 yd run (Ruffer kick), 1-79 0:14 9:13 PITT Harper 23 yd field goal, 11-54 4:31

Third Quarter 6:36 PITT Graham, H. 3 yd pass from Sunseri (Anderson rush failed), 19-80 8:24 Fourth Quarter 6:48 ND Eifert 6 yd pass from Rees (Eifert pass from Rees), 11-85 4:40

ND PITT FIRST DOWNS 23 19 Punts (Number-Avg) RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 32-182 38-103 Fumbles-Lost 216 165 Penalties-Yards PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int 41-24-1 32-22-0 Possession Time TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 73-398 70-268 Third-Down Conversions Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Fourth-Down Conversions Punt Returns-Yards 1-1 1-10 Red-Zone Scores-Chances Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-70 1-16 Sacks By: Number-Yards Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 1-1

ND PITT 4-37.2 5-42.0 1-1 0-0 8-85 9-55 31:00 29:00 6 of 15 7 of 17 2 of 2 1 of 2 1-1 2-2 6-36 2-9

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh spent 45 minutes knocking Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees around. The sophomore needed less than five minutes to knock the Panthers out. Rees shrugged off a slow start to hit tight end Tyler Eifert on a 6-yard touchdown pass with less than 7 minutes to go and lift Notre Dame to a 15-12 win on Saturday. The score and subsequent two-point conversion - also to Eifert - capped 4:40 of perfection from Rees, as the Irish (2-2) won their second in a row. Rees went 8 for 8 on the game-winning drive, remaining patient even as the Panthers (2-2) bottled up Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd. Did Rees want to go deep to his favorite target? Sure. Yet he reined in his inner swashbuckler and ignored the beating he took over the first three quarters to play with the kind of poise that has earned him the starting job and his teammates’ respect. “You’ve just got to make the right decisions,” Rees said. “We did some good things getting the ball underneath and just kind of chipping away at their defense.” Rees finished 24 of 41 for 216 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and running back Jonas Gray scored on a 79-yard touchdown run for Notre Dame, which overcame eight penalties and two costly turnovers. It wasn’t pretty. Then again, it beats the alternative for a team that already has a couple of aesthetically pleasing losses - from a statistical standpoint anyway - under their belt. Notre Dame, which began the day tied for last in the country with 13 turnovers, only gave it away twice against the Panthers, but both were costly. Rees took a shot in the first quarter and ended up fumbling to set up a Pitt field goal. He later threw an interception at the Pitt goal line in the second quarter to cut short a lengthy Notre Dame drive. When it mattered, however, Rees delivered, showcasing why he took the starting job away

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from senior Dayne Crist three weeks ago. The youthful mistakes he’s mixed in between flashes of solid play disappeared in the fourth quarter. “He’s growing up and seeing some things,” said Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. “There were some new looks for him that he had not seen before that we had to adjust. And after Tommy sees it, he gets much more comfortable.” Rees certainly looked like it in the fourth and with Floyd double-covered had no problem zeroing in on Eifert. The junior caught four passes on the clinching drive, including an 18-yard gain that gave Notre Dame a first down at the Pitt 9. He landed hard on the play but brushed off the trainers and immediately caught a 3-yard pass and then followed it up by holding onto a laser from Rees, who split a pair of Pitt defenders and found Eifert just past the goal line. Pitt had one last chance and drove to Notre Dame 40 before going backward. Aaron Lynch sacked Sunseri on first down and Prince Shembo racked up Notre Dame’s fifth and final sack on third down, setting the Panthers up with a fourth-and-26. No chance. Sunseri’s pass to Mike Shanahan was incomplete and Rees came on to lead the Irish to one more first down and run out the clock. Ray Graham ran for 82 yards and added 43 yards receiving for Pitt, but the Panthers could do little else. Sunseri, who has struggled getting the ball downfield, didn’t complete a pass longer than 18 yards. Cierre Wood ran 23 times for 96 yards for Notre Dame but it was Gray who provided the big play. The senior sprinted 79 yards down the sideline in the second quarter for his first career score, the school’s longest rush since Terrance Howard darted 80 yards against West Virginia in 2000.

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Purdue game summary

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“We didn’t play well,” Purdue coach Danny Hope said. “We didn’t have any luck. We didn’t match up well. We’re a better team than that.” Purdue’s TerBush threw an interception right to Notre Dame’s Gary Gray on the first play from scrimmage and two plays later, Rees found Floyd beyond Purdue’s defense for their long touchdown connection. Later in the first quarter, Purdue had Notre Dame stopped on a third-and-goal, but an unsportmanlike conduct penalty on Albert Evans gave the Irish a first down. Notre Dame then scored on a 2-yard run by Gray to take a 14-0 lead. Ruffer missed a 49-yard field goal early in the second quarter, and Marve entered the game for Purdue’s next possession. Purdue went three-and-out, and Notre Dame quickly took advantage. Catching Purdue in a blitz, Wood broke into the secondary and ran 55 yards to give the Irish a 21-0 lead with 9:06 left in the second quarter. Purdue finally got on the board when Carson Wiggs made a 27-yard field goal with 3:39 left in the second quarter to trim Notre Dame’s lead to 21-3. Marve didn’t fare as well as TerBush statistically, but he moved the team more effectively and earned the start in the second half. Before he even got on the field, though, Notre Dame scored again. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame’s improving tight end who had just one catch in the first half, caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Rees to make it 28-3. Later in the quarter, Jones caught an 11-yard pass from Rees to push the lead to 35-3. Purdue finally got into the end zone late in the game. TerBush finished a 95-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Antavian Edison with 21 seconds remaining. Notre Dame’s defense was as impressive as its offense. Purdue entered the game ranked 11th nationally in rushing, but finished with 84 yards on 27 carries. “We made good decisions, we ran hard, and we exerted our will on the opposing team,” Kelly said.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – So much for Michael Floyd the decoy. Twenty-four seconds into Notre Dame’s game against Purdue, the star receiver surpassed his yardage total from the previous week. His 35-yard touchdown catch from Tommy Rees sparked a 38-10 rout of Purdue on Saturday night. Floyd caught four passes for 27 yards against Pittsburgh, and he talked during the week about his willingness to do his job and help the team’s other talented receivers get open. This week, Floyd was featured. “Getting Mike Floyd the ball early on really gave us a lot of confidence offensively,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “It was more of a concerted effort to make sure he got his touches, and making it part of our game plan that he has to touch the ball and not just if the offense comes to him, it comes to him. We’re not going to play that way. Mike has to get the ball and that’s what we saw.” Floyd’s excellence was just one element of the team’s most dominant performance of the season. Notre Dame outgained Purdue 551 yards to 276. It was a season-high yardage total for the Irish and their third game with at least 500 yards of offense. Tommy Rees passed for 254 yards and three touchdowns for the Fighting Irish (3-2). Cierre Wood ran for a career-high 191 yards on 20 carries and Jonas Gray rushed for 94 yards, highlighting a running game that churned out 287 yards on 40 attempts. The Irish had committed 15 turnovers in their first four games, but none against Purdue. This time, Notre Dame’s opponent made the mistakes. The Boilermakers also committed 13 penalties for 118 yards. Antavian Edison’s performance was one of the few bright spots for Purdue (2-2). He caught seven passes for 105 yards and a score. The Boilermakers entered the game with a two-quarterback system, and they left it with nothing settled. Caleb TerBush started and completed 10 of 15 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Robert Marve relieved him in the second quarter and got the start in the second half, but couldn’t move the team. TerBush re-entered the game and threw a touchdown pass, but it came in the final minute with Purdue down 38-3.

RUSHING: Notre Dame-Wood, C. 20-191; Gray, J. 15-94; Rees 1-3; Goodman 1-2; McDaniel 1-1; Team 2-minus 4. Purdue-Hunt 3-25; Bolden 6-17; Edison 2-14; Marve 3-10; TerBush 6-8; Shavers 5-4; Pegram 1-4; Bush 1-2. PASSING: Notre Dame-Rees 24-40-0-254; Crist 1-1-0-10. Purdue-Marve 9-22-0-91; TerBush 10-15-1-101; Thomas 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: Notre Dame-Floyd 12-137; Jones 5-49; Eifert 4-38; Wood, C. 2-22; Atkinson III 1-10; Goodman 1-8. Purdue-Edison 7-105; Siller 4-26; Gravesande 2-22; Ross 2-13; Wright 1-9; Shavers 1-7; Bush 1-6; Hunt 1-4. INTERCEPTIONS: Notre Dame-Gray, G. 1-13. Purdue-None. FUMBLES: Notre Dame-Gray, J. 1-0; Floyd 1-0. Purdue-None. SACKS (UA-A): Notre Dame-Lynch 1-0; Te'o 2-0. Purdue-None. TACKLES (UA-A): Notre Dame-Te'o 8-0; Blanton 4-2; Calabrese 3-1; Jackson 3-0; Collinsworth 3-0; Smith, H. 3-0; Lynch 3-0; Shembo 2-1; Fox 2-0; Lewis-Moore 2-0; Niklas 2-0; Filer 2-0; Atkinson III 1-1; Williams, H. 1-1; Fleming 1-1; Wood, L. 1-0; Slaughter 1-0; Gray, G. 1-0; Moore 1-0; Williams, Ish. 1-0; Posluzny 1-0; Salvi 0-1. Purdue-Evans 9-2; Allen 8-2; Feichter 8-0; Beckford 6-2; Holland 4-2; Charlot 2-3; Johnson 3-0; Harris 1-2; Carlino 2-0; Short 2-0; Link 1-1; Russell 1-1; Maci 1-0; Gooden 1-0; Siller 1-0; Lucas 1-0; Team 1-0; Greaves 1-0; Taylor 0-1.

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ND PUR FIRST DOWNS 34 17 Penalties-Yards RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 40-287 27-84 Possession Time PASSING YDS (NET) 264 192 Third-Down Conversions Passes Att-Comp-Int 41-25-0 38-19-1 Fourth-Down Conversions TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 81-551 65-276 Red-Zone Scores-Chances Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Sacks By: Number-Yards Punt Returns-Yards 2--3 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-73 7-151 Interception Returns-Yards 1-13 0-0 Punts (Number-Avg) 2-44.0 7-42.6 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0

Third Quarter 12:00 ND Eifert 6 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 7-69 3:00 2:07 ND Jones 11 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 12-87 4:45 Fourth Quarter 8:06 ND Ruffer 21 yd field goal, 16-70 7:34 0:21 PUR Edison 13 yd pass from TerBush (Wiggs kick), 11-95 3:59

GAME NOTES

First Quarter 14:36 ND Floyd 35 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 2-35 0:10 0:03 ND Gray, J. 2 yd run (Ruffer kick), 13-82 4:12 Second Quarter 9:06 ND Wood, C. 55 yd run (Ruffer kick), 3-79 1:03 3:39 PUR Wiggs 27 yd field goal, 14-70 5:27

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Air Force Game Summary

Oct. 8, 2011 • Notre Dame, Ind. • Notre Dame Stadium Score by Quarters

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First Quarter 12:13 ND Floyd 34 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 8-81 3:06 8:21 ND Eifert 5 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 9-59 3:33 5:48 AF Herrington 34 yd field goal, 8-64 2:33 4:07 ND Toma 10 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 4-51 0:00 Second Quarter 13:41 AF Jefferson 3 yd run (Herrington kick blockd), 14-80 5:26 11:39 ND Gray, J. 5 yd run (Ruffer kick), 5-38 2:02 6:10 ND Wood, C. 8 yd run (Ruffer kick), 6-44 2:27 1:41 AF MacArthur 6 yd pass from Jefferson (Herrington kick), 12-80 4:29 0:32 ND Riddick 24 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 6-74 1:09

Third Quarter 6:49 ND Gray, J. 6 yd run (Ruffer kick), 6-64 1:54 Fourth Quarter 14:56 AF Herrington 32 yd field goal, 18-54 6:53 10:12 ND Ruffer 39 yd field goal, 9-56 4:44 6:22 ND Atkinson III 1 yd run (Grieco kick), 4-80 2:00 4:32 AF Coleman 36 yd pass from Dietz (Lacoste rush), 4-74 1:50 0:33 AF Lee 8 yd run (Hart rush failed), 7-67 1:41

AF ND FIRST DOWNS 32 28 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 60-363 29-266 PASSING YDS (NET) 202 294 Passes Att-Comp-Int 28-16-1 36-27-0 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 88-565 65-560 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 1-4 Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards 6-125 7-137 Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 1-0

RUSHING: Air Force-Clark 11-102; Jones 5-50; Dewitt 7-49; Lacoste 2-26; Lee 3-25; Getz 7-24; Jefferson 10-22; Baska 1-19; Strickland 2-18; Cobb 5-16; Dietz 2-10; Hart 1-3; Warzeka 3-2; Hunter 1-minus 3. Notre Dame-Hendrix 6-111; Gray, J. 7-69; Wood, C. 10-66; Riddick 1-14; McDaniel 2-8; Atkinson III 2-1; Team 1-minus 3. PASSING: Air Force-Jefferson 12-24-1-137; Tipton 2-2-0-24; Dietz 2-2-0-41. Notre DameRees 23-32-0-261; Hendrix 4-4-0-33. RECEIVING: Air Force-Warzeka 6-71; Coleman 2-50; Freeman 2-32; Hirneise 2-15; Kauth 1-13; Dewitt 1-9; MacArthur 1-6; Hunter 1-6. Notre Dame-Riddick 8-83; Eifert 8-81; Floyd 6-78; Wood, C. 2-11; Jones 1-23; Toma 1-10; Goodman 1-8. INTERCEPTIONS: Air Force-None. Notre Dame-Slaughter 1-0. FUMBLES: Air Force-Clark 1-1; Jefferson 1-0. Notre Dame-None. SACKS (UA-A): Air Force-None. Notre Dame-Lewis-Moore 1-0. TACKLES (UA-A): Air Force-Davis 7-5; Lindsay 2-7; Hall 4-3; Waiwaiole 1-5; Cooks 2-3; Wooding 0-5; Kusan 1-3; Wright 1-3; Amack 0-4; Hennessy 2-1; Batts 1-1; Kehs 0-2; AdejiPaul 0-2; Jablonsky 0-2; Champaign 0-2; Siderberg 1-0; Niklas 1-0; Benson 1-0; Pierce 1-0; Chamberrs 0-1; Watkins 0-1; Avery 0-1; Mays 0-1; Dejulio 0-1; Jones 0-1. Notre Dame-Smith, H. 7-5; Blanton 7-3; Te'o 5-5; Fleming 2-5; Fox 2-4; Slaughter 2-4; Gray, G. 3-2; Calabrese 1-4; Tuitt 1-4; Lewis-Moore 2-2; Hounshell 1-3; McCarthy 1-3; Jackson 3-0; Motta 1-2; Collinsworth 1-2; Salvi 2-0; Niklas 1-1; Wood, L. 1-1; Moore 1-1; Cwynar 1-1; Nix III 1-1; Spond 0-2; McDaniel 0-1; Shembo 0-1; Williams, I. 0-1; Lynch 0-1; Atkinson III 0-1.

Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

AF ND 3-40.0 2-37.5 2-1 0-0 6-70 6-54 32:26 27:34 6 of 17 8 of 11 5 of 5 0 of 0 5-5 6-6 0-0 1-4

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP) – Notre Dame showed just how its spread offense is supposed to work. Tommy Rees found four different receivers with first-half TD passes, and seven Irish players reached the end zone Saturday as Notre Dame scored its most points since the end of the Lou Holtz era 15 years ago and routed Air Force 59-33. “We have got very good diversity within our offense. We can run and throw it. We are hard to defend right now,” coach Brian Kelly said after his team’s fourth straight victory. “We are making the strides. ... We have not arrived. The pieces are starting to come together for us. We are getting there.” Notre Dame (4-2) got TDs on all six of its first-half possessions and led 42-16 at the intermission. The Irish now head into a bye week with a four-game winning streak. Rees was 19 of 25 for 208 yards in the first half and finished 23 of 32 for 261 yards. The wide-open game featured the most combined points ever for a game at Notre Dame Stadium, breaking the previous mark of 90. And the 59 points were the most by Notre Dame since beating Rutgers 62-0 in 1996 - Holtz’s final home game as Irish coach. The two teams combined for 1,125 yards total offense - 565 by Air Force and 560 by Notre Dame. Air Force tried everything - a no-huddle and option offense that ran up big yards, an onside kick the Falcons’ didn’t recover, a fake punt that resulted in a 19-yard gain. Air Force finished the first half with 311 yards and was 5-for-5 on fourth down conversions in the game. But the Falcons (3-2) were simply no match physically for the Irish, especially Notre Dame’s big offensive front that allowed Rees ample time to find wide open receivers and running backs to dance through huge holes. “Frankly, when you see them playing live, you’re a little bit surprised that the record is not even

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better, and it can be as they go,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said of the Irish. Two Falcons turnovers, a fumble by Asher Clark on Air Force’s first play from scrimmage and an interception, helped send the Irish onto TD drives. “We put our defense out there with some short fields, absolutely,” Calhoun said. The Irish also showed a new wrinkle and a new weapon in Kelly’s attack when sophomore Andrew Hendrix was inserted as a change-of-pace quarterback in place of Rees. Hendrix completed all four of his passes and broke off a 78-yard run to the 2 in the fourth quarter, showing off his ability and giving a glimpse perhaps of the Irish’s future. Hendrix finished with six carries for 111 yards. Tim Jefferson’s 6-yard TD pass to Ty MacArthur, set up after punter David Baska’s 19-yard run and another 30-yard jaunt by Mike DeWitt, got Air Force within 35-16 in the second quarter. But just as they did all day, the Irish played pitch-and-catch and went right down the field for another score. This time it was Riddick catching a pass over the middle as Rees was hit. Riddick sailed through the defense on a 24-yard play that made it 42-16. Notre Dame scored on its first drive and kept going. Michael Floyd leaped high over Air Force’s Bobby Watkins III to grab a pass from Rees at the front pylon of the end zone. Initially ruled a touchdown, the play was reviewed - and even though replays showed that Floyd’s left foot appeared on the line - the score was upheld. The 34-yard TD pass capped an 81-yard drive, one that took under three minutes and also included a Rees-to-Riddick hookup of 24 yards. After a field goal by Air Force’s Parker Herrington, the Irish got a 40-yard kickoff return by George Atkinson III and moved in for another TD in four plays. Hendrix hit Eifert for 22 yards, setting up Rees’ 10-yarder to Robby Toma for the score.

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USC game summary

Oct. 22, 2011 • Notre Dame, Ind. • Notre Dame Stadium Score by Quarters

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First Quarter 6:16 USC Telfer 2 yd pass from Barkley (Heidari kick), 13-66 7:39 1:01 USC Woods 3 yd pass from Barkley (Heidari kick), 6-62 2:47

Third Quarter 0:53 USC Starling 80 yd fumble recovery (Heidari kick)

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After USC’s Andre Heidari missed a 32-yard field goal with 9:13 to go, the Trojans’ Chris Galippo came up with the second of three second-half turnovers by the Irish. He recovered what was ruled a fumbled lateral when Rees threw a pass behind the line to Cierre Wood, who didn’t catch the ball. The play was upheld by video replay, giving the Trojans a first down at the 18 with 8:46 to go. Marc Tyler was open in the end zone but his foot hit the sideline as he caught a pass from Barkley. But two plays later, Barkley made a great pump fake and hit Robert Woods with a 14-yard TD pass for a 31-17 lead. That play was also upheld by video replay. Any hope of an Irish comeback evaporated when Rees was intercepted by Nickell Robey on the next series. Barkley completed 24 of 35 passes for 224 yards, and Curtis McNeal finished as the Trojans’ leading rusher with 118 yards on 24 carries. USC had 219 yards total rushing on 44 carries. Woods, meanwhile, made 12 catches for 119 yards and two TDs. USC’s defense held Notre Dame star Michael Floyd to just four catches for 28 yards and limited the Irish to 41 yards rushing on 14 carries. USC dominated most of the first half with its offense behind the running of Tyler and the passing of Barkley and built the 17-0 lead late in the second quarter. But Irish freshman George Atkinson III broke loose for a 96-yard TD kickoff return and got both his team and the crowd back in the game with just over three minutes remaining in the half. It was his second kickoff return for a score this season. Then, after the Irish defense forced USC’s first punt of the game, Rees completed 6 of 9 passes and took the Irish on a late drive that reached USC 7. It stalled and David Ruffer’s 25-yard field goal got Notre Dame within 17-10 at the half.

COACHES & STAFF

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP) – USC safety Jawanza Starling saw the ball rolling around and bouncing on the ground and knew if he could control it, somehow pick it up, an open field was in front of him. Talk about a game-changing play. Starling made the biggest one Saturday night, an 80yard return of a fumbled snap as the Trojans started strong and then held off Notre Dame for a 31-17 victory. With the Trojans nursing a 17-10 lead, Notre Dame had the ball at the USC 1 and was on the verge of tying the game when backup quarterback Dayne Crist lost the handle on the snap. Matt Barkley passed for three TDs for the Trojans (6-1), who jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half. USC, which has now won nine of the last 10 meetings in the long rivalry, had a 443-267 advantage in total yards. Notre Dame (4-3) had three second-half turnovers, couldn’t stop the Trojans’ rushing attack and saw its four-game winning streak end. When starter Tommy Rees hurt his knee after being hit and had to come out momentarily, Crist replaced him. Crist, who lost the starter’s job after the first half of the season opener, completed 4 of 5 passes to help the Irish reach the 1. But when he couldn’t control the snap, the ball got loose and Starling picked it up and ran in for the long TD. Instead of a potentially tied game, USC went up 24-10 late in the third. “That was a big momentum swing,” Starling said. “They were driving the ball, and we come out and get a play like that on defense, it just turns the whole tone of the game.” Rees returned to the game on the next series and immediately led the Irish to a score, that coming on Jonas Gray’s 25-yard TD run, cutting the lead to a touchdown early in the fourth.

RUSHING: USC-McNeal 24-118; Tyler 13-67; Barkley 4-19; Farmer 1-11; Woods 1-5; Team 1-minus 1. Notre Dame-Gray, J. 4-38; Riddick 1-7; Rees 1-6; Wood, C. 5-5; Hendrix 2-4; Crist 1-minus 19. PASSING: USC-Barkley 24-35-0-224. Notre Dame-Rees 23-37-1-190; Crist 4-5-0-36; Hendrix 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: USC-Woods 12-119; Lee 2-36; Carswell 2-23; Telfer 2-14; Grimble 2-12; Farmer 1-9; Butler 1-5; McNeal 1-4; Ellison 1-2. Notre Dame-Eifert 7-66; Wood, C. 6-41; Riddick 5-56; Floyd 4-28; Jones 2-23; Gray, J. 2-3; Toma 1-9. INTERCEPTIONS: USC-Robey 1-6. Notre Dame-None. FUMBLES: USC-None. Notre Dame-Wood, C. 1-1; Crist 1-1. SACKS (UA-A): USC-None. Notre Dame-None. TACKLES (UA-A): USC-Pullard 5-3; Bailey 3-3; Robey 2-4; Perry 2-4; McDonald 1-4; Starling 1-3; Cumming 0-3; Kennard 2-0; Horton, S. 1-1; Tupou, C. 1-1; Dawson 0-2; Wiley 0-2; Madden 0-2; Wright 0-2; Romness 1-0; Galippo 0-1; Uko 0-1; Horton, W. 0-1; Jones 0-1. Notre Dame-Smith, H. 7-7; Gray, G. 7-5; Te'o 3-7; Slaughter 3-5; Tuitt 1-6; Fleming 3-3; LewisMoore 2-4; Fox 2-3; Blanton 3-1; Shembo 3-1; Nix III 0-4; Motta 0-2; Collinsworth 1-0; Eifert 1-0; Atkinson III 1-0; Filer 0-1; Calabrese 0-1; Moore 0-1; Spond 0-1; Cwynar 0-1; Lynch 0-1.

THE FIGHTING IRISH

Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

USC ND 2-22.0 4-42.0 0-0 2-2 2-25 5-48 39:41 20:19 7 of 15 5 of 13 1 of 2 1 of 1 4-6 1-2 0-0 0-0

GAME NOTES

Fourth Quarter 14:07 ND Gray, J. 25 yd run (Ruffer kick), 5-62 1:46 7:47 USC Woods 14 yd pass from Barkley (Heidari kick), 3-18 0:59

Second Quarter 3:34 USC Heidari 25 yd field goal, 14-69 4:54 3:22 ND Atkinson III 96 yd kickoff return (Ruffer kick) 0:21 ND Ruffer 25 yd field goal, 10-68 1:34

USC ND FIRST DOWNS 29 17 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 44-219 14-41 PASSING YDS (NET) 224 226 Passes Att-Comp-Int 35-24-0 43-27-1 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 79-443 57-267 Fumble Returns-Yards 1-80 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 3-38 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards 2-41 6-197 Interception Returns-Yards 1-6 0-0

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Navy Game Summary

Oct. 29, 2011 • Notre Dame, Ind. • Notre Dame Stadium Score by Quarters

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First Quarter 4:52 ND Gray, J. 4 yd run (Ruffer kick), 5-70 2:14 0:31 ND Wood, C. 1 yd run (Ruffer kick), 6-63 2:24

Third Quarter 2:59 ND Floyd 10 yd run (Ruffer kick), 9-86 4:23 Fourth Quarter 13:38 ND Gray, J. 5 yd run (Ruffer kick), 5-43 2:03 9:25 NAVY Cummings 12 yd run (Teague kick), 2-26 0:34 3:49 ND Atkinson III 1 yd run (Ruffer kick), 10-53 5:36

Second Quarter 11:06 NAVY Greene 9 yd pass from Miller (Teague, Jon kick), 6-27 2:42 10:51 ND Floyd 56 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 1-56 0:22 9:07 ND Gray, J. 2 yd run (Ruffer kick), 4-22 1:37 3:37 ND Wood, C. 1 yd run (Ruffer kick), 10-56 3:59

NAVY ND FIRST DOWNS 16 21 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 50-196 35-182 PASSING YDS (NET) 33 260 Passes Att-Comp-Int 13-5-0 25-19-1 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 63-229 60-442 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 1-1 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards 9-174 3-91 Interception Returns-Yards 1-9 0-0

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NAVY ND 5-33.8 1-41.0 1-1 1-1 3-30 6-51 31:52 28:08 8 of 17 4 of 7 0 of 2 1 of 1 2-3 7-7 0-0 1-2

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP) – Notre Dame needed less than two minutes to make its problems disappear. Michael Floyd and Jonas Gray scored in a span of 1 minute, 59 seconds Saturday, and Notre Dame rolled from there, rebounding from its rough week with a 56-14 thrashing of Navy. The Irish (5-3) rushed for seven touchdowns, their most in 19 years, while limiting Navy (2-6) to a season-low 229 yards of total offense in the Midshipmen’s sixth straight loss. Notre Dame scored on five of its first six possessions, and had two running backs score multiple touchdowns (Gray had three, Cierre Wood had two) for the first time since 2001. Floyd also had two TDs, scoring on a 56-yard catch and a 10-yard lateral for Notre Dame, which beat Navy for only the second time in five years after winning 43 straight from 1964 to 2006. The game was so out of hand, the starters spent the fourth quarter on the sidelines. Not that everything was perfect. Notre Dame has struggled with turnovers all season, and its sloppiness cost the Irish again early in the second quarter. Theo Riddick couldn’t get his hands on a swing pass from Tommy Rees, and Navy end Jabree Tuani scooped the ball up. Though the play was initially ruled a forward pass and, thus an incompletion, that was overturned, giving the Middies the ball at the Notre Dame 27. Six plays later, Gee Gee Greene scored on a 9-yard pass from young quarterback Trey Miller, playing in place of the injured Kriss Proctor, to cut Notre Dame’s lead to 14-7. Instead of falling apart, though, the Irish roared back with two touchdowns in a 2-minute span. George Atkinson III, who returned his second kick for a score last week against Southern California, gave the Irish great field position, putting the ball at the Notre Dame 44. Rees then

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RUSHING: Navy-Teich 15-62; Miller 19-55; Cummings 6-24; Howell 2-22; Aiken 1-14; Staten 1-11; Snelson 2-5; Diggs 1-2; Greene 3-1. Notre Dame-Gray, J. 12-69; Wood, C. 11-66; Atkinson III 7-26; Toma 1-12; Floyd 1-10; Crist 2-8; Rees 1-minus 9. PASSING: Navy-Miller 5-13-0-33. Notre Dame-Rees 16-22-1-237; Crist 3-3-0-23. RECEIVING: Navy-Aiken 2-16; Teich 2-8; Greene 1-9. Notre Dame-Floyd 6-121; Riddick 4-58; Jones 3-28; Goodman 2-15; Wood, C. 2-13; Eifert 1-17; Welch 1-8. INTERCEPTIONS: Navy-Warrick 1-9. Notre Dame-None. FUMBLES: Navy-Thomas 1-1. Notre Dame-Rees 1-1. SACKS (UA-A): Navy-None. Notre Dame-Nix III 0-1; Te'o 0-1. TACKLES (UA-A): Navy-Ferguson 1-8; Bush 3-5; Warrick 0-8; Gaines 4-3; French 3-1; Myers 3-0; King 1-2; Ryder 1-2; Sperry 0-3; Mitchell 2-0; Shannon 1-1; Jones 1-1; Tuani 1-1; Brewer 0-2; O'Boyle 1-0; Lynch 1-0; Sturdivant 0-1; Dowling-Fitz 0-1; Paulson 0-1. Notre Dame-Te'o 5-8; Blanton 4-3; Tuitt 2-5; Nix III 1-5; Slaughter 2-3; Smith, H. 3-1; Collinsworth 2-2; McCarthy 1-3; Motta 1-3; Shembo 0-4; Spond 2-1; Fox 1-2; Jackson 1-2; McDonald 1-2; Gray, G. 2-0; Niklas 2-0; Williams, H. 1-1; Salvi 1-1; Fleming 0-2; Cwynar 0-2; Moore 1-0; Williams, I. 1-0; Welch 1-0; Calabrese 1-0; Smith, D. 0-1; Atkinson 0-1. found Floyd, who took advantage of Navy’s defensive breakdowns and strolled into the end zone untouched for a 56-yard score. “He was great,” Kelly said of Floyd. “He had talked about it all week, coming out this week and having a great game, and you know, he was not going to be denied today.” Navy then botched the kickoff return, with Marcus Thomas never getting up to the ball and watching helplessly as it bounced off the ground. He gave chase, but Troy Niklas beat him to the ball to give Notre Dame back possession at the Navy 22. Four plays later, Gray scored on a 2-yard run to give Notre Dame a 28-7 lead. “Coach Kelly did a great job getting his guys ready, bouncing back after the USC game,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “They came prepared and focused, and they got after us ... offensively, defensively and special teams. Just a total butt whipping.” Though there was still almost 40 minutes left to play, the game was effectively over. The Irish defense hounded Miller all afternoon. He finished just 5 of 13 for 33 yards, and Navy could only manage 196 yards on the ground - well below its average of 325 yards. Fullback Alexander Teich, who ran roughshod over the Irish last year for a career-high 210 yards on 26 carries, was held to just 62 on 15 touches. “You have to give those guys some credit,” Teich said. “Last year ... it was like night and day. Those guys just flat got after it.” Notre Dame is now 13-8 under Kelly. While that’s not nearly good enough for zealous Irish fans, it’s the same record Lou Holtz had in his first 21 games at Notre Dame. “We want a consistency about how we play each and every game,” Kelly said. “We’ve got to play together, play a brand of football that I’m starting to see. Today was a great example. Everybody was playing together, everybody was playing hard for each other, and that’s what we expect.”

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Wake Forest game summary

Nov. 5, 2011 • Winston-Salem, N.C. • BB&T Field 1

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RUSHING: Notre Dame-Gray, J. 19-92; Wood, C. 14-87; Rees 2-2; Team 3-minus 6. Wake Forest-Pendergrass 17-47; Givens 4-39; Harris 7-11; Price 6-10; Reynolds 2-5; Team 1-minus 2. PASSING: Notre Dame-Rees 14-23-2-166; Goodman 0-1-0-0. Wake Forest-Price 17-24-0-187. RECEIVING: Notre Dame-Floyd 5-44; Eifert 3-60; Jones 3-16; Wood, C. 1-17; Goodman 1-17; Riddick 1-12. Wake Forest-Campanaro 6-74; Givens 6-57; Pendergrass 2-29; Ford 1-16; Parker 1-15; Reynolds 1-minus 4. INTERCEPTIONS: Notre Dame-None. Wake Forest-Bush 2-54. FUMBLES: Notre Dame-Gray, J. 1-0. Wake Forest-Pendergrass 1-1. SACKS (UA-A): Notre Dame-Tuitt 1-0; Shembo 1-0; Lynch 1-0. Wake Forest-None. TACKLES (UA-A): Notre Dame-Smith, H. 8-3; Blanton 7-3; Te'o 2-3; Shembo 3-1; Fleming 3-1; Tuitt 3-1; Nix III 2-2; Fox 1-3; Gray, G. 3-0; Lynch 2-1; Cwynar 1-1; Slaughter 0-2; Jackson 0-2; Atkinson, J. 1-0; Collinsworth 1-0; Martin 1-0; Jones 1-0; Atkinson III 1-0; Motta 0-1; Salvi 0-1; Kavanagh 0-1. Wake Forest-Jackson 5-3; Bush 5-3; Olson 2-6; Ehrmann 2-5; Dorty 3-3; Thompson 0-6; Noel 5-0; Whitlock 0-5; Wilber 2-2; Okoro 3-0; Marshall 1-1; Quarles 1-1; Lowe 1-0; Allen 1-0; Mack 0-1; Cooper 0-1; Betros 0-1.

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Gray tied it at 17 when he took a pitch untouched around left end for his ninth touchdown of the season. That came two plays after Gray appeared to score from 26 yards out, but an official review determined his elbow touched the turf inside the 1-yard line. Notre Dame went back to work 1 1/2 minutes later, with Wood’s 27-yard run up the middle setting up Rees’ go-ahead touchdown pass. Floyd slipped behind a pair of Wake Forest defenders and pulled down a perfectly thrown ball in the right corner of the end zone before 6 minutes had elapsed in the half. Ball security has been a problem all year for the Irish, who entered ranked 118th nationally in turnover margin, and it looked like the Demon Deacons were going to make them pay for Rees’ second interception to Bush before Pendergrass’ costly fumble swung momentum back to the Irish. Harris put Wake Forest up 17-10 when he powered in with 28 seconds left before halftime. That capped an 11-play, 81-yard march that chewed up nearly five minutes and ended with just the fifth rushing touchdown allowed all year by the Irish. The first meeting between the schools - and the only one scheduled in Winston-Salem - was billed as one of the biggest in Wake Forest history with an announced crowd of 36,307 at the 31,500-seat BB&T Field, the smallest venue to host Notre Dame since 1945. The teams combined to provide plenty of early fireworks, with both scoring on their first two possessions before the defenses finally settled down. Price capped the Demon Deacons’ opening drive with his scoring pass to Pendergrass down the right sideline just over four minutes in. They traded field goals - Notre Dame’s David Ruffer kicking one from 44 yards out, and Newman following with a 46-yarder - before Eifert slipped through a seam in the defense and Rees found him for a long score that tied it at 10-10 with 3:38 left in the quarter.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – With the game on the line, Notre Dame gave up plenty of yardage to Wake Forest. What the Fighting Irish refused to surrender was the lead. Tommy Rees threw two touchdown passes and Notre Dame shut out the Demon Deacons in the second half of a 24-17 victory on Saturday night. “The words I would use? Gritty. Tough,” Irish coach Brian Kelly said. “You’ve got to win games like this where it’s just a gritty, tough performance.” Rees finished 14 of 23 for 166 yards with scoring passes of 38 yards to Tyler Eifert and 16 yards to Michael Floyd. Jonas Gray added a 1-yard touchdown run for the Irish (6-3), who outgained the Demon Deacons 341-297. Notre Dame scored on its first two possessions of the second half and held on to win its second straight. Twice in the second half, Wake Forest had the ball at or inside the Notre Dame 10 while down by a touchdown - and came away with no points. “That really killed us,”Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens said. “It was devastating for our offense.” Tanner Price was 17 of 24 for 187 yards with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Pendergrass. Josh Harris added a 2-yard touchdown run for Wake Forest (5-4), which led 17-10 at halftime but has lost three of four. The Demon Deacons squandered Josh Bush’s long interception return midway through the third quarter when Pendergrass fumbled at the Irish 9. Wake Forest then had a first-and-goal from the 10 midway through the fourth, but lost 15 yards on its next three plays and David Newman’s 42-yard field goal sailed wide right with 5:24 left. Gray and Cierre Wood then took over on the ground for the Irish, who ran out the clock. Gray finished with 92 yards for the Irish. “Obviously, the third quarter was the deciding part of this game in terms of our ability to put points on the board,” Kelly said. “We did a great job in the second half ... closing out the game running the football.”

Third Quarter 12:54 ND Gray, J. 1 yd run (Ruffer kick) 6-62 1:58 9:04 ND Floyd 16 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick) 6-65 2:22

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ND WF FIRST DOWNS 20 21 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 38-175 37-110 PASSING YDS (NET) 166 187 Passes Att-Comp-Int 24-14-2 24-17-0 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 62-341 61-297 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 1--2 Kickoff Returns-Yards 4-115 5-136 Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 2-54

Second Quarter 0:28 WF Harris 2 yd run (Newman kick) 11-81 4:49 GAME NOTES

First Quarter 10:52 WF 6:15 ND 4:07 WF 3:38 ND

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Maryland Game Summary

Nov. 12, 2011 • Landover, Md. • FedEx Field Score by Quarters

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First Quarter 11:25 ND Gray, J. 1 yd run (Ruffer kick), 8-67 2:33 2:47 ND Ruffer 52 yd field goal, 11-57 2:39

Third Quarter 8:48 ND Wood, C. 3 yd run (Ruffer kick), 14-84 6:06 7:18 ND Wood, L. 57 yd interception return (Ruffer kick)

Second Quarter 8:29 ND Floyd 19 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 7-80 2:31 5:18 MD McCree 13 yd pass from O'Brien (Ferrara kick), 9-61 3:04 0:29 ND Gray, J. 1 yd run (Ruffer kick), 13-70 4:43

Fourth Quarter 14:02 MD Brown 24 yd run (Ferrara kick), 10-97 3:16 5:31 ND Eifert 34 yd pass from Rees (Ruffer kick), 7-77 3:23 0:37 MD Adams 2 yd run (Ferrara kick), 13-67 4:49

MD ND FIRST DOWNS 20 30 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 35-145 46-212 PASSING YDS (NET) 219 296 Passes Att-Comp-Int 31-20-1 38-30-0 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 66-364 84-508 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 1-14 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards 7-133 4-57 Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 1-57

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MD ND 7-40.7 4-41.2 1-0 1-0 5-36 3-35 25:30 34:30 3 of 12 10 of 16 2 of 2 1 of 1 2-2 4-4 3-22 0-0

RUSHING: Maryland-Adams 16-55; Meggett 9-37; Brown 3-31; O'Brien 4-18; Cierski 3-4. Notre Dame-Gray, J. 21-136; Wood, C. 18-99; Hendrix 1-1; TEAM 1-minus 3; Rees 5-minus 21. PASSING: Maryland-O'Brien 14-21-1-132; Brown 6-10-0-87. Notre Dame-Rees 30-38-0296. RECEIVING: Maryland-McCree 5-76; Boykins 3-37; Dorsey 3-25; Furstenburg 3-23; Tyler 2-27; Adams 2-13; Campbell 1-12; Meggett 1-6. Notre Dame-Floyd 9-90; Eifert 8-83; Toma 7-73; Jones 2-19; Wood, C. 2-15; Goodman 1-11; Gray, J. 1-5. INTERCEPTIONS: Maryland-None. Notre Dame-Wood, L. 1-57. FUMBLES: Maryland-Meggett 1-0. Notre Dame-Atkinson III 1-0. SACKS (UA-A): Maryland-Bowers 0-1; Whitfield 1-0; Monroe 0-1; Twine 1-0. Notre DameNone. TACKLES (UA-A): Maryland-Hartsfield 9-4; Hendy 9-4; Twine 7-5; Franklin 4-8; Vellano 5-3; Drakeford 3-4; Hughes 2-4; Whitfield 2-2; Francis 1-3; Bowers 2-1; Till 2-0; McDougle 2-0; Claiborne 0-2; Monroe 0-2; Chism 1-0; Au.Walker 1-0; Goree 0-1; Farrand 0-1. Notre DameGray, G. 5-1; Spond 5-1; Nix III 4-2; Lynch 5-0; Smith, H. 3-2; Fleming 0-5; Calabrese 0-5; Moore 4-0; Fox 3-1; Te'o 3-1; Cwynar 1-2; Motta 2-0; Niklas 1-1; Williams, H. 1-1; Salvi 0-2; Jackson 1-0; Slaughter 1-0; Johnson 1-0; Collinsworth 1-0; Welch 1-0; Wood, L. 1-0; Brindza 0-1; Shembo 0-1; Williams, I. 0-1; Atkinson III 0-1.

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – Notre Dame’s no-huddle offense created more than enough feel-good moments for the Fighting Irish and their “hometown” crowd. Jonas Gray ran for a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns, Tommy Rees threw for 296 yards and two scores, and Notre Dame cruised to a 45-21 victory over skidding Maryland on Saturday night. Rees completed 30 of 38 passes, including 14 of 15 after halftime. The Irish (7-3) amassed 508 yards in offense and ran an astonishing 84 plays. “We wanted to go with a hurry-up tempo offense,” Rees said. “Throughout the game they were getting tired with our tempo.” The Irish have made a habit of playing one “home” game a year at a neutral site. Although this one was held at a stadium only 12 miles from the Maryland campus, both end zones read “Notre Dame” and most fans in the crowd of 70,251 at FedEx Field were pulling for the Irish. They were not disappointed. Notre Dame led 7-0 after four minutes, 24-7 at halftime and 38-7 midway through the third quarter. Gray led the charge, running for 84 yards and a pair of 1-yard touchdowns in the first half. Maryland (2-8) dropped its sixth straight and also lost starting quarterback Danny O’Brien, who broke a bone in his left arm and is out for the season. The right-hander was replaced by C.J. Brown, who ran 24 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap a 97-yard drive. Both teams were dressed for success. Notre Dame wore green jerseys and affixed large shamrocks onto their gold helmets, and Maryland pulled out its garish “Pride” uniforms - a white, red, black and yellow salute to the state flag. The Terrapins last wore the ensemble in the opener against Miami, a 32-24 win that remains their lone victory over an FBS team this season. After Gray dictated the action in the first half, Rees went 8 for 8 on an 84-yard drive to open

the third quarter. The march, which was kept alive by Gray’s 19-yard scamper on a thirdand-17, ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Cierre Wood (who finished with 99 yards rushing). Minutes later, Lo Wood returned an interception 57 yards for a score to make it 38-7. A week ago, Notre Dame needed a second-half comeback to beat Wake Forest. In this one, the Irish took control early. After holding Maryland without a first down on the opening possession, Notre Dame cruised 67 yards in eight plays to take a 7-0 lead. Gray ran four times for 32 yards, including a touchdown that extended his streak of games with a rushing TD to seven - most by a Notre Dame player since 1998. Late in the quarter, David Ruffer kicked a career-long 52-yard field goal to cap an 11-play drive and put the Irish up 10-0. In the second quarter, Notre Dame gave up its first sack in five games and 195 passing attempts. That possession ended in a punt, but the Irish quickly got the ball back and went ahead 17-0 on a 19-yard pass from Rees to Michael Floyd, whose 36th career touchdown tied him for third place on the school’s career list behind only Allen Pinkett (53) and Autry Denson (47). Held to three first downs on its first five possessions, Maryland finally got its offense clicking behind O’Brien, who went 5 for 5 on a 61-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Quintin McCree. Notre Dame promptly restored the 17-point margin with a 13-play drive that ended with a touchdown run by Gray on a fourth-down play. The Irish padded the margin soon after halftime. Notre Dame has outscored the opposition 77-13 in the third quarter this year.

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Boston College game summary

Nov. 19, 2011 • Notre Dame, Ind. • Notre Dame Stadium Score by Quarters

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First Quarter 12:38 ND Gray, J. 26 yd run (Ruffer kick), 8-80 2:22 8:15 ND Ruffer 40 yd field goal, 9-46 2:51

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Second Quarter 3:04 BC Bordner 2 yd run (Freese kick), 9-80 4:08 1:19 ND Ruffer 41 yd field goal, 7-46 1:45

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NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE

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The Irish tried to run out the ball, but they came up eight seconds short and Ben Turk’s punt went into the end zone, giving the Eagles the ball at their own 20. Rettig threw an 8-yard pass to Colin Larmond Jr., who then lateraled back to Swigert. Swigert fumbled the ball but Bobby Vardaro scooped it up before Irish linebacker Troy Niklas made the final tackle at the Boston College 14 to end the game. Boston College was just 3 of 13 on third-down conversions, and came away with only Swigert’s score despite advancing to the Irish 44 or beyond three times in the second half. Notre Dame looked as if it was going to have an easy afternoon when it marched 80 yards on its opening drive, with Gray shredding the Boston College defense on his 26-yard scoring run. But the Irish were hampered by poor field position all afternoon, starting five drives inside their own 10-yard line, and the offense never quite got into gear. Boston College stopped the Irish just outside the red zone twice, and held them to a third field goal after they’d gotten to the Eagles’ 10. Tommy Rees was picked off around midfield on another drive, and finished 24 of 39 for 256 yards. Michael Floyd had 10 catches for 92 yards in his final game at Notre Dame Stadium, including a nifty 18-yard reverse in the fourth quarter. But he dropped what almost certainly would have been a touchdown five plays later. He also had an open field on Notre Dame’s second drive, but couldn’t catch up to Rees’ pass. Cierre Wood had 94 yards for Notre Dame, giving him 1,001 for the season. “It’s a win,” Rees said. “It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t, at times, the most successful offense we’ve had, obviously. Anytime you can get a win this late in November, you’ll take it.”

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP) – Saddled with awful field position all afternoon, No. 24 Notre Dame needed to recover an onside kick with about 2 minutes left and then stifle a last-gasp flurry of laterals to hold off Boston College 16-14 on Saturday. The victory, rough as it may have been, was the fourth in a row for the Irish (8-3), who have matched last year’s victory total and won eight of nine after beginning the year 0-2. “Winning is hard in college football,” said Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, whose teams have won 15 straight games in November. “I just like the way our guys now understand how to win games. In November, it’s hard to win unless you’ve got a great mental outlook, and our guys do. They have overcome so many injuries late, and they keep battling.” Jonas Gray continued his breakout year, rushing for 61 yards and extending his scoring streak to eight games with a 26-yard rumble on the opening drive. But he left with what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the third quarter, and will have more tests Sunday. David Ruffer kicked field goals of 40, 41 and 27 yards for Notre Dame, which has won three straight against Boston College (3-8) after losing six in a row. The Eagles struggled to get anything going offensively for most of the second half, with Chase Rettig throwing 10 incompletions in a row at one point. He got on track just in time to make things interesting, finding Chris Pantale for a 21-yard gain and throwing a 17-yarder to Rolandan Finch as the Eagles advanced to the Notre Dame 16 with about 3 minutes to play. A pass interference call on Zeke Motta moved Boston College to the 2 and, after a false start and an incompletion, Rettig connected with Bobby Swigert for a 7-yard score. The Eagles went for the onside kick, but Robby Toma came up with the ball just past midfield.

RUSHING: Boston College-Kimble 10-42; Finch 6-32; Bordner 4-7; Rettig 2-0; Williams 3-minus 1. Notre Dame-Wood, C. 26-94; Gray, J. 11-61; Floyd 1-3; Rees 1-3. PASSING: Boston College-Rettig 18-38-0-170. Notre Dame-Rees 24-39-1-256. RECEIVING: Boston College-Pantale 5-60; Swigert 5-39; Larmond 3-30; Finch 1-17; Coleman 1-8; Amidon 1-7; Anderson 1-6; Kimble 1-3. Notre Dame-Floyd 10-92; Toma 5-65; Jones 5-42; Eifert 2-45; Gray, J. 2-15; Wood, C. 0-minus 3. INTERCEPTIONS: Boston College-Holloway 1-0. Notre Dame-None. FUMBLES: Boston College-Swigert 1-0. Notre Dame-None. SACKS (UA-A): Boston College-None. Notre Dame-Fleming 1-0. TACKLES (UA-A): Boston College-Kuechly 7-7; Asprilla 1-9; Appiah 2-6; Divitto 1-7; PierreLouis 3-4; Hughes 1-6; Holloway 4-2; Fletcher 3-3; Sylvia 2-3; Quinn 0-5; Rositano 1-3; Edebali 0-3; Williams 1-1; Duggan 0-2; Mihalik 0-2; O'Neal 0-1. Notre Dame-Te'o 3-9; Smith, H. 2-5; Motta 2-4; Nix III 1-4; Gray, G. 1-4; Fleming 1-3; Cwynar 1-3; Niklas 0-4; Blanton 2-1; Slaughter 2-1; Fox 1-2; Wood, L. 1-0; McDaniel 1-0; Toma 1-0; Calabrese 0-1; Shembo 0-1; Welch 0-1; Johnson 0-1; Atkinson III 0-1; Lynch 0-1; McCarthy 0-1; Spond 0-1; Jackson 0-1; Collinsworth 0-1.

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