SERIES HISTORY • Notre Dame and Clemson will be meeting for the seventh time overall and the fourth time in the last five seasons on Saturday night in Notre Dame Stadium. • The Tigers lead the all-time series 4-2, including a 34-10 victory in the most recent meeting between the two teams at the 2020 ACC Championship game. • The Irish earned the program’s ninth victory over the top-ranked Associated Press team in Clemson’s last visit to Notre Dame Stadium, a 47-40 double overtime thriller during the 2020 regular season. • Saturday night will mark just the second time in the series history between Notre Dame and Clemson that both teams will not be ranked the AP Top 25. In 1979, No. 14 Clemson defeated unranked Notre Dame 16-10 in Notre Dame Stadium. • The Tigers own two victories over Notre Dame in the post season (2018 CFB Playoffs Semifinal, 2020 ACC Championship) by double digits, but the four regular season meetings between the two teams have all been decided by seven points or less. • See pages 12-13 of this note package for more information the Notre Dame-Clemson football series. • Since the scheduling partnership between Notre Dame and the ACC began in 2014, the Irish are 38-7 (.844) against ACC teams and have won 26-straight regular-season games against the Atlantic Coast Conference. STORYLINES • Notre Dame returns home this weekend to face No. 5/5 Clemson under the lights in Notre Dame Stadium. The contest is the second top-five opponent the Irish have faced this season (Notre Dame opened the season with a 21-10 loss at No. 2/2 Ohio State) and the fourth ranked team Notre Dame will face. Clemson will be the first ranked team to visit Notre Dame Stadium this season. Notre Dame owns wins over No. 16/16 BYU and No. 16/16 Syracuse in 2022. • Saturday night will mark the second night game of the Marcus Freeman era at Notre Dame. It is just the 28th night game in Notre Dame Stadium history, the Irish are 21-6 in ‘The House That Rockne Built’ under the lights and have won 10 of the last 11 prime time home contests. See page 13 for a complete Notre Dame Stadium night game history. • Notre Dame has played the No. 5 ranked AP team 17 times in its football history, earning victories in seven of those contests. The most recent victory was a 36-20 victory over No. 5 Michigan in Notre Dame Stadium on September 5, 1998. The most recent game against No. 5 was a 38-3 setback at Southern Cal on November 29, 2008. • Coach Marcus Freeman will be looking to claim his third victory over a ranked team in his debut season for the Irish on Saturday night. Since the Associated Press poll was established for the 1936 season, only Terry Brennan (4-1 vs. ranked teams in 1954), Tyrone Willingham (3-2 in 2002) and Charlie Weis (3-2 in 2005) have earned three-or-more ranked victories in their first season on the Notre Dame sidelines. Notre Dame also will face a ranked Southern Cal team to cap the regular season and own a victory over current No. 17/15 North Carolina when the Tar Heels were unranked earlier this year. • Junior All-American tight end Michael Mayer, who owns every significant Notre Dame TE record (see pages 8-9), leads all active FBS tight ends in career receptions (160) and all FBS TEs in receptions this season (47). He is fifth on Notre Dame’s career receptions list and has his eyes set on becoming the 13th Irish player to reach 2,000 receiving yards in a career (Mayer currently has 1,870 yards).



Sophomore tight end Mitchell Evans has turned into a short yardage

weapon for the Irish in the past two weeks. Evans has four career carries,

taking a snaps under center in short-yardage situations. He is 3-for-3 on third

down conversions and added a one-yard touchdown run.


Junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey has sacked the quarterback 4.5 times

in the last two games, pushing his career total to 23.0 – just 1.5 sacks behind

Justin Tuck’s Notre Dame career record. At 7.5 sacks this season, Foskey is

10th in the country in total sacks.


Notre Dame has blocked five punts this season which is tied with South Carolina for the FBS lead. The Irish have blocked three punts in the last two games,

including two on back-to-back attempts by Isaiah Foskey against UNLV.


Since September 24 (when the Irish defeated North Carolina on the road)

Notre Dame is tied for seventh in the country in rushing attempts with 233.

In that five-game span, the Irish are averaging 228 rushing yards per game,

which is the 13th-best average in the nation.


Notre Dame’s pass rush has surged over the past two weeks and the Irish

have sacked the opposing quarterback eight times – four in each of the past

two games. The Irish are tied for 16th in the country in sacks per game (3.0,

24 in 8 games played).


Notre Dame will be playing for the 16th time in its football history on November 5 when it faces Clemson Saturday evening. The Irish are 10-4-1 on

the date and the Tigers will represent the highest ranked team Notre Dame

has played on November 5. In 1949, the top-ranked Irish defeated No. 10

Michigan State 24-21 at Spartan Stadium.


Audric Estimé (123 yards) and Logan Diggs (85 yards) both carried the

ball 20 times against Syracuse last weekend. It is the first time that two Irish

running backs have logged 20 carries since Julius Jones (24) and Ryan Grant

(27) against Pittsburgh in 2003. Jones rushed for a program-record 266 yards

in that contest.


Notre Dame is 5-0 this season when it possesses the ball for 30 or more minutes, peaking at 40:55 of possession time against BYU. The Irish were held

under 30 minutes against Ohio State (27:01), Marshall (29:13) and Stanford



Notre Dame rushed for 246 yards in the victory over Syracuse which is the

fourth time the Irish have surpassed 200 yards rushing this season. Notre

Dame is 103-10 (.912) since 1996 when it rushes for 200 yards or more.


CLEMSON, NOTRE DAME SQUARE OFF AGAIN ON SATURDAY After meeting only twice in Clemson’s first 119 seasons of play, Clemson and Notre Dame will meet for the fifth time in eight seasons when the Tigers and Fighting Irish renew acquaintances on Saturday, Nov. 5. Kickoff at Notre Dame Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. In its most recent contest, Clemson recorded its 38th consecutive home victory, setting the ACC record and tying the 1919-27 Fighting Irish for the 10th-longest home winning streak in FBS history. Those Irish teams under the guidance of College Football Hall of Famer Knute Rockne were a combined 78-7-3 at all venues in the seasons comprising that streak. But Clemson has supplemented its historic home streak with the nation’s best road record since 2015. Clemson’s 34-4 road record in that span gives the Tigers a national-best .895 road winning percentage, and Clemson’s 34 road wins since 2015 are three more than any other FBS program and five more than any other Power Five program.

With a win Saturday, Clemson would record a perfect record in true road games in a season for the 10th time in school history, joining the 1900, 1917, 1948, 1981, 1995, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 seasons. At Notre Dame in 2020, the Irish ended Clemson’s 36-game regular season winning streak, tied for the fourth-longest FBS regular season winning streak since 1936. The game came during Notre Dame’s lone season of ACC membership to also end Clemson’s 28-game conference winning streak. On Saturday, the Tigers can end Notre Dame’s 26-game regular season winning streak against ACC opponents since 2018. Clemson, though, is 2-0 against Notre Dame in postseason play in that span, including victories in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic and in the 2020 ACC Championship Game.

– Clemson attempting to open a season 9-0 for the seventh time in program history (1948, 1981, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019). Each of the previous six teams won a conference title, and five of the six played for the national championship (1981, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019). – Clemson attempting to improve to 5-2 all-time against Notre Dame. – Clemson attempting to move to 2-1 in road games at Notre Dame. Clemson won its first trip to Notre Dame Stadium to date in 1979 and dropped a doubleovertime game in 2020. – Head Coach Dabo Swinney attempting to improve to 4-1 all-time against Notre Dame. – Clemson attempting to improve to 31-6-2 against FBS independents since the NCAA split Division I into the divisions now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision in 1978. – Clemson attempting to win a 14th straight game against FBS independents dating to 1988. (Note: Clemson’s loss to Notre Dame in 2020 came during Notre Dame’s lone year of ACC membership.) – Clemson (34) attempting to add to the most road wins by any program in the nation since 2015. – Clemson attempting to improve to 35-4 in true road games since 2015. – Clemson seeking a seventh consecutive road win. Clemson’s six-game road winning streak is the second longest active streak in the country. – Clemson attempting to tie seven-game road winning streaks from 1939-40 and 2012-13 for the fifth-longest road winning streak in program history. – Clemson attempting to record a perfect record in true road games in a season for the 10th time in school history, joining the 1900, 1917, 1948, 1981, 1995, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 seasons. – Clemson attempting to win a 39th consecutive game against unranked opponents when ranked in the AP Top 5, the longest active streak in college football according to ESPN Stats & Info. – Clemson attempting to improve to 123-13 against AP-unranked teams under Dabo Swinney. The win would be Clemson’s 100th against unranked teams since the start of the 2012 season (currently 99-3). – Clemson playing a sixth night game in the first nine games of a season for the first time since 1949. Clemson’s six night games this season (including Saturday) are already tied for fourth-most in a full season in Clemson history. – Clemson attempting to improve to 27-4 in night games since the start of the 2018 season. A win would move Clemson to 46-7 at night since 2015.

PREVIOUS GAMES VS. NOTRE DAME Notre Dame 21, Clemson 17 Nov. 12, 1977 at Memorial Stadium Clemson held a 10-7 lead at intermission and the lead could have been larger. The Tigers held a 213-101 advantage in total offense and Steve Fuller was on fire in the first 30 minutes, hitting 9-of-12 passes for 124 yards. Joe Montana was held to 3-of-9 passing for 53 yards by the Clemson defense by intermission. Clemson controlled much of the third quarter. On the Tigers’ first possession, Fuller hit Warren Ratchford for a 35-yard completion. Four plays later, Lester Brown scored around left end from two yards out, a play that drew the ire of Notre Dame coach Dan Devine because an official had gotten in the way of Notre Dame defensive back Ted Burgmeier as he was trying to make the tackle. It was still 17-7 Clemson entering the fourth period when Montana led Notre Dame on one of his famous comebacks. On the last drive of the third period, which continued into the fourth, Montana led the Irish on a drive that officially gained 119 yards in total offense. Devine picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when he went on the field and picked up a flag that negated a 30-yard-run by Vagas Ferguson. It set up a second-and-31, but Montana overcame his coach’s tirade, hitting Ken MacAfee for 27 yards then 16 yards on fourth-and-two. Montana finished off the drive with a one-yard run to make it 17-14. After a Clemson turnover, Notre Dame got the ball back at midfield. Montana had been saving a screen pass for a special occasion and he connected with Ferguson for 36 yards, bringing the ball to the Clemson 14. Montana scored later in the possession to make the count 21-17 in favor of the Irish. Clemson, which was going for its 100th all-time win in Memorial Stadium, had two more possessions but could not get a first down and the Irish escaped Death Valley with the four-point win, keeping Notre Dame’s hopes for a National Championship alive.