NOTRE DAME NOTES
BY THE NUMBERS
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will make history in 2020 by joining a conference for the first
time in the 133-year tenure of the program. The Irish will play as a member of the Atlantic Coast
Conference, and are ranked No. 2 in the Preseason ACC Poll.
In 2019, Brian Kelly became just the third coach in Notre Dame history with three or more
wins of at least 25 points over ranked teams. Lou Holtz and Frank Leahy each secured eight such
victories. Ara Parseghian and Dan Devine had two such victories apiece.
Three graduate transfers — CB Nick McCloud (North Carolina State), S Isaiah Pryor (Ohio State)
and WR Ben Skowronek (Northwestern) — signed with the Irish this offseason who will play
key roles on the field for Notre Dame.
QB Ian Book totaled five games in 2019 with four or more passing touchdowns, the most for a
single season in school history. He joined Brady Quinn as the only Irish quarterbacks to throw four
or more touchdown passes in a single game on six occasions in their career (Quinn accomplished
the feat seven times).
10 Notre Dame reached 10 wins for three-consecutive seasons, the first time since the 1991-93
seasons that the Irish accomplished the feat.
The Irish return 13 starters from 2019, losing nine. Returning starters include graduate student
QB Ian Book, who enters his third season as a starter, the entire offensive line and multiple
starters or key contributors on the defensive line.
Notre Dame has won 18-consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium. It is the third-longest
winning streak at home for the Irish since the stadium opened in 1930. Clemson and Ohio State
are the only other Power 5 programs that boast home streaks of 18 or more games.
Notre Dame has held 25-of-26 opponents during Clark Lea’s tenure as defensive coordinator to
30 points or less. That includes includes ranked opponents LSU, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech,
Syracuse, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia and Navy.
The last time Duke and Notre Dame met (Nov. 9, 2019), QB Ian Book became the first player
in program history to mark four passing touchdowns and at least 100 rushing yards in a single
game. His 139 rushing-yard total was the third-highest by an Irish quarterback since 1996. The
last Irish quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards was Brandon Wimbush vs. Wake Forest in
The +188 point differential (296-108) for the Irish during their 2019 home slate was the
largest since the 1932 season, when Hunk Anderson’s Notre Dame team outscored opponents
by 198 (they shut out every team that visited Notre Dame Stadium that season).
359 Career games coached by Brian Kelly, second among active NCAA coaches to Mack Brown
QB Ian Book became the first Notre Dame quarterback with 2,500 passing yards, 500 rushing
yards and 30 touchdown passes in a season in 2019. Jalen Hurts was the only other collegiate
student-athlete to hit these marks in the 2019 season, and since 2017 only Book, Hurts, Kyler
Murray, JT Barrett and D’Eriq King have hit these marks in the regular season.
33-6 LAST THREE SEASONS • Winning the Camping World Bowl and finishing 11-2 in 2019, and earning a College Football Playoff bid and finishing 12-1 in 2018, Notre Dame has compiled a 33-6 record over the past three seasons – the best three-year run for the program since 1991-93, when Notre Dame went 31-5-1. The Irish improved to 14-1 in regular-season games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents over the last three seasons. • The 33 wins tie a program record for most victories in a three-year period (also posted from 1988-90).
HOME FIELD WIN STREAK • The Irish completed an undefeated home slate for the second-consecutive season in 2019. Notre Dame had not achieved back-to-back undefeated home seasons since 1988-89. • Notre Dame completed an undefeated season at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 for the third time in five seasons (2015, 6-0 and 2018, 6-0) after finishing 7-0 following a 40-7 win over Boston College. From 1990-2011, only the 1998 campaign (6-0) saw a perfect Notre Dame home slate. • Notre Dame has won 18-straight games at home dating back to Sept. 30, 2017, starting with a victory over Miami (Ohio). It is the third-longest home winning streak for the Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930 (28-straight from 1942-50; 19-straight from 1987-90).
RUN IT BACK – 2019 SEASON RECAP • The Irish totaled three wins against CFP-ranked teams and zero losses to unranked teams in 2019. • For the first time in Notre Dame history, an Irish team recorded six touchdown passes in two games during the same season (vs. New Mexico and vs. Bowling Green) in 2019. The six touchdown passes match the Irish team record for passing touchdowns in a game. • Notre Dame closed its season with a resounding 33-9 victory over Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl. The 24-point win marked the biggest bowl-win margin under Brian Kelly, and the largest since the Irish topped Hawaii by 28 in 2008 and 28 vs.Texas in Cotton Bowl following 1977 season. Notre Dame allowed zero Cyclone touchdowns and finished the season ranked No. 12 in the polls. • The Irish attained their third consecutive season of 10 or more wins with a 45-24 victory at Stanford. Notre Dame’s offense racked up 445 yards, while the defense upped its season takeaway total to 26, the second-most in the FBS. • Notre Dame completed its second-consecutive undefeated home slate, capped by the 40-7 win over Boston College. Notre Dame’s offense traveled 501 yards on the day, while the Irish defense held the Eagles to 191 offensive yards. • The Irish dominated No. 23 Navy, 52-20, marking the most points Notre Dame has ever scored against a ranked Navy team. The previous high came on Nov. 1, 1958, when the Irish defeated the Mids, 40-20, at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. It was Notre Dame’s 24th victory over a ranked team by a margin of 25 points or more, and it marked the third time the Irish have secured such a win against the Mids. It also marked the third time in 2019 the Irish scored at least 50 points (New Mexico and Bowling Green). The last time Notre Dame reached that plateau in multiple games in a season was in 2011 when the Irish did it twice (vs. Air Force and vs. Navy). • The Irish defeated Virginia Tech, 21-20. QB Ian Book rushed seven yards for a last-minute touchdown to give Notre Dame the score, with K/P Jonathan Doerer netting the go-ahead PAT. The winning drive took 18 plays and covered 87 yards in just 2 minutes and 53 seconds. The last time the Irish scored to win a game in the final minute came against Virginia in 2015. Notre Dame forced three-and-outs on six of Virginia Tech’s nine drives in the first half, holding the Hokies to 85 yards, against Notre Dame’s 243 yards. Prior to the bye, Notre Dame defeated rival Southern Cal at home, 30-27, on an impressive effort from all three phases. RB Tony Jones rushed for a career-high 176 yards, while K/P Jonathan Doerer sent his name to the Irish record books, becoming the first Irish kicker since Dave Reeve (1977) to make three field goals of 40 or more yards in a single game. • Against Bowling Green, Notre Dame’s 35-0 halftime lead was the largest since opening a 35-0 halftime margin over Rutgers in 1996. • The contest vs. Virginia marked the second-consecutive week Notre Dame appeared in the week’s highest-ranked matchup (lowest total of both squads’ rankings). From 2015-2018 among all FBS teams, it has only happened three times: Alabama (Weeks 7-8, 2016; Weeks 10-11, 2018) and Penn State (Weeks 8-9, 2017). The only other teams with back-to-back top-ranked matchups in 2019 were Florida in Weeks 6-7 and Ohio State in Weeks 13-14. • The Irish made a statement in the home opener vs. New Mexico, scoring 66 points, the most in a home opener since 1932. The win marked the first time since 2015 the Irish scored more than 60 points in a game (62-27 win vs. Massachusetts). The pick-six to open the scoring for the Irish marked the first time since 2002 (Gerome Sapp in 24-17 win vs. Purdue) that the first Notre Dame score of the year at home was a defensive touchdown. The three interceptions by the Irish defense were the most in a game since they picked off three in a 36-3 win over Syracuse in 2018. • In the season-opening win at Louisville on Labor Day, the Irish scored first on a Jahmir Smith three-yard rushing touchdown. Notre Dame has scored the first points in the season opening game in nine of the last 10 seasons. Since 1958, the Irish are 38-4 when scoring first in the season opener. Notre Dame also recovered three fumbles, tying the then program record set in 2012 vs. Navy in Dublin.
In the season-opener for both squads, Duke kicks off its 108th season of football by meeting No. 10 Notre Dame on Saturday, September 12 … Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. • In 2019, the Blue Devils went 5-7 overall and 3-5 in ACC play … Highlights from the season were Duke’s three straight wins while scoring 40+ points, and it’s a second consecutive victory over Miami in the season finale. • This season marks the 75th anniversary of Duke’s 1945 squad which went 6-4, captured its third straight Southern Conference championship and closed the year ranked No. 13 in the final Associated Press poll … Coached by Eddie Cameron, the Blue Devils started the year 3-2 before reeling off three consecutive wins over Georgia Tech, N.C. State and North Carolina. • Under head coach David Cutcliffe, the Blue Devils are 9-3 in season-openers … Duke enters this week’s Notre Dame game having won seven of its last eight lid-lifters. • The Blue Devils are 28-143-6 all-time against nationally-ranked opponents (AP poll) including ledgers of 10-59-4 versus top-10 foes and 3-32-2 against top-5 competition. (Full list of results on page 114 of the 2020 Duke Football Media Guide) • Duke has made bowl game appearances in six of the past eight seasons … The Blue Devils have won each of their past three bowl games with victories in the 2015 New Era Pinstripe, 2017 Quick Lane & 2018 Walk-On’s Independence bowls.