NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL NOTES VS. NEW MEXICO

IRISH RULE CLUTCH SITUATIONS • Notre Dame has won 24 of its last 27 games dating back to the start of the 2017 college football season – and no team in college football can win that percentage of games without making big plays late in games. • Defining clutch situations as – a team has a lead of 16 or fewer points with 5-15 minutes remaining or eight or fewer points in the final five minutes – Notre Dame has posted some noteworthy numbers. RUSHING DEFENSE • 47 – Notre Dame has not allowed a rushing touchdown over the past 47 opponent rushing attempts in a clutch situation – tied best in the FBS over the past 12 games. NOTRE DAME SKILL PLAYERS • 14.3 – Notre Dame skill players have averaged 14.3 yards per target (358 yards/25 targets) in clutch situations over the past 12 games – best in the FBS. • 16 – Notre Dame quarterbacks have 16 completions for 20 or more yards in clutch situations since the start of the 2018 season – tied for third in the FBS. • 14.7 – Notre Dame running backs have averaged 14.7 yards per target in the fourth quarter since the start of the 2018 season – best in the FBS. • 7 – Notre Dame skill players have caught seven touchdown passes in clutch situations over the past 12 games – tied for third in the FBS (Washington State 10, Ohio State 8, Bowling Green 7, Penn State 6). • 92% – Notre Dame skill players have caught 23 of 25 passes (92.0%) in clutch situations over the past 12 games – best among all Power 5 teams. RUSHING OFFENSE • 340 – Notre Dame has rushed for 340 yards in clutch situations since the start of the 2018 season – second-best among FBS schools (Army is first with 519 yards, Navy third at 323). • 44.8% – Notre Dame has converted first downs on 13 of 29 plays (44.8%) in clutch situations over the past four games – best among Power 5 offenses. OFFENSIVE LINE • 103 – Notre Dame has not allowed opponents to pressure its quarterback on 103 dropbacks in clutch situations over the past 12 games (103 attempts) – which is tied for the best among Power 5 teams with Iowa and Wake Forest.

NOTEWORTHY INDIVIDUAL NOTABLES • Chris Finke has been targeted 14 times on third down over the past four games – tied for the 19th-most among FBS skill players. • Chris Finke also has 11 receptions on third down over his past eigth games, tied for 20th among FBS skill players. • Jonathan Doerer has recorded four touchbacks in close and late game situations over the past eight games – tied for the third-most among FBS kickers. • Tony Jones Jr. rushed for 110 yards at Louisville, the second 100-yard rushing game of his career (118 vs. Vanderbilt, 9/15/2018). • Jahmir Smith rushed for his first two career touchdowns in the victory at Louisville, including a three-yard plunge on his first touch of the season to cap Notre Dame’s first drive of the season. • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah recorded his first career start at the ‘rover’ linebacker position against Louisville and posted his first nine career tackles, two TFL and one QBH. • Alohi Gilman led the Irish in tackles (10) at Louisville and forced a fumble for the third consecutive game dating back to the 2018 season. Gilman now has four career forced fumbles and two interceptions in 14 games played for Notre Dame. • Drew White started his first career game at the ‘mike’ linebacker position against Louisville and recorded four tackles, two tackles for loss and his first career sack. • Tommy Tremble, seeing the first game action of his career, snagged three passes for first downs against Louisville, including a 26-yard touchdown reception to put the Irish up 28-14 in the third quarter.

NOTRE DAME VS. MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE • New Mexico will be just the fifth current Mountain West Conference member Notre Dame will have faced, with the Irish boasting a 30-6 (.833)ˆ record against teams from the MWC. • A large majority of those 36 games against the MWC have come against Air Force (24-6), which is the only MWC opponent to claim a victory in Notre Dame Stadium. • Nevada (0-2) and San Diego State (0-1) join Air Force (4-11) as the only MWC teams to pay a visit to Notre Dame Stadium.

 

NEW MEXICO NOTES

Game 2

Date…………………………………….. Saturday, September 14

Time………………………………..12:30 p.m. MT/2:30 p.m. ET

Location…………………………………………..South Bend, Ind.

Venue ……………………………………….Notre Dame Stadium

Capacity……………………………………………………….. 77,622

Television…………………………………………………………..NBC

Series Record……………………………………….. First Meeting

In ABQ………………………………………………… Never Met

In South Bend…………………………………… First Meeting

Current Streak ……………………………………… First Meeting

Last Meeting in Albuquerque …………………….. Never Met

Last Meeting in South Bend …………………… First Meeting

The Opening List The University of New Mexico will not have head coach Bob Davie on the sidelines for the game against Notre Dame, as announced on Thursday, September 5. The team will be led by acting head coach Saga Tuitele, who will handle the game management for the game, with the three coordinators handling their respective areas (Joe Dailey offense, Jordan Peterson defense and Perry Eliano special teams). The game was to be the return to Sound Bend for Davie, who coached Notre Dame from 1997-2001. While he won’t be on the sidelines, the game isn’t the only one this season that features of a former head coach facing off against his former team.

Davis Hits the Century Mark Ahmari Davis broke the 100-yard mark against Sam Houston State in the opener, going for 107 yards on 16 carries with a pair of touchdowns (he also added 58 yards receiving). for Davis, it marked his first 100-yard game as a Lobo, and since UNM switched away from the option last year, it was just the second 100-yard game for the program. Ironically, the other 100-yard game was by Tyrone Owens in a game that was actually dominated by Davis. Owens went for 110 yards against New Mexico State on September 15 of last year in a game in which Davis scored four touchdowns. Those four touchdowns were his only scores of 2018. I’ll Take Somoye of That Please Anu Somoye played in his 26th career game on Saturday in the opener against Sam Houston State, and he made the most of it, catching a career-high three passes for a career-high 63 yards. Somoye had a career total of nine catches in his first 35 career games, and over his freshman and sophomore season, Somoye had a grand total of two receptions. His previous career-high for yards in a game was 36 yards on a pair of catches against Liberty, and he had two catches in a game three times, all last season (Incarnate Word, Liberty and Utah State). Dyer Continues UNM’s Strong Punting Game Tyson Dyer probably punted more times than one would think in a game in which a team scored on eight possessions, but welcome to football in 2019, as the Lobos had 18 possessions in the game with Sam Houston State. Dyer punted nine times in the game, averaging 46.8 yards per kick without a touchback and netting 45.8 yards. The Lobo junior, who doubles as a mechanic on the side and is the oldest player on the team, also had a 59-yard punt that took a left turn and went out of bounds at the Sam Houston State two-yard line.