LAST MEETING WITH NORTH CAROLINA
October 7, 2017- Notre Dame 33, North Carolina 10: QB Ian Book made his first-career start in the 33-10 win over the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. The sophomore, who had thrown just eight passes this season, was 17 of 31 for 146 yards and a touchdown while running for 45 yards. • Josh Adams ran for 118 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown. Adams, ranked among the national rushing leaders, carried the ball just 13 times before leaving the game. Deon McIntosh added 124 yards rushing and two scores for the Irish (5-1), who won a third-straight road game against a power conference opponent despite not having starting QB Brandon Wimbush due to a right foot injury. • “I had some nerves when I first got out there,” Book said after the game. “But the 10 guys on that offense with me make my job a lot easier, so I had all the confidence in the world.” • Still, the Fighting Irish had no trouble earning their fourth-straight win by at least 20 points since a 20- 19 loss to Georgia on Sept. 9, the first time they had accomplished that feat since 2005.
BY THE NUMBERS
.903 QB Ian Book is 28-3 (.903) as a starter, making him one of only two FBS quarterbacks to boast a .900 or above win rate (min. 20 wins), even as Book ranks 14th overall in total QB career starts (31). His 28 wins are fourth among all FBS quarterbacks. 2 Saturday’s matchup marks the first meeting between Brian Kelly and Mack Brown, the top two winningest active coaches in the FBS by number of wins (Kelly, 271ˆ; Brown, 257). They have also coached the most games (Kelly, 367; Brown, 388) and are the two among active FBS coaches (Kelly, 30th year; Brown, 32nd year). 3 Of the five longest regular-season winning streaks in college football history, Notre Dame has single-handedly ended three of those streaks: Oklahoma’s 45 (1953-57), Miami’s 36 (1985-88) and Clemson’s 36 (2017-20). 3 QB Ian Book became the first quarterback in program history (modern era) to rush for three touchdowns in a half in the first vs. South Florida. It marked the second time in his career in which he has rushed for three TDs in a game. The last time he rushed for three touchdowns in a single game was against Wake Forest in 2018. 4 Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 31-3 (.912). That rate ranks fourth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014. Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just four teams that have totaled three or fewer losses (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State) since the start of 2018. 4 With the 52-0 shutout of South Florida, Brian Kelly became the first Irish coach to post four or more shutouts in his Notre Dame career since Lou Holtz. The last Irish shutout took place in 2019 vs. Bowling Green (52-0), and Kelly’s first shutout as the Notre Dame head coach came vs. Wake Forest in 2012 (38-0).ˆ 7 With the 45-31 win over Boston College, the Irish have won seven-straight ACC road games. 9 Notre Dame’s victory over No. 1 Clemson was Notre Dame’s ninth win over an AP No. 1 opponent, which ties for second-most all-time (Miami). Only Alabama has more (10). 14 The Irish boast a current win streak of 14 games, the longest among all FBS teams. 16.6 The defense has yielded just 16.6 points/game through the first eight games of the season. That figure ranks fourth among all Power 5 teams. 17 In the win vs. No. 1 Clemson, K/P Jonathan Doerer matched the Notre Dame record for kicking points in a game, accounting for 17 kicking points vs. Clemson. His 17 points tie for the most kicking points in a single game by any FBS player this season, and were the most by any FBS player that weekend. He made four field goals on the day, matching his previous career high in the 2019 Camping World Bowl vs. Iowa State. 23 Notre Dame has won 23-consecutive games at home, setting the modern-era record for longest home win streak. Only two Power 5 programs have a longer streak. 30:29 The Irish have only trailed for 30:29 minutes out of a total 480:00 minutes of regulation. 31 Notre Dame has held 31-of-34 opponents during Clark Lea’s tenure as defensive coordinator to 30 points or less. That includes ranked opponents LSU, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia and Navy. 36:15 Notre Dame is one of three Power 5 teams to post three performances of 36:15 or more possession time this season. No other FBS teams have produced more than three games this season with at least 36:15 in possession time (Wisconsin, Louisville, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina and Liberty have also marked three such performances). The Irish held control of the ball for 40:59 minutes of possession time at Pitt, the second-most by an ACC team in a single game this season. Notre Dame has won time of possession in seven of eight games.
NORTH CAROLINA NOTES
TAR HEELS AND FIGHTING IRISH • North Carolina and Notre Dame meet for the 21st time in a series that began in 1949. • Notre Dame leads the series 18-2-0. Both Carolina victories occurred in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels scored a 12-7 decision in 1960 and beat the Fighting Irish, 29-24, in 2008. • This will be just the second game in the series when both teams are ranked. In the only previous time in 1950, No. 1 Notre Dame won 14-7 over No. 20 UNC in South Bend. • In the previous 20 meetings, Notre Dame has been ranked in 13 of those. The Irish was ranked No. 1 in the country in three of the previous meetings and in the top 10 on eight occasions. • North Carolina faced Notre Dame every season from 1949 to 1956 and 12 times between 1949 and 1962. This season will be the fourth meeting since 2006. LAST TIME OUT • Sam Howell set school records for passing yards (550), total touchdowns (7) and passing touchdowns (6) in leading Carolina to a 59-53 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday, Nov. 14. • Notre Dame extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games following a 45-31 win at Boston College on Nov. 14. Brian Kelly recorded his 100th career win at Notre Dame, tying Lou Holtz for the second most all-time wins in program history. BROWN VS. NOTRE DAME • Mack Brown has never faced Notre Dame in his head coaching career that spans 32 seasons. UP NEXT • Carolina hosts Western Carolina on Dec. 5.
• UNC is second in the ACC to Clemson in scoring offense with 43.1 points per game. That figure is 7th nationally among teams playing at least four games. • Carolina ranks fourth nationally and leads the ACC with 563.4 yards per game of total offense. • UNC is on pace to shatter the school record of 486.9 yards per game set in 2015. • The Heels are 10th in the country with 233.5 rushing yards per game among teams that have played at least four games. • UNC set the school record with 742 total yards of offense against Wake Forest, breaking the previous record of 721 vs. ODU in 2013. • UNC has gained 500 or more yards in six straight games. That’s the first time it’s happened in at least 50 years, dating back to records that begin in 1971. • Carolina has more than 400 yards of total offense in each of its last 16 games. • UNC has scored 40 or more points in four straight games and seven times in the last 11 games dating back to 2019. That’s the most consecutive games with 40 or more points since 1914 when Carolina did that in 6 straight. • This is the second season in Carolina history the Tar Heels have scored 50 or more points against three ACC opponents. 2015 was the other.