Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Less than "77" Hours to ND vs. USC

It's one of the most "talked about" games in the long history of Notre Dame vs. USC -- the legendary "green jersey" game in 1977!  The Irish came out of the tunnel in green jerseys for the first time in years -- along with a huge trojan horse!  Here's a video of ABC's Keith Jackson and Darrell Broyles talking about Notre Dame's "GREEN MACHINE" entrance into Notre Dame Stadium.  FYI -- the #11th ranked Irish rolled over the #5th ranked USC that day, 49-19 -- on their way to the National Championship that year!


Irish Hoops on TV -- Old Spice Classic!

The 4-0 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men's Basketball Team travel to Orlando today to play in the 2010 Old Spice Classic tomorrow night!  The Irish tip-off the tournament with a game against Georgia Thanksgiving night at 7 PM EST on ESPNU.  It's the first of three games scheduled for Notre Dame over their four days in Orlando.  The teams competing with Notre Dame; Georgia, Boston College, California, Marshall, Texas A&M, Temple and Wisconsin.  The photo is of Irish frosh, Eric Atkins -- courtesy of the South Bend Tribune. Here's a couple of links -- first, a website who's predicting the Irish will play Wisconsin in the championship game Sunday.  And, a second link to the Old Spice Classic website -- GO IRISH!



Less than "85" Hours to ND vs. USC

To get you "fired up" for Saturday's ND vs. USC game, here's a link to Eric Penick's 85-yard TD run in the 1973 game! Penick's photo is in the upper left of this Sports Illustrated cover that commemorated this game. FYI:  The Irish beat the Trojans that day 23-14 -- stopping USC's 23 game winning streak.


NBC's Mayock Talks Clausen's NFL Future...

Former Notre Dame QB, Jimmy Clausen -- has had a "typical" NFL rookie season for the Carolina Panthers at the quarterback position.  Meaning, not very good.  Here's a story in today's Charlotte Observer about Jimmy and Colt McCoy -- where the writer sought out NBC's Mike Mayock to critique both QB's.  As ND fans know -- Mayock is the "game analyst" on NBC's coverage of Notre Dame Football.  Here's the link:


Notre Dame Monogram Club -- Fall Ceremony!

I stumbled across this video yesterday -- and I thought it was "so Notre Dame" that I had to post it on the ND GO IRISH BLOG.  It's a UND.COM video of the Notre Dame Monogram Club's fall ceremony -- awarding the Notre Dame Monogram (it's what ND calls their varsity letter) to student athletes.  Here's a link:


Lauren Fowlkes -- Academic All American!

University of Notre Dame senior soccer co-captain, Lauren Fowlkes was recently named to the 2010 First Team ESPN Academic All America Team.  For Fowlkes, this is a "move up" -- last year she was named a "second team" Academic All American!  She becomes the 9th Notre Dame women's soccer player to be named First Team Academic All American.  Congratulations!  Lauren and her teammates head to Stillwater, OK this Friday for a NCAA Women's Soccer National Championship Quarterfinals game against Oklahoma State.  The Irish are among the "ELITE EIGHT" left in the tournament!  Good Luck!!!

David Ruffer -- Academic All American!

University of Notre Dame senior place kicker, David Ruffer -- was named yesterday to the 2010 First Team ESPN Academic All America Football Team.  Ruffer has a 3.90 GPA in his economics major at Notre Dame.  He is the 31st Notre Dame football player in history to receive 1st team Academic All American honors.  Congratulations!!!  Here's a link to the 2010 Academic All America Football Team:


ND Football Player Interviews -- USC Week

The gang at UND.COM interviewed quite a few Notre Dame football players after yesterday's practice; Tommy Rees, Braxston Cave, Michael Floyd, Tyler Eifert, Cierre Wood, Brian Smith, Harrison Smith and Manti Teo.  Here are the links:



Updated: ND's Offense -- National Rankings

It's time for our weekly look at where Notre Dame Football ranks in certain statistical categories amongst the 120 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision -- AFTER ELEVEN GAMES OF THE 2010 SEASON. In today's analysis you'll see how Notre Dame's Offense & Special Teams currently stand; on a national basis -- as compared to their final ranking for 2009 -- and the top teams in the country in each category.


First Downs:  2010 Rank - #55 with 20.27 first downs per game -- in 2009 we averaged 24.4 first downs per game for the season, ranking us #4 -- Oklahoma leads the country with 27.36 first downs per game.  

Third Down Conversions:  2010 Rank - #71 with a 37.93% conversion rate -- in 2009 we had a 39.1% conversion rate for the season, ranking us #48 -- Stanford leads the country converting 55.53% of their third downs.  

Passing Yards Per Attempt:  2010 Rank - #62 with 7.0 yards passing per attempt -- in 2009 we averaged 8.7 yards passing per attempt, ranking us #7 in the country.  Auburn and Boise State lead the country averaging 10.2 yards per attempt.

Passing Yardage:  2010 Rank - #27 with 267 yards per game  (2,940 yards for the season)  -- in 2009 we passed for 323 yards per game (3,882 yards for the season), ranking us #7 -- Hawaii leads the country with 391 yards passing per game (4,303 yards for the season).  

Rushing Yards Per Attempt:  2010 Rank - #83 with 3.9 yards rushing per attempt -- in 2009 we averaged 3.8 yards rushing per attempt, ranking us #76 in the country.  Auburn and Nevada lead the country with an average of 6.5 yards rushing per attempt. 

Rushing Yardage:  2010 Rank - #98 with 118 yards rushing per game (1,303 yards for the season) -- in 2009 we rushed for 127 yards per game  (1,539 yards for the season), ranking us #88 -- Georgia Tech leads the country with 319 yards rushing per game (3,193 yards for the season). 

Most QB Sacks Given Up:  2010 Rank -- #66 giving up 19 QB sacks -- in 2009 we gave up 25 QB sacks for the season, ranking us #66 -- Washington State and Rutgers lead the country in giving up 46 QB sacks this season.  

Most Pass Interceptions Thrown:  2010 Rank -- #25 having thrown 13 pass interceptions this season -- in 2009 we threw 5 interceptions for the season, raking us #116 -- Buffalo and Miami, FL lead the country having thrown 21 pass interceptions this season.  

Fewest  Turnovers Lost:  2010 Rank - #69 with 20 turnovers lost -- in 2009 we had 14 turnovers for the season, ranking us #7 -- Iowa and Oregon State lead the country with 7 turnovers lost for the season.  

Total Offense:  2010 Rank -- #58 with 386 yards per game of offense -- in 2009 we had 451 yards per game of offense, ranking us #8 -- Oklahoma State leads the country 552 yards per game of offense. 

Points Per Game:  2010 Rank -- #70 with 26.27 points per game -- in 2009 we averaged 30.1 points per game for the season, ranking us #32 -- Oregon leads the country scoring 50.7 points per game.  

Fewest Penalties:  2010 Rank - #14 with 54 penalties -- in 2009 we had 75 penalties for the season, ranking us #50 -- Wisconsin leads the country in the fewest penalties with 33.  

Fewest Penalty Yards:  2010 Rank -- #32 with 501 yards in penalties -- in 2009 we had 666 yards in penalties, ranking us #60 -- Penn State leads the country in fewest penalty yards with 306

Net Punting Yards:  2010 Rank -- #75 with an average net of 36.8 yards per punt -- in 2009 we averaged 32.1 yards per punt, ranking us #112 -- Illinois leads the country with 44.6 net yards per punt.  

Field Goals -- 2010 Rank -- #24 with 15 field goals made this season.  The Irish are 15 for 15 (100%) -- AND THE ONLY TEAM IN THE FBS THAT HAS NOT MISSED A FIELD GOAL THIS SEASON!  In 2009 we made 19 field goals, ranking us #22 -- while going 19 for 22 in the process.     


Dayne Crist:
-Ranked #60 in the country with 2,033 yards passing
-Ranked #51 in the country with 15 TD passes
-Ranked #63 in the country with a 129.3 QB rating
-Ranked #67 in the country with a 59.2% pass completion percentage
-Ranked #67 in the country for most pass interceptions thrown with 7
-Ranked #3 in the country with a 95 yard pass completion / his 80 yard pass completion to Floyd would be ranked #21 in the country

David Ruffer:
-Ranked #21 in the country in most field goals made with 13
-Ranked #1 in the country with most field goals made without a miss (15)
-Ranked #31 in the country for longest field goal made - 50 yards

Michael Floyd:
-Ranked #31 in the country with 830 yards receiving
-Ranked #28 in the country with 62 catches
-Ranked #17 in the country with 9 TD catches
-Ranked #26 in the country with an 80 yard catch

Kyle Rudolph:
-Ranked #3 in the country with a 95 yard catch