Blue and Gold Illustrated

Oct. 8, 2018*

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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14 OCT. 8, 2018 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED UNDER THE DOME Irish student-athletes excelling on the field and in the classroom Sydney Bent — Volleyball The freshman from Coconut Grove, Fla., pro- duced a team-leading 15 kills in Notre Dame's 3-0 sweep win over North Carolina Sept. 21. She also contrib- uted four blocks while reg- istering a hitting percentage of .419. In the first 11 matches of her Fighting Irish career, Bent recorded 57 kills and 59 digs while posting a hitting percentage of .220. Andrew O'Leary — Golf The freshman from Norfolk, Mass., led the Irish in the OTC Collegiate Sept. 24-25 in Win- ston-Salem, N.C. He carded rounds of 68, 69 and 69 for a 4-under-par 206 to finish in 12th place individually. O'Leary 's strong effort helped Notre Dame come in fifth out of 12 teams. It marked the second time in three tournaments that he has been the top finisher for Notre Dame. Duncan Turnbull — Soccer The junior goalkeeper from Geneva, Ill., made the first start and captured the first win of his Irish career in No. 20 Notre Dame's 4-1 win over No. 22 Xavier Sept. 25. He recorded three saves, and the lone goal he allowed came in the 59th minute with Notre Dame already up 3-0. Turnbull logged a 1.11 goals against average in 17 games for Geneva (Ill.) High School as a junior, but did not play as a senior due to aca- demic commitments. He did not see any action in either of his first two years at Notre Dame. Brooke VanDyck — Soccer The freshman from Mishawaka, Ind., net- ted the game-winning goal in Notre Dame's 1-0 win over Wake Forest Sept. 23. It marked her second career goal for the Irish, both of which were game-winners. Through 10 contests, Van- Dyck was tied for the team lead in goals and was tied for second in points (five). TOP OF THE CLASS ✦ GIMME FIVE As noted following the 56-27 victory at Wake Forest Sept. 22, Notre Dame's point total was tied for the fourth most it ever tallied since the end of World War II (1945) in an opponent's home stadium (neutral fields not included). Looking back over the past 100 years, or head coach Knute Rockne's inaugural season, that figure also is tied for seventh overall in points scored on an opponent's home field. Rockne himself ranks No. 2 on the list with his first road game ever, a 67-7 win at Wabash on Nov. 2, 1918, in a game cobbled together after the Spanish influenza struck the nation and cancelled all October games. The output in Winston-Salem, N.C., was the second most overall at Notre Dame in the past 45 years, behind only the 57-7 win at Stanford in 2003 by head coach Tyrone Willingham's Irish versus his former employer. Here are the top five point totals in the last 100 years by Notre Dame in the opponent's home stadium: Opponent (Year) Score 1. Pitt (1965) 69-13 2. Wabash (1918) 67-7 3. Army (1973) 62-3 4. Penn (1930) 60-20 5. Pitt (1944) 58-0 Getting To Know … SENIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMAN TREVOR RUHLAND Hometown: "Cary, Ill." High School: "Cary-Grove Community." Major: "Management consulting." Favorite Food: "Definitely pizza." Favorite Place to Eat In South Bend: "Jet's Pizza is the best in town." Favorite Pro Sports Team: " The Bears, easily, I'm a huge Chicago sports fan." Favorite Movie: "Anything with Seth Rogan. People al- ways say I look like him with the beard and the glasses." Favorite Music: "Country." Favorite Musician: "Eric Church." Favorite TV Show: "'South Park.'" Favorite Part About Playing For Notre Dame: "I think it's my teammates. The people here at Notre Dame are the best people in the world, and my teammates are no exception to that. They're the best." Who's The Best Player You've Ever Lined Up Across From? "Maybe Jarron Jones a couple years ago on our team. He was so much bigger than me. He would lock me out and I couldn't even touch him. He was a freak of nature and so tough." CHARTING THE IRISH NOTRE DAME IN OPPONENT STADIUM DEBUTS When Notre Dame travels to Blacksburg, Va., this week to take on the Vir- ginia Tech Hokies, it will be the sixth time since head coach Brian Kelly took over in 2010 that the Fighting Irish have played in an opponent's stadium for the first time in program history. The Irish won the first three such contests, knocking off Wake Forest in 2011, and then rallying past both Virginia and Temple in 2015. However, they have dropped the last two, falling at North Carolina State while play- ing in terrible conditions created by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and at Miami in 2017. (Notre Dame and Miami had played 13 games in the Orange Bowl — going 6-6-1 versus each other in those matchups — but last year's meeting was the first between the two programs at Hard Rock Stadium.) Here is a look at how the Irish have fared in their previous five matchups facing opponents inside their home stadium for the first time: Opponent, Venue (Year) Result Miami, Hard Rock Stadium (2017) L, 41-8 North Carolina State, Carter-Finley Stadium (2016) L, 10-3 Temple, Lincoln Financial Field (2015) W, 24-20 Virginia, Scott Stadium (2015) W, 34-27 Wake Forest, BB&T Field (2011) W, 24-17

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