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Nov. 2, 2019

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

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Page 8 of 63 NOV. 2, 2019 9 UNDER THE DOME 3 Teams in history that won their first two games in Notre Dame Stadium since its debut in 1930: USC (1931 and 1933), Michigan (1942 and 1978) and Missouri (1972 and 1978). Virginia Tech will attempt to become the fourth Nov. 2. The Hokies made their initial appearance on Nov. 19, 2016, Senior Day at Notre Dame, and rallied from 17-0 and 24-7 deficits to defeat the Fighting Irish 34-31. 3 Wide receivers on the 2019 Notre Dame roster who have not or will not be with the position group for the rest of this season — after multiple reports on the eve of the Oct. 26 Michigan game revealed that junior Michael Young was leaving the team effective immediately and then will use his final two years of eligibility as a graduate transfer at another school. Young had six catches for 21 yards this year after bouncing back from a preseason shoulder injury that required surgery. Because he did not play more than four games this season, Young can preserve a year of eligibility. Last month freshman wideout Cam Hart was shifted to cornerback to help provide more bodies at that position. Meanwhile, sophomore Kevin Austin has not played this season while serving a suspension that reportedly will be for the entire season, although he has been practicing with the team. 5 Games Notre Dame's football team will play in November. The last two times that oc- curred were 2014 and 2008 when the Fighting Irish went 1-4 both times. The most recent season in which Notre Dame had a 5-0 November was head coach Knute Rockne's final one in 1930, en route to the na- tional title. The 1946 national champions also were undefeated in their five November games — but one of them was the famous 0-0 tie with two-time reigning national champion Army. The 1949 and 1954 Notre Dame teams were 4-0 in November but had their regular sea- sons extend into the first weekend of De- cember, when they also won. 39 Ranking of Notre Dame men's basketball in the initial Associ- ated Press poll released Oct. 21. Head coach Mike Brey's Fighting Irish were in the "also receiving votes" category be- yond the top 25, of which there were 25 more teams. Notre Dame received seven points overall in the voting. Among the 15 Atlantic Coast Conference teams, the Irish were sixth, behind: Duke (No. 4), Louisville (No. 5), North Carolina (No. 9), reigning national champion Virginia (No. 11) and Florida State (No. 30). Behind Notre Dame in that top 50 were Syracuse (No. 41) and North Carolina State (No. 42). The Irish open their season Nov. 6 at Chapel Hill versus the Tar Heels. 58 Years 10th-year Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly turned on Oct. 25, the eve of the Michigan game. The lone Fighting Irish head coach who led the team at an older age was Lou Holtz, who was 59 years and 11 months when he stepped down in November 1996. 3 , 634 Yards of total offense amassed in only eight games by 2021 Notre Dame quarterback verbal commit TYLER BU- CHNER — the most in the nation, per MaxPreps sports, which tracks all high schools. The 6-2, 205-pound La Jolla, Calif., native stars at The Bishop's School. During those eight games he passed for 2,746 yards (343.3 per game) with 34 touchdowns and five interceptions, and added 888 rushing yards (111.0 per game) while aver- aging 12.3 yards per carry and tallying 16 more touchdowns. ✦ BY THE NUMBERS PHOTO BY NICK LUCERO/COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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