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Oct 9, 2021

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

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Page 24 of 55 OCT. 9, 2021 25 1 Group of Five team (Cincinnati) has now recorded a road win against an Associated Press top-10 opponent from the Power Five (Notre Dame) in the College Football Playoff era (since 2014). 2-1 Record for the Fighting Irish under head coach Brian Kelly in top-10 matchups at Notre Dame Stadium. Kelly's No. 8-ranked Irish topped No. 7 Stanford 38-17 in 2018, while his No. 4 squad knocked off No. 1 Clemson 47-40 in double overtime in November 2020. The Irish now have a 26-8-1 all-time record in top-10 matchups at Notre Dame Stadium. 5 Straight games with at least one turnover forced by the Notre Dame defense. Junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey forced a fumble that was recovered by graduate student linebacker Drew White and returned 28 yards to set up the Irish's first score of the game. Notre Dame has now forced 12 turnovers this season. 5 Sacks for Foskey through five games, surpass- ing his previous career high of 4.5 set in 2020. He leads the team and now has recorded at least one sack in four of Notre Dame's first five contests. 35 Yards allowed on 13 plays by the Notre Dame defense following Cincinnati take- aways. After the Irish coughed up the ball three times, their defense did its best to limit the dam- age. The Bearcats gained only 15 yards on five plays following their first interception. After their second pick, they went eight yards in three plays for their first touchdown. And finally, after Chris Tyree's fumble, Cincinnati managed just 12 yards on five plays and had to settle for a field goal. 143 Passing yards for sophomore quarter- back Drew Pyne — a new career high, surpassing the 81 he had against Wisconsin. He also set a personal best with nine completions. 1,484 Days since the Fighting Irish's last loss at Notre Dame Stadium. The Bearcats snapped the Irish's 26-game streak, which is the second longest in program history behind the 28 straight wins from 1942-50. With Notre Dame's loss, Cincinnati now has the second-longest home winning streak in the coun- try at 22 games. Clemson still owns the longest active home win streak at 31, after topping Boston College 19-13 Oct. 2. BY THE NUMBERS BY STEVE DOWNEY 7 Different Notre Dame pass catchers have caught a touchdown pass this season, with senior wide receiver BRADEN LENZY joining in on the fun with a 32-yard scoring connection from sophomore quarterback Drew Pyne in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati. PHOTO BY CHAD WEAVER

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