Just the Facts

Statistical stars and numbers of note from Saturday's 37-34 win over the Sun Devils.

- The Irish improved to 30-1 when rushing the football at least 31 times in a contest. Conversely, Notre Dame is 2-12 when it runs 30 or fewer.

- After not allowing more than two touchdowns in 26 of 32 contests entering the season, the Irish defense has surrendered three or more in four of six games this fall.

- The Irish defense has yielded 17 touchdowns this fall, two more than it did during the 2012 season and a whopping eight more than it did during the 12-game regular season.

- Notre Dame's defense has scored three touchdowns in its last five games. The previous 40 games that encompassed the Brian Kelly era saw just four defensive touchdowns by his Irish.

- Mitigating the defensive scoring bonanza is an Irish offense that has surrendered a touchdown to the opposing defense in consecutive weeks, the first such occurrence for the program since Brady Quinn threw consecutive Pick Six passes to Michigan and Michigan State in September 2006.

- Arizona State produced 427 yards of total offense, the third-largest total vs. Notre Dame this season behind Michigan (480) and Oklahoma (450). The Sun Devils total was the second-highest posted by an opponent in a game Notre Dame won during the Brian Kelly/Bob Diaco era. Air Force ripped off 565 yards in a 59-33 Irish victory in October 2011 marking the highest yardage total, win or lose, in the 45-game Kelly/Diaco tenure.

- Notre Dame's 424-yard output vs. the Sun Devils was its second largest of the season and the fourth in which the Irish offense exceeded 400 yards. The Irish have won nine of their last 10 when totaling 400 yards or more dating back to the season opener of 2012. They were curiously just 6-5 during the 2010-11 seasons when topping the 400-yard mark (10-5 when playing under that total).

- Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly began the game hitting 15 of his first 15 pass attempts on second down. Kelly's first second down incompletion came on the Sun Devils final drive.

- Junior tight end Ben Koyack recorded his first career touchdown on his first catch of the 2013 season, a 19-yard score to put Notre Dame on the board, 7-6 in the second quarter. It was the first time an Irish quarterback targeted Koyack for a pass since Game 10 (at Boston College) last season and just the second time since Game Two of the 2012 season (Purdue).

- The contest marked Tommy Rees' 15th career game with multiple touchdown passes. The Irish are 10-5 in those games.

- Notre Dame's opening 8:08 drive marked longest of 2013 in terms of time and its 13 plays tied the longest (Purdue) to date.

- Both Prince Shembo and Stephon Tuitt moved into a tie for 8th-place with Anthony Weaver (1998-2001) on the program's all-time sacks list (tracked since 1982). The pair has 17 with seven games remaining in the season and is within striking distance of Justin Tuck's program record, 24.5, set from 2002-2004. Next on the list at No. 7 is former NFL great Bryant Young (18).

- T.J. Jones' 27-yard punt return marked the longest of his career, the third-longest of the 45-game Kelly era, and the second-longest during the regular season. RB Armando Allen posted a 38-yard return in Kelly's debut game vs. Purdue, 2010, while WR Michael Floyd ripped off a 41-yard return in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.

- 5th-year senior linebacker Dan Fox recorded his first career fumble recovery and first career interception during the contest. The latter afforded Fox his first career touchdown, a 14-yard return that effectively sealed the contest for the Irish.


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