Rank And File

This week's edition goes in-depth on the Irish receivers, running backs, and quarterback Everett Golson.

Targets Acquired

A look at Everett Golson's top targets through five games. (Includes pass interferences and holding, which causes the variance from his official total of 178 pass attempts.):

-- Will Fuller 41/28 receptions: 371 yards, 5 TD. Includes four drops, two pass interferences drawn, and one holding call drawn...
-- Corey Robinson 28/17 rec.: 236 yards, 2 TD. Includes one dropped pass and two pass interferences drawn..
-- Chris Brown 26/14 rec.: 153 yards, 1 TD. Includes three drops, two pass interferences drawn, and one holding call drawn...
-- Amir Carlisle 20/13 rec.: 151 yards, 2 TD. Includes one drop...
-- Ben Koyack 20/15 rec.: 141 yards, 1 (famous) TD. Includes one drop...
-- C.J. Prosise 19/11 rec.: 158 yards, 1 TD. Includes two drops, one of which was a touchdown...
-- Intentionally Thrown Away: 11 (you could argue a 12th, attributed it to a Koyack target above)
-- Cam McDaniel 6/6 rec.: 45 yards...
-- Tarean Folston 5/5 rec.: 57 yards...
-- Torii Hunter 3/3 rec.: 37 yards, 1 TD. Includes one pass interference drawn
-- Greg Bryant 2/2 rec.: 34 yards...

Moving the Chains

First downs gained courtesy of Golson passes. Note, touchdowns scored in beyond goal-to-go situations are recorded as first downs. Touchdowns scored in goal-to-go situations, are not. (For example, a 9-yard touchdown on 1st-and-G from the 9-yard-line would not be recorded as a first down):

-- Fuller 15
-- Robinson 14
-- Brown 9
-- Carlisle 7
-- Koyack 7
-- Prosise 6
-- McDaniel 4
-- Folston 4
-- Hunter 2
-- Bryant 2

Tough Sledding vs. Stanford

Notre Dame's offense overcame long statistical odds to defeat Stanford Saturday in South Bend, including:

-- Through its 32 determined carries Saturday, Notre Dame suffered through 17 rushes that resulted in gains or two yards or fewer Saturday vs. the Cardinal…

-- The Irish offense executed 75 total plays Saturday. Including QB pressures, but not standard incomplete passes, Notre Dame had 24 snaps that resulted in no gain, loss, or turnover. Another eight showed gains of just one or two yards. That's 32 of 75 snaps that failed to gain at least three yards.

In a victory.

-- The Irish never converted (0 for 1) on 3rd-and-short during the contest. It's likewise troubling that the offense faced just one 3rd-and-short…

-- Each of the remaining 17 third-down situations included distances of four or more yards, with 11 between 3rd-and-5 and 3rd-and-7 (or 4th-and-7). Six others featured long-yardage situations -- 3rd-and-8 or more -- as did Notre Dame's 4th-and-11, game-winning touchdown pass to Ben Koyack.

-- Notre Dame was flagged just once in the contest, a holding call on wide receiver Chris Brown...

-- Quarterback Everett Golson was pressured on roughly 25 percent of his pass attempts (depending on your definition of pressure) but sacked just twice. Both of those sacks could be attributed to Golson, though the latter was more of a tackle-for-loss but was officially recorded as a sack. Golson intentionally threw it away six times and should have on a seventh, his goal line interception intended for Amir Carlisle, picked off by safety Jordan Richards...

-- Golson's 43 pass attempts was the most by an Irish quarterback in victory over a ranked team in PROGRAM HISTORY.

Odds and Ends

-- Best sign that senior mike 'backer Joe Schmidt has surpassed all reasonable expectations? I've yet to be asked why his backup, five-star freshman Nyles Morgan, isn't playing…

-- Top 10 Irish Players through Five: Golson, Day, Smith, Schmidt, Fuller, Riggs, Robinson, Brindza, Stanley, Farley.

-- Honorable Mention: Jarron Jones, Elijah Shumate, Cole Luke, Isaac Rochell, Romeo Okwara, Amir Carlisle (was Top 10 pre-injury). On the recent rise: Chris Brown.


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