Matt Cashore / IrishIllustrated.com

By the numbers…Notre Dame vs. Texas

Texas shoots for just its third victory in 11 tries against Notre Dame. The Longhorns haven’t dropped a season-opener since 1999. Texas tries to shore up 4th quarter defense.

1-Notre Dame has 882 all-time victories – one more than Texas’ 881.

3-Number of times Notre Dame played Texas in the 1970s when the Longhorns were a) undefeated and b) ranked No. 1 in the AP poll. Texas won the 1970 Cotton Bowl over No. 9 Notre Dame, 21-17. The No. 6 Irish bounced back with a 24-11 victory over the Longhorns in the 1971 Cotton Bowl to end the Longhorns’ 30-game winning streak. Seven years later in the 1978 Cotton Bowl, No. 5 Notre Dame defeated No. 1 Texas, 38-10, to claim the national title.

3-Number of times Notre Dame has had five captains in a season after the naming of Sheldon Day, Nick Martin, Joe Schmidt, Matthias Farley and Jaylon Smith for the 2015 season. The other two years were 1995 (Paul Grasmanis, Ryan Leahy, Derrick Mayes, Shawn Wooden and Dusty Zeigler) and 2007 (Maurice Crum, Jr., John Carlson, John Sullivan, Tom Zbikowski and Travis Thomas). The ’95 Irish finished 9-3; the 2007 Notre Dame squad was 3-9.

8-Number of victories by Notre Dame over Texas (with two losses), which ties Vanderbilt for the most of any school that has never been in a conference with the Longhorns.

11-Notre Dame’s pre-season rank in the Associated Press poll, which is the highest since Charlie Weis’ 2006 team ranked No. 2 in the pre-season.

12-This is night game No. 12 in Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish are 9-2 in night home games, including a 31-0 victory over Michigan last season. The Irish are 5-0 vs. Michigan, 2-0 vs. Michigan State, 1-0 vs. Stanford, 1-1 vs. USC and 0-1 vs. Miami under the lights in Notre Dame Stadium.

19-Number of players on the Notre Dame roster that have started a game for the Irish.

22-Number of players on the Texas roster that have started a game for the Longhorns.

203-Number of career starts by the 19 Notre Dame players who have started a game.

213-Number of career starts by the 22 Texas players who have started a game.

68-Combined number of passes (35) and carries (33) by Malik Zaire in his brief career. He enters the Texas game without a turnover.

22-Number of turnovers by Everett Golson (14 interceptions, eight fumbles lost) on a combined 541 “touches” (427 pass, 114 rush).

216-Number of victories by Brian Kelly in 24 seasons at Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Notre Dame. That’s the third most among active coaches behind Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer (272) and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier (227).

15-Years in a row that Texas has won its opener. The last time the Longhorns lost an opener was in 1999 versus North Carolina State. The Wolfpack defeated the Longhorns, 23-20, in Texas Memorial Stadium.

19-Number of first downs by Texas in its last two games of the 2014 season (12 vs. TCU and seven vs. Arkansas in the Texas Bowl).

39.0-Percentage of points scored by Texas opponents in the fourth quarter last year. Of the 310 points scored against the Longhorns, 121 came in the fourth quarter.


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