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By the numbers…Notre Dame vs. Virginia

Between Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire and Virginia’s Matt Johns, today’s game features two quarterbacks who have combined for just six career starts.

1-Games played between Notre Dame and Virginia prior to today’s clash in Scott Stadium. Notre Dame won the 1989 Kickoff Classic vs. Virginia, 36-13, as the Irish rushed for 300 yards and limited the Cavaliers to 231 yards total offense. Raghib “Rocket” Ismail caught five passes for 121 yards for the Irish.

2-Number of interceptions by current Notre Dame secondary coach Todd Lyght in the 36-13 Irish victory over the Cavaliers in ‘89.

3-Number of former Notre Dame assistant coaches on the current Virginia staff: associate head coach/defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, defensive line coach Jappy Oliver and offensive line coach Dave Borbely.

4-Number of career starts by Virginia quarterback Matt Johns.

2-Number of career starts by Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire.

7-Longest run in yards by Virginia RB Taquan Mizzell vs. UCLA last week. He finished with 45 yards on 16 carries (2.8-yard average).

100-Receiving yards gained on eight receptions by Virginia RB Taquan Mizzell vs. UCLA last week, including the Cavaliers’ lone touchdown in their 34-16 loss.

503-Total offensive yards allowed by Virginia in last week’s 34-16 loss to UCLA.

11-Wins by Virginia in its last 28 games.

3-Number of FBS head coaches who have won a national title as an FCS head coach: Virginia’s Mike London (one at Richmond), Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson (two at Georgia Southern) and Wyoming’s Craig Bohl (three at North Dakota State).

17-Number of minority head coaches in the FBS, including Virginia’s Mike London.

1-Times over the final eight games of 2014 that Brian VanGorder’s Notre Dame defense allowed less than 400 yards total offense.

1-Times after one game in 2015 that Brian VanGorder’s Notre Dame defense limited the opposition to less than 200 yards total offense. Texas totaled 163 yards last week.

11-Number of FBS programs that have won at least eight games each of the last five seasons: Alabama, Boise State, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford and Wisconsin.

17-Number of games, without a loss, that Brian Kelly has won with Notre Dame when the Irish have not committed a turnover.

25-Number of games – out of 26 – that Notre Dame has won under Brian Kelly when winning the turnover battle.

36-Number of games – out of 37 – that Notre Dame has won under Brian Kelly when allowing 19 or fewer points.

69-Number of combined starts by Notre Dame’s starting base-defense secondary of KeiVarae Russell (27), Elijah Shumate (15), Cole Luke (14) and Max Redfield (13). Matthias Farley (18), Drue Tranquill (3) and Devin Butler (2) also have starting experience.

73-Combined starts by Notre Dame’s offensive linemen, led by Ronnie Stanley (27), Nick Martin (25) and Steve Elmer (18).


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