By the numbers…Notre Dame vs. UMass

With his 451 yards rushing through three games and 198 last week, C.J. Prosise is approaching numbers previously achieved by Julius Jones 12 seasons ago.

72--Number of college football teams that have played the Irish in Notre Dame Stadium with UMass making its first appearance.

144--Number of college football teams that have played Notre Dame after Saturday’s game with UMass.

19--Number of three-and-outs created by the Notre Dame defense in the first three games/39 series of the 2015 season.

198--Yards rushing by C.J. Prosise against Georgia Tech, which is the most by an Irish running back since Julius Jones ran for 218 yards in a 57-7 victory over Stanford in the 2003 regular-season finale.

3--Rushing touchdowns by Prosise vs. Georgia Tech, which is the most since Jonas Gray scored thrice in a 56-14 victory over Navy on Oct. 29, 2011.

12--Number of lost fumbles by Notre Dame running backs since 2010, which spans 1,840 carries. That’s an average of one lost fumble every 153.3 carries and 5.7 games.

2012--The year the last college football team opened a season with three victories over Power 5 conference opponents…until this year when Notre Dame defeated Texas, Virginia and Georgia Tech. Northwestern defeated Syracuse, Vanderbilt and College to start 3-0 three years ago.

38--Notre Dame’s winning streak when facing an opponent for the first time from 1921-76.

4--Number of times the Irish have lost to a first-time opponent in the last seven games played against a first-timer. The Irish lost to Connecticut in 2009, Tulsa in 2010, South Florida in 2011 and Louisville in 2014. They defeated Western Michigan in 2010, Wake Forest in 2011 and Temple in 2013.

2,461--Career receiving yards by UMass WR Tajae Sharpe entering today’s game with Notre Dame, ranking second on the all-time Minutemen list.

3,686--Career receiving yards by Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd (2008-11), the most in school history.

242--Yards passing by DeShone Kizer in his starting debut vs. Georgia Tech, which is the most by a first-time Notre Dame starter since Ron Powlus threw for 291 yards against Northwestern in 1994.

0--Number of interceptions by the Notre Dame defense through three games/85 passes to start the 2015 season.

227.3--Notre Dame’s average yards rushing per game, the best pace by the Irish since 1996 when they averaged 269.5 yards rushing per game.

2--Times since 1996 that the Irish have averaged more than 200 yards rushing over the course of a season -- 212.5 in 1998 and 213.5 in 2000. Top Stories