By the numbers…Notre Dame vs. Navy

After four second-half turnovers against Clemson, Notre Dame looks to protect the football against a Navy team that has coughed it up just once in four games.

8—Consecutive victories by the Naval Academy, which is the fifth longest streak in the nation behind Ohio State (18), TCU (13), Memphis (12) and Michigan State (9). The Midshipmen also have won 10 of 11.

1—Turnovers by the Midshipmen through four games as well as number of rushing touchdowns allowed by the Navy defense. Navy enters the Notre Dame game with a plus-eight turnover ratio, or a 2.0-turnover advantage per game, which ties for fourth nationally. The Irish have 13 rushing touchdowns.

-3—Notre Dame’s turnover margin through four games with four fumbles and three interceptions lost, countered by two fumbles recovered and two interceptions. Notre Dame is tied for 104th in interceptions by the defense and tied for 87th in fumbles recovered.

73—Rushing touchdowns by Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds. He needs five more to set the FBS record.

14—Games in a row that Reynolds had scored a touchdown until Notre Dame ended the streak in its 49-39 victory over the Midshipmen last season.

100—Yards receiving by Irish running back C.J Prosise against Clemson to join Raghib “Rocket” Ismail as the only two Notre Dame players since 1970 to have 100-yard rushing and 100-yard receiving games in the same season.

174—Yards receiving by Notre Dame running back Larry Parker in Notre Dame’s 38-28 loss at USC in 1970. Parker – whose quarterback was Joe Theismann – was the last Irish running back to catch passes for at least 100 yards in a game until Prosise.

5.5—Percentage of plays by the Notre Dame defense since Brian Kelly’s arrival in 2010 in which the opposition has gained 25 yards or more. Only Alabama, LSU, Florid State and Florida have a better defensive percentage.

37—Number of juniors/seniors – out of 44 offensive/defensive players -- in the combined starting lineups of Notre Dame and Navy.

21—Third-down conversions by Notre Dame’s first five opponents (on 76 attempts) against the Irish defense, which is a 27.6 percentage. That ranks 19th nationally.

5—Times in the last six seasons that Navy has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in fewest penalty yards per game. The Midshipmen averaged just 24.7 penalty yards per game in ’14. They are 18th in 2015 with an average of 40.3.

36.5—Average points per game by Navy versus Notre Dame the last two seasons. Navy lost to the Irish 38-34 in 2013 and 49-39 in 2014.

6—Tackles for loss by Irish defensive lineman Sheldon Day, which paces the unit, as does his two (of the team’s eight) sacks.

14-0—Notre Dame record versus Navy in Notre Dame Stadium in the month of October.

3.34—Points allowed per third quarter by Notre Dame since Brian Kelly’s arrival. That is the best mark in the country during that time span.


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