By the numbers…ND vs. Temple

Something’s got to give. Temple’s defense has been incredibly stingy in the second half while Notre Dame’s offense has taken flight. Which way does this matchup go?

212—Times an AP-ranked Notre Dame team has played another AP-ranked team when the No. 9 Irish take on No. 21 Temple Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

1—Times an AP-ranked Temple team has played another AP-ranked team when the No. 21 Owls host No. 9 Notre Dame Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

29—Points allowed by Temple in the second half this year.

140—Points scored by Notre Dame in the second half this year.

106—National rank of Temple in penalty yards per game. The Owls have averaged 7.6 penalties for 70.7 yards. Against East Carolina last Thursday, Temple was flagged 12 times for 114 yards.

33:11—Temple’s time of possession per game. That’s tops in the American Athletic Conference and 13th in the nation.

4—Number of Philadelphia venues in which the Irish will have played – Franklin Field, JFK Stadium, Veterans Stadium and Lincoln Financial Field.

11—Rushing touchdowns by C.J. Prosise, the most since Jonas Gray’s 12 in 2011.

3—Number of Notre Dame players from the Philadelphia area – wide receiver Will Fuller, offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey and running back Josh Adams.

8—Fewest number of games it took for a Notre Dame running back to reach 1,000 yards rushing. Vegas Ferguson did it in 1979. C.J. Prosise can match that mark with 78 yards against Temple.

4—Punts blocked by Temple this season, including two last Thursday against East Carolina.

3—Rushing touchdowns scored against Temple in 2015.

19—Rushing touchdowns scored by Notre Dame in 2015.

12—Interceptions by the Temple defense, which is tied for sixth nationally. Linebacker Tyler Matakevich leads the way with four.

420—Tackles by Matakevich in his career, the most by any current FBS player.  


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