By the numbers…ND vs. Pittsburgh

The Notre Dame defense ranks among the nation’s top 10 in third-down conversions. Irish must improve, however, in the red zone where opponents have scored at will.

4—Blocked punts/kicks by Pittsburgh, which is second only to Temple and Illinois with five.

4—Years since Notre Dame played a regular season game at noon ET. The Irish visited the Panthers on Sept. 24, 2011, and came away with a 15-12 victory.

86—Points allowed by Pittsburgh in the second quarter. That’s an average of 10 points-plus per second quarter with North Carolina (17), Iowa (14) and Georgia Tech (14) doing the bulk of the damage.

6—Games in a row between Notre Dame and Pittsburgh that have been decided by seven points or less.

8—Games between Notre Dame and Pittsburgh since 2004. Each team has won four times.

2—Notre Dame quarterbacks who have thrown a game-winning touchdown pass twice in the final five minutes of a game. Jarious Jackson did it against LSU in 1998 and Navy in 1999. DeShone Kizer has done it twice in 2015 with last week’s heroics against Temple to Will Fuller and his game-winner to Fuller against Virginia.

Last week against Temple, Kizer joined Jackson on the list of Notre Dame quarterbacks with 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in a game. Kizer passed for 299 and rushed for 143 against the Owls.

100—Total yards allowed by Pittsburgh in its 17-13 victory over Virginia Tech.

432—Least total yards recorded by Notre Dame in their first eight games of the 2015 season.

7—Successful field-goal attempts in a row by Notre Dame freshman kicker Justin Yoon. His last miss was a 34-yarder against Virginia in the second game of the season.

9—Number of receptions per game averaged by Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd.

1—Number of 100-yard games this season by Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd (10 catches, 131 yards, 1 TD vs. Iowa).

8—Notre Dame’s national defensive rank on third down (33-of-114, 28.9 percent).

93—Notre Dame’s national defensive rank in touchdown percentage allowed in the red zone (14-of-21, 66.6 percent). In 2014, Notre Dame was 116th (35-of-50, 70.0 percent).

20.9—Points allowed per game by Notre Dame in the 13 that linebacker Joe Schmidt has played from start to finish.

41.2—Points allowed per game by Notre Dame in the five in which Schmidt did not play.


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