A Glance at ND's Opponents

Here is a glance at how Notre Dame's opponents played last week.

-Upcoming Opponents

***Purdue (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten): The Boilermakers opened up Big Ten play with a 45-31 win at Minnesota (1-3, 0-1).

Behind a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Desmond Tardy, and Cliff Avril's pick six, the Boilermakers built a 24-3 halftime lead. Quarterback Curtis Painter put the Gophers away in the second half, completing 17-of-21 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Painter finished with 338 yards passing and three touchdowns.

As usual, Dorien Bryant was Painter's favorite target. He had 12 catches for 150 yards and two scores.

Purdue hosts Notre Dame this coming Saturday.

Team stats and rankings: Offense: 203 yards rushing per game (29th nationally), 324 yards passing (12th), 527 yards of total offense (8th); Defense: 147 yards surrendered on the ground (61st), 227 yards surrendered through the air (62nd), 374 total yards allowed (59th).

***UCLA (3-1, 2-0 Pac 10): Tied at 10 at the half, UCLA and running back Chris Markey had a big second half, and the Bruins pulled away from Washington (2-2, 0-1), 44-31. In front of the home crowd, UCLA got back on track after falling out of the rankings following an embarrassing 44-6 loss to Utah the previous week.

Markey rushed for 193 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Starting for injured quarterback Ben Olson, Patrick Cowan was 17-of-30 passing for 147 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. But Cowan sprained his knee in the fourth quarter, and redshirt freshman McLeod Bethel-Thompson replaced him and did not throw a pass.

Dennis Keyes had one of two UCLA interceptions, returning his 60 yards for a touchdown. Matt Slater had an 80-yard kickoff return for a score, both big plays also coming in the second half.

Team stats and rankings: Offense: 216 yards rushing per game (24th nationally), 227 yards passing (55th), 443 yards of total offense (33rd); Defense: 86 yards surrendered on the ground (17th), 304 yards surrendered through the air (110th), 390 total yards allowed (69th).

UCLA plays at Oregon State this coming Saturday.

***Boston College (4-0, 3-0 ACC): The 14th-ranked Eagles only led 16-9 at the half, but pulled away after intermission to rout Army (1-3), 37-17.

Quarterback Matt Ryan continues to put up Heisman-type numbers. This week he completed 35-of-51 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran in another score before leaving midway through the fourth quarter.

Boston College hasn't opened a season 4-0 since 1999, and hasn't started 5-0 since 1954. With upcoming home games against Massachusetts and Bowling Green, the Eagles and first-year head coach Jeff Jagodzinski are in good shape to come to South Bend with a 6-0 record.

Receiver Kevin Challenger had nine receptions for 104 yards, and Andre Callender added 87 yards rushing, including a 66-yard touchdown run.

One of the best defensive units against the rush, Boston College limited Army to 44 yards rushing on 29 carries. With the win, the Eagles are ranked No. 12 in the latest poll.

Team stats and rankings: Offense: 145 yards rushing per game (64th nationally), 339 yards passing (10th), 484 yards of total offense (20th); Defense: 41 yards surrendered on the ground (4th), 284 yards surrendered through the air (106th), 325 total yards allowed (40th).

***Southern California (3-0, 1-0 Pac 10): The top-ranked Trojans won their 35th consecutive home game, whipping Washington State (2-2, 0-1) , 47-14, in their Pac 10 opener.

Unlike in its first two wins, USC came out the gate throwing the football. John David Booty completed 10 passes for 75 yards on the Trojans' first possession. He finished 28-of-35 passing for 279 yards and four touchdowns.

Tight end Fred Davis had career highs, with nine receptions for 124 yards, helping USC to its 509 yards of total offense. Chauncey Washington had 84 yards rushing on 11 carries, and freshman Joe McKnight chipped in 48 yards.

USC's defense held Dwight Tardy, who was averaging 101 yards rushing per game, to 27 yards on 11 carries.

The Trojans play at Washington this coming Saturday.

Team stats and rankings: Offense: 245 yards rushing per game (10th nationally), 217 yards passing per game (66th), 462 yards of total offense (23rd); Defense: 64 yards surrendered on the ground (8th), 242 yards surrendered through the air (75th), 307 total yards allowed (25th).

***Navy (2-2): Joey Bullen's 44-yard field goal on the last play of the game, gave the Midshipmen a 46-43 home victory over Duke (1-3).

Led by back-up quarterback Jarod Bryant, the Middies scored 14 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to rally for the win. Bryant ran for 69 of Navy's 304 rushing yards, setting up the three scores.

Bryant replaced winded starter Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, who threw for a career-high 217 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown to O.J. Washington. Navy had 540 yards of total offense.

Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis threw for 428 yards and four touchdowns, but he was picked off by Ketric Buffin in the fourth quarter, just after Navy tied the game. Buffin has an interception in all four games this season.

Navy hosts Air Force this coming Saturday.

Team stats and rankings: Offense: 360 yards rushing per game (1st nationally), 103 yards passing per game (119th), 463 yards of total offense (22nd); Defense: 156 yards surrendered on the ground (70th), 293 yards surrendered through the air (109th), 449 total yards allowed (96th).

***Air Force (3-1, 2-1 MWC): The Falcons undefeated start was emphatically ended in a 31-6 loss at BYU. It was the first loss Air Force has suffered under first-year coach Troy Calhoun.

Air Force was held to 231 yards of total offense, and were 3-of-13 on third down. Quarterback Shaun Carney threw for just 98 yards, and had an eight-yard touchdown run.

BYU had no problems moving the football, gaining 452 yards of offense. Air Force came in only allowing 294 yards per game. Max Hall threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns.

Air Force plays at Navy this coming Saturday.

Team stats and rankings: Offense: 223 yards rushing per game (21st nationally), 131 yards passing per game (114th), 354 yards of total offense (80th); Defense: 98 yards surrendered on the ground (28th), 236 yards surrendered through the air (68th), 334 total yards allowed (44th).

***Duke (1-3, 0-1 ACC): Despite a couple of the best offensive performances in school history, the Blue Devils squandered an 11-point fourth quarter lead, and fell to host Navy on a last-second field goal, 46-43.

Thaddeus Lewis, Armando Allen's high school teammate, threw for 428 yards and four touchdowns. The yardage is the seventh-highest total in program history, and the touchdowns ties him for the second most. His favorite target, Eron Riley, caught six passes for 235 yards and all four scores. The yardage ties him for the fifth-most in program history, and the touchdowns are a school record.

Duke had 504 yards of total offense, but Navy gained 540 yards in rallying for the win. Joey Bullen kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired.

Duke plays at Miami on Saturday.

Team stats and rankings: Offense: 116 yards rushing per game (60th nationally), 243 yards passing (45th), 303 yards of total offense (103rd); Defense: 191 yards surrendered on the ground (90th), 273 yards surrendered through the air (100th), 464 total yards allowed (102nd nationally).

***Stanford (1-2, 0-2 Pac 10): The Cardinal played with No. 13 Oregon for a half, before the wheels came off in a 55-31 defeat at home. Stanford has lost 15 of its last 18 games.

The Cardinal turned three Oregon fumbles into three touchdowns and led 31-24 at the half. Anthony Kimble rushed for 115 of his career-high 119 yards before intermission. Quarterback T.C. Ostrander threw for 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but Oregon scored 31 unanswered points in the second half.

With the mistakes, Oregon only had 48 yards of total offense in the second quarter. They quickly got healthy in the second half, and finished the game with 589 total yards. Running back Jonathan Stewart had 160 yards rushing.

Team stats and rankings: Offense: 156 yards rushing per game (56th nationally), 279 yards passing (29th), 435 yards of total offense (38th); Defense: 197 yards surrendered on the ground (93rd nationally), 261 yards surrendered through air (92nd), 459 total yards allowed (100th).

-Previous Opponents

***Georgia Tech (2-2, 0-2 ACC): The Yellow Jackets lost for the second time in a row, and eighth consecutive time at Virginia (3-1, 3-0), falling to the Cavaliers, 28-23. The last time Georgia Tech won in Charlottesville, was in 1990 when they beat the top-ranked team in the country.

For the second week in a row, Georgia Tech fell behind quickly, 21-7 in the first quarter. But as they did against Boston College, the Yellow Jackets played themselves back into the game, and actually took the lead 23-21, on Travis Bell's 51-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Andrew Smith later muffed a punt return, and Virginia capitalized with the game-winning score. On the next play, Jameel Sewell threw a 26-yard touchdown to Staton Jobe for the go-ahead touchdown.

The Yellow Jackets came into the game with zero turnovers on the season, but had two against the Cavaliers. Freshman running back Jonathan Dwyer had 75 yards rushing and a touchdown. Tashard Choice had just five carries for 19 yards. Quarterback Taylor Bennett struggled to a 17-of-40 performance for 230 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Georgia Tech hosts Clemson this Saturday.

Team stats and rankings: Offense: 208 yards rushing per game (26th nationally), 166 yards passing (105th), 374 yards of total offense (69th); Defense: 72 yards surrendered on the ground (11th), 239 yards surrendered through the air (72nd), 311 total yards allowed (32nd).

***Penn State (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten): The then 10th-ranked Nittany Lions lost their first game of the season, the Big Ten opener at Michigan, 14-9.

Penn State's defense played well, allowing only three drives over 40 yards and limiting standout running back Mike Hart to 3.5 yards per carry. But the Wolverines hammered Hart all afternoon, a career-high 44 times to be exact, for 153 yards and a touchdown, and Michigan was 10-of-18 on third down.

Quarterback Anthony Morelli fumbled away the ball on his own 10-yard line, and Michigan's freshman quarterback followed that up with a 10-yard scoring run, making the game 7-0.

For the second consecutive game, linebacker Sean Lee had 12 tackles. Ten Nittany Lions players had a tackle for loss.

Dropping to No. 21, Penn State plays at Illinois this coming Saturday.

Team stats and rankings: Offense: 173 yards rushing per game (44th nationally), 204 yards passing (80th), 377 yards of total offense (67th); Defense: 55 yards surrendered on the ground (6th), 193 yards surrendered through the air (39th), 247 total yards allowed (9th).

***Michigan (2-2, 1-0 Big Ten): Following up his guarantee against Notre Dame, Michigan and running back Mike Hart were not going to be denied for a second-straight week. Hart carried the ball a career-high 44 times for 153 yards and a touchdown in a 14-9 upset of then No. 10 Penn State.

The Wolverines dominated the time of possession by nearly 10 minutes, and took advantage of an early mistake. Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli fumbled the ball on his own 10-yard line. Michigan's freshman quarterback Ryan Mallett followed that up with a 10-yard scoring run, putting the Wolverines up 7-0 in the first quarter.

Penn State eventually trimmed the lead to 7-6, but Hart's one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter pushed the lead back out to a touchdown.

Michigan's defense has not given up a touchdown in nine-straight quarters. They play at Northwestern next Saturday.

Team stats and rankings: Offense: 211 yards rushing per game (25th nationally), 179 yards passing (96th), 390 total yards of offense (60th); Defense: 147 yards surrendered on the ground (59th), 194 yards surrendered through the air (41st), 340 total yards allowed (45th).

***Michigan State (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten): Following the 31-14 victory over the Irish, here are the Spartans team stats and rankings: Offense: 201 yards rushing per game (31st nationally), 216 yards passing per game (67th), 417 total yards (50th); Defense: 96 yards surrendered on the ground (26th), 170 yards surrendered through the air (22nd), 266 total yards allowed (14th).


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