Opponent Recap

Here is a rundown of how Notre Dame's other opponents played last week.

Upcoming opponents:

***Air Force (7-3, 5-2 Mountain West): It was a record-setting day for receiver Chad Hall, in the Falcon's 30-10 victory over Army at home. Hall, who lines up all over the field, rushed for 275 yards and a touchdown, breaking his own school-rushing record of 256 yards he set against Colorado State in October.

Hall also climbed to No. 1 on the career and single-season all-purpose yards lists in program history, helping Air Force set season highs in total yards (542), and yards rushing (437).

The win ensured the Falcons of their first winning season since 2003, and they travel to Notre Dame on Saturday.

Interesting Stats: Air Force ranks fourth in the nation in rushing (272.8 ypg.), and Hall ranks eighth nationally in all-purpose yards (196.1 ypg.).

***Duke (1-8, 0-6 ACC): The Blue Devils took a quick 7-0 lead against No. 20 Clemson, but were no match in the 47-10 loss at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham.

The Tigers scored 16 points in a 39-second span to take a 26-7 lead at the half. Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis connected with Eron Riley for a seven-yard touchdown, giving Duke its only touchdown. They host Georgia Tech this coming weekend.

Interesting Stats: Riley's eight touchdown receptions this season gives him 13 for his career and moves him into seventh on the school's all-time list. Duke ranks last nationally in rushing yards per game (56.11).

***Stanford (3-6, 2-5 Pac 10): The Cardinal were held to just 253 yards of total offense in a 27-9 loss at home to Washington.

Starting quarterback Tavita Pritchard was knocked out of the game on Stanford's second possession and never returned. T.C. Ostrander, the team's starter at the beginning of the season, was 16-of-28 passing for 133 yards.

The Huskies had six sacks, and Louis Rankin ran for 255 yards and a touchdown to lead Washington to the win.

Interesting Stats: Stanford ranks 106th nationally in total offense (316.78 ypg.), and 100th in pass-efficiency defense.

Previous Opponents

***Georgia Tech (5-4, 2-4 ACC): What little hopes the Yellow Jackets had of returning to the ACC title game for a second-straight year, went down the drain in an embarrassing 27-3 loss at home to now No. 11 Virginia Tech, on Thursday night.

Quarterback Taylor Bennett threw four interceptions and was replaced by freshman Josh Nesbitt. The rookie was also picked once.

The Yellow Jackets are at Duke on Saturday.

Interesting Stats: Georgia Tech ranks first nationally in net punting, second in sacks, fourth in tackles for loss, and third in sacks allowed this season.

***Penn State (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten): Anthony Morelli threw for 210 yards and a touchdown, and Evan Royster ran for 126 yards and another score in Penn State's 26-19 victory over Purdue.

Derrick Williams had one touchdown receiving and another one rushing, as the Nittany Lions climbed to No. 23 in the latest BCS standings.

Penn State plays at Temple on Saturday.

Interesting Stats: Linebacker Dan Connor made 11 tackles, moving past Paul Posluszny into first place on the school's all-time tackles list. He now has 379 stops in his career, seven ahead of the former All-American.

***Michigan (8-2, 5-0 Big Ten): Chad Henne threw a school-record four touchdown passes to lead the Wolverines from behind in a 28-24 win over Michigan State. Mike Hart added 115 yards on the ground, his fourth 100-yard rushing game against the Spartans.

Michigan State scored 21 unanswered points, before Henne directed two fourth quarter touchdown drives for the win. Mario Manningham caught a 31-yard scoring pass for the game winner with 2:28 remaining.

Winners of eight in a row, the 13th-ranked Wolverines play at Wisconsin this Saturday.

Interesting Stats: Hart ranks third nationally in rushing yards per game at 148.5 yards per game. Shawn Crable ranks second in tackle for loss per game (2.25).

***Michigan State (5-5, 1-5 Big Ten): The Spartans overcame an 11-point halftime deficit, to take a 24-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter, before falling at home to No. 13 Michigan, 28-24.

Michigan State has lost five of its last six.

Javon Ringer and Jehuu Caulcrick combined to rush for over 200 yards and three touchdowns. Ringer had 128 yards and one score. Caulcrick went for 84 yards and the other two touchdowns. Michigan State ran for 15 yards in the first half, but regrouped with 137 yards in the third quarter, in beginning to mount a comeback.

Interesting Stat: Devin Thomas ranks fourth nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 202.3 yards per game.

***Purdue (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten): Curtis Painter's desperation throw into the end zone as time expired was batted down, and the Boilermakers lost at Penn State, 26-19.

Painter was 27-of-48 passing for 255 yards, and Dorien Bryant had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game. Chris Summers kicked four field goals, as Purdue had its chances but struggled to find the end zone.

The Boilermakers host Michigan State on Saturday.

Interesting Stats: Led by Bryant, Purdue ranks second nationally in kickoff return average (28.7). Bryant himself is sixth nationally at 31.79 yards per return.

***UCLA (5-4, 4-2 Pac 10): The Bruins nearly recovered from a 34-14 deficit, but lost on the road, 34-27 to Arizona.

Starting quarterback Pat Cowan, playing with a torn ligament in his right knee, was replaced in the third quarter by Osaar Rasshan, who'd been playing receiver, and became UCLA's fourth different signal-caller of the season. He was 3-of-10 passing for 78 yards, and ran for another 58 yards, as the Bruins almost came back for the surprising win.

UCLA hosts No. 9 Arizona State on Saturday.

Interesting Stat: Bruce Davis ranks sixth in the nation in sacks per game (1.06).

***Boston College (8-1, 4-1 ACC): The Eagles saw their National Championship hopes basically come to an end, and Matt Ryan's Heisman hopes took a big hit, as Boston College lost its first game of the season, a 27-17 home loss to Florida State. The Eagles dropped from second to No. 8 in the BCS standings.

Ryan threw three interceptions, the final one returned 38 yards for a score with just over a minute to play to seal Boston College's fate. He did throw for 415 yards, his fourth 400-yard passing game of the season, but the Eagles trailed virtually the whole evening.

The Eagles try and get back on track at Maryland on Saturday.

Interesting Stats: Boston College ranks No. 1 in rushing yards allowed per game at just 58. Ryan ranks sixth in total offense at 321.56 yards per game.

***USC (7-2, 4-2 Pac 10): John David Booty returned for his first game in four weeks, and threw for 157 yards and a touchdown, helping the Trojans to a 24-3 home win over Oregon State. USC moves up one spot to No. 12 in the AP poll.

Chauncey Washington had 60 yards rushing and two touchdowns against a Beavers defense that came into the game ranked first nationally against the run. USC held the Beavers to just 176 yards of total offense.

USC play at California on Saturday.

Interesting Stat: USC's defense ranks third nationally in total defense at 253.33 yards allowed per game.

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