Opponent Recap

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

Upcoming Opponents:

***Duke (1-9, 0-7 ACC): The Blue Devils hung around for a half, before falling to Georgia Tech on senior day, 41-24.

Leon Wright returned a fumble 24-yards for a score, and a Michael Tauliili's interception set up a field goal, and Duke led 10-7 midway through the first quarter. But the lead didn't last long, as the Yellow Jackets quickly scored 20-unanswered points. Midway through the second quarter, Thaddeus Lewis later hit Eron Riley for a 64-yard touchdown, and the Blue Devils got to within a touchdown, 24-17. That's as close as they'd get again.

Duke had just 146 yards of total offense in the loss, and travel to Notre Dame this weekend.

Interesting Stat: The Blue Devils rank last nationally in rushing yards per game, gaining just 52.90 yards per contest.

***Stanford (3-7, 2-6 Pac 10): The Cardinal allowed 561 yards of total offense, including 449 yards passing by Alex Brink, and Stanford lost to host Washington State, 33-17.

Quarterback Tavita Pritchard finished with 22-of-40 passing for 263 yards. He threw two interceptions and was sacked four times. Tyrone McGraw and Jeremy Stewart split the rushing duties for Stanford and each scored a touchdown. McGraw took a pitch from Pritchard and ran four yards to score Stanford's first touchdown. Stewart later scored on a four-yard run to pull the Cardinal within 20-17 in the third quarter.

Stanford was without leading receiver Richard Sherman. Mark Bradford caught 12 passes for 141 yards. The Cardinal have a bye week before hosting Notre Dame over Thanksgiving weekend.

Interesting Stat: Stanford is 11th nationally in tackles for loss, averaging 7.9 per game.

Previous Opponents:

***Georgia Tech (6-4, 3-4 ACC): Tashard Choice ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets 41-24 victory at Duke. It was his sixth 100-yard performance of the season.

Duke led 10-7 midway through the first quarter after forcing two turnovers, but the Yellow Jackets rallied to score the game's next 20 points. Taylor Bennett threw for 218 yards, two touchdowns, and rushed for another, and the defense had eight sacks and held the Blue Devils to just 146 yards of total offense.

Choice has now run for over 3,000 yards in his career. The Yellow Jackets host North Carolina on Saturday.

Interesting Stats: The sixth-best defense in the country statistically (293 yards allowed per game), Georgia Tech leads the nation in sacks (9.5) and tackles for loss (4.3) per game.

***Penn State (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten): Running back Rodney Kinlaw tied his career high with 168 yards rushing, and the Nittany Lions posted their second shutout of the season, dominating host Temple, 31-0.

Quarterback Anthony Morelli threw three touchdown passes, two of them to Jordan Norwood, and Dan Conner had 18 tackles in the win. Kinlaw became the 11th Penn State running back to ever rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

The Nittany Lions held Temple to only 242 yards of offense, and play at Michigan State on Saturday to complete the regular season.

Interesting Stats: Penn State is ranked seventh nationally in total defense (295.82 yards allowed per game), fifth nationally in scoring defense (16 points per game) and second nationally in sacks (4 per game).

***Michigan (8-3, 5-1 Big Ten): Without running back Mike Hart and quarterback Chad Henne, the 13th-ranked Wolverines were no match for Wisconsin, falling on the road and losing their first conference game of the season, 37-21. Michigan dropped to No. 23 in the latest A.P. poll.

Hart didn't play, and Henne left the game with and injury after just two series. Freshman quarterback Ryan Mallett struggled to 11-of-36 passing for 245 yards, though he did toss three touchdown receptions. One went for 97 yards to Mario Manningham, the longest offensive play in school history.

Michigan pulled to within 23-21 with 7:31 remaining, but Wisconsin quickly scored two touchdowns to end any comeback thoughts. The Wolverines host No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday. A victory over their rival, and they still win the Big Ten.

Interesting Stat: The Wolverines rank 19th nationally in pass-efficiency defense.

***Michigan State (6-5, 2-5 Big Ten): The Spartans ended a three-game losing streak and became bowl eligible, defeating host Purdue, 48-31.

Brian Hoyer threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target, Devin Thomas caught 10 passes for 116 yards, and Jehuu Caulcrick added 77 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Michigan State built a 31-21 halftime lead.

The Spartans host Penn State in the season finale on Saturday.

Interesting Stats: Caulcrick's two touchdowns give him 20 for the season, making him the school's all-time single-season leader. Thomas now has 68 receptions, also making him the school's all-time single season leader in that department.

***Purdue (7-4, 3-4 Big Ten): The Boilermakers had 517 yards of total offense, but three turnovers were the difference in a 48-31 home loss to Michigan State.

Curtis Painter passed for 344 yards, but was intercepted twice by SirDean Adams, setting up 10 Michigan State points. Kory Sheets ran for a touchdown, caught a scoring pass, and finished with 121 yards of total offense.

Purdue plays at rival Indiana on Saturday.

Interesting Stats: Purdue ranks 17th nationally in passing yards per game at 287.82. Painter ranks 29th nationally in total offense at 275.09 yards per game.

***UCLA (5-5, 4-3 Pac 10): A banged-up Bruins team lost for the fourth time in five games, losing to No. 9 Arizona State at the Rose Bowl, 28-24. UCLA started its fourth quarterback and third running back of the year in the loss, but led 13-10 at halftime.

Converted wide receiver Osaar Rasshan completed 14-of-27 passes for 181 yards with one interception. He entered last week's game in the second half. The Sun Devils scored 14-straight points to begin the second half.

Defenses dominated the first half, with Arizona State held to 88 yards, just 12 rushing, and UCLA held to 114 yards, only 29 through the air. The Sun Devils finished with 352 yards, and the Bruins had 300.

UCLA is off next week before hosting Oregon next Saturday.

Interesting Stats: Matthew Slater returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, setting a school record for a single-season and and a career, as well as a Pac 10 record.

***Boston College (8-2, 4-2 ACC): A National Title contender two short weeks ago, the Eagles lost to an injury-riddled Maryland team on the road, 42-35.

Maryland was playing with a make-shift offensive line and without its leading rusher Keon Lattimore, but still gained 472 yards and scored five touchdowns.

The Eagles Heisman candidate quarterback Matt Ryan was 33-of-56 passing for 421 yards and three touchdowns. But he was intercepted twice.

Boston College was down 20-14 at the half, and took its first lead when Ryan found Kevin Challenger for a three-yard score. But Maryland rallied back for the win.

Interesting Stats: Ryan ranks sixth nationally in total offense at 329.2 yards per game. Boston College is sixth in the country in passing offense (329.7), and second in rush defense (65.7).

***USC (8-2, 5-2 Pac 10): Chauncey Washington rushed for a career-high 220 yards and a touchdown, and the 12th-ranked Trojans defeated host California, 24-17. USC moved up one spot to No. 11 in the A.P. poll, and kept its conference championship hopes alive.

Terrell Thomas intercepted a Nate Longshore pass in the final minutes to seal the win. Just before that, Stafon Johnson scored on a three-yard run with 7:38 remaining to give USC the lead for good. John David Booty passed for 129 yards and a touchdown.

USC is off this coming Saturday before traveling to Arizona State.

Interesting Stats: The Trojans defense ranks third nationally (267.9 yards allowed per game) and fifth in scoring defense (16 points per game).

***Navy (6-4): The Midshipmen beat host North Texas 74-62, as the two teams combined for the most points scored in major college history. Navy became bowl eligible and accepted a bid to the Poinsettia Bowl.

The Middies set a school-rushing record with 572 yards and eight touchdowns. They tied a school record by scoring at least 30 points in eight-straight contests.

Navy had six players rush for over 50 yards, led by Shun White's 131 yards. Zerbin Singleton added 103 yards and three scores.

Navy trailed 49-45 at the half, and host Northern Illinois on Saturday.

Interesting Stats: The nation's top rushing offense (357.2 yards per game), Navy ranks ninth in that nation in points per game at 40.6.


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