Opponent Recap

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

Upcoming Opponent:

***Stanford (3-7, 2-6 Pac 10): The Cardinal were off this past weekend, and host the Irish on Saturday.

Interesting Stats: Stanford ranks 11th nationally in sacks per game at 3.1, and 10th nationally in tackles for loss at 7.9 per game. Notre Dame should be able to get to the quarterback, as the Cardinal are giving up 4.2 sacks per game, ranking 117th in the nation.

Previous Opponents:

***Georgia Tech (7-4, 4-4 ACC): The Yellow Jackets overcame four fumbles, and Travis Bell kicked a 27-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining, giving Georgia Tech a 27-25 home victory over North Carolina.

Tashard Choice carried the ball 33 times for 142 yards, and receiver Greg Smith had six receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The Yellow Jackets host No. 6 Georgia on Saturday.

Interesting Stats: Georgia Tech has finished at .500 or better for 13-straight years in the conference. They rank first nationally in sacks (4.27) and tackles for loss (9.36).

***Penn State (8-4, 4-4 Big Ten): The Nittany Lions led 24-7 in the third quarter, but Michigan State rallied for a 35-31 win in East Lansing, Mich. It was the last game of the regular season for both teams.

Rodney Kinlaw ran for a game-high 125 yards and two touchdowns, his fifth 100-yard game of the season. Anthony Morelli threw for 188 yards and a score, but it wasn't enough, as the Nittany Lions three-game winning streak over Michigan State was snapped.

Penn state scored 17 points off of three turnovers, and Dan Connor had 13 tackles. The Nittany Lions now wait to see what bowl game they'll be selected to.

Interesting Stats: Penn State ranks eighth nationally against the run (87.92 yards allowed per game), and second in sacks (3.75).

***Michigan (8-4, 5-2 Big Ten): The 23rd-ranked Wolverines lost to No. 7 Ohio State, 14-3, in a battle for the Big Ten championship. Michigan lost its final two games and now waits to hear what bowl game they'll be headed to.

The Wolverines were held to just 91 total yards, and Ohio State owned the time of possession by more than 15 minutes.

Playing with a shoulder injury, Chad Henne was 11-of-34 passing for 68 yards, and Mike Hart was limited to 44 yards on 18 carries. The Wolverines dropped out of the A.P. poll.

Interesting Stat: Hart's performance dropped him to fifth in the nation in rushing yards per game at 136.89.

***Michigan State (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten): The Spartans trailed 24-7 in the third quarter before rallying for a 35-31 home win over Penn State, likely securing a bowl bid.

Jehuu Caulcrick's one-yard touchdown run with a little over four minutes remaining, finally giving Michigan State the lead. Brian Hoyer was 16-of-21 passing for 257 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Devin Thomas.

Interesting Stats: Caulcrick ranks sixth nationally in scoring at 10.5 points per game, and Thomas ranks eight in receiving yards per game at 102.17.

***Purdue (7-5, 3-5): The Boilermakers rally came up short in a 27-24 loss to rival Indiana, concluding the season. Purdue is one of 10 bowl eligible Big Ten teams.

Trailing 24-3 early in the second half, Kory Sheets scored on two one-yard touchdown runs, and the Boilermakers tied the score at 24.

Curtis Painter was 28-of-45 passing for 279 yards and one touchdown, as Purdue lost its last three games of the season.

Interesting Stat: Led by Painter, Purdue's passing attack ranks 19th nationally at 287.25 yards per game.

***UCLA (5-5, 4-3 Pac 10): The Bruins were idle last weekend and host No. 9 Oregon on Saturday.

Interesting Stat: UCLA's rush defense ranks 17th nationally, allowing just 111.1 yards per game.

***Boston College (9-2, 5-2 ACC): Matt Ryan hit Rich Gunnell with a 43-yard touchdown pass with 1:46 remaining, giving the 18th-ranked Eagles a 20-17 victory over No. 15 Clemson.

With the road win, Boston College is guaranteed a spot in the ACC title game.

Ryan threw for 315 yards, and Andre Callender had 92 yards receiving and 75 yards rushing. The Eagles host Miami in their regular season finale this Saturday, and moved up to No. 15 in the latest A.P. poll.

Interesting Stats: The Eagles rank first nationally against the run, allowing only 64 yards per game. Ryan is seventh in total offense at 325.27 yards per game.

***USC (8-2, 5-2 Pac 10): The 11th-ranked Trojans didn't play on Saturday, and play at No. 7 Arizona State on Thanksgiving night.

Interesting Stats: It's easy to see why the USC defense ranks third nationally. They are 10th in the country against the run (92.20 yards per game), and fourth in pass-efficiency defense.

***Navy (7-4): Zerbin Singleton had three touchdowns in the Midshipmen's 35-24 home victory over Northern Illinois. Navy has already accepted a bid to the Poinsettia Bowl.

Backup quarterback Jarod Bryant ran for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Navy is off next weekend, and plays Army to end the regular season on Dec. 1.

Interesting stats: The Middies rank first nationally in rushing yards per game at 357.36, and ninth in scoring at 40.09 points per game.

***Air Force (9-3, 6-2 Mountain West): The Falcons ran for a season-high 569 yards in a 55-23 rout of San Diego State, concluding the regular season.

Jim Ollis, Ty Paffett and Chad Hall all eclipsed the 100-yard mark and combined for seven touchdowns.

The win gave Air Force their first undefeated season at home since 1998, and the most victories in a year since 2000.

Interesting Stat: Air Force ranks second nationally in rushing yards per game at 298.5.

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