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What you need to know about Notre Dame

Irish seek first national title in 24 years tonight

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2012 Schedule and Results

Navy W 50-10

Purdue W 20-17

at Michigan State W 20-3

Michigan W 13-6

Miami W 41-3

Stanford W 20-13 (OT)

BYU W 17-14

at Oklahoma W 30-13

Pittsburgh W 29-26 (3OT)

at Boston College W 21-6

Wake Forest W 38-0

at USC W 22-13

History

First year of football – 1887

All-time record – 865-299-42

Bowl appearances – 32

Bowl record – 15-16

Last title – 1988

Consensus national championships – 11 (1924, '29, '30, '43, '46, '47, '49, '66, '73, '77, '88)

Team Info

Offense – Spread

Defense – 3-4

2012 record – 12-0

Ranking – No. 1

Leaders

* Passing

Yards – Everett Golson, 2,135

Completions – Golson, 166 of 282 with 5 INTs

TDs – Golson, 11

* Rushing

Yards – Theo Riddick, 880 yards

TDs – Riddick, George Atkinson III and Golson with 5 each

* Receiving

Receptions – Tyler Eifert, 44

Yards – Eifert, 624

TDs – Eifert and T.J. Jones with 4 each

* Scoring

Points – Kyle Brindza, 95

* Defense

Tackles – Manti Te'o, 103

INTs – Te'o, 7

Sacks – Stephon Tuitt, 12

Impression

“Notre Dame is a very well-coached team and has great balance on offense. They have a great player that plays tight end (Eifert) and has made a lot of great plays for them. The balance that they have on offense and the toughness that they play with is something that I think will be very challenging. Defensively, they probably have the best front seven in the country. This is just a good all-around football team.”

— Alabama coach Nick Saban

Tdavis@news-sentinel.com


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