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Monday, September 27, 2010

Notre Dame vs. Stanford Unknown Statistics and Miscellaneous Numbers

Some things we didn’t know until we reviewed the statistics.

Watching the game on television is more informative than sitting in the stadium. When Tommy Rees replaced Dayne Crist during the Michigan game everyone in the stands frantically called family and friends to find out what happened. Almost no one got through because the cell phone systems were overwhelmed. Yet, as it turned out, NBC was right on top of the situation.

Even watching the game on television can leave you wondering about certain situations. The stats answer a lot questions and many times reinforce what you assumed.

Here are a few:

** Our Punting game is inconsistent again this year. Ben Turk averaged 32 yards, including one pooch inside the 20 yard line. Turk is not on the NCAA list of top 50 Punter List.

** Nick Tausch kicked the on-side kick near the end of the game, it went seven yards.

** Cierre Wood did not participate at running back.

** Notre Dame started with two wide receivers (Michael Floyd and Theo Riddick) and two tight ends (Tyler Eifert and Kyle Rudolph).

** 56 Notre Dame players saw action.

** Senior Duval Kamara did not play.

** Coming into the game, Stanford was 100% in the Red Zone. They still are, going 7-7.

** Including Tausch, Steve Paskorz and Andrew Plaska saw action for the first time.

** Including Kamara, Jordon Cowart and Patrick Coughlin were also benched for the first time.

** Dayne Crist is ranked 50th in passing efficiency with 137.61. (Terrance Cain of Utah is ranked 1st with 192.50).

** After four games, David Ruffer is ranked 14th in field goals. 7 for 7 1.000 1.75 per game.

** Notre Dame is ranked nationally 88th in kick off returns with a 19.56 average. (As if we didn’t know, heh?) 

** Notre Dame is ranked nationally 103rd in total defense.

** Manti Te’o leads the nation in tackles. 26 solo, 28 assists for 54 and a 13.50 average per game.

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