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BYU quarterback Riley Nelson has stayed on the move despite a back injury

BYU at No. 5 Notre Dame


Records: BYU 4-3, Notre Dame 6-0
Site: Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)
Kickoff: 3:39 p.m. ET
Television: NBC
Radio: This broadcast can be heard live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio (channel 129).

Coaches: Notre Dame — Brian Kelly (22-10, third season), BYU — Bronco Mendenhall (70-27, eighth season).

Series Facts: This marks just the seventh meeting between the two schools and the first since 2005. Notre Dame is 4-2 versus the Cougars, which picked up a 20-17 victory in Provo, Utah, in 2004.

Prime Personnel: Offense — Even after missing two games (back), fifth-year senior quarterback Riley Nelson has thrown for 1,059 yards and six touchdowns, but he has tossed eight interceptions. Nelson has added 113 rushing yards. He started seven of 12 games played in 2011, winning six of those starts while compiling 1,717 passing yards, 19 touchdown tosses and a quarterback rating of 153.93. Defense — Disruptive junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy has 11.5 tackles for loss (minus-68 yards) and 7.5 sacks — both team highs. Van Noy (6-3, 235) was a two-way star (he also played receiver) at McQueen High in Reno, Nev. He was named to the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Bednarik Award Watch Lists prior to the start of the 2012 season.

For The Record: It has been 14 years since Brigham Young has allowed fewer than 300 yards a game for a season … The Cougars have surrendered 260.9 a game through seven outings after allowing 450 in a 42-24 loss to Oregon State last weekend, which was the first time in the Cougars’ last 14 games they surrendered more than 300 total yards of offense … Next season, BYU will lose 34 percent of its roster (30 seniors and 20 players bound for required two-year Mormon missions) ... BYU long snapper Reed Hornung is a distant relative of former Notre Dame legend Paul Hornung … The Cougars are 4-8 against teams ranked in the top five in their history … BYU hasn't been shut out since a 3-0 loss to Utah in 2003 … They are No. 5 in the country in total defense, allowing just 260 yards per game.

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