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Notre Dame-Miami Quick Hits

Here's a quick look at some news and notes from No. 9 Notre Dame's 41-3 victory over Miami Saturday night at Soldier Field in Chicago:

No. 9 Notre Dame improved to 5-0 after thrashing Miami in this year's Shamrock Series game in Chicago

• The victory over Miami improved Notre Dame to 5-0 for the first time since 2002, to 10-0-2 all-time in games played at Soldier Field and 61-16-2 (.785) all-time in games played following a bye week. The win also moved the Irish to 66-36-2 (.644) all-time in night games and 71-20-3 (.785) all-time when playing in an NFL stadium. Notre Dame is now 377-92-8 (.799) all-time in the month of October and 37-7-1 (.883) in October games on neutral fields. The Windy City win over the Hurricanes improved Notre Dame’s record to 17-7-1 vs. Miami.

• Notre Dame, which is now allowing just 7.8 points per game, has not allowed a touchdown over its last 12 quarters. No school in the FBS has allowed fewer touchdowns than the Irish (three) this season. The Fighting Irish defense has allowed just 39 points through five games, the lowest total since the 1975 squad held opponents to 34 through the first five contests.

• Notre Dame’s defense has allowed two offensive touchdowns or less in 17 of its last 22 games. On top of that, the defense has held opponents to one offensive touchdown or less in 10 of those outings. There have been no rushing touchdowns surrendered in 2012, making ND and Texas Christian the only two FBS programs to boast such an accomplishment.

• Having not given up a rushing touchdown in the final to games of the 2011 campaign, the Irish have now gone seven consecutive contests without allowing a score on the ground. The last time the Irish kept opposing rushers out of the end zone for their first five games was back in 1989. The only defense to allow fewer than nine rushing scores over the last 23 games is Alabama with six.

• Notre Dame rushed for 376 yards against Miami, the most since a 380-yard outburst against Boston College in 2000. The Irish have rattled off 10 consecutive wins when it piles up at least 200 rushing yards. The last time the Irish lost a game when reaching that mark was in 2007 against Navy. In 36 of the team’s last 38 games, a victory was the outcome when simply outrushing its opponent by any margin. In head coach Brian Kelly’s career, his teams have a 153-23-1 record when winning the ground battle.

• Senior tight end Tyler Eifert caught two passes for 31 yards vs. Miami. He know has 100 career receptions, joining former tight ends Ken MacAfee (128 from 1974-77) and John Carlson (100 from 2004-07) as the only other Irish players at his position to hit the century mark.

• Because sophomore quarterback Everett Golson was reprimanded for being late to a team meeting late in the week, junior Tommy Rees got the start for Notre Dame. He lasted four plays before Golson came in, but it improved Rees’ record to 13-4 as a starter in his Irish career.

• Sophomore running back George Atkinson III earned his first career 100-yard rushing game. He finished with 123 yards on 10 carries, which included a 55-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. Two of Atkinson’s three rushing touchdowns this season have been over 50 yards, and the 12.3 per carry average (minimum 10 rushes) is the best by an Irish running back since Reggie Brooks (205 yards on 15 carries) averaged 13.7 against Purdue on Sept. 26, 1992.

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