No. 5 Notre Dame kept its national championship hopes alive with a 30-13 win at No. 8 Oklahoma. Here's a quick look at some notable milestones the Fighting Irish collected in Norman:
Manti Te'o had 11 tackles, an interception and his first sack of the year against Oklahoma
• After its trip to Norman, Notre Dame now has played 273 of its 450 road games since 1930 in front of capacity crowds. The official attendance at Memorial Stadium was 86,031, which was an Oklahoma record and the largest crowd to ever watch a sporting event of any kind in the state of Oklahoma. In the Irish’s 893 games over the past 83 years, they have played before 621 sellouts.
• With the victory over the No. 8 Sooners, Notre Dame now has bragging rights when it comes to most wins over top-25 teams this season. The Irish have beaten four squads on that list, including No. 10 Michigan State, No. 18 Michigan and No. 17 Stanford. Saturday’s win was the second against a top-10 team on the road this year, which is the first time the program has done so since 1966.
• The Notre Dame defense has surrendered just three touchdowns on opponents’ last 17 trips to the red zone. The Irish entered the contest against OU ranked second in the country in red zone defense (.526), which includes both field goals and touchdowns. Teams are averaging only 2.42 points per trip inside the 20-yard line.
• Since 2005, the Irish have won 39 of 41 games when it won the rushing battle. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has an all-time record of 156-23-1 when his team has outrushed the opponent.
• Sophomore place kicker Kyle Brindza missed a 35-yard field goal midway through the third quarter that would have given ND a 13-6 lead, but he regrouped on a 44-yarder that curved inside the uprights just over a minute into the final stanza to widen the cushion to seven points. He added a 46-yarder with 3:22 remaining to push the lead to 23-13. The first-year starter (at PK) is now 13-for-17 this season on 3-point attempts.
• Senior inside linebacker Manti Te’o finished the game with a team-high 11 tackles (all in the first half), which improves his career total of double-digit performances to 26 games and sixth of the season. He now has 404 career tackles, becoming just the third Notre Dame player to eclipse 400 along with Bob Crable (521 from 1978-81) and Bob Golic (479 from 1975-78). He added his team-best fifth interception of the season versus the Sooners and now shares the school record for picks by a linebacker with Lyron Cobbins (1995) and John Pergine (1966). His five interceptions lead the nation at his position, and Te’o has now been a part of nine of the team’s 18 takeaways (he also has two fumble recoveries and two quarterback hurries that led to picks). To top off a stellar evening in Norman, Te’o registered his first sack of the 2012 campaign and the eighth of his career.
• Senior running back Cierre Wood bolted up the middle of the field for a 62-yard touchdown with 6:24 to play in the first quarter to give the Irish a 7-3 lead. It was the longest scamper of the year for ND and the longest of his career. He recorded a 55-yarder against Purdue in 2011.
• Entering the game against Oklahoma, Irish starting quarterback Everett Golson had fumbled seven times in seven games (66 plays from scrimmage). He turned in a clean stat sheet in the victory on a night Notre Dame didn’t turn the ball over once.
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