Fourth-ranked Notre Dame improved to 10-0 this year after Saturday's 21-6 victory over Boston College. Here are some news items of note from the Irish's trip to the East Coast:
• The victory over Boston College was Notre Dame’s 18th win over its last 21 games, and the 10-game winning streak is the longest since the program put together 17 wins in a row from 1992-93. It’s also Notre Dame’s 15th streak of at least 10 games in program history.
• The Irish are now 317-122-27 (.709) all-time in the month of November and 115-65-16 (.628) on the road in November games and 144-48-8 in that month when ranked. Under third-year head coach Brian Kelly Notre Dame has an 8-1 record in November. Prior to his hiring, the Irish were 1-8 in the final month of the season in their last nine November contests.
• Including the game at Boston College, Notre Dame has played five times at night this season. A sixth and seventh nocturnal kickoff are likely with the season finale at Southern California and a BCS bowl game, which would tie a school record. The first night game for Notre Dame came in 1951, when it crushed Detroit, 48-6, at Briggs Stadium. Notre Dame has played 106 night games with an overall record of 68-36-2. The Irish have won their last five night games (all this season). The last three contests in Chestnut Hill, Mass., have been played after the sun set.
• Notre Dame kept its stingy first-quarter streak alive after not allowing an Eagles touchdown in the opening frame. The Irish haven’t given up a first-quarter touchdown in 11 games, and have outscored opponents 54-9 this year in the opening 15 minutes.
• The Irish defense has surrendered 111 points this season, which is the lowest total through 10 games since 1980, when they gave up 81. Notre Dame has limited opponents to just five offensive touchdowns in the last eight contests, and limited teams to 10 points or fewer in five games (Navy, No. 10 Michigan State, No. 18 Michigan, Miami and Boston College).
• Though only 14 points were scored in the first half by Notre Dame, the team compiled 256 yards of total offense through the first two quarters, which is the highest output in the opening half since it put up 278 against Miami at Soldier Field in Chicago.
• Senior running back Cierre Wood earned the dubious distinction of being the first Irish tailback to lose a fumble last week in overtime against Pitt. At Boston College, sophomore George Atkinson III and Theo Riddick both coughed up the pill.
• Notre Dame marched 95 yards on 13 plays to grab a 7-0 lead in the first quarter at Boston College. The 95-yard drive was the longest of the year. The Irish pieced together a 93-yard drive in the fourth quarter against Miami on Oct. 6. The Irish have not had a longer drive since Sept. 3, 2011, when they went 99 yards for a touchdown against South Florida in the season opener. Notre Dame’s two scoring drives in the first half vs. the Eagles were 13 and 16 plays, respectively. Five of the last six scoring drives, going back to the Pittsburgh game, have included at least 11 plays.
• Sophomore quarterback Everett Golson registered a two-yard touchdown run at the 7:26 mark in the first quarter for his fifth rushing score of the year, which is the most for a Notre Dame QB since Jarious Jackson collected seven in 1999.
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