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Miami freshman running back Duke Johnson

No. 9 Notre Dame (4-0) vs. Miami (4-1)


Site: Soldier Field (61,500) in Chicago
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Television: NBC
Radio: This broadcast can be heard live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio (channel 129).
Coaches: Notre Dame — Brian Kelly (20-10, third season), Miami — Al Golden (9-7, second season).

Series Facts
This year’s installment of the Shamrock Series, which is Notre Dame’s annual home game away from home, matches the Fighting Irish with the Hurricanes for the 25th time. Notre Dame has a 16‑7‑1 record against Miami dating back to 1955. The Irish beat the Hurricanes 33-17 in the last meeting between the two schools in the 2010 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

Prime Personnel
Offense — In five starts, freshman running back Duke Johnson is averaging 71.8 rushing yards per game, has five rushing touchdowns, a receiving TD and a 95-yard kickoff return for a TD. Junior quarterback Stephen Morris has stepped up his game, completing 124 of 207 passing attempts for 1,635 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions.

Defense — Sophomore linebacker Denzel Perryman was off to another strong start after earning Freshman All-America honors last year with his 69 stops, 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack. A leg injury caused him to miss wins over N.C. State and Georgia Tech, but he has 16 tackles, three stops behind the line of scrimmage, and has returned an interception 41 yards for a score against Boston College.

For The Record
This will be the 12th time the programs have met when it is a home game for Notre Dame or at a neutral site. The Irish have lost to Miami just once under those circumstances, a 31-13 defeat in South Bend in 1984 when Notre Dame was ranked 17th and the Hurricanes were ranked 14th … Back in 1979, Notre Dame knocked off Miami, 40-15, in the Mirage Bowl in Tokyo, Japan. It wasn’t actually a bowl game, but rather a regular-season contest. The Mirage, known as the Dodge Colt in the United States, was a four-cylinder car being heavily promoted by Mitsubishi at the time, but was discontinued in 2002. The Mirage Bowl was later renamed the Coca-Cola Classic before its run ended in 1993.

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