October 3, 1998
Today's game marks the 139th consecutive sellout in Notre Dame Stadium, the first 130 coming at the old 59,075 capacity and the six 1997 games at the 80,225 capacity. Today marks Notre Dame's 187th home sellout in the last 188 games, dating back to 1964.
Notre Dame is 18-18 in the red zone in '98. The Irish have scored 13 touchdowns (three passing and 10 rushing) and five field goals.
Notre Dame now leads the series 9-4 and has won two straight at Notre Dame Stadium ('94 and '98) after Stanford won two straight at Notre Dame Stadium in 1990 and '92.
At 1-4, Stanford is off to its worst start since the 1989 team was 1-8.
Notre Dame lost three regular-season road games in 1997 and has beaten all three of those teams in 1998. The Irish lost at Purdue, Michigan and Stanford to start '97 1-4 but have beaten each of those teams in their three home games in 1998. Notre Dame last avenged three roads defeats from a previous year in 1988 when the Irish won at Pittsburgh (30-20) and beat Miami (31-30) and Penn State (21-3) at home.
Notre Dame is 6-10 on fourth-down conversions in '98. Stanford is 1-10 on fourth-down conversions after turning the ball over on downs at the Notre Dame 11-yard line in the second quarter, at the Notre Dame 12-yard line in the third quarter and at the Notre Dame 18-yard line in the fourth quarter.
Stanford's 63-28 loss to Oregon and 35-17 loss to Notre Dame mark its worst back-to-back losses (53 points) since 1990 when the Cardinal lost by a total of 67 points to Washington (52-16) and Oregon (31-0).
Notre Dame's 36-point turnaround from the 33-15 loss to Stanford in '97 and the 35-17 win in '98 is the biggest point turnaround since the Irish beat the Cardinal 48-20 in 1993 after losing 33-16 in 1992, a difference of 45.
The last time Notre Dame had three players rush for at least 75 yards came against Air Force in 1995 when Randy Kinder (121), Autry Denson (109) and Marc Edwards (84) each gained at 75 yards.
After allowing just 34 first-half points in their first three games, Stanford has given up 70 points in the first half against Oregon and Notre Dame. In the first quarter, the Cardinal had allowed only three points in the first three games before yielding 42 to the Ducks and the Irish.
Before Jackson ran for 100 yards against Stanford, the last Notre Dame quarterback to rush for 100 yards was Tony Rice in Notre Dame's 34-23 win at Penn State on Nov. 18, 1989. Rice gained 141 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Notre Dame's defense had allowed 79 points in the first half, an average of 26 points, before holding Stanford to three first-half points.
The Irish offense had averaged 157.7 net offensive yards in the first half before gaining 270 against the Cardinal in the first 30 minutes of the game. Defensively, Notre Dame had allowed 273 yards in the first half but held Stanford to 115 yards.
Autry Denson's two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the 34th of his career, the third most in Notre Dame history. Allen Pinkett leads with 49 while Louis (Red) Salmon is second with 36.
Autry Denson continues his climb towards the Notre Dame record of 4131 for career rushing yards set Allen Pinkett from 1982-85. Denson entered the game second in Irish history with 3509 career rushing yards and finished with 88 yards for a total of 3597 yards.
Jamie Spencer's 37-yard run in the second quarter was the longest for a Notre Dame fullback since Spencer's career-long run for 40 yards against Rutgers in 1996.
Jarious Jackson entered the game with only 17 yards rushing and 15-39 (.395) passing for 211 yards in the first half in Notre Dame's first three games. Against the Cardinal, he ran for 75 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns and was 6-8 for 71 yards passing.
Jarious Jackson's 22-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the game was the longest run of his career. The previous high was 21 versus Purdue in 1996, his first career game.
Notre Dame's touchdown on the first drive of the game marked the first touchdown the Irish have scored in the first quarter in '98. The 7-0 Notre Dame lead was its first, first-half lead of the year.
The last time Notre Dame scored more than 28 points in the first half came against Rutgers in 1996 when the Irish led 35-0 at halftime. Notre Dame also scored 28 against Boston College in 1997.
After being outscored 38-6 in the first quarter and 79-23 in the first half entering the game, Notre Dame outscored Stanford 21-3 in the first quarter and 28-3 in the first half.
Notre Dame's 21 first-quarter points are the most since the Irish scored 21 against Rutgers in 1996. Notre Dame has not scored more than 21 points in the first quarter since before the 1980 season.