Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Sports

September 23, 2013

IRISH NOTEBOOK: Always something or someone to see at ND

SOUTH BEND — It’s pretty hard to go to a Notre Dame home football game without encountering a celebrity.

On Saturday, prior to a 17-13 Irish victory over Michigan State, photographer Chad Weaver and I rode up the Notre Dame Stadium elevator with former Irish running back and current radio broadcaster Allen Pinkett.

Later on I ran into Goshen High School and Indiana University graduate Tyler Miller who was helping out the Notre Dame media relations department. His job during the game was keeping track of Irish player participation.

Also in the press box was former FOX 28 sports broadcaster Allison Hayes who is currently working for the BIG TEN NETWORK as a sideline reporter.

National champions

Before Saturday’s game the 1977 Notre Dame team that won the National Championship was honored. The Irish won 11 consecutive games that year, defeating sixth-ranked USC in October in South Bend to end a 23-game win streak for the Trojans and then knocked off unbeaten and top-ranked Alabama 24-23 in the Sugar Bowl.

Tight end Dave Casper and defensive back Mike Townsend both earned consensus All-American honors for the Irish coached by Ara Parseghian.

The Irish offense averaged 350.2 yards per game, still an all-time Notre Dame record. The defense was ranked second nationally in total defense and third in scoring average giving up on 6.6 points per game.

Rees in good company

Senior Tommy Rees is the second Notre Dame quarterback to have passed for more than 300 yards in each of the first three games of a season. He passed for 346 against Temple, 314 against Michigan and 309 against Purdue. The only other Irish QB to do that was Jimmy Clausen in 2009. Rees managed just 142 yards passing Saturday against the stingy Spartan defense.

Outstanding Irish efforts

Among the more memorable performances by Notre Dame players in the series with the Spartans is 1987 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown returning two punts for touchdowns on Sept. 19, 1997.

Phil Carter set a school record for carries in a single game (40) on Oct. 4, 1980, when he rushed for 254 yards. The is the third most ever by an ND running back.

Brady Quinn threw for 487 yards and five TDs in 2005. Ron Powlus tied a school record with 14 straight completions on Sept. 20, 1997. Former Valparaiso High School standout and current starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs Jeff Samardzjia had three TD receptions on Sept. 17, 2005.

ND vs. Big Ten

The Irish have faced no other conference as often as the Big Ten with 375 all-time games against the 12 current members of the league. Notre Dame had an all-time record of 234-125-16 (.645 winning percentage). The ACC (192) and Pac-12 (144) are the only other conferences with more than 100 meetings against the Irish.

Purdue leads the Big Ten with 86 games against Notre Dame followed by Michigan State 77.

Notre Dame has played at least one member of the Big Ten every season since 1915.

Irish in the NFL

There are 30 former Notre Dame players currently on NFL rosters with 15 on AFC teams and 15 on NFC squads.

The Minnesota Vikings have the most with five. They are tight Kyle Rudolph, center John Sullivan, strong safety Robert Blanton, tight end John Carlson and free safety Harrison Smith. Others in the NFC are wide receiver Michael Floyd of the Arizona Cardinals, strong safety Zeke Motta of the Atlanta Falcons, long snapper J.J. Jansen of the Carolina Panthers, running back Theo Riddick of the Detroit Lions, offensive lineman Eric Olsen (injured reserve) of the New Orleans Saints, defensive end Justin Tuck of the New York Giants, nose tackle Ian Williams and outside linebacker Darius Fleming of the San Francisco 49ers, wide receiver Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks and defensive end Derek Landri of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Four AFC teams each have two former Irish on their rosters. Defensive end Kapron-Lewis Moore (injured reserve) and running back Jonas Gary (practice squad) are on the Baltimore Ravens, tight end Tyler Eifert and guard Trevor Robinson on the Cincinnati Bengals, tackle Ryan Harris and running back Cierre Wood on the Houston Texans, defensive back Darrin Walls and quarterback Brady Quinn on the New York Jets. Guard Sam Young is on the Buffalo Bills, safety Jamoris Slaughter (practice squad) the Cleveland Browns, safety Sergio Brown the Indianapolis Colts, tight end Anthony Fasano the Kansas City Chiefs, center Braxston Cave (practice squad) the New England patriots and inside linebacker Manti Te’o the Sand Diego Chargers.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • GN140724 3 on 3 08 4-H Fair: 3-on-3 tourney brings out former standouts, good competition GOSHEN — “July Madness” or as it is also known the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair is well under way.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • GN140724 fair horseshoe 01 4-H Fair: Dad, son bond through horseshoes GOSHEN – For the past 11 years, Greg Jones has qualified to pitch in the horseshoe competition at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, and his first call has always been to his dad to tell him when to come watch him pitch.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NASCAR: Tony Stewart riding high from sprint car victory CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart heads into the busiest week of his year riding high from a win in his return to sprint car racing.

    July 23, 2014

  • Bears Preview Football [GOSHEN NEWS] NFL: Bears set sights on playoffs after busy offseason CHICAGO — It was far from a quiet offseason for the Chicago Bears, and now they really hope to make some noise.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indianapolis Colts Preview Colts looking to take next step in 2014 INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has taken Indianapolis to the playoffs twice, won a division title and orchestrated the second-greatest postseason comeback in league history.That’s no longer good enough anymore for the Colts. They’re after a championship.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pyrenees please Nibali, Rogers in Tour Stage 16 BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France — The Pyrenees on Tuesday lived up to their reputation for causing ups and downs at the Tour de France: A French rider climbed in the standings, an American went down, and an Australian rebounding from an ordeal of doping suspicions won Stage 16 in a downhill breakaway. Riding in his 10th Tour, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia won his first Tour stage behind savvy racing, well-paced riding and the absence of his Tinkoff-Saxo Bank leader Alberto Contador. The Spaniard crashed out in Stage 10, inadvertently freeing up Rogers to go after the stage win.

    July 22, 2014

  • New ACCNew ACC settles into era of stability settles into era of stability GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) â?? Welcome to the new Atlantic Coast Conference. It's where a founding member is out, a fast-rising program is in, Notre Dame is there, too â?? sort of â?? and nobody else is leaving. Where a one-time punchline of a conference now boasts the Heisman Trophy winner, the reigning national champion and a handful of other individual award winners. And where stability finally has arrived â?? with its status as a power conference secure entering the College Football Playoff era â?? leaving its members optimistic about its future.|GREENSBORO, N.C. - Welcome to the new Atlantic Coast Conference. It's where a founding member is out, a fast-rising program is in, Notre Dame is there, too â sort of â and nobody else is leaving. Where a one-time punchline of a conference now boasts

    July 22, 2014

  • Harness Racing - Don Eash Eash, Cross local harness winners at 4-H fair GOSHEN — Carl Putnam Jr. came away as the big winner in harness racing action on Tuesday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, taking the top spot in the featured race of the day — the Maple City Trot.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cycling Tour de France.jpg Tour de France heads to Pyrenees in Stage 16

    CARCASSONNE, France — Vincenzo Nibali is in the yellow jersey as the Tour de France peloton set off on the longest stage, into the Pyrenees.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Poll

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results