Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame Stadium (80,795/Natural Grass)
Notre Dame, Ind.
Saturday, November 3 • 3:30 p.m. • NBC
NBC — Dan Hicks, Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan
KDKA-FM 93.7 (flagship)
Sirius 91; XM 91
Pittsburgh and Notre Dame have a long history on the gridiron as Saturday’s game will be the teams’ 68th meeting since 1909 … The Irish hold a 46-20-1 series lead after taking a 15-12 win at Heinz Field last year …The 2008 game in South Bend stands as the longest game in either school’s history as Pitt was a 36-33 winner in four overtimes … Pittsburgh is one of four BIG EAST teams that have picked up wins at Notre Dame Stadium since 2008 … Pitt and Syracuse won there in 2008, Connecticut won in 2009 and USF won in 2011.
PITTSBURGH (4-4, 1-3 BIG EAST)
Paul Chryst (Wisconsin ’88)
4-4, first season
Pittsburgh evened its record at 4-4 and picked up its first BIG EAST win of the year with a 47-17 victory against Temple … The game against Notre Dame will be Pittsburgh’s first against a top-10 team since the Panthers stunned No. 1/2 West Virginia 13-9 in 2007 in Morgantown, W.Va. … QB Tino Sunseri will make his 35th consecutive start … Sunseri has thrown for 1,682 yards and 11 touchdowns with just one interception in his last six games … Overall, Sunseri has thrown for 2,199 yards and 13 TDs with just two interceptions … Sunseri ranks fourth on Pitt’s career passing list (7,501 yards) … WR Devin Street leads the BIG EAST in receptions (6.2 per game) and receiving yards (86.9 ypg) … WR Mike Shanahan is third in receiving yards (78.9 ypg) and fourth in receptions (4.6 per game) … RB Ray Graham is fourth in the BIG EAST in rushing (77.8 ypg) and has seven rushing touchdowns … Graham is the active BIG EAST career leader in total touchdowns (32) and rushing TDs (28) … S Jason Hendricks has led the defense with a BIG EAST-leading four interceptions to go with 54 tackles … S Jarred Holley has 51 tackles, while LB Shane Gordon has 33 … P Matt Yoklic is averaging 41.4 yards on 27 punts this year.
4/4 NOTRE DAME (8-0)
Brian Kelly (Assumption ’83)
24-10, third season at Notre Dame
195-67-2, 22nd season as collegiate head coach
Notre Dame improved to 8-0 with a 30-13 win at No. 8 Oklahoma Saturday … The win against Oklahoma was the fourth against a top-25 team for Notre Dame, which is ranked No. 4 in this week’s BCS standings … Irish head coach Brian Kelly was a three-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year (2007-09) at Cincinnati, where he won outright BIG EAST titles in 2008 and 2009 … Notre Dame has not allowed more than 17 points in a game this season … The Irish defense has held opponents to an average of 293.0 yards and 9.9 points per game … Notre Dame has allowed just one rushing touchdown — to Oklahoma last Saturday … LB Manti Te’o leads the team with 80 tackles to go with five interceptions, 4.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a sack … DE Stephon Tuitt has a team-high 8.5 sacks … QB Everett Golson has thrown for 1,145 yards and four touchdowns and has four rushing touchdowns as well … RB Theo Riddick is the leading rusher with 525 yards and four touchdowns.