Second half stops. The Irish defense has had it's ups and downs at times this season, but one quarter where the unit has shined is the 3rd quarter. Opposing offenses are averaging 6.8 points per game in the 1st quarter and 8.3 points per game in the 2nd quarter against the Irish, but that number plummets to a measly 1.9 points per quarter in the 3rd quarter. The number ticks back up again to 4.8 in the 4th, but is still lower than any of the first half numbers. It's pretty clear that whatever halftime adjustments are being made, they are working. Then again, some might wonder why it takes until halftime.
SCORE BY QUARTERS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
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Notre Dame.......... 48 83 55 54 - 240
Opponents........... 54 66 15 38 - 173
All-American. John Carlson is making a serious run towards All-America status this season. Currently, Carlson is 1st in the nation among tight ends in receiving yards per game. He is also 3rd in the nation among tight ends in receptions per game. He's also quickly moving up the Irish single season records list.
Catches by a tight end - season
|1||Ken MacAfee ||54||1977|
|2||Anthony Fasano ||47||2005|
|3||Tony Hunter ||42||1982|
|4||John Carlson ||37||2006|
|5||Ken MacAfee ||34||1976|
|6||Mark Bavaro ||32||1984|
Receiving yards by a tight end - season
|1||Ken MacAfee ||797||1977|
|2||Anthony Fasano ||576||2005|
|3||John Carlson ||529||2006|
|4||Tony Hunter ||507||1982|
|5||Ken MacAfee || 483 ||1976|
|6||Dean Mastzak ||428||1979|
|7||Mark Bavaro ||395||1984|
|7||Anthony Fasano ||367||2004|
|9||Ken MacAfee ||333||1975|
Season Long Running Totals. The updated full season stats totals can be found here.