Mopping up after Wake Forest

Notre Dame escaped Winston-Salem, N.C., with a 24-17 win against Wake Forest in the first meeting between the two schools. The Demon Deacons were, according to Notre Dame's sports information department, the 141st different opponent the Irish have faced, and the Irish are now 118-20-3 (.848) in first meetings with opponents.

Here are a few more nuggets from the fine folks in Notre Dame's media relations:

  • Notre Dame is 34-7 (.829) in road games against teams they had never played before, winning their past 18 dating to 1921.

  • Josh Harris was just the third running back to score a touchdown against the Irish in the past 18 games, joining Navy's Gee Gee Greene and Air Force's Jon Lee. Wake Forest had just 20 rushing yards on 15 carries in the second half Saturday night.

  • Tommy Rees' two touchdown passes give him 29 for his career, passing Angelo Bertelli for seventh in school history. Rees' 17 touchdown passes this season have him tied for 17th.

  • Jonas Gray is the first Notre Dame running back with a rushing touchdown in six straight games since Ryan Grant in 2002.

  • Michael Floyd's 35 total touchdowns are tied with Vagas Ferguson for fourth in school history.