Putting Saturday's numbers into context

I wasn't kidding when I wrote that the people of Notre Dame's media relations staff had their work cut out for them Saturday. Among the notables they provided:

  • The last time the Fighting Irish had at least seven different players score touchdowns was Oct. 9, 1999 at Arizona State.

  • Notre Dame's 42 points in the first half were its most in any half since Nov. 3, 1990, when it scored 42 points in the second half of a 52-31 win against Navy.

  • Notre Dame had not scored 42 points in the first half since Nov. 11, 1989, when it matched that total in a 52-6 win over SMU.

  • The Irish's record for points in a half is actually 111, scored Oct. 28, 1905 against American Medical. … And you thought Saturday was impressive. The modern record is 49, in the first half of a Nov. 9, 1968 game against Pitt.

  • The last time the Irish scored more than 42 points in a half was Nov. 5, 1977, against Georgia Tech. They set a school-record for points in a second half, scoring 48 in a 69-14 win.

  • And the last time Notre Dame eclipsed the 42-point barrier in the first half was Nov. 4, 1968 against Pitt, scoring a first-half record 49 in a 56-7 win.

  • On an individual note, Andrew Hendrix has to be kicking himself for not finishing out what would have been an 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. His 78-yard run ended up one yard shy of the Notre Dame record for longest run by a quarterback. Bill Eder had a 79-yard touchdown run Nov. 1, 1969 against Navy.

A day later, and I'm still exhausted having typed all that. Good thing it's a bye week.