Notre Dame Athletics | October 13, 2020
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish make history in 2020 by joining a conference for the first time in the 132-year tenure of the program. The Irish will play as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The South Florida matchup marks the only non-conference game the Irish will play in the regular season.
So far this season, Notre Dame has played two-consecutive games in which two true freshmen have scored touchdowns. DL Jordan Botelho and RB Chris Tyree scored touchdowns vs. USF, and Tyreeand TE Michael Mayer both found the end zone vs. Florida State. Prior to this season, the last time two true freshman scored in the same game for the Irish was in 2015 vs. Air Force (Corey Robinson and Will Fuller).
Offensive coordinator Tommy Rees is one of just three Power 5 coordinators currently coaching under the same head coach for whom they played as a student-athlete. He joins Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz and North Carolina co-defensive coordinator Tommy Thigpen.
QB Ian Book became the first quarterback in Notre Dame history (modern era) to rush for three touchdowns in a half in the first vs. South Florida. It marked the second time in his career in which he has rushed for three touchdowns in a game. The last time he rushed for three touchdowns in a single game was against this week’s opponent, Wake Forest, in 2018).
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