2018 vs. 2012 Tale of the Tape

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

2012

Coach: Brian Kelly

Captains: Tyler Eifert, Zack Martin, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Manti Te’o

Record: 12-1

(Home Games in Bold)

Sept. 1* — Notre Dame 50, Navy 10

Sept. 8 — No. 22 Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17

Sept. 15 — No. 20 Notre Dame 20, No. 10 Michigan State 3

Sept. 22 — No. 11 Notre Dame 13, No. 18 Michigan 6

Oct. 6# — No. 9 Notre Dame 41, Miami, Fla. 3

Oct. 13 — No. 7 Notre Dame 20, No. 17 Stanford 13 (OT)

Oct. 20 — No. 5 Notre Dame 17, BYU 14

Oct. 27 — No. 5 Notre Dame 30, No. 8 Oklahoma 13

Nov. 3 — No. 4 Notre Dame 29, Pittsburgh 26 (3OT)

Nov. 10 — No. 4 Notre Dame 21, Boston College 6

Nov. 17 — No. 3 Notre Dame 38, Wake Forest 0

Nov. 24 — No. 1 Notre Dame 22, USC 13

BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Jan. 7^ — No. 2 Alabama 42, No. 1 Notre Dame 14

*At Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland

#At Soldier Field in Chicago

^At Miami Gardens, Fla.

2018

Coach: Brian Kelly

Captains: Alex Bars, Sam Mustipher, Tyler Newsome, Drue Tranquill

Record: 12-0

(Home Games in Bold)

Sept. 1 — No. 12 Notre Dame 24, No. 14 Michigan 17

Sept. 8 — No. 8 Notre Dame 24, Ball State 16

Sept. 15 — No. 8 Notre Dame 22, Vanderbilt 17

Sept. 22 — No. 8 Notre Dame 56, Wake Forest 27

Sept. 29 — No. 8 Notre Dame 38, No. 7 Stanford 17

Oct. 6 — No. 6 Notre Dame 45, No. 24 Virginia Tech 23

Oct. 13 — No. 5 Notre Dame 19, Pittsburgh 14

Oct. 27* — No. 3 Notre Dame 44, Navy 22

Nov. 3 — No. 3 Notre Dame 31, Northwestern 21

Nov. 10 — No. 3 Notre Dame 42, Florida State 13

Nov. 17# — No. 3 Notre Dame 36, No, 12 Syracuse 3

Nov. 24 — No. 3 Notre Dame 24, USC 17

*At San Diego

#At Yankee Stadium in New York

Tale of the Tape

How the 2018 Notre Dame football team is faring in the national statistical rankings compared to the end-of-the-season rankings for the 2012 Irish team that played for the national title:

2018 2012

OFFENSE

Rushing 50 38

Passing 30 71

Total 27 54

Scoring 33 78

Pass Efficiency 32 74

Sacks Allowed 30 28

3rd-Down Efficiency 29 24

Red Zone 47 70

Turnovers Lost 36 13

DEFENSE

Rushing 31 11

Pass Efficiency 4 16

Total 22 7

Scoring 11 2

Sacks By 37 22

Tackles/Loss 62 78

3rd-Down Defense 58 35

Red Zone 29 7

Turnovers Gained 37 46

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kickoff Return 51 93

Kickoff Coverage 111 77

Punt Return 47 116

Punt Coverage 72 84

Net Punting 64 105

MISC.

Turnover Margin 35 27

LEFT: Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o surveys the defense of USC in 2012. RIGHT: Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book runs the ball during the Notre Dame-Stanford game in 2018. Tribune Photos/JAMES BROSHER and ROBERT FRANKLIN