The year that the famous ND-USC football rivalry began. Since Dec. 4, 1926, Notre Dame and USC have played a game every single year, outside of a three-year hiatus due to World War II. The matchup has always been fairly even. Between the two programs they have the most Heisman awards (ND 7, USC 6), the most players drafted by the NFL (ND 469, USC 472) and the most players in the NFL Hall of Fame (ND 10, USC 11). Most importantly of all, the Irish lead the overall record of 43-33-5.
The number of times ND’s women’s cross-country team has won the National Catholic Invitational. With their first place finish on Sept. 15, the women’s team ran to their 49th all-time victory. Junior Annie Heffernan was the individual winner of the women’s varsity race, finishing at 17:29.4. She was closely followed by freshman Anna Sophia Keller, who placed an impressive second with a time of 17:31.8 in her second collegiate race.
The number of records set in the ND-BC football game. Brandon Wimbush ran for four touchdowns, and his 207 rushing yards broke the 1969 record for the most-ever rushing yards of a Notre Dame quarterback. Additionally, Josh Adams rushed for 229 yards in three quarters, which marked the first time in the Notre Dame football program’s history that two players have run for more than 200 yards in a game. The 10.1 yards per rush stat was also a record for the Irish, breaking the long-standing 1942 record of 10.0 yards per rush.
The total number of blocks made by the women’s volleyball team. ND is ranked #39 by the NCAA in total blocks and #17 in blocks per set with an average of 2.86. Leading the team in blocks per set is junior Meg Morningstar with 1.39 blocks per set followed closely by senior, and team captain, Sam Fry, who averages 1.36 blocks per set. Fry was recently named the ACC Volleyball Player of the Week and has played an integral role in leading the Irish in one of their best season starts in over a decade.