It is time for our weekly look at the numbers for this week’s game between Notre Dame and Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh comes into the game as a heavy underdog with just a 4-4 record, but as the numbers will show, they have some players that will challenge the Irish and other areas the Irish should be able to exploit.
6…FBS football teams, including Notre Dame, that are still unbeaten this season. The Irish are joined by Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State, and Louisville as the only 8-0 teams, while Ohio State is 9-0.
2…Wins in their last three games at Notre Dame Stadium by the Pittsburgh Panthers. They defeated the Irish 41-38 on ND’s home field in 2004 in Tyrone Willingham’s last season as head coach and took a 36-33 four overtime victory in 2008. The latter marked the longest game in the history of both schools.
7…Of the last eight games played between Notre Dame and Pittsburgh that have been decided by single digits. The Fighting Irish have won the last two games in the series by a combined nine points.
143…Consecutive pass attempts without an interception by Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri. The senior’s last interception came back on Sept. 15 in a 35-17 win over Virginia Tech. His only other interception of the year came nine days before that in a loss to Cincinnati. Pittsburgh’s two interceptions this season are tied for the fifth-fewest in the nation. Sunseri threw 11 interceptions in 2011.