The Irish have not surrendered a touchdown in the first quarter since Nov. 26, 2011 against Stanford – a span that extends more than 13 games. Only three opponents this season mustered field goals in the opening frame – Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma and Pittsburgh. The nine points is the fewest points allowed in any quarter for Notre Dame since 1976 when the Irish allowed seven points in the opening quarter the entire year.
The only starting kicker in the nation who has not missed a kick this season is Alabama’s Jeremy Shelley. He has been good on all 63 of his extra-point attempts and all 11 of his field-goal attempts.
Notre Dame is playing in its sixth game as the top-ranked team in the nation in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups. The Irish are 4-0-1 in those games.
Senior Manti Te’o has seven interceptions, which leads the team, ranks tied for second in the FBS and leads all linebackers across the nation. He owns the school record for interceptions by a linebacker in a single season. As a team, Notre Dame recorded 16 interceptions in 2012, after picking off only eight a year ago.
Notre Dame ranks first in the FBS in eight separate defensive categories: scoring defense, red zone touchdowns allowed percentage, points allowed per red zone trip, rushing touchdowns allowed, total red-zone touchdowns allowed, red-zone rushing TDs allowed, passing yards per completion and total red-zone points allowed.
Touchdown receptions by Alabama receiver Amari Cooper this season. Cooper is one shy of the school record set by Al Lary in 1950.
Consecutive games won away from its home field by Alabama, the second-longest streak in school history. Bama hasn’t lost playing on the road since a 24-21 defeat at LSU on Nov. 6, 2010. Alabama had a 19-game winning streak away from home from 1977-1980.
Total numbers of players from Alabama and Notre Dame’s full rosters from the state of Florida – 11 for the Irish and eight for the Crimson Tide. Ten players are from the Miami area – seven for ND and three for Bama.
Alabama and Notre Dame have combined to win 21 consensus national championships. The Crimson Tide have won 10 national championships, which is one fewer than the Irish’s record total of 11.
Notre Dame has won 71 games in current and former NFL stadiums, with an overall record of 71-20-3. The Irish have never played at Sun Life Stadium – the site of Monday night’s national championship game.
Brian Kelly owns a career record of 119-12 when his team wins the turnover battle. Kelly is 16-1 at Notre Dame when the Irish come out ahead in the turnover department.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s passing-efficiency rating — the best in the nation. McCarron has completed 66.8 percent for 2,669 yards and 26 TDs with only three interceptions.
Total rushing yards given up by Alabama and Notre Dame combined this season – the two stingiest rush defenses in the nation. The Crimson Tide has allowed just 1,037, while the Irish are next, yielding 1,109 rushing yards.
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