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Football

Game Notes: Irish, Tar Heels combine for most points ever at Notre Dame Stadium

| Sunday, October 12, 2014

Irish sophomore running back Tarean Folston tries to squirt free from a pack of North Carolina defenders during Notre Dame’s 50-43 victory over the Tar Heels on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Folston did the heavy lifting for the Irish in the second half and notched two fourth-quarter scores.Zach Llorens

Irish sophomore running back Tarean Folston tries to squirt free from a pack of North Carolina defenders during Notre Dame’s 50-43 victory over the Tar Heels on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Folston did the heavy lifting for the Irish in the second half and notched two fourth-quarter scores.

Many offensive records were broken in No. 6 Notre Dame’s 50-43 win over North Carolina game on Saturday. The victory brought the Irish to a 880-305-42 (.734) all-time record, keeping them in possession of the best winning percentage in college football history.

Notre Dame also has never lost to the Tar Heels at home, winning all 12 meetings at Notre Dame Stadium.

Offensive frenzy

The 93 points scored, 50 for the Irish and 43 for North Carolina, were the most ever in a game played at Notre Dame Stadium. Also, between Notre Dame’s 519 total yards and North Carolina’s 510 total yards, the two teams gained 1,029 yards, the most in a Notre Dame game since the Irish beat Air Force 59-33 in 2011.

Notre Dame scored 21 points in the second quarter, the first time this season that the Irish have managed three touchdowns in a single quarter.

Until Saturday’s game, Notre Dame had never won when allowing 43 points or more. The Irish defense had also not allowed more than 500 yards since the 2013 BCS National Championship Game loss to Alabama.

Touchdowns for everybody

Senior quarterback Everett Golson threw three touchdowns in a game for the fourth time in his career.

Several offensive players for the Irish had career days. With his second multiple-touchdown performance of the year, sophomore receiver Will Fuller now has five touchdowns catches of at least 20 yards.

Meanwhile, sophomore running back Tarean Folston marked his first career receiving touchdown and his first career multiple-touchdown game.

Defensive landmarks

Graduate student safety Austin Collinsworth made his first start of 2014, and the 12th of his career, before being removed from the game due to a dislocated left shoulder.

Senior linebacker Joe Schmidt made a career-high 11 tackles against the Tar Heels, and sophomore cornerback Cole Luke snagged his third interception in the last two games.

A blocked point-after attempt by junior Jarron Jones was the fourth time the defensive lineman had successfully blocked a kick and the second time this season.

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