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Irish suffer worst loss ever in opener

Greg Arbogast | Monday, September 3, 2007

Saturday was the most lopsided loss to open a season in Notre Dame history, surpassing the Irish’s 31-10 loss to Pittsburgh in the first game of the 1976 season. It was also the first time Notre Dame has failed to score a touchdown in the season opener since 1985, when the Irish fell at Michigan, 20-12.

Scoring droughtThe three points scored by Notre Dame were the lowest total in Charlie Weis’ two-plus years in South Bend. The previous low was 14 points, which came in last year’s season opening victory over Georgia Tech.

Tech offensiveGeorgia Tech amassed 386 total yards of offense compared to Notre Dame’s 122. That output was Notre Dame’s lowest total yardage since a 44-13 loss to USC in 2002, when Notre Dame gained only 109 yards.

Brown can play next weekIrish senior defensive lineman Justin Brown was immediately disqualified from the game during the second quarter. According to NCAA rules, Brown will not be suspended for any additional amount of time.

Choice weaponSaturday was the eighth straight game that Tashard Choice has rushed for at least 100 yards – breaking the Georgia Tech school record set by Eddie Lee Ivery in 1978.