Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Sept. 6, 2003
Notre Dame won the toss and deferred its choice to the second half. Washington
State elected to receive, while the Irish chose to defend the South goal.
Today's game marks the 168th consecutive sellout at Notre Dame Stadium (the
first 130 at the old 59,075 capacity). The Washington State game also represents
the 216th home sellout in the last 217 games (dating back to 1964), and the 151st
sellout in the last 174 games involving Notre Dame.
Notre Dame and Washington State played one another for the first time ever,
making the Cougars the 134th different opponent in the 115-year history of Irish
football. It also represented the second consecutive season that Notre Dame
opened with a first-time opponent (defeated Maryland, 22-0, last year at Kickoff
Notre Dame trailed 19-0 before rallying for today's overtime victory. It marked the
largest comeback for the Irish since Oct. 16, 1999, when they trailed USC 24-3
early in the third quarter before storming back for a 25-24 win at Notre Dame
Washington State led 12-0 after one quarter today, marking the first time Notre
Dame had trailed at the end of the first period since Nov. 9, 2002 at Navy (ND was
losing 7-2, rallied to win 30-23).
Washington State's 12 first-quarter points were the most by an Irish opponent in
the opening period since Texas A&M tallied 14 points on Sept. 29, 2001. It also was
the most first-quarter points by a visiting team at Notre Dame Stadium since Sept.
26, 1998, when Purdue led 14-0 after one quarter, only to see the Irish rally for a
Notre Dame trailed by 16 points (19-3) at halftime, its largest halftime deficit
since Sept. 8, 2001, when the Irish trailed by 24 points (27-3) at Nebraska.
With today's game, Notre Dame now has played every Pac-10 team, posting a
winning record against nine of them (lost to Oregon State, 41-9 in only series
meeting at 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl).
dating back to a 20-17 loss to USC on Oct. 8, 1997.