The Irish are now 3-1 against streaks in the last 365 days. They’ve defeated the bowl game losing streak. They’ve defeated the MSU at home losing streak. And they’ve defeated the BC losing streak; the worst streak of them all. Sure, they came up at least one pass short of killing off the Losing to SC streak, but that’s still pretty solid work. Had a new HC replaced Weis after the 2008 season, then the media would be heralding those streak-killing performances as proof positive that Notre Dame is now, for real, on a “Return to Glory.” Anyway, now it’s time to kill another streak: The failure to score 40 or more points in a regulation regular-season game.
Thanks to the excellent George Macor ND Football Database, we find it’s been nearly three calendar years since the Irish put up 40 points on an opponent within 4 quarters of regular season football. The last time ND accomplished this was in November of 2006 against Army. That’s astonishing when you consider that, in Weis’ first 2 years at ND, the Irish scored 40 or more points 8 times.
And what an excellent week to get back in the habit! WSU currently ranks 119th in total defense and 111th in total offense. The Irish should be scoring so many points so often, that by the end of the game, we’ll need to look up data about the last time the Irish scored 60. (It ain’t happened since Holtz.)