College Football

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-8)


Sat. 11/12 Sat. 11/19 Sat. 11/26
vs. Army
W 44-6
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vs. VaTech
L 31-34
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@ USC
L 27-45
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Notre Dame hires Wake Forest's Elko as defensive coordinator

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame has hired Mike Elko as its defensive coordinator, hoping he can turn around a unit that struggled at the beginning of last season and was blamed in part for a down year for the Fighting Irish.

Elko has spent the past three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest after two years at Bowling Green. The former Ivy League safety at Penn had the Demon Deacons' defense ranked in the top 20 of the Football Bowl Subdivision in fumbles recovered (third), turnovers forced (10th), sacks (12th), defensive TDs (17th), red zone defense (17th) and scoring defense (20th).

Brian VanGorder was fired as defensive coordinator on Sept. 25, the day after a 38-35 loss to Duke dropped Notre Dame to 1-3 in what ended up being a 4-8 season. The Irish were ranked 103rd out of 128 teams in total defense at the time, giving up 456 yards a game. Things improved after coach Brian Kelly simplified the defensive schemes, but the Irish still surrendered more than 30 points six times.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: D. Kizer2925
Passing TDs: D. Kizer26
Rushing Yards: J. Adams933
Rushing TDs: D. Kizer8
Receiving Yards: E. St. Brown961
Receiving TDs: E. St. Brown9
Interceptions: C. Luke2
Schedule 2016
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/4 at Texas L 47 - 50
9/10 vs. Nevada W 39 - 10
9/17 vs. 12 Michigan State L 28 - 36
9/24 vs. Duke L 35 - 38
10/1 at Syracuse W 50 - 33
10/8 at North Carolina State L 3 - 10
10/15 vs. Stanford L 10 - 17
10/29 vs. Miami (FL) W 30 - 27
11/5 at Navy L 27 - 28
11/12 vs. Army West Point W 44 - 6
11/19 vs. Virginia Tech L 31 - 34
11/26 at 12 USC L 27 - 45
Independents (FBS)
  Conference Overall
Brigham Young -- 9-4
Notre Dame -- 4-8
Army -- 8-5
Massachusetts -- 2-10
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 5011 (68)
Passing Yards: 3051 (53)
Rushing Yards: 1960 (82)
Points per game: 30.9 (47)
Yards per game: 417.6 (55)
Touchdowns: 45 (53)
Field Goals: 13 (67)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4546 (19)
Passing Yards: 2357 (16)
Rushing Yards: 2189 (59)
Points per game: 27.8 (57)
Yards per game: 378.8 (38)
Touchdowns: 37 (39)
Field Goals: 9 (16)
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