Second season under Head Coach Brian Kelly (formerly University of Cincinnati) the 29th head football coach at ND.
Note: All home games are on NBC, all times are ET (South Bend Time). Ticket prices $70 again this year (raised $2 in 2010)
2011 Schedule
DateOpponentResult TVTimeSeriesSite (ND Rank #AP / #ESPN-USA Today)
Sept. 3SOUTH FLORIDA20-23 NBC3:300-1-0 NOTRE DAME STADIUM (#16/#18)
Sept. 10#37 Michigan31-35 ESPN8:0015-23-1 Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI (#36)
Sep. 24Pittsburgh15-12 ABC12:0047-20-1 Pitt. Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 1Purdue38-10 ESPN8:0055-26-2 Ross-Ade Stadium, W. Lafayette, IN
Oct. 22USC17-31 NBC7:3044-34-5 NOTRE DAME STADIUM (#28)
Oct. 29NAVY56-14 NBC3:3073-12-1 NOTRE DAME STADIUM
Nov. 5Wake Forest24-17 ABC8:001-0-0 BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, N.C. (#33)
Nov. 12MARYLAND45-21 NBC7:302-0-0 FedEx Field, Landover, Md (#32)
Nov. 26#4 Stanford14-28 ABC8:0017-9-0 Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA (#22)
Champs Sports Bowl
Dec. 29#25 FLORIDA STATE (8-4)14-18 ESPN5:302-5-0 Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, FL (#26)

5-12-2011 The Purdue game becomes the school-record fifth regular-season night game on the Irish 2011 schedule. Wake Forest on Nov. 5 could eventually be slated as night games as well.

The Irish will play the first night game in 21 years at Notre Dame Stadium on Oct. 22, when ND hosts USC. The Irish also have night games scheduled for Michigan Stadium Sept. 10 against the host Wolverines and Nov. 26 at Stanford in the regular-season finale, as well as an off-site home game with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff slated for FedExField at Landover, Md., Nov. 12 against Maryland.

9-3-11 Notre Dame Stadium evacuated due to lightning for 1st time in history.
10-08-2011  Tommy Rees threw four TD passes in the first half, Notre Dame built a big early lead 
and the Irish rolled to their fourth straight victory Saturday, routing Air Force 59-33.

It marked the most combined points ever for a game at Notre Dame Stadium. And the 59 points were 
the most by ND since beating Rutgers 62-0 in 1996 in Lou Holtz's final home game as Irish coach.

The two teams combined for 1,125 yards total offense - 565 by Air Force and 560 by Notre Dame.

Rees's four TD passes went to four different receivers and he completed 19 of 25 for 208 yards 
in the first half. He finished 23 of 32 for 261 yards.

Rees wasn't the only Notre Dame quarterback that played in the game. Andrew Hendrix made his 
Irish debut and he did so starting in the 2nd possession of the game. Irish coach Brian Kelly 
says Hendrix was ready to give the Irish a limited look.

Hendrix provided a running threat out of the quarterback position that Rees cannot. The sophomore 
rushed for 111 yards including a 78 yard dash late in the game where he was tripped two yards shy 
of a touchdown. Hendrix is the first Notre Dame quarterback in a decade to rush for more than 100 
yards in a game.

After an 0-2 start, the Irish are now on the bye and have two weeks to prepare for arch rival USC 
in what will be the first night game at Notre Dame Stadium in two decades.

Notre Dame scored on all six of its 1st half possessions, leading 42-16 at halftime.

The game began with an opening drive touchdown from Rees to Michael Floyd for 34 yards.

Asher Clark then rushed for 29 yards on the first play for Air Force, but Jamoris Slaughter 
stripped him of the ball and Robert Blanton recovered. It's the 2nd game in a row where the 
Irish have forced a turnover on the opposing team's first play.

Hendrix provided a change of pace, rotating with Rees for random appearances over the next two 
drives resulting in touchdown passes to Tyler Eifert and Robby Toma. Notre Dame led 21-3 after 
the 1st quarter.

Tim Jefferson rushed for a touchdown to make it 21-9. Air Force then attempted an onside kick and 
nearly recovered it, but as they waited for it to cross 10 yards--Bennett Jackson jumped on it to 
recover for Notre Dame.

The Irish took advantage of the short field and gameday Jonas Gray rushed in for the first of his 
two touchdowns on the day to make it 28-9.

Still in the 2nd quarter, Slaughter would come through again making an incredible interception 
off Jefferson after tipping the ball to himself. Notre Dame would again take advantage of the 
short field---as Cierre Wood rushed in for a TD.

After Air Force scored to make it 35-16, Notre Dame added another touchdown---
Rees to Theo Riddick to make it 42-16 at the half.