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GAME INFO

Notre Dame Vs. Rice

Date: Aug. 30, 2014.

Site: Notre Dame Stadium (80,795).

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET.

Television: NBC.

Radio: This broadcast can be heard on SIRIUS Satellite Radio (channel 129).

Series Facts: This is the fifth meeting between Notre Dame and Rice. The Irish hold a 4-0 advantage over the Owls.

Coaches: Notre Dame — Brian Kelly (37-15, fifth season); David Bailiff —(40-48, eighth season).

Noting Rice: The Owls are one of six teams on Notre Dame’s schedule this year that won at least 10 games in 2013, and are one of three Irish opponents that won a conference championship … Head coach David Bailiff has twice led Rice to 10 wins, matching Jess Neely’s 1949 squad for the most victories in a single season in school history … The Owls’ 41‑24 victory over Marshall in the 2013 Conference USA title game gave them their first outright league championship since 1957 … In the past two years, Rice is 17‑9, tying the 1934‑35 squads for the most wins over two seasons, and it enters 2014 looking to become the first team in school history to win at least seven games in three consecutive years … Bailiff has twice led the Owls to bowl wins (2008 Texas Bowl and 2012 Armed Forces Bowl), and with one more he would tie Neely for the most in school history … Rice has led Conference USA football teams in GPA in five of Bailiff’s first seven seasons as head coach, and their graduation rate ranks nearly 30 percent higher than the combined rates of the other Football Bowl Subdivision schools in the state of Texas.

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