(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TOM COYNE Associated Press Defensive end Stephon Tuitt wants to learn a little about the history of the great Notre Dame defenses. Then he wants to rewrite the record books along with his teammates.
''We want to be great. To be honest, I want to break the history books. I want our name to go down for doing things that past teams haven't done,'' Tuitt said. ''I just really just want to play on a great defense. A great defense. Like completely lock-down and shut-down with a head-banging mentality.''
The seventh-ranked Irish (5-0) are on pace to have one of the best Notre Dame defenses in recent memory heading into their game Saturday against No. 17 Stanford (4-1). They have given up three touchdowns, the fewest in the nation, and haven't given up a TD the past three games - the longest such stretch by an Irish defense since 1980.
The Irish are second in the nation in scoring defense (7.8 points a game), fourth in red...