(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By TOM COYNE Associated Press Notre Dame is posting some impressive numbers besides the zero at the end of its record and its No. 9 ranking.
The Fighting Irish defense hasn't given up a rushing touchdown, the 36 points it has allowed are the fewest in the opening four games for the school since 1975 and Notre Dame (4-0) is the only FBS team that has yet to trail in a game this season. Players say there is a sense of anticipation around campus.
''You can feel the energy,'' defensive end Stephon Tuitt said. ''I talked to my mom about it, I talked to some of the team about it, it's a different energy around here. I haven't really felt that energy before. It's an exciting feeling. It's an exciting, about-time feeling.''
Coach Brian Kelly wants the Irish to enjoy their best start in a decade, so long as they stay focused on what it's taken to get them there.
''You don't just put blinders on. But what you ask them to do is focus on the task at hand, so ...