Key match-ups: Irish offensive tackles Sam Young, Paul Duncan and Matt Romine versus Nevada defensive ends Kevin Basped and Dontay Moch. The Nevada defensive end duo was outstanding in '08, but the Irish allowed just 22 sacks in 13 games.
Notre Dame wide receivers Michael Floyd and Golden Tate versus Wolf Pack cornerbacks Antoine Thompson and Isaiah Frey. Nevada allowed eight opponents to throw for 289 yards or more in `08; Floyd and Tate combined for 106 receptions, 1,799 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Notre Dame's offensive line versus Nevada's defensive front. The Irish averaged just 3.27 yards rushing per attempt last year and managed just 156 yards rushing over the final three games combined; Nevada held eight opponents under 3.0 yards per rush.
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