Notre Dame played a nearly-perfect first half of defensive football against Ohio State on Saturday night.

The Irish held Ohio State to just 7 points and 5.3 yards per play. That point total was aided by a Buckeyes missed field goal in the final minute of the first half, but it was still a tremendous performance from Notre Dame’s defense.

In fact, it was a record-setting half for Notre Dame. That’s tied for the lowest point total for a Ryan Day offense in a regular season game at Ohio State since he became head coach four years ago.

That stat is per Notre Dame PR:

Ohio State also scored just 7 points in its loss to Oregon in 2021. The Ducks went on to win that game 35-28.

Notre Dame’s defense limited the Buckeyes to 50 total rushing yards in the first half. Overall, Notre Dame out-gained Ohio State 181-149. Both teams ran 28 plays.

Notre Dame was a 16-point underdog in this matchup