While Notre Dame's secondary had its issues against Rice, the Irish front seven was solid — and senior linebacker Joe Schmidt had a lot to do with that success.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Consider this: In 2012, Notre Dame players combined for 46 yards on 21 punt returns. Cody Riggs surpassed that mark after fielding two punts on Saturday against Rice.
Malik Zaire's Notre Dame debut came in about the most ideal situation possible. And it went about as well as anyone could've expected.
Notre Dame kept things relatively equal between its three running backs during Saturday's 48-17 win over Rice.
Former Notre Dame wide receiver and defensive back Pat Eilers has joined the Irish coaching staff thanks to an NCAA exemption granted when graduate assistant Kyle McCarthy announced a leave