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.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson watched 2011's season-opening debacle from the sidelines and learned a valuable lesson: Don't take any opponent for granted.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame's offense feels ready for anything thanks to what it saw during preseason camp.