NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame's offense feels ready for anything thanks to what it saw during preseason camp.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brian Kelly has a novel concept for how to balance out the youth and inexperience that's permeating the Notre Dame defense.

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