Everett Golson was 14-of-22 for 295 passing yards and 2 passing TDs with 12 carries for 41 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs against Rice.
Jaylon Smith flew all over the field against Rice, totaling three tackles and one tackle for loss.
Greg Bryant led the ground game with 8 carries for 71 rushing yards (8.9 yards/carry) and one TD against Rice.
Like Greg Bryant, Folston also stampeded to 71 rushing yards against Rice, though his came on 12 carries (5.9 yards per carry) and zero scores.
Cody Riggs didn't load the stat line, but his two 20-plus yard punt returns did show that Notre Dame's return game has some promise after all.
Everett Golson was 23-of-34 for 226 yards and three touchdowns in a pass-heavy attack against Michigan.
Jaylon Smith was a force on defense for a second consecutive week, recording a co-team high 10 tackles and one for loss.
Joe Schmidt may lack the athletic gifts that make Jaylon Smith great, but he has proven to be just as productive stopping the run.
Elijah Shumate polished off a 10-tackle performance with a last-second interception that was initially run back for a touchdown before referees flagged teammate Max Redfield for a penalty.
In just two weeks, Will Fuller has already separated himself as Notre Dame's top deep threat. He added another nine catches for 89 yards and a TD against Michigan.
Everett Golson remains untouched at the top of this list now that he has 10 total touchdowns to zero turnovers this season.
Jaylon Smith still holds down the No. 2 spot after another aggressive performance. Smith recorded nine tackles (two for loss) and a sack against Purdue.
Schmidt continues to be the backbone of the defense alongside Smith. The former walk-on collected his first career interception against Purdue.
Fuller continues to separate himself from the rest of Notre Dame's receiving corps. He led the team with 6 catches for 51 yards and 1 TD against Purdue.
It's impossible to leave Kyle Brindza's weapon of a leg out of the Top 5 any longer. Of his 22 kickoffs this season, only three have been run back.
Everett Golson was 32-of-39 for 362 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions against Syracuse.
Jaylon Smith's ascent continues as he led the team with nine tackles against the Orange.
Will Fuller put up another big game, pulling down six catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Syracuse.
Not a demotion for Schmidt, just a promotion for Will Fuller. Schmidt and Smith have now combined for 61 tackles on the season.
Day finally makes his way into the rankings as Notre Dame's most explosive pass rusher. He tallied two tackles for loss and a QB hurry against Syracuse.
Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith recorded 14 tackles (including 2.5 for loss and one sack) in a 17-14 win over Stanford.
Despite turnovers and a dip in accuracy, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson came up big with a last-minute 23-yard touchdown bomb against Stanford.
Notre Dame linebacker Joe Schmidt's seven tackles and two quarterback hurries helped hold Stanford to 47 rushing yards
Notre Dame defensive tackle Sheldon Day anchors a defensive line that out-battled Stanford in a 17-10 win Saturday
Notre Dame cornerback Cole Luke grabbed his first and second career interceptions, four tackles and one sack against Stanford.
Tarean Folston took another step toward becoming Notre Dame’s No. 1 running back Saturday with 18 carries for 98 yards, five catches for 78 yards and three total touchdowns.
Defensive end Isaac Rochell chased down North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams twice, and he registered back-to-back tackles for loss for Notre Dame.
Notre Dame wide receiver WIll Fuller finished with seven catches for 133 yards, once again proving himself to be Everett Golson’s top target.
Jarron Jones notched two quarterback hurries while earning a solid five tackles for Notre Dame, but his best moment was blocking a North Carolina extra point attempt.
Tight end Ben Koyack only had one catch against North Carolina, but he caught a 2-point conversion pass and fielded the Tar Heels' attempt at an onside kick.
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