NOTRE DAME — The storms held off, but Everett Golson’s thunder did not.
In his first game back from a season-long exile, Golson erupted back into the college football world in Notre Dame’s 48-17 win over Rice Saturday, Aug. 30.
Golson shattered the Owls in the air and, when Notre Dame advanced to the red zone, punished them on the ground. He finished the game 14-of-22 for 295 passing yards and two touchdowns and 41 rushing for three touchdowns.
Golson connected with sophomore Will Fuller on a 75-yard touchdown bomb and C.J. Prosise on a 53-yarder in the end zone. Five receivers caught passes that exceeded 20 yards.
Malik Zaire relieved Golson late in the fourth quarter and charged 56 yards downfield in his first play under center. Greg Bryant took it another 17 yards for Notre Dame's final touchdown.
Sophomore running backs Tarean Folston and Bryant split carries, finishing a combined 20 carries for for 142 yards. Fuller led all receivers with four receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.
The new Irish defense made a solid debut, breaking once in the first quarter, when Rice receiver Zach Wright slipped behind cornerback Matthias Farley for the touchdown. It’d be the only touchdown Rice would score until the fourth quarter, when reserve quarter back Tyler Stehling connected with receiver James Mayden for the 53-yard score.