The Notre Dame Fighting Irish steamrolled Rice, 48-17, as quarterback Everett Golson shined in his return with five total touchdowns.
No. 17 Notre Dame had quarterback Everett Golson return as the starter, and he took full advantage of his second chance as the Fighting Irish beat the Rice Owls, 48-17.
The Owls stuck with the Fighting Irish early on as they trailed 14-10 at the beginning of the second quarter, but Golson threw a touchdown pass and ran for another to give the Irish a 28-10 halftime lead. They never looked back after that.
Golson accounted for five touchdowns, two passing and three rushing. He threw for 295 yards on 14-of-22 passing and rushed for 41 yards on 12 carries.
Greg Bryant and Tarean Folston each rushed for a team-leading 71 yards, and Bryant scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The entire team finished with 281 rushing yards.
For the Owls, quarterback Driphus Jackson threw for 163 yards on 13-of-24 passing with a touchdown and an interception. He also led the team in rushing with 61 yards on 11 carries.
Wide receiver James Mayden led the team in receiving with a 53-yard touchdown on his sole catch of the game, which came from backup quarterback Tyler Stehling.