Texas Longhorns 0-0-3-0 — 3
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 14-3-14-7 — 38
Notre Dame put on a clinic in South Bend tonight as it defeated Texas 38-3. Quarterback Malik Zaire looked fantastic. He was 19-of-22 for 313 yards and 3 touchdowns. Running back Josh Adams and wide receiver Will Fuller both scored two touchdowns. For Texas there were no real bright spots. The speed of Notre Dame’s offense outclassed the Texas defense. The offense looked lost and ineffective.
Here are the key storylines to Notre Dame’s victory over Texas:
Malik Zaire Threw a 1st Quarter Touchdown Pass
New Irish quarterback Malik Zaire threw a touchdown pass midway through the first quarter. Irish fans are excited to see what Zaire can do with a full season. If his first game as a starter is any indication, the Irish are in good hands.
The Irish Scored Another Touchdown Early On
The Irish offense was rolling, and Texas was in for a long night. Notre Dame’s Josh Adams scored a rushing touchdown on his first career carry.
Malik Zaire Had a Great First Half
Notre Dame went into halftime with a 17-0 lead against Texas. Zaire had a great first half. He was able to move the offense down the field throughout the half. His first half numbers were 11-of-13 for 144 yards and a touchdown.
Will Fuller Scored His Second Touchdown
Fuller’s speed was been too much for the Texas defense to handle. Zaire connected with Fuller midway through the third quarter to give Notre Dame a 24-3 lead. Will Fuller finished the night with 7 catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
Josh Adams Had a Great First Game
Earlier in the night, Josh Adams scored his first career touchdown on his first career carry. Late in the third quarter, Adams scored another touchdown on a 25-yard rush. He had 5 carries for 49 yards to go along with his two touchdowns.
Malik Zaire Threw Three Touchdown Passes
Zaire connected with Chris Brown for a six-yard touchdown pass. He put on a passing clinic against the Texas defense. Zaire was 19-of-22 for 313 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Two of the most historic programs in college football square off as Texas takes on Notre Dame in South Bend. We will have live score updates, highlights, stats and analysis during the game.
Notre Dame enters the season with high expectation as the teams is expected by some to compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Texas Head Coach Charlie Strong has struggled to turn things around at Texas as quickly as many expected he would. The Longhorns are coming off a 6-7 record last season.
Saturday will mark the beginning of the Malik Zaire era at quarterback for Notre Dame. Last season, Everett Golson was the starting quarterback for the Irish. However, Zaire played in the bowl game against LSU and played well. Golson transferred over the offseason, but many believe Zaire would have won the starting position regardless.
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