Call it a trick play, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said, because he didn’t want to tell the world which player messed up.
Notre Dame’s return game struggled for years to generate any kind of positive contribution.
SOUTH BEND – Some analysis on Notre Dame's 48-17 victory over Rice:

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