Fighting Irish Athletics | September 6, 2015
Malik Zaire showed he was more than a runner, picking apart the Texas defense in a dominant performance in his first home start.
Zaire threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 11 Notre Dame held Texas to 163 yards of total offense in a 38-3 victory Saturday night.
Zaire was 19-of-22 passing, an 86.6 percent completion rate that was second-best in school history. Steve Beuerlein completed 10 of 11 passes against Colorado in 1984, a 90.9 percent completion rate.
"We believed in Malik. We trust in him. But I would say there were a number of things he saw for the first time that he'll get better from," coach Brian Kelly said. "He did some really good things and put us in position to succeed."