SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Malik Zaire passed for 313 yards in his first home start, and No. 11 Notre Dame held Texas to 163 yards of total offense in a 38-3 victory Saturday night.
Zaire was 19-for-22 passing with three touchdowns, including a 66-yard scoring strike to Will Fuller.
Fuller had two touchdown catches, Chris Brown had one scoring catch, and freshman Josh Adams ran for a pair of TDs, including 14-yard score on his first career carry.
Notre Dame took advantage of an inexperienced Longhorns squad starting three players who were in high school a year ago, amassing 527 yards of total offense.
The Irish improved to 9-2 against Texas, and to 10-2 in home night games. The Longhorns, coming off a 6-7 season, lost a season opener for the first time since 1999.
Entering the game, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was concerned about Zaire being overwhelmed in big moments.
"He can be emotional at times. We have to transfer that into just being enthusiastic," Kelly said. "I told him, 'You don't have to be the reason that we won. You just can't be the reason why we lost.'"
The 6-foot, 220-pound lefthander got the start for the Music City Bowl against LSU last year because Everett Golson kept making turnovers that contributed to Notre Dame stumbling to an 8-5 record after a 6-0 start.