Everett Golson, QB: When Notre Dame announced that Golson would not start because of a violation of team rules, few were thinking that the redshirt freshman would enter and have his best career game. But that's what he did, completing 17 of 22 passes for 186 yards and rushing it for 51 yards on six carries.
George Atkinson III: This sophomore had a career day as well, running for 123 yards on 10 carries, and he had a 55-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that essentially illustrated the difference between these two teams on a one-sided Saturday night.
Cierre Wood: Nice to see you again here, Cierre. The Irish's leading rusher from a year ago notched his first 100-yard game of the season, finishing with 118 yards and two scores on 18 carries. Wood had three 100-yard contests last season.
Offensive line: This group got the game ball from Brian Kelly after a season-opening win in which they paved the way for 293 rushing yards. What do they get for Saturday, when they powered the Irish to their best rushing game of the last 12 years, a 376-yard output?
Manti Te'o: Oh, yeah, the defense held its opponent to a third straight game without a touchdown. Te'o, again, was the biggest reason for that, recording a game-high 10 tackles and breaking up a pass.