Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety, leading No. 17 Notre Dame to a 48-17 victory over Rice on Saturday.

Golson was 14-of-22 passing for 295 yards and ran for 41 yards on 12 carries. He also had two near-misses on long pass attempts. He scored on an 11-yard run on a planned keeper, a 14-yard scramble and a 4-yard run on a blown handoff.

The Irish (1-0) were without five players who are scheduled to appear before the school's honor code committee after being investigated for possible cheating. It was the sixth straight season-opening loss for the Owls (0-1).

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INDIANAPOLIS — Everett Golson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as No. 11 Notre Dame scored the final 20 points Saturday night and beat Purdue 30-14.

The Irish are 3-0 for the second time in three years.

Purdue (1-2) has lost seven straight in this series, which has been played every year since 1946. The two teams will not meet again until 2020.

But this game didn't follow the expected script.

Golson's 15-yard TD run with 13 seconds left in the first half erased Notre Dame's only deficit of the season. Golson closed it out by throwing a 15-yard TD pass to Corey Robinson late in the third and leading the Irish to two fourth-quarter field goals.

He was 25 of 40 for 259 yards and rushed 18 times for a season-best 56 yards.

With the already short-handed Irish losing more players to injury and safety Max Redfield to an ejection, and a series of uncharacteristic mistakes, Notre Dame needed Golson to pull out every move he had.

His nifty scramble just before halftime gave Notre Dame the lead for good. In the third quarter, he kept a scoring drive moving by sprinting right and throwing a 17-yard completion to Greg Bryant. Two plays later, he connected with Robinson for the score in the back of the end zone. And Golson ended any hope Purdue had of a comeback with two time-consuming drives in the fourth quarter. Both ended with field goals.

The Irish celebrated by taking home the Shillelagh Trophy yet again and on the verge of cracking the Top 10 for the first time this season after No. 6 Georgia lost to No. 24 South Carolina.

Purdue, which has traditionally performed well against its rival, did it again Saturday — exactly one week after an inexplicably poor showing in a loss to Central Michigan. Quarterback Danny Etling kept the starting job and rewarded coach Darrell Hazell by going 27 of 40 for 234 yards with two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions.

Brandon Cottom scored on a 7-yard TD pass in the first quarter to tie the score, and Etling somehow fit in a 19-yard TD pass to DeAngelo Yancey, who tip-toed the end line despite drawing a pass interference call, to give the Boilermakers a 14-10 lead with 3 minutes left in the first half.

But against Golson's improv act, it wasn't nearly enough.

Notre Dame receiver Amir Carlisle left in the first half with what appeared to be a right knee injury and did not return.

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Article by MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer