Celebrating stats amassed against three-touchdown underdogs is a tricky deal. On the one hand, you don’t want to read too much into them. On the other hand, if you can’t pile up stats against serious underdogs, you’ve really got problems.

And so, a lot of gaudy numbers were being thrown around after Notre Dame demolished Temple 49-16 in its opener on Saturday.

@ ND’s 457 rushing yards were the most in an opener since it ran for 363 in 1999 vs. Kansas.

@ ND, which had 14 sacks last year, notched three vs. the Owls on Saturday.

@ Josh Adams’ 37-yard TD run 33 seconds into the game was ND’s fastest offensive score to begin a season since at least 1963.

@ Adams (161 rushing yards), Dexter Williams (124) and Brandon Wimbush (106) are believed to be the first Irish trio to run for 100 yards in a game since at least 1954.

Even this owner of a B.A. in history doesn’t want to go back any farther than that.

What matters now is this current event: Wimbush acquitted himself reasonably well, completing 17 of 30 for 184 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as well as rushing for 106 yards against Temple. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.