SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Coach Brian Kelly says running back Tarean Folston is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee in No. 11 Notre Dame’s 38-3 victory over Texas.
Kelly said Sunday morning that Folston tore his medial collateral ligament and will have surgery later this week.
Folston was injured on his third carry, and jogged off the field with a limp. The 5-foot-9, 214-pound junior led the Irish in rushing last season with 889 yards on 175 carries and was expected to get even more chances this season as the only experienced back.
The loss could be a big blow to the Fighting Irish. Their second-leading rusher from last season, Greg Bryant, left school after being ruled academically ineligible.
That leaves one-time wide receiver C.J. Prosise as the top running back. He ran for 98 yards on 20 carries against Texas.
Wenning, Dysert signed; Pughsley released
Three area players were released by their NFL teams on Saturday, but two signed on with practice squads on Sunday.
The Bengals released quarterback Keith Wenning (Ball State/Coldwater). Wenning then signed with the Bengals on Sunday with the practice squad.
Chicago released quarterback Zac Dysert (Miami, Ohio/Ada) on Saturday. On Sunday, Dysert was signed to the Houston Texans practice squad.
Kansas City released guard Jarrod Pughsley (Akron/Lima Senior).
Pughsley can still be added to an NFL roster.
Each team can establish a 10-man practice squad and can also claim players who have been waived by other NFL teams.
Miller makes Chargers’ squad
Kyle Miller, from Elida High School and Mount Union, made the San Diego Chargers’ 53-man squad.
He had been with San Diego since May, when the Chargers claimed him off waivers from Atlanta.
In the exhibition games, Miller led the team in receptions (11) for 66 yards.
Miller has logged time with Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Miami and Atlanta.
No. 11 Notre Dame routs Texas
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Malik Zaire showed he’s 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. Ten of those passes went for 15 yards or more.
Will Fuller caught a pair of touchdown passes — one a 66-yarder — and finished with 142 yards receiving. Chris Brown added a 6-yard touchdown catch. Freshman Josh Adams ran for a pair of TDs, including 14-yard score on his first career carry.
ONU men’s soccer falls to Babson
Ohio Northern men’s soccer team lost to Babson 1-0 Sunday afternoon in double overtime at the Hartwell-Rogers Field on the campus of Babaon University.
The Polar Bears are 2-1, while Babson is 2-1.
ONU outshot the Beavers 17-5 in the contest.
Texas school district investigates after players hit referee
MARBLE FALLS, Texas — A San Antonio School district is investigating after a football player ran into the back of a referee watching a play and another player then dove into the official after he fell.
Both players were ejected from the game.
The team from John Jay High School in San Antonio was playing Marble Falls High School in Marble Falls, located about 90 miles north of San Antonio.
Before the referee was hit, two Jay players had been ejected on separate plays.
The incident occurred with approximately a minute left in Friday’s game, according to Marble Falls coach Matt Green.
Marble Falls was trying to run out the clock and called for a handoff toward the left side of the line of scrimmage.
The penalties stemming from the incident gave Marble Falls a first down. John Jay lost 15-9.
Marble Falls coach Matt Green said John Jay coach Gary Gutierrez apologized after the game.
Video showed the referee watching the play, and his head snapping back when he is leveled from behind. The other player then dove on top of him.
The referee was “very upset” and “wanting to press charges,” Austin Football Officials Association secretary Wayne Elliott told the AP.