Offensive linemen Zack Martin and Chris Watt raced out onto the field to celebrate their roommate’s first career interception.
“We gave him some crap because he could have just gone down and we could have ended the game right there. But he got his touchdown and it was nice,” Martin said.
The Irish (4-2) will be counting on Fox on Saturday as they try to beat Southern California (4-2) at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 2001, seeking to end a five-game home losing streak. Fox said the older players need to make sure younger players understand there will be added excitement as the Irish play just their third night game at home in the past 23 seasons.
“You’ve got to let them know it’s going to be a little bit of a whirlwind,” he said.
Fox said after an off week he is feeling healthy. The injury to Grace leaves Joe Schmidt, a former walk-on, as his backup. Kelly joked that the Irish need to wrap Fox in bubble wrap the rest of the season, but said it’s an ideal situation for Fox.
“He’s got a great opportunity to finish his senior year and finish it in an incredible fashion. So we’re really proud of him. I told him that,” Kelly said. “We’re proud of the way he handle himself in a tough, tough circumstance, and it’s only going to benefit him down the road.”