The onus for the Notre Dame offense heading into Saturday's game against Temple is to score more.
The 14th-ranked Fighting Irish went 12-0 during last season's regular season and advanced to the national championship game against Alabama largely on the strength of a defense that held opponents to two touchdowns or less in 10 games. Coach Brian Kelly is expecting the offense to share more of that burden.
`'A bigger piece falls on the offense this year than it does the defense,'' Kelly said.
The Irish averaged fewer than 26 points a game last season, the lowest average of any team playing in a BCS bowl and about half of what Oregon averaged. The Irish were 78th overall in the nation. Despite losing their starting quarterback because he was suspended for the semester by the university, their leading receiver and their top two rushers, Kelly believes the Irish can be more prolific on offense.
''I don't throw bouquets out unless I've got a pretty good idea of what I know. Tommy Rees ...