CHICAGO — Ron Powlus was worth the wait. The Notre Dame sophomore threw four touchdown passes in his first game and the third-ranked Irish overcame a slow start to rout Northwestern, 42-15.
Powlus, who sat out last season after breaking his collarbone, had been bothered by a sore elbow in preseason practice. But there was nothing wrong with his arm or his passes Saturday night.
He completed 18 of 24 for 291 yards and with his four touchdown passed tied a school record held by Steve Beuerlein, Daryle Lamonica and Angelo Bertelli.
Powlus, regarded as one the nation's top prep quarterbacks at Berwick, Pa., hit three of his touchdown passes in the second quarter as Notre Dame took control.