Notre Dame holds a 14-0 lead over Miami after the first quarter of the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
And Harrison Smith picked off Miami's Jacory Harris on third play of second quarter to give Irish the ball on the Hurricanes' 39-yard line.
The star of the first quarter was Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd.
The senior grabbed a 3-yard touchdown pass to cap the first drive and give the Irish a 7-0 lead just less than four minutes into the game.
After Notre Dame's defense forced a 3-and-out, Floyd hauled in a 35-yard touchdown catch when Miami corner Brandon Harris fell trying to keep up with the receiver.
Floyd finished the first quarter with four catches for 81 yards and two TDs.
The Irish look sharper and more interested than the Hurricanes after one quarter.
Notre Dame outgained Miami 136-35, and Irish quarterback Tommy Rees threw for 85 yards and two touchdowns.