Rick Mirer knows how Jimmy Clausen feels today, sitting in a State College, Pa., hotel room, anticipating his first road start.
"You need to trust yourself and rely on what you do well," said Mirer, who succeeded Tony Rice as Notre Dame's starting quarterback in 1990 and led the Irish to 28 victories over the next three seasons.
"I would tell him that he won't be remembered for this game. If you saw Brady Quinn's first game (at Purdue), he had his head knocked in. No one remembers him for that game."