Purdue tried to play "Spoilermaker," but Notre Dame made enough plays to escape with a victory. Check out the final grades and analysis here.
Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24: Final
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Final Analysis for the Fighting Irish
Tommy Rees came up big in the second half, and that was why the Irish won this game. The deep pass to DaVaris Daniels was one of the prettiest throws you will ever see and turned out to be a game-changer.
The running game remained fairly awful until the final drive of the game. Amir Carlisle nearly gave away the game by fumbling in the fourth quarter. The bright side? Cam McDaniel came up big.
There were many bumps in the road, but this unit ultimately did enough to win the game. Rob Henry was forced to scramble outside throughout the game, and Bennett Jackson's pick-six turned out to be the deciding score.
Purdue only managed 35 yards on the ground. Aside from their contributions to the passing game, the running backs were a non-factor. Credit the Irish for sealing the line.
There were no major mistakes, but there were no memorable plays either. In fact, the Irish had no punt returns during the game.
Brian Kelly put the ball in Rees' hands, and it paid off. There were a few too many blitzes called in the third, but there were no head-scratchers.
First-Half Analysis for the Fighting Irish
For every good throw Tommy Rees made, he made three others that were cringe-worthy. He hasn't had much help from his receivers either. Dropped passes killed any opportunities Notre Dame had to build momentum.
Literally, nothing has worked on the ground. The team is averaging less than two yards per carry, and the holes just aren't there. In particular, Amir Carlisle does not look anything close to comfortable.
Rob Henry was able to make a few plays early on, especially on the first drive, but the Irish have buckled down. Henry was forced out of the pocket frequently, and the Boilermakers have sputtered.
In a word: solid. Hunt has the game's only touchdown, but it was a pass reception. Aside from a few early screens in the passing game, the Purdue running backs have been stuffed.
Kyle Brindza made his only field goal attempt, but that fair catch inside the 5-yard line was absolutely dreadful.
Give Brian Kelly credit for trying to ignite the running game, but it's not working. Also, the call to keep the offense on the field for fourth down was very questionable.