Notre Dame vs. Purdue: Live Score, Analysis and Results
Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24—Final
The Purdue Boilermakers hosted the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Ross-Ade Stadium for the first time since 2011, hoping to upset the No. 21 Fighting Irish.
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Well, it's a final. Notre Dame has defeated Purdue, 31-24, behind a strong showing from Tommy Rees in the second half.
Also, make sure to check out the 10 things we learned during the Irish's win.
This is pretty much a universal feeling.
It's awesome that we can't close this game out. Why do that? Let's just keep it interesting up until the bitter end right? Right?— One Foot Down (@OneFootDown) September 15, 2013
Purdue's recovered fumble could prove all sorts of insane for the outcome of this one.
Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24
This is shocking. Purdue crawls back to within a touchdown of Notre Dame with a shade under eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame 31, Purdue 17
Cornerback Bennett Jackson just validated his selection as a captain this season with a critical interception return for a touchdown.
Notre Dame 24, Purdue 17
DaVaris Daniels continues to prove his worth as a scoring threat to put the Irish ahead.
There's no doubt that Ishaq Williams and Sheldon Day have been Notre Dame's two most impressive defenders tonight.
Tommy Rees is continuing his assault on the Irish record book.
Tommy Rees tosses his 40th career TD pass; fifth Irish signal caller to ever reach 40 career TDs passes— Michael Bertsch (@NDsidBertschy) September 15, 2013
Notre Dame 17, Purdue 17
The Irish's red zone woes cease with Tommy Rees' connection with receiver DaVaris Daniels to tie this one up.
This could be big, big trouble for the Irish offense.
Chris Watt down on the turf with an apparent injury.— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) September 15, 2013
For perspective, remember that Purdue struggled to beat FCS school Indiana State last week. The Sycamores were defeated, 73-35, at Indiana in Week 1. Really, it's baffling that the Irish are trailing the Boilermakers.
I hate to say it, but the guys over at Irish Illustrated are right.
I'm telling you, when Tommy Rees came into training camp interviews with a "Tradition Never Graduates" t-shirt, it was a sartorial omen.— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) September 15, 2013
Purdue 17, Notre Dame 10
Another rash of tackling issues and defensive breakdowns leads to Purdue's second touchdown.
Here's an interesting stat from the South Bend Tribune's Eric Hansen.
The 27-yard catch to the 1 pushed TJ Jones into a ninth-place tie with Maurice Stovall. He's seven away from No. 8, Tim Brown.— Eric Hansen (@hansenNDInsider) September 15, 2013
Notre Dame 10, Purdue 10
McDaniel, who I just referenced, grinds into the end zone for the Irish's first touchdown of the night.
Tommy Rees is called for the quarterback draw on 3rd-and-2? That's a very, very interesting call from offensive coordinator Chuck Martin. Maybe it's the element of surprise. But I joke.
My, how things change from one season to the next.
Through three games, Notre Dame has played from behind for 68:43. In the regular season last year, Notre Dame played from behind for 67:30.— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) September 15, 2013
Purdue 10, Notre Dame 3
One word can describe Notre Dame's offense thus far: DERP.
Oh, boy. Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel is bleeding from the top of his head after that pop to the helmet from the Purdue defender.
Notre Dame's offense has all of 17 rushing yards tonight. Yes, 17. That's all.
For the first time since last season's victory at Oklahoma, receiver Chris Brown proves his worth as a deep threat. That's great news for a Notre Dame offense starved for a spark this evening.
Notre Dame's third-down defense had been playing terribly until that stop. If the Irish can be efficient defensively on third down for the remainder of this game, the current 10-point deficit will be a thing of the past.
Alright, it seems it's time for a change at quarterback for Notre Dame. But, remember, true freshman Malik Zaire is not available for tonight's game.
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