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QUICK HITS: Notre Dame 38 Purdue 3

Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:45 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 11:45 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

NOTRE DAME WON. Notre Dame finally looked like the team it was hoping to be this year, and all it took was a date against Purdue to do so. This game was never really in doubt as the Irish scored a touchdown within the first 30 seconds of the opening kickoff, and finished the night with 549 yards of total offense. The majority of that damage came on the ground, as well, with Cierre Wood rushing for 192 yards and a touchdown while Jonas Gray rushed for 93 yards and a score of his own. Tommy Rees threw for 3 touchdowns and Michael Floyd returned to form with 12 receptions for 137 yards.

HOW NOTRE DAME WON. To put it simply, Notre Dame just has a lot more talent on its roster than Purdue does, and unlike the first four games of the Irish season, the Domers didn't hurt themselves with turnovers. That's right, for the first time this season, Notre Dame played a full 60 minutes without turning the ball over. And it was also the best that the Irish have looked all season. Coincidence? I don't think so.

WHEN NOTRE DAME WON. This one was over early. Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush's first pass of the evening was picked off after he tried to force a bad throw into coverage, and two plays later Tommy Rees was connecting with Michael Floyd on a 35-yard touchdown. It was only 24 seconds into the game, but after those first three plays, you already had the feeling that Notre Dame wasn't going to have a lot of trouble on Saturday night.

WHAT NOTRE DAME WON. It's always nice for Notre Dame to beat an in-state rival, but really this is a game that the Irish should have won. Of course, considering the trouble that the Irish had in their first four games, coming out and dominating a team that it should dominate is a good sign. Outside of games with USC and Stanford, Notre Dame is through the toughest part of its schedule this year, and a 9-win campaign isn't completely out of the question.

WHAT PURDUE LOST. Purdue fans seemed to take exception to Brian Kelly's comments that this game was Purdue's "Super Bowl" earlier in the week, and I hope those Purdue fans were right, because if this was Purdue's Super Bowl, then there's a lot to worry about in West Lafayette this season. Purdue is now 2-2 on the year, and looking at the rest of its schedule and the way this team has played, it's hard to see the Boilermakers getting much more than 4 wins this season.

THAT WAS CRAZY. I repeat, Notre Dame played a full game without turning the ball over.
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:02 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Notre Dame 38 Purdue 3

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:53 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Notre Dame 38 Purdue 3

Purdue is Pur-don't and Danny Hope is Danny Hopeless.  Meanwhile, ND is starting to play better.  They really blew a great opportunity for a National Championship game berth by losing to USF.  They should have beaten Michigan, too, but Denard Robinson apparently has more will than the entire ND team.  They could still run the table, but they already blew any chance of a special season.  
 
If ND fans and alums manage to get Brian Kelly fired, it will be the worst move they could make.  Kelly will produce, and maybe already is.  As good as ND is at "managing" their schedule, they could play in a few championship games if the superconferences don't change the system soon.  I'm hoping for superconferences and a real playoff myself. 


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