Purdue had beaten Notre Dame only twice in Notre Dame Stadium since 1970. In addition, Purdue had won 1 out of its last 7 games against the Fighting Irish. Today, they gave Notre Dame everything they had. The Fighting Irish required a Field Goal late by Kyle Brindza to defeat the Boilermakers, 20-17.
Throughout the game, Notre Dame was dominated up front by Kawann Short and the Boilermaker Defensive Line. After running for 293 yards, Notre Dame only rushed for 52 yards against the Boilers. It was clear from the beginning of the game if Notre Dame was going to win they would have to throw the ball.
Everett Golson executed Brian Kelly’s game plan well. Purdue stacked the box with 7 or 8 players on every play. It was a solid game plan to try to throw the ball more than expected. Notre Dame went to the air 39 times. Everett Golson went 21-for-31 for 289 yards and 1 touchdown.
Brian Kelly decided to go to Tommy Rees on the final drive. Kelly said after the game that he went with Rees because Golson could not grip the ball after fumbling late in the 4th Quarter. Rees went 3-for-8 for 35 yards. The drive was keyed by a pass from Rees to Goodman. On that play, Rees felt pressure and heaved the ball up in the direction of Goodman. Goodman made an excellent adjustment to go up and catch the ball.
Notre Dame was affected by injuries to Lewis-Moore, Slaughter, Daniels, Eifert and Williams. However, all of these appear to temporary. Kapron Lewis-Moore has already stated that he will be back next week via Twitter.
More importantly, Brian Kelly said at the end of the game that Notre Dame will start Everett Golson next week.