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Hangover continues for Notre Dame against Purdue

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One week after getting handled by a Michigan team that struggled to beat Akron, Notre Dame is having a hard time bouncing back against long-time nemesis Purdue.

The Irish trail the Boilermakers, 10-3, at the half and would’ve been shut out if not for a Kyle Brindza field goal with 20 seconds left in the second quarter.

Quarterback Tommy Rees went just eight of 17 for 94 yards as Purdue stymied the Notre Dame offense to the tune of 53 yards before an 80-yard drive that led to Brindza’s points.

Meanwhile, Rob Henry had an efficient half for Purdue, completing 12 of 19 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Win or lose today, is it time for Notre Dame to panic? The Irish look beyond lethargic and are in danger of notching their second loss of the season before getting to the teeth of their schedule. While Rees is steady, ND really misses the playmaking ability of Everett Golson, who is out for the season for disciplinary reasons. With the run game being so inconsistent (just 29 yards in the first half), it might be time to turn to Andrew Hendrix to see what he can do.

If the Irish do fall to Purdue, there would be nothing to lose.

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6 Responses to “Hangover continues for Notre Dame against Purdue”
  1. BrownsTown says: Sep 14, 2013 10:11 PM

    The Big Ten owns ND. It’s a good thing that they ran away.

  2. jgater1981 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:17 PM

    You’re an idiot. History shows you know nothing. Research. Do it.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 14, 2013 10:22 PM

    With due deference to my kin folks who are Irish alums, most pre-season polls rank ND in the top 25 or even sometimes in the top 15. After the first few games that the Irish either lose or show their lack of strength, they fall. It appears this season, a similar thing is happening.

  4. ttalarico says: Sep 15, 2013 12:34 AM

    How quickly you forget. ND needed a fg. to beat Purdue last year and then proceeded to go 12-0 for the regular season. Be patient.

  5. irishdodger says: Sep 15, 2013 12:57 AM

    @alligatorsnapper:

    You just described every “name brand” team with any kind of history. Look at Texas this year or USC last year. Hell, ND wasn’t even ranked in the pre-season poll last year. Pre-season polls are pointless…don’t start the polls until 4-5 weeks in when most teams have played at least two quality opponents.

  6. thegamecocker says: Sep 15, 2013 2:17 PM

    @irishdodger

    IMO, ND does not have a quality win thus far. Beating Temple which lost at home to Fordham yesterday shouldn’t count as a win. Having a difficult time with a horrible Purdue team is just as bad. ND has a tremendous edge in wins over Purdue and Mich St. Anda losing record against Michigan. ND quits playing Micigam and continues with State and Purdue. You have “powerful” Navy and Air Force coming up and a medicre Southern Cal team suffering through lost scholarships and a rampant disease called Lane
    Kiffen. If Stoops can get Oklahoma prepared, ND may lose that one and Stanford. Overall, a weak schedule that willl yield10 wins.

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