NCAA Game Summary - Purdue at Notre Dame|
(Saturday, September 27th)
Final Score: Notre Dame 38, Purdue 21
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Jimmy Clausen threw for three touchdowns as
he led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a convincing 38-21 win over the Purdue
Boilermakers in non-conference action at Notre Dame Stadium.
Clausen completed 20-of-35 passing for a career-high 275 yards and was sacked
only once as the Irish (3-1) bounced back from their 23-7 loss to Michigan
State last week. Armando Allen picked up a game-high 134 yards and scored once
on 17 carries as well.
Losers of two of their last three outings, the Boilermakers (2-2) were paced
by Cutis Painter who converted 29-of-55 for 359 yards and two touchdowns, but
was also picked off once in the setback.
Less than six minutes into the first quarter Purdue surged ahead on the
strength of a 22-yard touchdown run by Kory Sheets. Sheets finished the
contest with 87 yards on 13 carries.
In the second quarter the Notre Dame defense put the home team on the board
when Robert Blanton returned an interception 47 yards for a TD to knot the
score at 7-7.
Five minutes later Painter's three-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Valentin
capped a 14-play, 78-yard drive to give the Boilermakers a 14-7 edge with 4:46
to play in the half.
Barely two minutes after that Notre Dame struck again, this time with a six-
yard scoring strike from Clausen to Golden Tate to lock the score at 14-14 at
In the third period Allen's 16-yard scoring run for the Irish was followed by
a five-yard TD connection between Clausen and Kyle Rudolph to put the home
team up by a score of 28-14.
Refusing to go away quietly, Purdue's Desmond Tardy reeled in a 54-yard
touchdown pass from Painter to cut the deficit to 28-21 at the 5:24 mark of
the third frame.
Clausen finished off his day with a 30-yard touchdown pass to David Grimes
late in the third to raise the Notre Dame advantage to 35-21. The final blow
for the Irish came on a 41-yard field goal by Brandon Walker in the fourth
Notre Dame, which controlled the ball for more than 35 minutes, converted not
only 6-of-14 on third down but also 3-of-4 on fourth down on the day.
Purdue is now just 1-15 at Notre Dame Stadium since the 1976 campaign.
09/27 20:17:53 ET