NCAA Game Summary - Purdue at Notre Dame|
(Saturday, September 4th)
Final Score: Notre Dame 23, Purdue 12
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Dayne Crist passed for 205 yards and a
touchdown, as Notre Dame topped the Purdue Boilermakers, 23-12, in Brian
Kelly's Fighting Irish debut.
Kelly, a proven winner that resurrected both the Central Michigan and
Cincinnati programs, came to Notre Dame (1-0) after leading the Bearcats to a
12-0 regular season in 2009. Crist, making his first collegiate start,
completed 19-of-26 passes in the victory, while Armando Allen Jr. paced
the ground attack with 93 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
"I took on the challenge at Notre Dame, because I want to see this program
back to where I believe it should be, and that's amongst the elite of college
football," Kelly said. "We've got some work to do. We are not there yet,
believe me. Trust me. But we took a step today and we are going to keep
pounding at it and working at it. Our kids are committed and our coaches had a
great plan today and I think we are just going to continue to do what we have
been doing. If we get our guys to believe in themselves and have that
confidence, I think it will bode well as we continue to move through the
Purdue (0-1) quarterback Robert Marve, a junior who sat out last season after
transferring from Miami, hit on 31-of-42 tosses with 220 yards and two picks.
He did have a rushing touchdown for the Boilermakers, who finished 5-7 a year
ago. Keith Smith was his main outlet, as he pulled in 12 passes for 80 yards.
"I think we grew up some today as a football team," Purdue coach Danny Hope
said. "I don't know what the official count is, I believe we probably played
as many as 20 new guys in a game today and that's a lot of new people that's
never played in a college football game or a new position. So I figure we did
some good things. We were not as consistent as we needed to be."
The Irish kicked off the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run by Allen with
just over two minutes left in the opening quarter. The run capped a seven-
play, 84-yard drive.
Early in the second quarter, Notre Dame's David Ruffer made a 22-yard field
Purdue countered behind a Carson Wiggs 25-yard field goal with just under four
minutes remaining before the half. The Boilermakers settled for the field goal
after a 15-play, 79-drive stalled in Notre Dame territory.
Ruffer gave the Irish a 13-3 halftime advantage on a 46-yard field goal with
43 second left.
The Irish extended their lead early in the third quarter, as Crist tossed a
five-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Jones.
The Boilermakers, though, made things interesting early in the fourth quarter.
After the defense came up with a safety, Purdue took the ensuing possession 55
yards, capping the seven-play drive with a 23-yard touchdown run by Marve on a
The Irish, however, would respond with a 37-yard field goal by Ruffer that
capped a 10-play, 39-yard drive with four-plus minutes to go.
Notre Dame is now 54-26-2 all-time versus Purdue, including wins in five of
the last six meetings.
09/04 21:55:05 ET