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   === Fourth quarter touchdowns helps lift No. 21 Notre Dame over Purdue ===
 
 West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - Tommy Rees and DaVaris Daniels hooked up
 for  two  touchdowns in  the fourth quarter  and No. 21  Notre Dame fended off
 Purdue, 31-24, despite trailing most of the game.
 
 Rees  and Daniels connected  on two scores in a 2:07 span early in the fourth,
 the second an 82-yard TD that saw Daniels tip-toe down the sideline and stiff-
 arm Ricardo Allen to give Notre Dame its first lead, 24-17.
 
 Three  snaps later,  Bennett Jackson stepped in  front of a Rob Henry pass and
 returned the interception 34 yards for a Fighting Irish touchdown, but Henry
 came right back and threw  a fourth-down 9-yard touchdown  pass to Justin Sinz
 to pull Purdue back within a touchdown.
 
 The  Boilermakers  recovered a fumble  in Notre  Dame territory on the ensuing
 possession,  but a personal foul penalty pushed them back and they went three-
 and-out  and  did not see the  ball over the  final 7:22, falling to their in-
 state rival for a sixth straight time.
 
 Rees  completed  20-of-33 passes for 309 yards, 167  going to Daniels on eight
 connections  as the Fighting Irish (2-1) rebounded from their loss at Michigan
 last week.
 
 Henry  threw for 256  yards and three scores on 25-of-40 attempts, but had the
 costly interception that turned into the game-deciding points.
 
 Purdue  (1-2),  which has dropped  two of its first  three games for the first
 time  since  2009, went  down the field  on the first  possession of the game.
 Henry  completed  a trio of third-down  passes, including a swing pass on 3rd-
 and-11  from the Notre  Dame 15-yard line that Akeem Hunt took up the sideline
 and into the end zone for an early 7-0 lead.
 
 Paul Griggs made it 10-0 less than five minutes into the second quarter with a
 career-long  47-yard kick,  this after pulling a 24-yard chip shot to the left
 on the previous possession.
 
 The  Irish did  not  cross midfield  until  the middle  stages  of the  second
 quarter, and when they finally did, they turned the ball over on downs.
 
 Rees,  though, found  Chris Brown for a  40-yard gain a little later, and Kyle
 Brindza's  20-yard  field goal  in the  final minute  prevented the Irish from
 being shut out in the first half.
 
 T.J. Jones sparked Notre Dame out of the break with catches of 19 and 27 yards
 on  consecutive  plays. The  27-yarder was  originally ruled incomplete before
 replay showed the senior wideout deftly implanted his left foot inbounds while
 hauling in Rees' wobbler at the 1-yard line.
 
 Cam McDaniel ran it in on the next snap, and the Boilermakers answered with an
 8-play,  54-yard drive  that  ended with  B.J. Knauf  catching  a short  pass,
 shaking off an arm tackle with a spin move and going in for an 18-yard TD with
 6:28 left in the third quarter.
 
 Daniels evened things again 13 seconds into  the fourth when he came down with
 Rees' third-down jump ball in the right corner of the end zone.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Rees  became the  fifth Notre  Dame quarterback  to toss  40 career  touchdown
 passes ... McDaniel paced the Irish running attack with 56 yards on 16 carries
 ...  Hunt caught  nine passes for 72  yards ... Purdue fell to 1-7 all-time in
 night games played at Ross-Ade Stadium  ... Notre Dame gained 400 yards.
 
 
 
 
 09/15 02:18:02 ET

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