2011 Purdue Boilermakers Football

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Notre Dame Crushes Purdue, Retains Shillelagh

Notre Dame 38, Purdue 10


With a packed stadium, the lights shining, and the cameras rolling, Purdue had a chance to bring itself out of a three-year gutter and hop back on the college football map. On a national spotlight, the Boilermakers proved something else – they proved they are still a joke in the Big Ten Conference.

The game was ugly from the opening snap, as quarterback Caleb TerBush threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage to Gary Gray of the Irish. On Notre Dame’s second play of offense, Irish quarterback Tommy Rees found Michael Floyd in the end zone to get an early 7-0 lead in the contest. And it only got worse for the Boilers.


Tommy Rees finished the night 24-40 for 254 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Floyd was the recipient of 12 of those passes, totaling 137 receiving yards for the game. Irish running back Cierre Wood also had an explosive performance, rushing for 191 yards and a touchdown.

Purdue’s offense struggled to get into a rhythm all night, finishing with only 276 yards, only 84 were on the ground.

Antavian Edison led the Boilers in yardage, catching seven passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Robert Marve also came in for Caleb TerBush in the ballgame, but was unable to create any momentum for the Purdue offense.

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The key statistic in this game was in the turnover category. Notre Dame had committed 15 turnovers in just its first four games of the season, which was among the worst in all of major college football. Rees and the Irish, however, took excellent care of the football on Saturday night, as they didn’t turn the ball over a single time in the win.

Purdue’s only true glimmer of hope came late in the first quarter on special teams. Following an Irish 81-yard drive, the Boilers stood-up the Notre Dame offense short of paydirt, and forced a field goal. On the kick, Kawaan Short was able to reach above the line and swat the ball, causing the Irish to come away empty on the possession.

For Danny Hope, it’s more uncertainty about a contract extension and his future as the Boilers head coach. He will have a chance to right the ship and get the team back on track as Purdue hosts a struggling Minnesota team at noon this Saturday.


By: Dustin Schutte
BigTen-Fans.com Purdue Boilermakers Correspondent



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