#12 Notre Dame 35 – Purdue 21


Notre Dame pulled away in the second half to beat Purdue 35-21 at Notre Dame Stadium last Saturday. Darius Walker had 219 total yards from scrimmage and a touchdown to lead the Irish. Jeff Samardzija had a key run for a touchdown on a fake field goal to put the Irish ahead as well. Selwyn Lymon showed the country on national TV that he was a primetime player. His 238 yards receiving on eight catches is the most ever against ND, and second most yards in Purdue history (Daniels had 301 in 1999). His first of two touchdown catches prevented Notre Dame from going into the half up by three scores. Notre Dame had just taken a 21-7 lead on Samardzija’s fake FG touchdown with little time remaining in the first. With fifty second left in the first half, Lymon split two defenders for an 88 yard touchdown run to bring the game within two scores. Notre Dame may have won the game, but Purdue found a new threat that should help spread out defenses for the rest of the year. Purdue came out with white jerseys and black pants for the first time since 1999. Rumor has it that they will continue this look on the road for the rest of the year. We will see on Saturday when the Boilers travel to Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes. The Irish have Stanford at home.

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