NCAA Game Summary - Purdue at Notre Dame|
(Saturday, September 8th)
Final Score: (22) Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - After sitting on the bench for most of the
game, Tommy Rees entered with 2:12 remaining and led No. 22 Notre Dame on a
Kyle Brindza's 27-yard field goal capped the deciding march with seven seconds
left, as the Fighting Irish edged Purdue, 20-17, on Saturday.
Everett Golson started for Notre Dame and threw for 289 yards and a score, but
he fumbled late in the fourth quarter, which led to Caleb TerBush's 15-yard,
game-tying touchdown pass to Antavian Edison.
Rees, who was suspended for Notre Dame's season-opening win over Navy,
completed 3-of-8 passes, including a 21-yard strike to Robby Toma, on the
Golson also ran for a touchdown, while Tyler Eifert had 98 yards on four
catches for the Fighting Irish (2-0).
"Everett was having a hard time gripping the football," said Notre Dame coach
Brian Kelly. "This is not going to be an excuse for Everett that he's pulled
out because of an injury.
"We also made the decision with the flow of the game that Tommy could come in
there and manage our two minute and he did a great job. I will further say,
there is no quarterback controversy. Everett Golson is our starter."
TerBush, who was also suspended for the season-opener, got the start and threw
for 79 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions on 8-of-19 passing.
Robert Marve split time with TerBush and completed 11-of-18 passes for 119
yards and a score for the Boilermakers (1-1), who have dropped five straight
meetings with Notre Dame and haven't won in South Bend since 2004.
"We were only a few plays away from knocking off a really good football team
at their home place," said Purdue coach Danny Hope. "Certainly we're
disappointed with the loss. Disappointment is an emotion and we'll get over
that. We have nothing to be discouraged about."
Brindza missed a 40-yarder in the early going, but Notre Dame still managed to
Late in the second quarter, Golson found a wide open DaVaris Daniels behind
the defense for a 41-yard completion to the 9-yard-line. A few plays later, on
3rd down, the sophomore signal caller rolled to his right and was shoved out
of bounds as he dove and extended the ball towards the pylon. After an
official review, the play was ruled a three-yard touchdown.
Purdue, which punted on its first three possessions, responded on the
Marve, who threw for a career-high 295 yards and three touchdowns in the
season-opening rout of Eastern Kentucky, extended the march on 4th down when
he rolled to his left and threw across his body to Crosby Wright for 11 yards.
He hit O.J. Ross for a 16-yard completion on the next play before four
straight rushes by Akeem Shavers set up a 2nd-and-goal at the 2-yard line. The
senior quarterback then found Edison in the end zone for the game-tying score
with nine seconds left in the half.
Despite Marve's strong showing, TerBush started the third quarter and the
Boilermakers went three-and-out on their opening drive.
On Notre Dame's first touch of the quarter, Golson extended the drive with a
22-yard completion to Eifert on 3rd-and-16. Another catch by Eifert, this time
of 25 yards, moved the Irish to Purdue's 3-yard line. Golson then found T. J.
Jones for a score and a 14-7 lead.
TerBush was intercepted by Bennett Jackson two plays into the ensuing drive
and Brindza capitalized with a 30-yard field goal with 9:02 left in the
After another Purdue three-and-out, Marve re-entered and quickly moved the
Boilermakers to the Notre Dame 1-yard line behind a 27-yard pass to Ross and a
20-yard completion to Dolapo Macarthy.
The drive stalled due to a false start and a Stephon Tuitt sack on third
down, leading to Sam McCartney's 33-yard field goal on the opening play of the
Late in the fourth, Josh Johnson stripped Golson and recovered the loose ball
at the Note Dame 13. TerBush found Edison across the middle several plays
later and the wideout crossed the goal line as he was being tackled to notch
the tying score.
Rees was suspended due to an offseason arrest ... TerBush was suspended for
violating team rules ... Golson made his first collegiate start in the season-
opener ... The Boilermakers were attempting to start 2-0 for the first time
09/08 21:46:02 ET