Five Answers: Purdue

Saturday's blowout of Purdue should have Irish fans back on board with the Notre Dame program. We asked five questions going into the game against the Boilermakers; now we have the answers.

The Irish left Purdue with their third victory of the season and fans again feeling excited about the progress the team showed on the field.

Here are the answers to the five questions/points we brought up before the game.

Question One: Which Irish team will show up? The team that handled Michigan State or the one that struggled to put down Pittsburgh?

Answer One: Neither one of the teams we talked about showed up against Purdue. The Irish dominated the Boilermakers and played their best overall game of the season, doubling Purdue's yardage total of 276 on the evening.

Question Two: Will Brian Kelly's faith remain in quarterback Tommy Rees if the sophomore struggles against Purdue?


Tommy Rees
Answer Two: Kelly had no problems with the sophomore signal caller as Rees hit on 57% of his throws for 254-yards and 3 scores. The key stat from the game for Rees was the fact he threw no interceptions for the first time since the 2010 Sun Bowl win over Miami, and for just the third time in eight career starts.

Question Three: Will Purdue's week off give them a chance to knock off the Irish?

Answer Three: No! It's unlikely Danny Hope's team could been ready for what the Irish threw at them at any point this season. Notre Dame completely dominated from the outset, intercepting the ball on the game's first snap; scoring two plays later, and racing to leads of 21-0 and 38-3.

Question Four: Will Notre Dame play consistent football for four quarters?

Answer Four: The Irish scored points in every quarter on Saturday night and held Purdue to only a field goal until the final minutes of the game (when the Irish started playing back-ups). There are still a few things in need of work, however, this was the team's most consistent performance on the season.

Question Five: Will Notre Dame's defense continue to shut down the opponents' running game?

Answer Five: The Irish gave up 84 rushing yards on the night to go with two sacks and an interception. Overall the Boilermakers only mustered 276-yards of total offense with 95 yards coming on their last scoring drive.


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