Heck yes!!! No matter what Brian Kelly may have said leading up to the game, IrishEyes.com publisher Tim O'Malley made the same trip and didn't play a down in Ireland but felt the difference by the later part of the week. Is this the reason for the offensive lines struggles? Who really knows, but this was not the sharp team Irish fans watched a week ago.
In only the second game of his college career, Golson went 21-of-31 with no interceptions, one touchdown and 289 yards while being sacked five times. While there were mistakes (fumble leading to Purdue TD to tie game), Golson showed growth despite Kelly pulling him for Tommy Rees.
3 -- Will Purdue look to go after the Irish defensive backs with their passing attack?
Yes they did, however, the Irish only gave up 198 total passing yards and posted two interceptions on the day. The Boilermakers did have two passing touchdowns but only averaged 5.4 yards per attempt.
4 -- Does Tommy Rees take any snaps in his first game back after serving his one game suspension?
A resounding Yes! Rees led the Irish on their final drive resulting in the game winning field goal. While not great, Rees went 3-of-8 for 35 yards despite hearing boos from the home crowd. While Kelly says Golson will start the Michigan State game, he could also look towards Rees if the Irish offense struggles.
5 -- Can the Irish defense continue their success defending the red-zone?
No! The Irish saw Purdue go 3-of-3 in the red-zone with two touchdowns and a field goal. Keeping the Boilermakers at 100% on the season.