Golden Keys To Victory Purdue

We take a look at the "Golden Keys To Victory" as the Irish get ready to take on Purdue.

Saturday all eyes will be on South Bend as Brian Kelly looks to take the first steps in bringing Notre Dame back to where it belongs. Many will be looking to see if Kelly can rally the Irish to a victory in the season opener and looks at the Golden Keys to a victory over Purdue.

Golden Key #1 – Do not get too excited

The team is going to be excited to take the field on Saturday and show off what they have been working on since last spring. However, Brian Kelly and his staff must keep the team focused and ready for anything that will come their way. Kelly and his staff will allow for some emotions to flow on Saturday, but will also keep it business like and focused on a earning a victory.

Golden Key #2 – Set the tone to the game

If the Irish get the ball, look for Brian Kelly to use this possession to set the tone for the rest of the game. Kelly knows he will not always be successful on the first series, but he will take his shots early and often to put Purdue on their heels.

Golden Key #3 – Defense can bend but not break!

Robert Marve is the key to Purdue and Bob Diaco will need to have his defense contain the former Miami signal caller. In the past, the strength of the 3-4 defense under Diaco allowed for athletic players to try to get outside only to find no where to go, if Marve looks to roll the pocket look for the Irish to close fast. The weakness last season in Diaco's 3-4 scheme was when teams got physical in the middle of the field and tried to run the ball down the throat of the defense.

Golden Key #4 – Keep Ryan Kerrigan under control

The Purdue defensive end can cause the Irish some headaches if he gets off the way he did last year. Look for the Irish to roll opposite of Kerrigan and give Dayne Crist a chance to work the magic of Brian Kelly's offense.

Golden Key #5 – Score early, Score often

Expect Brian Kelly to work to get on the scoreboard first and then never look back. That is his style and if he can get the Irish offense on a roll, they will push Purdue to the limits. Top Stories