Final Impression

Our real-time look back at the final period vs. Purdue.

A look back at the key events in Saturday's 4th Quarter as they happened.
  • Ryan Kerrigan strikes again, this time with a clear shot at a dead-in-the-water Armando Allen in the Irish end zone for a two-point Safety, cutting the Notre Dame lead to 20-5. Kerrigan sacked Crist on Notre Dame's second series of the quarter to force an Irish punt.
  • The potential game-changing Safety occurred on Notre Dame's second play with its quarterback under center. The first was a Crist quarterback sneak in the second period.
  • Te'o had a rough three quarters but made a huge stop on a Boilers tunnel screen that might have gone for a 20+ yard score.
  • Two plays later, Brian Smith pulled a Brian Smith, losing outside containment and allowing Robert Marve a 23-yard touchdown run to cut the Irish lead to one score, 20-12.
  • Purdue starter the game's most important drive vs. a trio of backup Irish defensive linemen (Cywnar, Hafis Williams and Emeka Nwankwo) – an occurrence defensive line coach Mike Elston had hoped to avoid in his rotation.
  • After being beaten deep (pass incomplete) on the previous play, Darrin Walls made a fantastic stop for a six-yard loss on a Purdue tunnel screen to set up 3rd and 16.
  • Walls showed solid coverage on the ensuing play deep downfield, fighting through offensive pass interference (no call) on the incomplete pass to midfield.
  • Allen recorded the one of the game's key first downs (on 2nd and 10) running again off left tackle; a 13-yard gain with just over 8 minutes remaining. He followed that with a burst off the right side for 18 yards and another fresh set of downs.
  • Rudolph's 3rd and 10 catch at the 6:33 mark was his first since the final drive of the first quarter. The 11-yard gain set up the Irish with first down at the Purdue 15-yard line.
  • David Ruffer's 8 for 8 as a field goal kicker in his Irish career. Notre Dame kickers have made 22 of their last 25 field goal attempts.

(In order to make it through the crowd to the field, I'll generally leave the press box to watch the final four minutes on the admitted weakness of the four new real-time article additions to game day at Top Stories