The victory was the 105th in Brian Kelly’s 12-year career at Notre Dame, tying him with Knute Rockne as the winningest coach in school history. The Fighting Irish won their eighth straight over Purdue and first since 2014.
Williams, who scored on a fourth-and-3 pass play of 39 yards from Jack Coan early in the second quarter to give the Irish their first lead 7-3, finito con 86 metri su 11 carries and two receptions for 47 yard.
Coan, who was sacked four times and struggled with his accuracy, completato 15 di 31 per 223 yard e due touchdown. He connected on a 62-yarder to Avery Davis in the third quarter that put the Irish up 17-6. Davis led the Irish in receptions with five for 120 yard. Notre Dame also had a pair of field goals by Jonathan Doerer.
The Boilermakers (2-1) outgained the Irish 348-343 grazie a 291-223 edge through the air and got their only touchdown on a 2-yard pass from Jack Plummer to Milton Wright in the third quarter.
That cut the Irish lead to 17-13 nel terzo trimestre. Mitchell Fineran had a pair of 34-yard field goals for Purdue.
Plummer completed 25 di 36 passa per 187 yards but left the game after being sacked by Notre Dame’s Isaiah Foskey and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa. He was replaced by Aidan O’Connell, whose pass with 2:32 remaining into the Irish end zone was picked off by safety Kyle Hamilton, the first of two by Notre Dame in the final minutes to seal the victory.
IL DA PORTARE
Purdue: The Boilermakers kept pace with the Irish thanks to Plummer, who entered the game hitting 73.8% of his passes and 13th in the nation in pass efficiency at 183.1. His performance against the Irish didn’t disappoint, but Purdue clearly needed more from its running game which managed just 57 metri su 25 trasporta.
La nostra signora: While the Irish struggled on offense, their defense, maligned for giving up four plays of 60 yards or more in its first two victories, tightened things somewhat against the Boilermakers. For the third straight game, linebacker JD Bertrand finished with double-digit tackles with 12, two more than Hamilton, and the Irish recorded three sacks.
IMPLICAZIONI DEL SONDAGGIO
La nostra signora, which fell four spots to No. 12 in the Associated Press poll after its 32-29 victory over Toledo, probably will stay close to there in the next rankings.
AVANTI IL PROSSIMO
Purdue: Boilermakers open Big Ten play against visiting Illinois.
La nostra signora: Irish visit Chicago’s Soldier Field next Saturday to play Wisconsin.