Saturday, September 8, 2012
Instant analysis: Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17
By Matt Fortuna
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Here's a quick recap of a strange one at Notre Dame Stadium, where Tommy Rees led the Irish on their game-winning drive for a 20-17 victory over Purdue on Saturday. We'll have much more on the blog soon.
It was over when: Kyle Brindza kicked a 27-yard field goal with seven seconds left, putting the finishing touches on a Purdue team Notre Dame just couldn't seem to break away from throughout the day.
Game ball goes to: It was only one drive, but Rees deserves plenty of credit for coming back from his suspension, losing his job, and stepping right in and leading the Irish on a game-winning drive. He finished 3-of-8 (two were spikes) for 35 yards, working the two-minute drill with no timeouts.
Stat of the game: Notre Dame rushed for 293 yards last week against Navy. The Irish notched 52 against Purdue and have a very tough test to come next week against Michigan State.