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End of third quarter: Irish 35, Purdue 3

10/1/2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Everyone wondered if and when Notre Dame would have a game where it could stomp out its opponent early and leave no doubt.

Everyone now has an answer.

Tommy Rees completed 9 of 11 passes in the third quarter, ending both of his drives with touchdown passes to account for the 35-3 score as the fourth gets underway.

The question now is what the Fighting Irish have in store with a big lead. Could we see the return of Dayne Crist? Could Everett Golson or Andrew Hendrix, quarterbacks 3-A and 3-B in no particular order, finally get game action with a comfortable lead?

At this point, the biggest storyline is if Notre Dame can actually go the entire game without committing a turnover. Given its nation-leading 15 entering tonight, that's no small feat.