- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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Three wins in a row and Notre Dame is on the rise, slowly justifying its lofty preseason expectations. Keep it up, and the Fighting Irish may just have some individual hardware coming their way at season's end.
Michael Floyd: Following his worst statistical output since his freshman season, Floyd responded with a bang, hauling in 12 receptions for 137 yards. He scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass on the Irish's second play from scrimmage, surpassing his yardage total from a week earlier at Pitt. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the first half alone at Purdue, and his 16 career 100-yard games are now the most in school history. (He was tied with Golden Tate entering the game.) Floyd's 47 catches are good for third in the nation, and his 561 receiving yards rank eighth.