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Weis gets creative

Direct snaps help Notre Dame survive resting Clausen

Updated: September 27, 2009, 3:37 PM ET
By Eric Hansen

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- In the small window of Saturday night's 24-21 subduing of Purdue, life without Michael Floyd was mostly sweet.

And very unconventional.

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis must have either emptied out his playbook Saturday night at Ross-Ade Stadium or added a few very un-New England Patriots-like pages to it.

In a game in which his backup quarterback threw a key block on a touchdown run by the team's leading receiver, Weis strayed from his NFL roots further ...

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