No. 21 Notre Dame rallied to defeat Purdue Saturday night. The Irish had a slow start but managed to overcome a surprisingly stout Boilermaker team to win 31-24.
Notre Dame came in to West lafayette about as flat as a team possibly could. All credit is due to Purdue and coach Darrell Hazell’s game plan as well as the energy of the Boilermaker faithful.
Purdue’s quarterback Rob Henry had his best game of the season. The senior passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He did have one interception, but it was returned for a touchdown.
Running back Akeem Hunt was ineffective on the ground, but was the top receiver for Purdue. He hauled in nine passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Notre Dame was down until wideout Davaris Daniels decided he was tired of losing. Daniels hauled in eight passes for 167 yards and back-to-back touchdowns.
Tommy Rees passed for 309 yards, his third 300+ yard passing game in a row. He also had the two touchdown passes to Daniels and no turnovers.
On the ground, running back Cam McDaniel led the rushing attack with 56 yards and a touchdown.
After a rough week in crunch time last week, cornerback Bennett Jackson had the pick-six of Henry.
It was a nice rebound win for the Irish and gave hope to Boilermakers across the country.
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