Purdue looked really small.
Here is a quick look back at some of the highlights of Saturday night’s beatdown of Purdue.
It Was Over When …
Tommy Rees connected with Michael Floyd for a 35 yard TD pass on the 2nd play of Notre Dame’s first drive following the Gary Gray interception.
Winning the toss and choosing to defer, the Irish D managed to pick Purdue off on their very first play of the game. Gary Gray jumped in front of a pass that was forced into double or triple coverage and returned it 13 yards to the Purdue 35.
Three Good Stats
- 7.2 — That’s the yards per carry averaged by the Notre Dame offense, easily one of the Irish’s best performances in years. For the season, the Irish are averaging 5.41 yards per carry. Per Eric Hansen of the SBT, that would break the modern ND record of 5.4 ypc which was set in 1946.
- 0 – as in 0 turnvers! The Irish finally put together a game with 0 turnovers. There were some close calls (the Purdue dropped INT or the fumbled exchange between Rees & Jonas Gray) but ND finished with 0.
- 13 points– The Irish Defense has given up 13 or fewer points in 3 consecutive games which is something they haven’t done since 1989. Other than the meltdown in the 4th quarter in Ann Arbor, the D has played outstanding football this season. The rush D has been the star and the only rushing touchdown allowed was the 1 yard run by Denard Robinson on the fumble recovery after the D had stuffed the original play
Three Bad Stats
- 70/116 – The ranking of the kick and and punt coverage units respectively after ranking 17th & 20th last season. We all know the issues with the punt return teambut I have more problems with the coverage units. I’m unsure as what is causing the issues (you can’t claim lack of coaching considering how good they were last season) but they need to get fixed. Anecdotally, the kick coverage is definitely inconsistent as there have been kicks when we stoned the returner before the 20 only to allow the next kick to get returned past the 40
- 1/3 on FG – Ruffer, after being so stellar a year ago, has been anything but automatic this season. I’m willing to chalk this up to the curse of DMQ and move on.
- 8 penalties for 85 – Notre Dame managed to fix their turnover problem during the Purdue game but the penalty problem continued. On the season we are 104th in Penalties per game with 7.8 and 110th in penalty yards per game at 74.20. This issue has to be fixed in the upcoming weeks especially against the academies.
- Jonas Gray/Cierre Wood — again. 35 carries for 285 yards. Not much more to say about these two but they have been phenomenal all season. Jonas has definitely bounced back from his fumble against USF.
- The OL – 0 sacks allowed and almost 300 rushing yards. Not too much to complain about here.
- Manti Te’o – Manti played one of his strongest games of the season. He was all over the place, finishing with 8 solo tackles. The biggest takeaway was Manti’s 3 Tackles for a loss, including 1 sack. His play was one of the biggest reasons ND bottled up Purdue’s run game
Notre Dame is home for an afternoon game against Air Force who defeated Navy in OT this past weekend. The game will be on NBC as always. Yours truly will be in attendance and will hopefully keep his streak of W’s (Navy games excluded) intact.