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Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Purdue

Sep 8, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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With No. 22 Notre Dame ready to face off against Purdue, your favorite NBC Sports Inside the Irish blogger is ready to type 10,000 words while following the game. If you’ve made it this far, stick around and follow the game below.

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With both Purdue and Notre Dame coming off impressive opening day victories, the Boilermakers will try to spring the upset in Notre Dame Stadium, where they haven’t won since 2004.

So stick around and join us in the live chat.

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  1. arkirish - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Honestly, as poor as the line played, I think the game plan had a lot to do with that. They didn’t even give the line a chance to prove themselves. Seemed as if the coaches just conceded it from the beginning.
    Would have liked to seem them come out and at least try to run some before giving up on it.

    As far as the Rees/Golson thing goes, Kelly said in the interview that Golson was banged up and they were worried about his grip on the ball. So perhaps it was practicality as much as it was his love affair with Rees. Also emphatically stated that Golson was the starter, so that gives me hope.

    • joeschu - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      I was also relieved to hear EG was pissed he was pulled and wants to compete.

      It was freaky how, on the one hand, BK emphatically named EG the starter, but on the other, practically gushed like a school girl over Rees. I could practically hear nude exploding as BK heaped the Keith-Arnold-Style love on Rees.

      Usually, the backup QB comes in, wins the game and the coach has to calm the fan base’s calls for the backup while he sticks with the starter. This is bizzaro QB controversy. The entire fanbase wants the starter and they even booed the backup (inexcusable during a game, BTW).

      • arkirish - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:21 PM

        I agree about the boos. I wasn’t happy with the decision either, but he is a college athlete who by all accounts works hard both on the field and on the classroom. You can’t boo him like that.

  2. notredave - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Looks like I picked a good week to not quit drinking!

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      nobody likes a quitter anyway

      • 9irish - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:38 AM

        @dave…shouldn’t that be, “looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue” ?! damn nail biting games

  3. ndgoldandblue - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    You know, for a guy that came in talking about pace and tempo and keeping the defense on their heels, BK surely does a piss-poor job of keeping a fast tempo to his offense. Clock management (specifically getting the plays in on time) has been a problem since Kelly took over. How, in the name of all that is holy, was he able to run a hurry-up offense at Cincinnati? I don’t get it, and apparently neither do his current players. What’s the problem? Get the play in!

    Here’s another thing that I’ll say: If Kelly trots out Tommy Rees as his starter against MSU, he is going to lose any dwindling support that he ever had. Tommy’s a gamer; I’ll give you that. But his lack of mobility and spaghetti noodle arm will leave this offense incredibly predictable and minus a lot of “options”, to use a play on words.

    I know that Keith’s got his own thing, but 5 things I learned from this game:
    1. Our offensive line is overrated. Mike Golic Jr. is who we thought he was last year, mediocre.
    2. This team is still incredibly undisciplined, and we can look forward to a lot of head-scratching moments this year like stupid penalties, poor clock management, and all-around confusion on both sides of the ball.
    3. Kelly’s got a really short leash on all quarterbacks not named Tommy.
    4. The run game is worse than it was last year. It’s a bold statement, I know, but the Irish ran all over the Boilermakers last year.
    5. Ending on a good note, to quote Rece Davis, “Don’t ask me how we won. Just ask me if we won.” I will love the Fighting Irish until the day I die, and a win is a win is a win. It’s clearly better than the alternative. But for anyone who thought that the Irish might “surprise” some people this year, it’s just not happening.

    • papadec - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      ndg&b – I think you are being a bit harsh on the O-line, especially Golic. Purdue was a better team today, than last year – especially their D-line. There were a few stupid penalties – that I chalk up to being fired up, not being undisciplined (we need more of that attitude). I absolutely agree with your final point (except – I still think ND will surprise someone that should beat us, later in the season).

      • bw1980 - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM

        I agree and Mayock mentioned several times that Purdue had two first round picks on that DL and the other two are almost certainly NFL caliber. Give credit were credit is due–Purdue’s DL is excellent.

    • ndfaithful - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      I think your sky is falling a bit too fast ndgoldandblue.

      Our O-Line stood toe to toe with a very good DL line and gave EG and TR lots of time to rack up over 300 yards of passing. They did this largely without an effor to run the ball – which is TOUGH. And – when the game was on the line they did BOTH extremely well and allowed TR to make throws and Theo to gash Purdue. I’m impressed by the OL after today.

      They played well enough to win and got better today. They’re building momentum and play like a true team.

    • runners00 - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:10 PM

      There isn’t enough time — with NCAA scheduling rules, with the demands on the kids, with the constant worshiping led by NBC and the gang — for Notre Dame to surprise anyone. We have to be the best team and we have to play our best to beat great teams.

      Today it didn’t look like we had the best team on the field and we didn’t play our best (let’s hope). But we won. Now, maybe the injuries to Kap and Slaughter on defense hurt. But it doesn’t explain the offensive line play. Purdue’s defensive front was better than our offensive line. I have no idea how that can be but from what I saw, their line looked fabulous. They got to Golson — often — and they stuffed the run. Fortunately, we had a couple of play makers who were the difference.

      So, two games in and we are 2-0. MSU isn’t that good so we should be all right next week — let’s hope. But it’s still MSU – a very difficult road game. After that, all bets are off.

      • seadomer - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:06 PM

        Err … MSU is better than PU, I think but to earlier pt, Yes PU improved from last year but I think everyone expected US to be better too in order to stand tall with Mich and U$C,

        Hope injuries are not serious ..

    • nudeman - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      ndgold&blue
      You pretty much hit all the high points
      This O Line, which we’ve been touting looked awful. Golic better make sure he gets his degree. All the stories about how big and strong he’s gotten are meaningless

      Zach Martin: 3 penalties, all by his little self. Nice game Captain

      As I posted somewhere else, the danger now is that BK has a fortified opinion of Rees. He’s now the go-to QB in crunch time. Let’s be honest: today he played well; next time out, given enough time he could throw 4 picks.

      But shit … they WON. This was the type of game they lost last year. So overall, despite the resurrection of Rees, I see today as a positive.

  4. papadec - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Maybe this is finally the year WE get some lucky breaks – and win a few close ones that maybe we shouldn’t have won. Looking at the game stats – the final score reflected what happened during the game. A lot of people (posting here during the week), & network analysts (mostly @ espn) called a close game & possible upset. They were right! I have to give nudeman credit for being gracious toward TR.

  5. ihatemistate - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Man, that was like 3 hours of Chinese torture. Our Oline sucked. Where was George Atkinson?? I didn’t see him run the ball one time. He was great last week. Golson takes WAY too long to throw the ball. State will have a field day with him. At least Kelly didn’t scream at the QB as bad as he has in the past. I think he got the message. Pleased and relieved to see Rees save the game. I didn’t care who came in at that point, just win this damn game and end it!!!

    • bw1980 - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Receivers need to get open, too. It’s tough for him to throw the ball when the guys aren’t breaking coverage and allow themselves to get manhandled at the line of scrimmage (TJ Jones, I’m looking at you). The quarterback has to take his time when the routes are taking one to two more seconds to develop than they should.

  6. tony34343434 - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    like Jimmy V said, ” win and advance”. i dont care if it is Tommy Rees or Golson, be happy we won the game. The last 5 years we lost almost every game like that. This year is no about getting better or improving or playing for next year. We need to win now, if it is golson then rees great get the W. If we win we get better recruits and keep the NBC tv deal which is a lifeline for us. we are all passionate about the irish, stop knocking rees, be happy he was there to win the game and that is what we need WINS not wait until next year improvement.

  7. loadofwash - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    This ND team really stinks. Me thinks it may be worth thinking about forfeiting to mich st. They’re go’n to get rocked.

    • runners00 - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      The way that they rocked Boise St? Come on. They’re fine — but they’re young, too.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      Shouldn’t you be lined up in College Station to try out for kicker? Two weeks in, Notre Dame 2-0, Penn State 0-2….I’d say “hit the showers” but i’m worried that you’d assume I was flirting with you.

    • Jennifer - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      If you think they stink so much, why do you bother trolling this blog, Sparty?!

    • ndbcs2013 - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      Loadinyourshorts,

      Crushing, crushing loss today for your Lions – honestly made me sad. You must be hurting bad today, especially with ND’s thrilling win! Try counseling maybe? It’s going to require a lot of work to deal with the heavy load that your favorite school is going to be dealing with for the next decade or more.

      What would your JoPa do though – would he waste his time throwing around lame, half-witted comments at other programs, like you are doing? The man had his faults for sure… but no, he would MAN-UP a whole lot better than you are under this pressure.

      So get your shit together pal – you are in for a long period of hurt in Unhappy Valley, and I’m sorry about that. But you’re just hitting your head against a hard wall here, because the Irish are 2-0!

    • c4evr - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:54 AM

      And… there he is – wondering when mr. irrelevant was going to bring his pearls of wisdom.

  8. cpfirish - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Great game today.. Let’s not look into TR coming in today. It is clear that EG is the man BK said that he is the starting QB. I also think that our O line did a good job today. Purdue had one of the best d lines we will see all year. I also think that EG did a wonderful job in only his second start . And how good is freaking TE!! Wow… Great win. Go Irish.. Beat MSU…

  9. loadofwash - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    What a weak win and poor performance. This team of Irish ladies really should try something else.

    • jigdancer - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      you should try another blog….

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      Weak win, maybe….but better than missing dozens of field goals and losing, right Sandusky?

    • ndgoldandblue - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      Seriously, does anyone know this douchebag? Why does he keep coming on to a Notre Dame blog and talking smack about a team he hates? This at 9:31 on a Saturday night. Loadofwash, you really are a pathetic individual. The people who come on to this blog are Notre Dame supporters. Whether we win or lose (or win ugly), we will still be Notre Dame supporters. It’s not like we’re spending our Saturday nights going on to Michigan or USC blogs and throwing insults at people who don’t really care what we have to say. So, why are you doing it? I mean, really? I’m not mad at ya. I’m really not. Trust me when I say that you aren’t getting to me or to anyone else here. We just egg you on because it’s something fun to do. Take my advice and forget about posting on this blog because, even though you might not think so, it’s an incredible waste of your time. We find this blog fun and entertaining because of our support of Notre Dame. It’s useful for us. But for you…I guess I just don’t see the point. I’m trying to help you out here, man.

      • papadec - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM

        ndg&b – these trolls come out every year. I love it because they are so envious of the ND history & tradition, that they have to talk smack to feel better about themselves & whatever team they actually root for. Kinda like kids in the school yard yelling “Yo momma jokes”. It’s a free country. (S)he doesn’t have to root for ND. I think the comments are so pathetic as to be humorous – and a good laugh is good for the soul.

  10. mentoneirish - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    That was a piss poor performance in the 4th quarter with a 10 point lead at home.

    • papadec - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      AMEN – except for the last 2:05. Still a lot of room for improvement, but – a win is a win, is a………..

  11. loadofwash - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Does Kelly have any idea what he’s doing or who he’s recruiting. This team has been a joke now for more than a quarter century.

    • c4evr - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:57 AM

      Your material is running thin. Time to come up with some new mud to sling. What are your thoughts on Obama??

  12. loadofwash - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    At least they have loads of film, too bad it’s all bad.

  13. arkirish - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    #13 Wisconsin lost to unranked Oregon St
    #19 Mich and #24 Florida both had close wins against unranked teams.
    #7 Georgia and #16 nebraska are getting all they can handle late in games against unranked teams.
    #8 Arkansas is in overtime right now against Lousiana-Monroe.

    Bottom line a win is a win, and while it was certainly ugly, lets not read too much into it. If it happens again, then there is something to worry about. For now it is just one bad game.

  14. 9irish - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Well…I think we got the “brass balls” award (BK) and the “titanium balls” award (TR) out of the way for the year. Talk about pressure. You can agree or disagree, but they both took the bull by the horns.

    Golson played really well, inspite of the OL calling it in for the day. So in some ways it made sense to put Rees in there….stand there, nothing there, throw it away. Golson was running and losing yards and fumbling towards the end. He’s still the man, for sure. But, as usual, since it worked, I think it was a brilliant decision!

    Have to get to a comfort level where this “closer” concept is no longer valid

    Go Irish

  15. loadofwash - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    30 yrs of bad games and the hits just keep coming.

  16. loadofwash - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Here’s a perfect conference for ND:

    ND
    Florida Atlantic
    North Texas
    Rice
    Umass
    Duke

  17. loadofwash - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    I’m left to assume tommy rees lives an alternative life style.

    • seadomer - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:54 AM

      Finally, Keith, it was fun to for a while to read l.o.w one-liners but this comment gets him booted right?

      • c4evr - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:58 AM

        Aww, and he was just starting to get humorous…

  18. seamus0317 - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Any ND fan that booed Tommy Rees when he entered the game should turn in his shamrocks! This kid is not the most talented of the ND quarterbacks but he knows how to play! Thank goodness he was there! Golson is still learning and he needs to quit locking on Eifert!

  19. irish4006 - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    I don’t get the point of getting to the line of scrimmage ready to snap and then the whole team stops and looks at the sidelines to get the plays that are a mix of befuddling hand signals from a group of guys. It does take a long time to get in and then EG being EG (heard he had trouble remembering/understanding them) gets a little confused and calls a timeout. It felt like they wanted to get in a basic formation to get the defensive look before calling the play. Shouldn’t it be the other way round, i.e., defenses adjusting to your offense? Also, what happened to the armband plays?

    I hope they can clean it up ASAP and streamline the process a bit, we can’t continue to waste timeouts and often compromise the down altogether.

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