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Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Purdue

Sep 14, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

Matt Cashore Matt Cashore

For the second week in a row, Notre Dame will play in the national spotlight during a primetime game. While the lights won’t be quite as bright, the test is just as important — get back on the winning track against a Big Ten, rivalry opponent.

As usual, we’ll be covering the proceedings, chatting along with you guys as the Boilermakers and Irish fight for the Shilelagh Trophy. So on a beautiful September night in West Lafayette, let’s talk some football.

Be nice, be clever. Let’s chat!

  1. ndfaithful - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Go IRISH!

  2. 25kgold - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:32 PM

  3. irish4me - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    What’s up with a fair catch at your own 3? Let it go Jones. Team looks like deer in headlights so far.

  4. 25kgold - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    PLAY YOUR YOUNG FRESHMEN STARS Kelly, before they leave your [All I care about is my contract–based off of ONE LUCKY year!! After I get it, I won’t earn one cent of it by having this team physically/mentally ready for these games each week!!], BUTT! (You can get red in the face now)

  5. irish4me - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    I count 4 dropped passes in 1t quarter. Can’t blame Rees or Kelly for that.

    • 25kgold - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      The “HEAD” coach (& Co.) sets the tone for having his team mentally prepared, week in and week out.

    • 25kgold - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Dropped passed and over throws are all mental mistakes.

      • 25kgold - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM


      • heartofgoldandblue - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

        Yea you’re probably right…it’s Kelly’s fault they’re not executing (throwing inaccurately and dropping balls). I agree that Kelly and Co. has to take blame for not being up or not being prepare for an opponent but these are fundamentals that cannot be blames on anyone but the players. Players have to execute in the end. I’m sure TJ knows that he can’t be fair catching on the 3. Players need to get it together.

      • c4evr - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        heart – you are completely clueless if you don’t think these fundamental errors and mental mistakes aren’t happening on a day to day basis. You know the old saying, ‘Practice makes permanent.’ How is that all these defensive backs look confused and none of them seem to be able to look back for a pass?

  6. ekalderf - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Please play someone else at QB. TR is no threat to run, roll out or scramble…PU is just stacking the box and daring TR to beat them…which he can’t. Very easy defensive gameplan when you play ND. Look at fits PU QB is giving ND b/c he has some level of mobility.

  7. steeldominance - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Joining the fire kelly movement. This team looks pathetic right now. Without Teo, the defense is lost. Calabrese and Fox couldnt start for FCS teams. Losing top recruits late in the process is biting this team in the arse. Might as well start Zaire and get him some PT. Pray that Redfield and Bryant dont jump ship

  8. ihatemistate - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Man, did Kelly watch Purdue’s tapes? WTF, I thought Michigan looked bad today. We’re starting to wear them down though. I missed the first quarter, was at a great party and came home to this.

    • c4evr - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      Question is, did Purdue watch ND’s tapes?? Oh, that’s right… there’s no need to when they do the same damn thing game after game.

  9. heartofgoldandblue - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    This performance reminds me of the Panic Meter on ESPN….feeling an 8-9 right now

    • ihatemistate - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM


  10. ihatemistate - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Who is # 33?? Tough dude, bleeding down his neck. We need more of this at Ole ND. Cmon boys wear em down!

  11. 25kgold - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Soon as a defensive player touches GA3 he falls to the ground. SMH

  12. runners00 - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    There s no fire Kelly movement. Guys are sluggish right now, and Purdue is a FBS team. Must turn it around.

  13. 25kgold - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    I’m really starting to think that this season is rigged fellas. Think about it; LOTS of people made BIG money with us running the table last year! This year, I can see a lot of people making $$$ with us losing a lot…Somethings up! I’m taking bets on whether BK might be in on it ;0)

    • c4evr - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Don’t you mean last season is starting to look rigged?

  14. cameronemclaughlin - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    I don’t want to see Atkinson get another carry. Ever. Why insist on his mediocre ability?
    And why give Bryant one carry and sit him the rest of the half?

    I continue to vomit every time we throw red zone down away on a fade route.

    At least we don’t have to worry about Diaco getting lured away for a head coaching jog at the end of the season.

    • 25kgold - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      “….worry about Diaco getting lured away…”

      If he keeps this defense up, I don’t want him!

  15. fnc111 - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Season over sooner than I expected.

  16. heartofgoldandblue - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I find it extremely humorous how people try to start a campaign to fire a coach that just came off a 12-0 regular season with an appearance in the national championship game. Granted we got our ass handed to us by a team that is probably the closest thing to the most dominant dynasty in a long time (being conservative) but it’s a little ridiculous that the answer is to fire that coach when they stumble in the first few games of the season. Are things looking peachy right now? Absolutely not…I’m concerned as anyone. But to press that the best thing for the program is to fire the current coach who has improved both the overall talent and depth of the team is wrong. Players have to take some accountability for not performing and executing on the field.

    • 25kgold - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM


    • c4evr - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Ever heard of Gene Chizik?? And he WON the championship game.

  17. ihatemistate - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Is it me or do our guys seem like they’re in slow motion compared to PU? Where is our offensive line? Getting their fat asses blown out that’s where. God I just saw Rees run 5 yards with the ball, I’m gonna faint. Well it will serve Kelly right if we lose for publicly blaming the offense alone for last week’s loss when he was as much to blame as anyone else.

  18. fnc111 - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    DD is our new Michael Floyd. Straight beast.

  19. fnc111 - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Why no Cam? Gosh Kelly is weak.

  20. seadomer - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Guys …. I’m losing it …. I’m losing it, I don’t think I have felt this bad over a win by ND in a few years ,,,, I’m losing it really … this hurts so much

    As you all know, I am neither a TR supporter or hater but I DO support the ND QB, but WHAT THE F#$% was TR smiling post game interview …. WTF, you beat Purdue, you JUST beaten Purdue WHOM only scored 20 pts on AKRON (I know we could have ram it in at the last few mins but decided to be classy)

    OK I OFFICIALLY (well among us) denounce TR.
    C’mon, show some disgust with your own and team’s performance, say we played poorly against an opponent that fired on all cylinders and played at higher intensity, show some self pride.

    • heartofgoldandblue - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      Slowly step back from the ledge….

    • wisner74 - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      I think you should take your medication and go to bed. TR played pretty well I thought. Akron was the Boilers first game under a new coach, I believe, so as they grow accustomed to the schemes, etc, they should be improving. And, maybe Akron isn’t so bad. Ask Brady Hoke what he thinks about the Zips.

  21. kiopta1 - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    What is TR’s yards and TD/INT now? 3 games in.

  22. wisner74 - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    It’s a win, everyone! If ND keeps on winning, no one will care about this score. Don’t forget, we only beat Purdue by 3 at our place last year. I’m disappointed too. I wanted a blow-out like everyone else did. But it’s a win.

    And Rees threw for over 300 yards and two TDs. No INTs, Nude. If his guys hadn’t once again dropped a few easy ones, he would have completed 66% or better. He’s now at about 970 yards in three games with 7 TDs and 2 INTs (I think).

    It looked to me like Purdue came out with some looks/schemes that BK and staff had not seen in the tapes of its first two games. Don’t forget, it’s an entirely new staff in East Lafayette. Things got better as the game went on and we adjusted. Making the Boilers pay on the long DD TD catch was sweet. Purdue looked cranked and we looked a bit flat. It happens.

    I’m disturbed by the lack of run production, and once again, the defense. They really need to pull it together.

    But, it’s a win.

    • c4evr - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      Wisner’s right. It’s a win. Kelly rallied the troops and barely beat the offense currently ranked 116th in the country…. in other words, His team is just slightly better than Weis’ 2007 ND team.

      Anyone who sees this game as anything other than a loss is simply oblivious.

      • papadec - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        c4 – make up your mind! You start off agreeing that it was a WIN – then finish by declaring it a loss. ND scored more points – it was ugly, BUT IT WAS A WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • wisner74 - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        If the Irish win ten more just like this, they’re headed to a BCS bowl game.

      • c4evr - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:39 AM

        Sorry papa, I couldn’t use my sarcasm font…

      • c4evr - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:44 AM

        And wisner, if they win 10 more ‘like this’ – they only have 9 more, but whatever – they will be in a BCS bowl, only to be humiliated once again. You guys really are gluttons for punishment.

  23. sm29irish - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    What I don’t understand is the team coming out completely flat again. I’ll take the win but come on show some passion at least. Our scheme on both sides of the ball just seems so predictable compared to other teams with similar talent levels. Still would of liked to have seen Kelly give the frosh rb’s some MEANINGFUL snaps but I’m not sure that Barty Sanders could have done much behind our offensive line tonight. Hopefully major adjustments are made this week Go Irish!

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