They started fast with an interception on the first play of the game, followed by a 35 yard touchdown pass from Tommy Rees to Michael Floyd on Notre Dame's second offensive play to take a 7-0 lead. The route was on.
Notre Dame played a complete game at Purdue. The offense didn't turn the ball over for the first time all season while rolling up 551 yards and 38 points. The defense held tough, allowing a field goal and later, much later, a touchdown with just 27 seconds remaining in the game, and the Irish won their third straight.
The game was a solid win, but again came against an unimpressive opponent in a Purdue team that is one of the worst in the Big Ten. Notre Dame got a great performance from Cierre Wood, who ran for 191 yards, and Jonas Gray who ran for 91, while Tommy Rees threw for 254.
These are all good signs for an Irish team that is preparing for an Air Force team that is hard to stop, but is also lacking credibility. Air Force lost to a TCU team that is very down this year, while winning three games, all against teams that are not top 25 caliber squads. Saturday, the Air Force Falcons won at Navy 35-34. Navy, whom the Irish will play later in the season, is 2-2, but hung tough with a very good South Carolina team.
The military acadamies are always difficult opponents as they present very unique styles. Because their recruits commit to joining the military after college, NFL prospects do not attend. These teams go after smaller, but extremely quick and hard-working linemen, and extremely tough running backs, and are known to run complicated offenses that defenses only see once a year.
As such, Air Force cannot be counted out against the Irish, and the game should remain close, but Notre Dame has the talent and the confidence to win this game.