Hear It From a Student - Just What We Needed

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5691833.jpeg Saturday's game against Purdue didn't have any incredible comebacks. There were no huge swings in momentum, no truly electric moments and no plays that made Notre Dame fans cling to their seats in anticipation.

And you know what? I'm alright with that.

Notre Dame fans have gotten to watch a lot of exciting games the last few weeks. The South Florida game was chaotic, both on the field and in the skies. Michigan weekend was a swing from one extreme emotion to another - I was in the Big House for that game, and I safely say it was of the most intense days of my life. And even the Pittsburgh game last week was filled with drama until the very end.

The contest at Purdue was about as drama-free as you can get. Those of us watching the game in Siegfried Hall got loud and very excited for the first play of the game, Gary Gray's interception of Purdue quarterback Caleb Terbush.

But from that point on, the Irish simply dominated the Boilermakers. Sure, there were exciting moments and spectacular games. Michael Floyd reminded us just how special he really is, and Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray highlighted a dominant rushing attack.

And there were a few rough moments, like the missed field goals and occasional flags. But the outcome of the game was never really in doubt, and Notre Dame was always in control.

The most exciting, enjoyable and memorable games tend to be ones that go right down to the wire. But every now and then, you just need to win big. Notre Dame had gotten into a habit of making me sweat by committing costly turnovers and not putting away games until the very end.

For once, it was nice to come out and clearly show that we were the better team.

Purdue couldn't stop our offense. Their offense couldn't do anything against our defense - we completely shut down the 11th-ranked rushing offense, limiting it to just 84 yards on the ground. Even freshmen like Aaron Lynch and Ishaq Williams got in on the action, a familiar trend that we should get used to seeing. It seemed like our team was making big play after big play.

Notre Dame fans have seen a lot of exciting finishes lately - some ending in incredible wins, and some resulting in painful losses. I honestly think all of these insane games have worn us out a bit. Saturday's game was just what we needed.

The Irish played to the potential we all knew they had while flat-out beating the Boilermakers. Game after game of heart-pounding drama, simply winning in convincing fashion was just what I needed.

- Tom McGuire ('14)

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