Hear It From a Student - Living Up To the Hype?

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5691840.jpeg For the first time in five games the Irish finally avoided turning the ball over, a major victory in and of itself. To top off that great news the Irish dominated Purdue for four quarters for a 38-10 win. And for those of you keeping count at home, yes, that makes it three wins in a row for the Irish.

Can we say the Irish are back on the winning track for the long haul? I'll gladly say it on behalf of the Notre Dame students. In fact, we've even got a couple believers from the AP Poll. In the updated rankings we received 24 votes, still far away from our former spot at No. 16 in the preseason polls. But it's a step in the right direction.

Enough good things can't be said about Notre Dame's team performance Saturday night. Granted, Purdue's only victories of the season came over Middle Tennessee and Southeast Missouri State, but we out-performed them in startling fashion.

Clearly, Tommy Rees was happy to have an open Michael Floyd on multiple occasions, and so were we.

Rees completed 24 out of 40 passes for 254 yards and no interceptions. Not perfect, but good enough for us and for the win

If we think the offense was impressive, the "D-boys" (as the defense calls itself) easily matched that. The Boilermakers entered the game ranked 11th nationally in rushing but we held them to only 87 yards on 27 carries. When our first-string defense was in, we only gave up a field goal. The lone touchdown Purdue had came with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter against the Irish backups.

- Kristen Stoutenburgh ('13)

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