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    Three things we learned ...

    1.) The Irish have a prolific offense ... when they don't turn the ball over. The Irish finally registered a complete offensive game without a turnover. Not coincidentally, the Irish racked up 38 points and totaled 551 yards, both of which were season highs. Tommy Rees threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns while Michael Floyd paced the wide receivers with 137 yards on 12 catches and one touchdown. The running back duo of Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray dominated the Boilermaker defense with 191 and 94 yards, respectively, as well as a touchdown rush apiece. The trio of Wood, Floyd and Tyler Eifert could be arguably one of the best running back, wide receiver and tight end combination in the nation. The Irish can dominate defenses if they just take care of the ball as they did at Purdue.

    2.) The Irish have a dominant running game ... Cierre Wood collected 191 yards on the evening against a porous Purdue defense. That total is the most by an Irish running back since Julius Jones had 218 yards against Stanford in 2003. Wood's 191 yards came on just 20 carries, which was good for a 9.6 yard per carry average. Gray added 94 yards on 15 carries (6.3 yards/carry) as the Irish had a total of 287 yards on the ground against Purdue, which was also a season-best total. What should not go unnoticed, however, is the offensive line. The running backs get all the glory, but the lineman are the workhorses of the offense and they led the way for the great Irish ground game.

    3.) The Grays are resilient ... Jonas Gray's season didn't start off well and Gary Gray's second game of the season is one to be forgotten, but that hasn't stopped either player. Gary Gray had an interception on the first Purdue offensive play of the game and then aided in holding the Purdue air attack to just 192 yards. Jonas Gray had another bounce-back game with his second career touchdown. Jonas has been able to become the bruising back that perfectly complements Cierre Wood. Both players could have let their earlier performances affect the whole season, but they didn't, and now they have contributed to the team's success over the past three games.

    Also worth noting ...

    * Jordan Cowart is the long snapper.

    * Michael Floyd became the first Irish wide receiver ever to total 3,000 receiving yards in a career. Floyd also recorded his 16th career 100-yard receiving game, which gives him sole ownership of the Notre Dame record for the most 100-yard receiving yard games.

    * The Irish had 38 points and 551 total yards, both of which were season highs.

    * Notre Dame has now won 21 of the last 26 meetings against Purdue.

    * Notre Dame is approaching a winning percentage of .800 in the month of October. The Irish are now 374-91-8 (.799) in October.

    * Tommy Rees now has 10 consecutive games under his belt with a touchdown pass. That is tied for third all-time for the longest such span. Brady Quinn has the record with 16 consecutive games with a touchdown.

    * Offensively, the Irish have dominated the first quarter. Notre Dame outgained the Boilermakers 185-39 in the first 15 minutes on Saturday. In the first five games of the season, the Irish have outgained their opponents in total yards, 649-195.

    - Andrew Bartolini ('13)

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