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Clausen, Notre Dame pull away from Purdue

Sep 27, 2008 - 11:32 PM SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Ticker) -- Four games into Jimmy Clausen's sophomore season, Notre Dame's sputtering offense finally showed signs of potential.

Clausen threw three touchdowns Saturday as the Fighting Irish scored on their first four second-half possessions en route to a 38-21 victory over Purdue.

Last season, Notre Dame was last in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense and had only modest success in its first three games this year.

That offense was unstoppable in the third quarter against Purdue, however, as the Fighting Irish (3-1) strung together touchdown drives of 81, 78 and 54 yards to pull away from a 14-14 tie at halftime. Notre Dame also reached the end zone late in the first half.

Brandon Walker, who had missed nine of his previous 11 field goal attempts dating to last season, converted a 41-yarder in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.

"I just think the game came real easy to me and the offense," Clausen said. "We're real comfortable in this offense."

Clausen tossed TD passes of 5 yards to Kyle Rudolph and 30 yards to David Grimes in the 21-point third quarter.

Still, Curtis Painter and the pass-happy Boilermakers (2-2) posed problems for Notre Dame's secondary. Painter threw two TDs, including a 54-yard strike to Desmond Tardy that pulled Purdue within 28-21 with five minutes left in the third quarter.

Trailing, 35-21, the Boilermakers had a chance to get back in the game, reaching Notre Dame's 13 early in the fourth quarter. However, they turned the ball over on downs as Painter threw four straight incomplete passes.

Purdue jumped to a 7-0 lead and threatened to increase its lead. But the Boilermakers stalled after reaching Notre Dame's 11-yard line, and Chris Summers missed a 28-yard field goal.

Notre Dame's offense struggled early, but cornerback Robert Blanton provided a spark, returning an interception 47 yards for a touchdown that tied the contest at 7-7.

The Boilermakers struck again, taking a 14-7 lead on Painter's 3-yard TD pass to Aaron Valentin with 4:46 remaining in the first half.

Clausen answered that score with a 6-yard TD strike to Golden Tate just over two minutes later, giving Notre Dame momentum heading into the second half.








  • ** CONFIRMED **
    NCAAF
    PURDUE 21
    NOTRE DAME 38 FINAL

    Sep 27 7:04 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG NOTRE DAME
    BRANDON WALKER 41 YD
    PURDUE 21
    NOTRE DAME 38 10:26 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Purdue 21, Notre Dame 38  4th - 10:26Sep 27 6:38 PM
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    Purdue 21, Notre Dame 35  4th - 14:55Sep 27 6:36 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PURDUE 7 7 7 21
    NOTRE DAME 0 14 21 35 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PURDUE - TD, KORY SHEETS 22 YD RUN (CHRIS
    SUMMERS KICK), 5:56. PURDUE
    7-0
    2ND QUARTER: NOTRE DAME - TD, ROBERT BLANTON 47 YD
    INTERCEPTION RETURN (BRANDON
    WALKER KICK), 5:04. PURDUE 7-7


    Sep 27 6:20 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NOTRE DAME
    DAVID GRIMES 30 YD PASS FROM JIMMY CLAUSEN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK)
    PURDUE 21
    NOTRE DAME 35 1:24 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Purdue 21, Notre Dame 35  3rd - 1:24Sep 27 6:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD PURDUE
    DESMOND TARDY 54 YD PASS FROM CURTIS PAINTER
    (CHRIS SUMMERS KICK)
    PURDUE 21
    NOTRE DAME 28 5:24 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Purdue 21, Notre Dame 28  3rd - 5:24Sep 27 6:05 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NOTRE DAME
    ARMANDO ALLEN 16 YD RUN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK)
    PURDUE 14
    NOTRE DAME 21 12:56 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Purdue 14, Notre Dame 21  3rd - 12:56Sep 27 5:38 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PURDUE 7 7 14
    NOTRE DAME 0 14 14 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PURDUE - TD, KORY SHEETS 22 YD RUN (CHRIS
    SUMMERS KICK), 5:56. PURDUE
    7-0
    2ND QUARTER: NOTRE DAME - TD, ROBERT BLANTON 47 YD
    INTERCEPTION RETURN (BRANDON
    WALKER KICK), 5:04. PURDUE 7-7
    PURDUE

    Sep 27 5:12 PM
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    Purdue 14, Notre Dame 7  2nd - 4:46Sep 27 5:02 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NOTRE DAME
    GOLDEN TATE 7 YD PASS FROM JIMMY CLAUSEN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK)
    PURDUE 14
    NOTRE DAME 14 2:35 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Purdue 14, Notre Dame 14  2nd - 2:35Sep 27 5:02 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD PURDUE
    AARON VALENTIN 4 YD PASS FROM CURTIS PAINTER
    (CHRIS SUMMERS KICK)
    PURDUE 14
    NOTRE DAME 7 4:46 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Purdue 14, Notre Dame 7  2nd - 4:46Sep 27 4:55 PM


  • NCAAF
    PURDUE 7
    NOTRE DAME 7 6:28 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Purdue 7, Notre Dame 7  2nd - 6:28Sep 27 4:50 PM
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    Purdue 7, Notre Dame 0  1st - 8:10Sep 27 4:02 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD PURDUE
    KORY SHEETS 22 YD RUN
    (CHRIS SUMMERS KICK)
    PURDUE 7
    NOTRE DAME 0 9:04 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Purdue 7, Notre Dame 0  1st - 9:04Sep 27 3:58 PM
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