5 Things I Didn’t Like: Purdue ’13

Notre Dame @ Purdue 2013
Purdue Boilermakers running back Akeem Hunt reacts to scoring a touchdown against Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Anthony Brown (9) at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame improved to 2-1 on the season this past weekend in an unnecessarily hard fought win over a hapless Purdue team that was a 20 point underdog.  While there were some positives in the Irish victory, there are still plenty of areas of concerns as the Irish hit the quarter point in the 2013 season.

Notre Dame’s first half offense

Despite losing to Michigan two weeks ago, the Notre Dame offense moved the ball throughout the game on the Wolverines before settling for field goals, turning the ball over, etc.  Against Purdue though, the Notre Dame offense was down right anemic in the first half.  Against a defense that allowed 42 points to Cincinnati a few weeks ago, Notre Dame managed just three points in the first half and converted just 4 of 9 third down attempts.

Notre Dame’s first three drives on Saturday night all ended in punts.  Their fourth drive ended on downs after they managed to gain just 29 yards on 10 plays.  Notre Dame finally got on the scoreboard with their fifth drive of the game, but had to settle for a field goal after marching 80 yards down the field on 11 plays.

By the time the Irish went into the locker room at half time, they ran just 33 plays and had all of the three points on the scoreboard.  That kind of production is not going to result in a whole lot of victories this year with the way the defense is playing.  Last year Notre Dame could get away with performances like that a little bit easier, but this year it’s not going to cut it.

Another subpar defensive performance

Speaking of the defense, Notre Dame gave up 24 points to an offense that managed just 7 points in their season opener against Cincinnati and just 30 points against FCS Indiana State in week two.  Against Notre Dame, Purdue took the opening kick-off and then marched 75 yards down the field on 12 plays to jump out to a 7-0 lead.

After Notre Dame tied the game at 10 at the start of the third quarter, the defense allowed Purdue to immediately take the lead by allowing a 8 play, 54 yard touchdown drive.  Purdue was also 3 of 4 in the redzone with those three scores all being touchdowns and the lone failed attempt being a missed chip shot field.

Last year Notre Dame thrived in the red-zone, this year the Irish are allowing teams to score at an alarming rate.  Opposing offenses have had 11 trips to the red-zone with 8 of those trips ending in touchdowns and the other three ending in missed field goals.    That is a touchdown rate of 73%.  Compare that just a 45% touchdown rate for the Notre Dame offense and it’s not hard to see why the Irish are sitting at 2-1.

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Lacking of running game until the final 7 minutes

Notre Dame ran the ball 37 times on Saturday – a much stronger commitment to the run than we’ve seen all season.  Unfortunately, the Irish gained just 91 yards on those 37 attempts for an average of 2.5 yards per carry.  Take away the 42 yards Cam McDaniel picked up on 10 carries on Notre Dame’s final drive and the Irish gained 49 yards on their first 27 attempts.

Last year Notre Dame was able to run the ball against every defense they faced outside of Alabama’s.  This year the Irish haven’t been able to get the same production out of the ground game.  Notre Dame averaged 189.4 yards a game running the ball.  Through three games this year that average is down to 125 a game.  That needs to change for Notre Dame to even think about another BCS bowl run.

Making another quarterback look like an All-American

Connor Reilly made his first career start against Notre Dame in the season opener.  Against the Irish he threw for 228 yards and ran for 65 without turning the ball over.  The next week against Houston to threw for 200, ran for -7 and threw two interceptions.

Two weeks ago Devin Gardner looked like a Heisman contender with 294 yards passing, 82 rushing, and 5 combined touchdowns with 1 interception.  This past weekend against Akron, Gardner had 248 yards passing, 103 on the ground, and three touchdowns with 3 interceptions.  Overall this season, Gardner has thrown 5 interceptions to Central Michigan and Akron compared to just 1 to Notre Dame.

Heading into this past weekend, Rob Henry had not thrown a single touchdown pass against Cincinnati and Indiana State.  Against Notre Dame, Henry torched the Notre Dame secondary for three touchdowns and 256 yards.

Notre Dame cannot keep making opposing quarterbacks look like All Americans and turn in their best performance of the season if they have any thoughts on playing in a meaningful bowl game this season.

Purdue’s last touchdown drive

After it looked like Notre Dame had Purdue on the ropes and was ready to deliver the knockout blow following Bennett Jackson’s pick 6 that ended a span of 3:29 where the Irish scored 21 points, the defense allowed Purdue to get right back into the game by allowing a 7 play 75 yard touchdown drive.  On the drive, Purdue gained a first down on 3rd down thanks to a pass interference penalty on Keivarae Russell and then gave up the touchdown on 4th and goal.

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Notre Dame had a chance to get a three and out and get off the field, but instead the Boilers got the first down due to penalty and marched down the field.   That simply would not have happened last year.


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  1. JC 6 years ago

    So, hey C-Dog! We are getting old! How do you like our new schizophrenic numerical expert duranko, and now claimed metaphysical expert? Such “mutually exclusive and jointly exhaustive” schoolmarm. Not to mention, on more than one event, Duranko has expressed his great disdain for all posters on this site. Plus add in some complete bashing of a couple of up and coming author’s posts’ for great additional discontinuity! Surely, a great conformity and control freak in the mirror he does not see; imagine that! Don’t do as I do, do as I say! Well, it’s as about as innovative as a number cruncher can get. Great people skills indubitably! Ah…yes, I wonder if he has the keys to the gate?

    So, far be it from me to deny Ron Burgundy from our overlordship professor doomko. So Burgundy, feel free to crawl up the good professor’s logic on every one of his post’s! Burgundy, rest assurded on each event I will laugh with you! Now that you have been liberated, show us your superior debate skills we know and love….enjoy!


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  2. SteelFanRob 6 years ago


    Dialogue is always welcome. What isn’t is diatribe. If you want to engage in grandstanding diatribes against imaginary foes, a la Don Quixote, while in your face is a real ND hater, namely, “Ron Burgundy” and his alter ego, “Buckeye,” then go ahead tilting at windmills. But don’t get too sanctimonious on us, please. Some of us here can articulate as well as you can and don’t care to be hypocritically lectured to about cutting off discussion by someone who apparently wants to make himself the moral arbiter of this board. If anyone has lectured anyone here about what’s verboten and what’s not, it’s been you at times, “Duranko”.

    I’m always open to constructive dialogue, brother Arrington. You should know that better than anyone else here based on our offsite conversations. You know perfectly well that I respect your ideas and beliefs. But I refuse to be lectured to when I’m trying to stand up for ND against those outsiders and trolls who don’t want genuine debate or discussion. Instead, they want to denigrate Our Lady’s School and its football team.

    If anyone wants to talk honestly about ND football, I’m game. I’ve offered numerous olive branches to “Ron Burgundy”. He’s rejected all of them. So, if you want to sanctimoniously lecture anybody, perhaps the trolls on this board would be more appropriate. (Of course, in a desperate attempt to gain imaginary allies in you joust with imaginary giants, perhaps you’re OK stooping to side with the trolls like “Ron Burgundy”.)

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    1. D-Train 65 6 years ago

      Love your stuff Duranko. Re your comments re “wit”. Just remember “He who thinks himself a wit, is only half right”. Re the whole “Burgundy” thing I am in the camp of “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. For those who take umbrage at both RB’s remarks or any other trolls who infect a website, remember if you choose not to read what they say or respond to their commentary you HOLD THE POWER. Without an audience they soon lose interest and move to another site where their patter invokes commentary. This is what they truly crave. If you deny them their craving you kill the addiction. Cheers

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  3. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

    Dag gommit, and I tried very hard at that challenge. Oh well, better luck next time. To my knowledge those classes are not offered at Ohio St. Would there be a lab associated with it, I’m just not sure. I also am not aware if credit is issued for that in the SEC. I’ll go out on a limb and say no, but again I want to be factual so I can’t say for sure.

    How about this, I’ll check into the OSU class offerings and you look into the SEC that way we divide and conquer.

    Can’t wait for Saturday.

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    1. SteelFanRob 6 years ago

      Me, too!

      But I’m sure you’ll be watching and rooting for Bama against whatever cream puff team they’ll be playing.

      Roll Tide, right Ron?

      I, on the other hand, will be rooting ND, win or lose.

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      1. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

        I believe Bama plays CSU but no I won’t be watching. They have played Va Tech and T A&M. Hardly cream puffs.

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    2. C-Dog 6 years ago

      Who do you root for, Rhonda Burgundy? And why are you on this website? It’s only a total loser that spends significant time trolling other folks websites just to needle. Total reflection on you. The internet keeps you safe from the Texas size wedgy, you’d get from anyone of us. I can’t understand why you are intruding instead of cheering for your own team. Personally I don’t care whether you like Alabama or Ohio St. I wouldn’t hire anyone from either of those two schools. Totally academically irrelevant. And let’s face it, college football is irrelevant without the connection to the academic side of the institution. So why don’t you go take abuse from the fans of whatever team you do root for. Then you’ll see how pathetic your existence is and perhaps take some sort of boot camp to become a man if that is possible. You aren’t Chaz Bono in real life are you?

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      1. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

        Hey Dog, don’t believe we’ve had the pleasure. It’s actually Ron not Rhonda but hey honest mistake. True, a wedgy of that size would be quite unpleasant.

        Sorry to hear you wouldn’t hire folks from those fine institutions, hope that’s not viewed as discrimination.

        Since you asked I root for the Irish.

        Finally, no I am not Mr(s) Bono.

        Nice to meet you. Stay classy.

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      2. C-Dog 6 years ago

        So Rhonda, why do you root for the Irish? You wouldn’t last 15 seconds with any of the honored Irish alums from Boston, NY, Philly, or Chicago. The Boston Irish especially would string you up by your drawers. I picture you as a fat sweaty kid named Melvin Jerkstein who gets his kicks downing Twinkies by the gross and taking his issues out others by just annoying everyone. Or maybe you really are Ms. Bono.

        Either way, I don’t care, just go bother someone else.

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      3. duranko 6 years ago

        For the record I’ve had a lot of traffic with Ohio State grads in one particular traunch of my professional career. They were fine. But even as a Notre Dame fan, I never, Ever, NEVER, gainsay the function of public education, where the compact is to offer an easier avenue to admission, and a broader curriculum than private schools do.

        Further, I have had a lot of interaction with graduates of the SEC universities, and understand their pride in their institutions.

        Further, Ron, please research your leather bound books, and do me a solid and never conflate discrimination and plain stupidity.

        I leave you with this description of Eleanor Roosevelt:

        “She afflicted the comfortable and comforted the afflicted.”

        Hmmmmmmmmmm-sound familiar?

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      4. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

        Good to hear back from you dog. That auto correct keeps getting you with spelling “Ron”. Those apple products drive me crazy.

        Haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Melvin but like all of us sure am happy they are still making Twinkies. Can’t beat yellow dye #5. Thanks for the advice about not wearing drawers to Boston. Great city though.

        Grew up in the shadow of the dome, thanks for asking.

        Good talk. Although I’m sensing you don’t like me.

        Enjoy the game.

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      5. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

        Mr Duranko. I must admit, I need google to understand half of what you say. I wouldn’t know if you were making of fun of me or agreeing with me.

        Thanks for contributing to this site.

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      6. duranko 6 years ago

        well, Ron, I am not making fun of you. But it is hilarious that you are misperceived, mislabelled, misnomered, and have the ability to bring out a lynch mob mentality with the most
        innocent of comments.

        There are two things that don’t play well around here.

        Wit, true wit. Expecially if it is in a tone too high for some of the ears here.

        The second is tolerance, and non-vitriol. Civility? Banter?
        tolerant exchange?

        tsk, tsk……

        What really mystifies me overall is that Notre Dame football has always been a joy to me. And it baffles me that it is so painful, such a stressful undertaking for so many here.

        Oh, well, beat the Spartans!!

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  4. SteelFanRob 6 years ago

    How utterly predictable Ron Burgundy is!

    And Burgundy is a troll, and the troll is Burgundy, I guess.

    You lose the challenge, Ron. Nice try, though.

    I have to admit I admire the way Ron Burgundy can repeatedly get his a$$ handed to him and come back for more. He’s either an eager little beaver or just a masochist. My guess is he likes to be ruffed up. Guess he can’t get that at home so he looks for his humiliations elsewhere.

    Can’t wait to see what “Gimp” comes up with next! It won’t be very clever, but it will give me at least a good laugh at Burgundy’s expense.

    Whoring out any women lately, Ron Burgundy? Do you get credit for that in the SEC now? I’m pretty sure you can major in “Whoring” at Ohio St. WHO 101, M-W, “Buckeye Bumhole Building,” Prof. Retardus Ron Burgundy. No pre-requisites. Practicum at Prof. Burgundy’s personal residence. S & M attire a must.

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  5. SteelfanRob 6 years ago


    You’re right. I didn’t pick it up at first, but I give you total props for calling these imposters out. See my post above where I write “Buckeye”=”Ron Burgundy”=troll=loser. I should’ve given you credit for that one. So, sir, I duff my cap to you!

    Shaz, I’m sure “Sad Warrior” as a soldier appreciates sticking up for your comrades when attacked by a hostile outsider.

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    1. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

      Einhorn is Finkle.
      Finkle is Einhorn.

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    2. Shazamrock 6 years ago

      The only thing “I’m” sure about is that Sad Warrior would rather face the Taliban than come on this site and converse with some of the people here.

      For someone with enough on his mind already, and just looking to relax, I can’t say I blame him for that!

      All the guy did was say “hi” and for that he gets dragged into the mud.

      Nice job!

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  6. JC 6 years ago


    I share your concerns, however, I don’t share your confidence of who’s who?
    If you remember a few months ago, I called-out Burgundy as obvious Buckeye narrative. The new handle name game charade is rather easy since personalities don’t change. I’ve been on here long before these guys’ have made an appearence. Making fun of Te’o is the lowest ilk. Furthermore, Shaz, endorsing Burgundy as “better than” Angry Eagle, well Mr. “your blocking” here is my answer to you! Burguny, Buckeye and your personal misery index is of no value to me. Get use to me “blocking,” the highway runs both ways! It’s unfortunate Shaz wants it both ways or should I say three ways?

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  7. Sad Warrior 6 years ago

    @ Shaz-We can not explain our absence for AO reasons. Will be back inside the wire for the MSU game-Finally! Missed the first three games. We see the controversies are still alive and well! People need to support Tommy Rees. He is the ‘Field General’ as it stands; belittling him only abets the opponents.

    Will contact you after the MSU game and Irish victory! One of my Unit members saw your post and told me about it. Good to hear from you.

    Stay safe. Go Irish! Hoooooooah!


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    1. Shazamrock 6 years ago


      There are some thing more important than Football.

      Really glad to hear from you and know that everything is cool.

      Enjoy the game!

      Best wishes, Stay lucky! Hooooooooah!

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      1. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

        Here here.

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      2. duranko 6 years ago

        Notre Dame has failed miserably if its alums are invested in stamping out dialogue, disagreement and criticism. The Notre Dame classes I attended encouraged vibrant interaction and airing of opinions and views. Notre Dame, the University, would have quickly expectorated, tamquam a watermelon seed, any one who was ill-equipped, exercised, or pharasaically phony about entertaining and welcoming dialogue, disagreement and exchange of opinions.

        There’s a civilization going on here, and it involves public discourse. The thin-skinned of course, merely pose as Notre Dame people.

        But, as some dude said the sun shines on them too!

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  8. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

    BTW: Can Frank or someone who runs this site do a search of some kind by “Ron Burgundy” at the end of last season and before the NC game? I’m sure this Ron Burgundy is the same troll who first came on to our site and talked smack against ND and said he was a Bama supporter. I’m almost 100% sure it’s him. Now he says he’s a ND man through and through and that should allow him to belittle those who are honestly critical of BK or his team. I’d almost agree with him if he could prove that he’s really a ND man. But I doubt it. I’m sure if someone had the time and skill to do so, he or she could prove that Ron Burgundy is a troll on our site and in fact first came on here to stir up trouble and talk crap against ND football prior ro the NC game.

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  9. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

    What we all get, Shaz, is an end to the snide remarks from crypto-ND hater Ron Burgundy and benefit from more football talk from him. He does, after all, seem to know something about the game.

    Ron Burgundy complains about some comments he doesn’t like. I guess he’s the only one who gets to decide what’s appropriate and what’s not, and if he doesn’t agree with you, well, rather than an honest exchange of opinions, he’ll hide behind some droll comeback that he thinks is just brilliant. BTW: most of us get what he’s trying to do, just think it’s sophmoric and would appreciate more candid commentary and less irony. Now, many of us here can match sarcastic remarks with the best of them.

    I agree with Ron that some of the “fire BK” talk is over the top. My qualified support of BK is well-documented on this site. However, at the other extreme are the apologists that believe any constructive criticism of BK or ND football is tantamount to treason. I challenge all of us to move beyond the extremes of “BK sucks” and “BK is infallible”. There’s a broad middle ground here that allows for people of good will to openly exchange ideas in a positive and non-sarcastic manner. Of course, this all presumes that one is a true ND fan to begin with and not some troll, outsider, agent provacateur who wants to play at amateur sociologist or stand-up comedian and see what buttons he can push. That is not respectful of us and should not expect to go unchallenged. We’ve vanquished many a troll on this site and will continue to honestly defend ND football, win or lose, against all outsiders. It’s our small and insignificant contribution to the (in our opinions) greatest college football program ever.

    So, Shaz, yes, I believe you are one of us. However, if you want to coddle up to this BS artist and closet ND hater, Ron Burgundy, that’s up to you. But as for me and my house, I’ll defend ND football against these trolls and losers. I’d rather be on your side, but if you want to condone the snide insults and put-downs of Ron Burgundy directed at your ND brethren, then I guess we’ll have to pick different sides.

    Peace to the ND Nation!

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    1. Shazamrock 6 years ago

      I’m not picking sides nor do I think it’s acceptable to be exspected to do so.

      (No disrespect intended)

      But I just happen to prefer some individuality.

      You could see how someone could value that, right?

      I try to give everyone a fair shake.

      Now, I don’t always succeed but I try to at least start with the right intentions.

      Ron Burgundy is nice to me, so I’m nice back. That’s it.

      I’m sorry you two have a difference of opinion because I think you both are very intellingent, football savvy people.

      I enjoy reading what you both have to say,and will continue to do so.

      If that puts me on the wrong side then that’s a shame, it really is.

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      1. SteelfanRob 6 years ago


        I totally respect your opinion. You’re entitled to them, of course.

        It’s not personal with me and Burgundy. Frankly, I couldn’t care less about what he says or thinks. However, it’s about showing respect on our ND site. Just because he’s nice to you doesn’t give him license to disrespect others by coming on here pretending he cares about ND football.

        Also, individuality isn’t a cover-all excuse for bad behavior. I’m sure racists think they’re just being individuals, too. No. You can be an individual and still have a modicum of decency and respect. This con-man comes on here with his snide remarks and he wants a free pass. You’re entitled to give him one if you’d like. Not me. But I guess perhaps my individuality should be sacrificed for the sake of Ron Burgundy’s.

        Stay out of the fray if you like, Shaz. But so long as Ron Burgundy tries to belittle one of my ND brethren, then I don’t care about whether he’s nice to me or not. My individuality says stick up for my own. You could see how someone could value that, right?!

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  10. Shazamrock 6 years ago

    I kind of feel like this isn’t my place, and it clearly states a direct challenge from SFR, but then again, the word “us” was used several times which I myself would interpet to mean…. “the rest of us” ?? Maybe?

    So “if” I’m allowed to ask a question it would be:

    Q: In the ND tradition of fairness and sportsmenship, I’m interested in what exactly Ron Burgundy gets if he succeeds in this challenge?
    (I mean, what’s the pay-off or incentive for him to accept?)

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