WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue committed more turnovers in the first fifteen seconds, than Notre Dame did all game. And that fact contributed to a 38-10 blowout win by Notre Dame.
On the 1st play from scrimmage, Purdue QB Caleb TerBush throws into triple coverage, and Notre Dame CB Gary Gray picks it off. Notre Dame took over possession on Purdue's 35 yard line and needed just two plays to cash in. Tommy Rees threw a strike to Michael Floyd, and the Irish had a 7-0 lead just 24 seconds into the game. Floyd ended the night with 12 receptions for 137 yards. The 16th 100 yard game of Floyd's career is a school record.
A critical personal foul penalty by the Boilers contributed to Notre Dame's next score. After a Tommy Rees pass intended for Tyler Eifert sailed out of the back of the endzone, a Purdue player was flagged for taunting. On the next play Jonas Gray carried for a touchdown and a 14-0 Notre Dame lead. Gray had 15 carries for 94 yards.