Saturday, September 26, 2009

Notre Dame Defeats Purdue & Tailgating!!!

My wife, her cousin (a Purdue fan, but otherwise a nice guy), & I went to West Lafayette for yesterday's game between the Fighting Irish and Boilermakers. We parked prior to the game and tailgated a stone's throw from the stadium. We enjoyed watching the gentle ribbing both teams fans were giving each other and after 4 beers each we decided we should head to the stadium for the game. Due to the past seasons of football, this year is make it or break it for Charlie Weis, so the Irish needed to win the game. Starting quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, was hurt with turf toe so Notre Dame did not have their usual air attack which meant they had to go to the ground attack. Notre Dame has recently started to use the Wildcat offense so that's what we saw a lot of. Notre Dame jumped out to a halftime lead however a blown coverage play gave Purdue the lead with about 4 minutes left in the game. Needing to go almost the length of the field Jimmy got the ball and lead the Irish down the field to inside the Purdue 5 yard line. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd down came and went and it came down to 4th and goal and Jimmy rolled out and hit tight end Kyle Rudolph for the go ahead score!!! The southern endzone and Irish fans in our section went nuts and the rest of the stadium went home sad with a lose. Check out the pictures to the right and the scoreboard picture above. I will also post the go ahead scoring play here.

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