How the game was won: The Irish couldn't quite deliver the knockout punch, but they controlled the game through -- surprise -- defense and the running game. A pair of interceptions helped keep Purdue's offense at bay, Notre Dame for the most part prevented the big nfl jerseys
play and kept its own mistakes to a minimum.
Turning point: Notre Dame's defense came out breathing fire in the second half, sacking Robert Marve three times in Purdue's first eight snaps. The Irish converted the resulting good field position with a Dayne Crist touchdown pass to T.J. Jones for a 20-3 lead that proved insurmountable.
Player of the game: Armando Allen ran 18 times for 93 Buffalo Bills jersey
yards and a touchdown. His 38-yard punt return in the third quarter also set up Notre Dame's other touchdown.
What it means: Brian Kelly got a win in his debut. And while it might not have been a smashing performance, the team looked solid in all three phases of the game and ensured that the season got off to a good start with next week's showdown against Michigan looming.
Unsung hero of the game: Irish tight end Kyle Rudolph, who Baltimore Ravens jersey
was slowed much of the preseason with a hamstring injury, had five catches for 43 yards. He also provided good blocking in the running game to help free Allen and Cierre Wood.