SOUTH BEND – It wasn't a popular way to secure a win over Purdue, but Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly turned to Tommy Rees to finish off the Boilermakers.
After starting quarterback Everett Golson's fumble led to Purdue tying the game with 2:05 to play, Rees led the No. 22 Irish on the decisive drive in a 20-17 win.
Rees moved Notre Dame to Purdue's 11-yard line with 11 seconds to play to set up Kyle Brindza's 27-yard field goal.
Rees, who was booed when he missed on his first pass attempt, went 3 for 8 for 35 of the final drive's 55 yards.
Golson finished with 289 passing yards on 21-of-31 passing with a touchdown.
As for Purdue's two quarterbacks, starter Caleb TerBush went 8 for 19 for 79 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Robert Marve, who was knocked out of the game on the Boilers' final scoring drive, went 11 for 18 for 119 yards and a touchdown.
Notre Dame improved to 2-0, and Purdue fell to 1-1.