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Irish Insights


Irish, Boilers tied at half

SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame and Purdue enter the second half tied at 7 with the Boilermakers set to receive the ball to start the half.

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson showed the mobility that made him the choice to be the Irish's starter on the first scoring drive of the game.

Golson bought himself time with his feet twice on the Irish's scoring drive to complete passes of 30 and 41 yards. Then the sophomore finished the drive with a 3-yard run, scoring when he dove for the pylon.

The touchdown stood up to a video review to give the Irish a 7-0 lead with 3:45 to play.

But poor kickoff coverage allowed the Boilermakers to storm back and tie the game at 7.

Purdue's Raheem Mostert returned the Irish's kickoff 41 yards to put the Boilers on their 42 to start the drive with 3:36 to play in the first half.

Quarterback Robert Marve, who ran the last two drives of the half in place of starter Caleb TerBush, took it from there on a very up-and-down drive.

Marve had to complete a dangerous pass to Crosby Wright on fourth-and-4 from Notre Dame's 41 to keep the drive going, and running back Akeem Shavers converted on third-and-1 from the 5 to set up the score.

Marve finally ended the drive with a 2-yard pass to Antavian Edison with 9 seconds left in the half to tie it at 7.

Notre Dame holds a slight edge on yards, outgaining Purdue 207-179. But the Irish can't get their running game going.

Notre Dame has only 18 rushing yards as running backs Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III have only six carries between them with Riddick gaining six yards. Golson has accounted for 196 of the Irish's yards.

Purdue has run for 74 yards with Shavers leading the way with 37. TerBush, who has run two offensive series, has thrown for 52 yards and run for 26. Marve has thrown for 53 yards and has 8 rushing yards.

Notre Dame played most of the first half without defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore.

The fifth-year senior injured his right leg on the defense's fourth play of the game and limped to the sideline. After trying to work out what was wrong with his leg for most of the first quarter, Lewis-Moore went to the locker room about five minutes into the second quarter.