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Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17

SOUTH BEND -- Well, that was a bit .... conflicting.

On the one hand, Purdue cashed in a late fumble to tie it at 17 with two minutes and change left.

On the other, Danny Hope probably isn't going to drop his ill-advised two-headed QB monster experiment, on account of the fact that it was Caleb TerBush -- miserable in the third quarter -- who got the Boilers into the end zone at the finish.

Then again .... if you're Notre Dame, you've got a dilemma now, too. Everett Golson QB'ed the Irish to a 17-7 lead, then fumbled at his own 15 to open the door for Purdue to tie it. After which Tommy Rees came in and drove the Irish downfield to Kyle Brindza's winning FG with seven seconds left.

So, two teams, two head-scratchers at quarterback.

And one loss for Purdue that was both encouraging and bitter -- encouraging because of the way they took away the Irish running game and got into the Notre Dame backfield on numerous occasions, and bitter because, well, the Boilers had it on their racket and couldn't finish it.