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Purdue, Notre Dame to play in Indianapolis in 2014

– The instate football rivalry between Notre Dame and Purdue will continue.

It will just be fractured and feature some off-campus games moving forward.

The Boilermakers on Thursday announced changes to the series, which had been uninterrupted since 1946, with the 2014 Irish home game moving to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

A Notre Dame spokesman confirmed in an email that the game will be the sixth in the Irish’s Shamrock Series, which moves an on-campus game to a neutral site once a year. Purdue will receive 10,000 tickets, twice the usual allotment for visiting teams, for the game in 67,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadium.

“We are excited to bring this great instate rivalry game to Indianapolis next season,” Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said in a statement.

“Both schools have great fan and alumni bases there, so it will make for an entertaining evening of college football.”

The 2014 game will be the first in Indianapolis between the programs since Purdue upset then-No. 8 Notre Dame 23-21 on Sept. 8, 1984, and it will be the last between the rivals until 2020.

Notre Dame has been working to fit five games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents onto its schedule every year starting next season as part of the Irish’s deal to join the ACC in all sports except football and hockey, and the Big Ten is moving from an eight-game to a nine-game conference schedule. So it had been expected that the Irish and Boilermakers would tweak their series.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly told ESPN.com this month there may the possibility of deferring a fifth ACC game to a future year if necessary. Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick will discuss the program’s future schedules at 11 a.m. today.

Purdue will play host when the series resumes Sept. 19, 2020, and Notre Dame will be the host school for a game Sept. 18, 2021. The series will then take another break, with the Boilermakers playing host to the Irish on Sept. 14, 2024, and Notre Dame playing host for a game Sept. 13, 2025.

Purdue said it is working on a date and neutral site location to play Notre Dame in 2026, and the universities are working on scheduling games beyond that.

The Irish and Boilermakers have played 85 times, with Notre Dame holding a 57-26-2 edge in the series.

“Jack and I tried everything we could to keep the series going without interruption,” Burke said. “But, between the Big Ten going to a nine-game schedule and Notre Dame’s affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, it just didn’t work out. The series is important to both schools, and we are pleased that we are able to extend it through 2026.”

Purdue didn’t waste time finding a new marquee nonconference game to take Notre Dame’s place in 2015, announcing that it will play host to Virginia Tech on Sept. 19 that season. The Boilermakers will play at Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 9, 2023.

The Boilermakers also changed some of their 2016 dates as they moved their home game against Eastern Kentucky to Sept. 3, 2016, after previously scheduling that game for Sept. 9, 2017. Purdue’s home game against Cincinnati was moved to Sept. 10, 2016, from Sept. 3.

Purdue also said it is close to finalizing an agreement to play Missouri in a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2018, with the Boilermakers traveling to Columbia, Mo., on Sept. 16, 2017, and then playing host to the Tigers on Sept. 15, 2018.

Ball State’s schedule was also changed as part of the Big Ten’s move to nine conference games. The Cardinals and Michigan announced that the game between the two that was scheduled for 2016 was moved to Sept. 12, 2020, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.

tkrausz@jg.net

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