Indianapolis- Since 2009 The Irish have hosted the Shamrock Series their Home away from Home game as they like to call it. The series has been held in San Antonio, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Dallas and now in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium in front of 56832 fans. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish with head coach Brian Kelly took on the Purdue Boilermakers with head coach Darrell Hazell. The Irish came into the game looking to be 3-0 after a 31-0 shut out over Michigan and was heavily favored to beat the 1-1 Boilermaker’s.
The Irish won the toss and elected to receive. Ian MacDougall of Purdue with a 57 yard kick to the Irish 8 yard-line was immediately caught by Amir Carlisle and after narrowly missing two tackles he returned the ball 47 yards to the 45 of Purdue. After 39 yards and 5 plays Everett Golson connects with Will Fuller for a 6 yard touchdown pass and followed up with the extra point put the Irish up 7-0.
Purdue did not have the same luck as the Irish with their first possession suffering from a 10 yard penalty, forced the Boiler’s to punt. Purdue would not give up as the defense held the Irish to a field goal attempt from 50 yards by Kyle Brindza who missed wide left.The missed field goal gave Danny Etling Purdue Quarterback good field position. With 9 plays and 67 yards (55 yards passing)(17 yards rushing) Danny Etling connected with Brandon Cottom for their first touchdown, tying he game 7-7.
The second quarter of play started out with Notre Dame being held to a field goal after a 76 yard drive. Purdue looked as if they were going to make another touchdown after a 15 yard penalty for a personal foul by the Irish, put the Boiler’s at the Irish 24 yard-line. After a 11 yard rush and a 4 yard pass, what looked like a easy touchdown run by Akeem Hunt, Romeo Okwara of Notre Dame forced the fumble at the four yard-line from Hunt and was recovered by Sheldon Day of the Irish. After a 2 yard penalty the Irish would start at their own 2 yard line. Purdue stayed vigilant and force the Irish to go three and out and 0 yards.
Later on in the second quarter Purdue forced a fumble from the Irish with 3:47 left in half. Danny Etling in 3 plays connected with DeAngelo Yancey for Purdue’s second TD.
Then with only 3 minutes left Everett Golson moved the ball from the Notre Dame 30 to the 50 yard-line and the a 32 yard pass caught by Corey Robinson put them at the 12 yard-line of Purdue.
Golson was then sacked for a loss of three Everett Golson rushed for a 15 yard TD. After the start of the second half and a fantastic first touchdown catch for Corey Robinson the Irish never looked back. The Irish defense held the Boiler’s to only 14 and the Irish defeat Purdue 30-14.