Saturday, September 8, 2012

Notre Dame Squeaks Out a Win Over Purdue

(Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson runs away from Purdue defenders during a NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Notre Dame. (Photo: South Bend Tribune/JAMES BROSHER))

Well, my prediction was not correct. OK, it was not even close. But a win is still a win, even if it is a last-second kick that brings it home.

Notre Dame starting quarterback Everett Golson struggled all day against an overpowering Purdue defense. When Purdue forced the Irish to cough up the ball late in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly resumed his merry-go-round of quarterbacks and called in backup Tommy Rees to run a two-minute drill and save the 22nd-ranked Irish from suffering a loss in Week 2.

Golson, in his first start at home, finished the day completing 21-of-31 passes for 289 yards. He threw for one touchdown and ran for another, but was sacked five times and presided over a game that was riddled with errors and penalties (eight Irish penalties). He seemed to have a difficult time settling himself and never really seemed comfortable leading Notre Dame down the field. He did, however, manage to connect several long passes with such receivers as Tyler Eifert (caught passes for 22 and 25 yards) and DaVaris Daniels (a 41-yarder), to give the Irish faithful a glimpse into what could be a bright future.

In his postgame interview with Alex Flanagan, Kelly said Golson is still the starting quarterback. “Everett Golson is our starter," Kelly said. "I’ll get that out of the way right now.”



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