WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue's football team battled No. 21 ranked Notre Dame until the final whistle on Saturday night in front of a packed crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Notre Dame was able to pull out the 31-24 win over the Boilermakers.
"Obviously a tough loss for us, I thought our guys played extremely hard. They hung in there and kept fighting and obviously there are a couple of plays you would like to have back but I was very proud of our football team tonight. We continue to get better and that's the whole key for this football team is to make strides forward and the wins will come. I am very proud of our team tonight," said Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell.
Purdue jumped out to an early lead in the game. Purdue quarterback Rob Henry connected with Akeem Hunt on a 15 yard touchdown pass. Purdue took a 10-3 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Notre Dame's Cam McDaniel scored on a one yard touchdown run to tie the game up at 10-10.
Purdue responded as Henry hit B.J. Knauf on a quick strike for an 18 yard touchdown. Purdue led 17-10 with 6:28 left to go in the third quarter.
However, Notre Dame scored three straight touchdowns including a interception that was returned for a touchdown to take a 31-17 lead.
"Looking back on it I think there are a million things that I would have done different. I wish I wouldn't have thrown it, I wish I would have gotten to my second read, third read but I mean that was the difference in the game," said Purdue quarterback Rob Henry.
Purdue tried to make a game of it, as Henry marched the Boilers down the field in the fourth quarter. Henry capped the drive off with a 9 yard touchdown pass to Justin Sinz. The Boilers pulled within seven points but they never got any closer.
"We can do great things, we just have to make the plays when they are there. You have to make the big play when it's there for you," said Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen.
Henry completed 25-40 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns and one interception. Hunt hauled in 9 catches for 72 yards and one touchdown.
Notre Dame's Tommy Rees completed 20-33 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns.
Purdue drops to 1-2 on the season and the Boilers will look to even their record at 2-2 when they travel to Wisconsin next Saturday to face the Badgers.
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