WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue and Notre Dame meet for the 85th time in series history, the most that the Irish have faced any Big Ten school.
The Boilermakers are coming off the first win of the Darrell Hazell era with a 20-14 victory over Indiana State last Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. Notre Dame has won the last five matchups against the Boilermakers with two of the victories coming on the Irish’s final drive of the game, including last year’s 20-17 victory in South Bend.
Purdue and Notre Dame have met annually since 1946 and coach Hazell hopes his team understands how important this game is.
"I'd be disappointed if they didn't. The pulse of the locker room is very good right now and they understand where their short comings are right now and they understand their deficiencies and how we need to correct those things. They can see the film and say hey, if we do this, this and this we can be pretty good," said Darrell Hazell.
Saturday’s 8 p.m. ET start will be the third straight at that time between the schools at Ross-Ade Stadium and the Boilermaker players are excited to take part in such a big game.
"It's in the air, you can definitely just feel it you know there is just something about it. Ross-Ade is going to be sold out, you're under the lights and it's big time man," said Justin Kitchens.
The Purdue vs Notre Dame game is also the annual Gold and Black Game where the Boilermakers will attempt to stripe the stadium by section in old gold and black.
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