2011 Purdue Boilermakers Football
Purdue vs Notre Dame Football Preview
Coming out of a bye week, Purdue will look to improve to 3-1 on the season as it hosts in-state rival Notre Dame in the battle of the Shillelagh trophy on Saturday night.
Two weeks ago, the Boilers dominated both sides of the ball as they defeated FCS foe Southeast Missouri State 59-0 in what was their final cupcake game of the season. The offense clicked on all cylinders on Sept. 17, as the Boilers totaled 627 yards of total offense with 393 coming from the ground attack.
Notre Dame, however, will be a completely different monster for the Boilers, as the Irish are riding a two-game win streak and are thought to have one of the best defensive lines in the country.
Purdue has been impressive on the offensive line, but have struggled moving the ball at times this season. With junior quarterback Caleb TerBush taking a majority of the snaps during his first season as a starter, the Boilers offense has had to be patient and rely on the running game to for significant yardage.
In addition to Purdue’s offensive woes, the defense has also struggled to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks and force turnovers. The defensive line and secondary of the Boilers will have an opportunity to change their fortunes with such an inconsistent Notre Dame offense.
The headline of this week’s game will be Robert Marve and the number of snaps he sees in his final bout with the Irish. Marve didn’t get the start against SEMO, but he did rotate into the ball game for the first time this season. He finished 7-8 for 91 yards and a touchdown. If Marve sees significant minutes, it could greatly increase Purdue’s chances at victory.
The atmosphere should be electric, as Purdue will host its first prime time game since 2009, which was also against Notre Dame. Danny Hope will also look to snap the Boilers three-game losing streak to Irish and get his first career win over the hated rival from South Bend.
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