Scores

Final

Notre Dame 19

(0-5)

Purdue 33

(5-0, 1-0 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, September 29, 2007

Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

1 2 3 4 T
ND 0 0 6 1319
PUR 10 13 3 733

Top Performers

Passing: C. Painter (PUR) - 252 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Sheets (PUR) - 27 CAR, 141 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Bryant (PUR) - 8 REC, 82 YDS, 1 TD

Notre Dame scores first passing TD but remains winless

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Charlie Weis was looking for something he recognized as winning football. He finally saw it ... just not enough of it.

Purdue extended the worst start in Notre Dame history to five losses when Curtis Painter threw two touchdown passes and Chris Summers hit four field goals in a 33-19 win on Saturday.

Third Time Not A Charm
Charlie Weis

Ty Willingham might have been fired after a 6-6 season in his third season as Irish coach, but he was doing way better than Charlie Weis is now.

Willingham Weis
Season 2004 2007
W-L 3-2 0-5
PPG 26 9.2
Opp PPG 21.6 33.2
Rush YPG 108.2 31.2

The Irish fell behind 23-0 at the half, and Weis let his players know he's tired of playing catch-up.

"This time, I was maybe a little more rough at halftime," he said. "I'd had about enough. It was a collective effort. Offense, defense, special teams."

Notre Dame outscored Purdue 19-10 in the second half, something Weis hopes to build on.

"For the first time this year, we played a half of football where you could win," he said. "That's closer to winning football."

Freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen threw his first career touchdown pass before leaving with an injured hip, and the Irish gained 426 yards, by far their best output of the season.

It's a start.

Meanwhile, the Boilermakers (5-0) are off to their best start since 2004.

Kory Sheets had 141 yards rushing and Dorien Bryant caught eight passes for 82 yards for Purdue, which hosts No. 8 Ohio State next week.

With Purdue seemingly in control, Notre Dame's Tom Zbikowski intercepted a pass by Painter on early in the second half, and the Irish took advantage. On a fourth-and-goal at the Purdue 5-yard line, Clausen completed a pass to John Carlson to cut the lead to 23-6.

Purdue got a few gifts from Notre Dame on its next possession. The Irish bailed the Boilermakers out on a third-and-21 with a late hit and Summers' 29-yard field goal gave the Boilermakers a 26-6 lead. The Irish committed three penalties for 35 yards on the possession.

Clausen limped often in the game, and at times was shuffled in and out of the lineup. Weis expects him to play on Saturday against UCLA. Backup quarterback Evan Sharpley completed 16 of 26 passes for 208 yards, and Golden Tate caught three passes for 104 yards.

They gave Notre Dame a chance early in the fourth quarter with a 43-yard completion on a fourth-and-5 from the Notre Dame 37. Sharpley eventually threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Duval Kamara with 12:43 left to cut Purdue's lead to 26-12.

On Notre Dame's next possession, Sharpley completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to a falling Tate to cut Purdue's lead to 26-19 with 7:58 to go.

Purdue righted itself on the next possession. Four running plays netted 35 yards before Painter connected with tight end Dustin Keller for a 14-yard touchdown.

Notre Dame then drove to the Purdue 18, but Terrell Vinson intercepted Sharpley in the end zone to end the threat. It was Vinson's second pick of the game.

The Irish converted 4 of 6 fourth downs, including two in their territory in the fourth quarter. Weis said he was playing for the win, no matter what.

"I told them with seven minutes to go if we cut it to seven, if we scored again, we were going to go for two and try and win in regulation," he said. "Why not go for two?"

Notre Dame will focus on playing a complete game after Weis said they showed potential in the second half.

"If we can do 60 minutes of that, maybe we can come away with a victory," Sharpley said.

Perhaps, but things don't get any easier for the Irish who face UCLA, No. 12 Boston College and top-ranked Southern California the next three weeks.

"It's been tough," Notre Dame defensive end Trevor Laws said, "but you just have to keep playing and show the young guys how to fight."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ND
PUR
1st Downs2127
Total Yards426371
Passing377252
Rushing49119
Penalties11-1109-67
3rd Down Conversions5-166-15
4th Down Conversions4-60-1
Turnovers32
Possession26:5433:06

Passing Leaders

Notre DameC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sharpley16/262088.021
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Painter22/372526.822

Rushing Leaders

Notre DameCARYDSAVGTDLG
Allen Jr.6254.209
Jabbie4164.006
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sheets271415.2121
Dierking492.306

Receiving Leaders

Notre DameRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tate310434.7143
Parris79313.3024
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bryant88210.3119
Orton35518.3040

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNDPUR
FG10:45Chris Summers 27 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 54 yds, 4:15
03
TD05:49Kory Sheets 1 Yd Run (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 2:43
010
SECOND QUARTERNDPUR
FG11:54Chris Summers 34 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 8 yds, 1:19
013
TD04:46Dorien Bryant 11 Yd Pass From Curtis Painter (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 81 yds, 4:46
020
FG02:50Chris Summers 26 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 5 yds, 1:20
023
THIRD QUARTERNDPUR
TD07:55John Carlson 5 Yd Pass From Jimmy Clausen (Pat Failed)
Drive: 6 plays, 37 yds, 2:06
623
FG00:28Chris Summers 29 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 56 yds, 3:21
626
FOURTH QUARTERNDPUR
TD12:43Duval Kamara 7 Yd Pass From Evan Sharpley (Pat Failed) 1226
TD07:58Golden Tate 25 Yd Pass From Evan Sharpley (Nate Whitaker Kick) 1926
TD05:33Dustin Keller 14 Yd Pass From Curtis Painter (Chris Summers Kick) 1933