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Notre Dame Football Gameday – Purdue 10/1/2011 – Open thread

Oct 01, 2011 /

It’s gameday Irish fans. Make sure you leave a comment during the day with your score predictions, a limerick, keys to the game or just a Go Irish! Check back in during the game for live game chat with other Irish fans giving their own play-by-play reactions. Below are our keys to the game and a gameday limerick to enjoy.

Keys to the Game – How to tell how the day will go

Tonight’s game vs. Purdue will not be a game that Notre Dame will be able to just show up and win. Purdue may not be the most talented team that we play but like Navy they also come to play against Notre Dame. A victory against Notre Dame would make their year.

The Irish need to look at this game as another test to prove to themselves that they are a team that can improve to be a BCS candidate. If they do their jobs, today will be another game that is more about getting Notre Dame right than stopping Purdue. So here are our things to watch for during the game to gauge how things are going for the Irish football team.

The Good

  • Let’s start with defense. The Purdue quarterback is on the run. The more pressure we can put on the Purdue QB the better.
  • The Irish continue to be able to run the ball. The Irish offense is at its best when it keeps teams off balance. More on this in ‘The Bad’.
  • A hold over from last week – Another QB package for a 1/2 a series. See the reason above and the fact that the Irish have invested the time in a package in practice – why not use it?

The Bad

  • If we turn one dimensional on offense. If we are unable to run the ball all the pressure will be on Rees and that is not a good thing yet at this stage in his development.
  • Turnovers – We will beat Purdue if we don’t give them extra possessions. Period.
  • We let Purdue start drives in our end of the field. This could be the result of turnovers or lousy special teams play. Either way, we don’t want it to happen.

Gameday Limerick

Game day limerick time:

Boilers Up next for the Irish *toot* *toot*.
Ross-Aide Stadium fans will be mute.
Cause today the Irish roll,
into the end zone they’ll stroll,
inside em’, outside em’, just like Knute.

Gameday thread

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187 responses to “Notre Dame Football Gameday – Purdue 10/1/2011 – Open thread”

  1. BobRamsak says:

    Almost time for ND to demolish purdue

  2. LetsGoIrish says:

    And away we Go!

  3. LetsGoIrish says:

    Ok I loved that!!! Gary Gray!!

  4. LetsGoIrish says:

    Let’s get a first down here. Don’t care how we get it

  5. BobRamsak says:

    What about a TD

  6. BobRamsak says:

    What about a TD

  7. LetsGoIrish says:

    or we can just do that.

  8. LetsGoIrish says:

    or we can just do that.

  9. OC Irish says:

    Yes! Finally – this will light a fire under GG.

  10. LetsGoIrish says:

    By the way, my wife is a Purdue fan and this is not going to be a pretty night. She is seeing my son cheer against Purdue for the first time.

  11. LetsGoIrish says:

    I liked Purdue’s first play much better.

  12. MichaelWright says:

    Gee, come in a few minutes late and missed a score.

  13. LetsGoIrish says:

    Welcome aboard MW!

  14. MichaelWright says:

    Or gr is fine also.

  15. notredame_dame says:

    I am here. Sorry I am late. 7-0 already!!

  16. LetsGoIrish says:

    It’s GOODMAN TIME!!!

  17. BobRamsak says:

    It’s Jonas Gray time

  18. LetsGoIrish says:

    Yeah thats about right. Welcome aboard Bob

  19. LetsGoIrish says:

    Oh man I just realized…I am watching via my internet connection so I am going to be like the slow kid in class.

  20. MichaelWright says:

    Like Gray when he puts his head down and runs!

  21. BobRamsak says:

    We have to stop those errs

  22. LetsGoIrish says:

    Gray is a beast. I would have taken either Gray or Wood for the last five years.

  23. LetsGoIrish says:

    Gray is a beast. I would have taken either Gray or Wood for the last five years.

  24. BobRamsak says:

    We look good

  25. MichaelWright says:

    Tommy throwing near red zone, holding breath!

  26. BobRamsak says:

    Come on. Don’t jinx him

  27. MichaelWright says:

    Sorry

  28. BobRamsak says:

    Just kidding

  29. BobRamsak says:

    We hust ourselves again in the red zone

  30. MichaelWright says:

    And we shoot ourselves again!

  31. BobRamsak says:

    We hurt ourselves in the red zone again. We just can’t go out and kick butt

  32. MichaelWright says:

    Sorry Let’s go, didn’t mean to ruin it for ya.

  33. OC Irish says:

    Good Lord.

  34. LetsGoIrish says:

    Don’t worry about it. I actually just switch computers. I have learned to not look at the screens before big plays. Sadly I am about two plays behind.

  35. LetsGoIrish says:

    The Michigan game was the worst.

  36. domer_82 says:

    Terbush is a third string QB for Purdue and he looks pretty good.

  37. LetsGoIrish says:

    That Teo kid is not a bad player….we should look into playing him more.

  38. LetsGoIrish says:

    We HAVE to have the worst punt returners in the country.

  39. LetsGoIrish says:

    We HAVE to have the worst punt returners in the country.

  40. MichaelWright says:

    Ok, we better kick it up a bit cause I don’t have any beer in the house!

  41. MichaelWright says:

    Ok, we better kick it up a bit cause I don’t have any beer in the house!

  42. OC Irish says:

    Calling them returns is a stretch.

  43. MichaelWright says:

    Can we please use the TE more often!

  44. LetsGoIrish says:

    Are you messing with me…cause I just lost a dollar on a bet saying that Effiert would make a catch…..oh yeah…two plays behind.

  45. LetsGoIrish says:

    In the red zone….let’s punt

  46. LetsGoIrish says:

    Seriously you guys can post…I won’t look.

  47. MichaelWright says:

    Were is Gray?

  48. LetsGoIrish says:

    Go ahead…seriously post about the TD we are getting in the next two plays.

  49. MichaelWright says:

    Flags!

  50. MichaelWright says:

    Nice!

  51. MichaelWright says:

    Can you flag the band?

  52. OC Irish says:

    Thank you, Purdue and My Name is Jonas.

  53. MichaelWright says:

    Thank You Gray, why you weren’t in there to began is beyond me!

  54. LetsGoIrish says:

    Nice!! The TD made it to my TV too. If we can just get every team to give us 13 plays in the red zone we would be set.

  55. MichaelWright says:

    High 5 ing is now unsportsmanlike, WTF can they do then!

  56. LetsGoIrish says:

    It is such BS.

  57. notredame_dame says:

    I was expecting to see that kind of play from our offense all year. Some of those plays I didn’t recognize.

  58. LetsGoIrish says:

    Niklas can motor for someone 6-6. He made that saving tackle.

  59. MichaelWright says:

    Why is that Kelly thinks we can only pass in the red zone.

  60. MichaelWright says:

    Why is that Kelly thinks we can only pass in the red zone.

  61. LetsGoIrish says:

    By the way, ESPN is playing an R rated horror movie commercial every 2-3 breaks…thanks for helping my kids sleep tonight.

  62. LetsGoIrish says:

    By the way, ESPN is playing an R rated horror movie commercial every 2-3 breaks…thanks for helping my kids sleep tonight.

  63. OC Irish says:

    I met his parents in OC – his dad took on an Irish brogue (it was pretty good, too!) Nice people (re: Niklas)

  64. domer_82 says:

    Spread offenses are good between the twenties. Someday someone is going to figure out how it can be affective in the red zone

  65. LetsGoIrish says:

    I had an Irish brogue but I shaved it off. *rimshot*

  66. domer_82 says:

    Anybody think we have any shot of seeing a different QB tonight? And if so who?

  67. LetsGoIrish says:

    Oh don’t ask that question…it has been a long week.

  68. LetsGoIrish says:

    Did you guys see this? Defensive end Stephon Tuitt did not travel for Saturday’s game due to a violation of team policies, according to the school.

    • OC Irish says:

      @LetsGoIrish Yes, saw that. Didn’t Diaco say some were struggling in school? Is that a team violation?

      • LetsGoIrish says:

        @OC Irish Not sure. That was via the Chicago Trib so it can really be anything given the student privacy that must be honored.

      • LetsGoIrish says:

        @OC Irish Let’s hope he wasn’t streaking…he will end up @ UCLA

  69. Grirish says:

    There we go, opened in safari.

  70. domer_82 says:

    This live chat is pretty nice. Beats hitting the refresh button on the old Blue Gray Sky.

  71. LetsGoIrish says:

    We should just play Purdue every week…this is much easier.

  72. Grirish says:

    What happen to the run?

    • OC Irish says:

      @Grirish So frustrating – don’t put that kind of pressure on the kid. Just a matter of time before there’s another TO – and this time, they’ll hold onto the ball.

  73. LetsGoIrish says:

    Goodman isn’t used to moving forward.

  74. LetsGoIrish says:

    So much for seeing if Rees could play without locking on Floyd….oh well, not complaining.

  75. Grirish says:

    49 into the wind, don’t think it’s going to work

  76. LetsGoIrish says:

    Wow got lucky there. RIGHT in his hands.

  77. Grirish says:

    Should have punted.

  78. LetsGoIrish says:

    82 to answer you question earlier. …sorry to sort of blow it off. Kelly said if ND gets ahead by 21 or more you would see one of the young kids…My guess would be Hendrix. I guess the thought would be that Crist is too good for garbage time.

  79. OC Irish says:

    Do we even have any punt blocking? It’s baffling.

  80. LetsGoIrish says:

    Marve…my guess is that they will decide that Terbush is a better choice…Marve looked rusty last year before he was hurt.

  81. LetsGoIrish says:

    Oh man he almost had a yard that time.

  82. LetsGoIrish says:

    Maybe it is our gunners…seriously he is hit every time as soon as he catches it.

  83. Grirish says:

    Glad to see Kelly got my text!

  84. OC Irish says:

    That’s how you run, Kelly! SHEESH! GO CIERRE!

  85. LetsGoIrish says:

    Let’s just do that…it is a lot easier!

  86. OC Irish says:

    Amish, we are approaching my halftime wish score.

  87. OC Irish says:

    Amish, we are approaching my halftime wish score.

  88. LetsGoIrish says:

    Now if we can just get Goodman going!

  89. LetsGoIrish says:

    Ok that food lucks awesome

  90. LetsGoIrish says:

    and looks

  91. Grirish says:

    Put DC next set.

  92. LetsGoIrish says:

    GR I like the way you think but I dont’ think it is going to happen.

  93. domer_82 says:

    Our defense spoils us.

  94. LetsGoIrish says:

    Kona Swenke sighting.

  95. LetsGoIrish says:

    This is his first game action this year I think. They talked about this maybe being a redshirt year for him…I guess Tuitt forced him into action

  96. domer_82 says:

    LGI I think you were wrong about Marve

  97. LetsGoIrish says:

    Yeah he looks good.

  98. Grirish says:

    The Thing! How can you improve on the first one?

  99. LetsGoIrish says:

    Ooooo…that is the commercial OC. Luckily the kid is in bed.

  100. LetsGoIrish says:

    Let’s hope this game doesn’t end up like the Michigan game…he went to bed up 14-0 imagine how tough it was for me to explain that game to him the next game

  101. Grirish says:

    That was a great movie!

  102. LetsGoIrish says:

    Purdue has helped us a ton tonight.

  103. notredame_dame says:

    OC I am the same way!

  104. LetsGoIrish says:

    I think Atkinson’s return was on the return team…..he seems kinda timid still.

  105. domer_82 says:

    If we decided to be a running team I think we could be a good one.

  106. domer_82 says:

    If we decided to be a running team I think we could be a good one.

  107. Grirish says:

    Fight fight

  108. Grirish says:

    Fight fight

  109. LetsGoIrish says:

    Rees is playing good/bad enough to stay in the game…he must have heard about that 21 points guidline.

  110. Grirish says:

    Should have been offsetting!

  111. Grirish says:

    Ton of flags tonight!

  112. LetsGoIrish says:

    I almost got those same tattoos….they said Mom right?

  113. LetsGoIrish says:

    that is how you shed a block

  114. Grirish says:

    Would that be grounding?

  115. OC Irish says:

    How could that not be grounding?

  116. Grirish says:

    No onenear the pass and not outside the tacs?

  117. LetsGoIrish says:

    OK…..time to go get fat at halftime.

  118. LetsGoIrish says:

    Halftime stats
    T. Rees 12/22 170yds 1TD 0 INTs

  119. LetsGoIrish says:

    Floyd has the monster numbers:
    M. Floyd 8 catches 121 yards 1TD

  120. LetsGoIrish says:

    C. Wood 9 for 102yds 1TD

  121. LetsGoIrish says:

    Jonas Gray 7 for 56

  122. LetsGoIrish says:

    Monster numbers for those guys

  123. OC Irish says:

    Amish, how do I get an Avatar here? These shadowy figures kinda scare me.

  124. LetsGoIrish says:

    No other receiver has more than 1 catch

  125. LetsGoIrish says:

    click on your shadow and then….hold on let me figure it out

  126. LetsGoIrish says:

    Ok click on your avatar and then it will take you to a livefyre page and there should be a settings menu option

  127. OC Irish says:

    Ha ha, the kids were demanding food (can you imagine?) so I stopped the interview with Kelly. “He’s the LONG SNAPPER!” Funny stuff.

  128. LetsGoIrish says:

    Yeah that was pretty good.

  129. Grirish says:

    Now that that kids are in bed check out the classic movie. You got to rent it and check it out, it was the start of the SiFi horror flicks.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZkkIsLiNg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  130. LetsGoIrish says:

    AHHHHH!!!

  131. LetsGoIrish says:

    Yeah so there are two horror flicks out ….the THING and Something…..original

  132. LetsGoIrish says:

    I am really amazed at Purdue’s defensive game plan. I thought that Pitt had a good template for them to learn from but they haven’t even tried to disguise coverage and bracket Floyd in the process, instead they choose to blitz Rees

  133. LetsGoIrish says:

    Good news flash: we have two more years of Cierre Wood

  134. LetsGoIrish says:

    Floyd is going to have 250+ yards.

  135. Grirish says:

    Nice TJ

  136. Grirish says:

    Love the TE!

  137. LetsGoIrish says:

    Where is Brock Spack when you need him?

  138. Grirish says:

    Wow rockem sockem robots on the pc. You young guys wouldn’t remember that.

  139. LetsGoIrish says:

    One dimensional offense, he must have read my keys to the game

  140. domer_82 says:

    Marve has surprised me tonight. He looks much better than I thought he would

  141. LetsGoIrish says:

    It will be interesting to see how many rushing yards we give up tonight.

  142. domer_82 says:

    By the way, every time I type out a complement and hit post they screw up.

  143. LetsGoIrish says:

    If we score on this drive, which I hope we do, do we see Hendrix? My guess is not until about 4 minutes left in the 4th

  144. Grirish says:

    So is this the start of no more turnovers?

  145. LetsGoIrish says:

    Let’s hope.

  146. Grirish says:

    Love seeing the run more often.

  147. LetsGoIrish says:

    the B1G logo looks like it is setting up for B16…just on an aside

  148. LetsGoIrish says:

    the B1G logo looks like it is setting up for B16…just on an aside

  149. LetsGoIrish says:

    Purdue is wishing they still had Wilford. You don’t know what you got till its gone….that would make a good song

  150. LetsGoIrish says:

    Wow…Purdue is getting spanked…..looking forward to seeing my in-laws tomorrow.

  151. OC Irish says:

    We really, really needed this.

  152. Grirish says:

    We are putting together some long drives tonight

  153. LetsGoIrish says:

    Yeah this is where it helps to not have played all directional schools at the start of the year. Purdue doesn’t know what hit them.

  154. domer_82 says:

    Remember when they told us Slaughter was going to be a hard hitter? He does hit hard for 170 lbs.

  155. Grirish says:

    Wood is ripping them apart!

  156. OC Irish says:

    They have to be a bit gassed by now – but Wood is impressive no matter what!

  157. OC Irish says:

    So – will we see Dayne next series?

  158. Grirish says:

    They know it’s going to wood and they still can stop
    him.

  159. Grirish says:

    See what I am saying, every time the drive ends we get a shot of Kelly and Tommy on the sideline. It is like they are just looking for him to go off. Even when they don’t go to him they make some remark that he was chewing on the Qb about something he did.

  160. Grirish says:

    DC is going in!

  161. OC Irish says:

    Come on, Dayne!

  162. Grirish says:

    Wonder how much freedom he will have?

  163. OC Irish says:

    I know – I thought about that. Bunch of handoffs?

  164. Grirish says:

    Ok, is our punt problem the kicker or the snapper? That’s two bad snaps tonight that I can remember.

  165. OC Irish says:

    Good thing the snapper isn’t on scholarship – oh wait…(since Amish appears to have dozed off, I’ll take over for him.)

  166. Grirish says:

    I think he watched that movie trailer and is now hiding in the barn with Buttercup.

  167. Grirish says:

    Did I just see ham in a purdue shirt?

  168. Grirish says:

    Goodnight everyone!

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