Notre Dame has opened its home schedule with Purdue on 12 previous occasions. No program has faced the Irish more often in their home openers than the Boilermakers.
Notre Dame holds a 10-2 record against Purdue in home openers. This year’s lid lifter with Purdue is the second home opener with the Boilermakers in the past three years (2010). Prior to ’10, Notre Dame had not opened its home slate with Purdue since 2002.
Notre Dame has captured each of the last three home-opening meetings with the Boilermakers. Purdue has not defeated the Irish
in a Notre Dame home opener since Sept. 28, 1974.
The most famous home opener with Purdue came during the 1966 season. Both teams were ranked in the top 10, Notre
Dame at No. 6 and the Boilermakers at No. 8.
Purdue was led by All-American Bob Griese, but quarterback Terry Hanratty and
wide receiver Jim Seymour stole the show. The duo hooked up
13 times for 276 yards, including touchdowns of 39, 84 and seven
yards, en route to a 26-14 Irish victory. Seymour’s total of 276
receiving yards remains a single-game Notre Dame record. Notre
Dame went on to capture the national title, while the Boilermakers
captured their first and still only Rose Bowl title in school history.
Purdue vs. Notre Dame Series Information
Series record: Notre Dame leads the 55-26-2
Purdue points: 1,343
Notre Dame points: 2,011
Series record in West Lafayette: Notre Dame leads 26-14-2
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Notre Dame leads 21-12
Series record in South Bend: Notre Dame leads 29-11
In Notre Dame Stadium: Notre Dame leads 25-10
Series record at neutral site: Purdue leads 1-0 (Hoosier Dome in 1984)
Games decided by 3 points or less: Notre Dame leads 8-3
Games decided by 7 points or less: Notre Dame leads 10-9
Longest Purdue win streak: 3 (1958-60; 1967-69)
Longest Notre Dame win streak: 11 (1986-96)
Current streak: Notre Dame has won the last four straight
Largest Purdue victory: 36-0 in 1904
Largest Notre Dame victory: 48-0 in 1970 and 1992
Last Purdue home victory: 2007
Last Purdue road victory: 2004
Last Notre Dame home victory: 2010
Last Notre Dame road victory: 2011
This Date in Boilermaker History
Purdue is 3-0 all-time on Sept. 8. On this date in 1984, the Boilermakers opened the newly built Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis with a 23-21 victory over No. 8 Notre Dame. Purdue quarterback Jim Everett tossed a pair of touchdowns to Jeff Price, including one to cap an 88-yard drive early in the fourth quarter, and finished the game 20 of 28 for 255 yards. A late Allen Pinkett (YOU KNOW THAT DUDE?! FROM LAST WEEKEND’S RADIO COMMENTS) score trimmed Purdue’s lead to two with 4:21 remaining, but the Boilermaker held off the Irish to snap a two-game losing streak to Notre Dame.
Neil Armstrong, a 1955 graduate of Purdue and the first man to walk on the moon, passed away on Aug. 25, 2012. After head coach Danny Hope shared Armstrong’s exploits with the team, 5th-year wide receiver Tommie Thomas requested that the Boilermakers honor one of the most famous Purdue alumni. Starting this week, and remaining for the rest of the season, the Boilermakers will have a sticker depicting an astronaut Armstrong’s name and the dates of his life placed above the American flag on the back of their helmets.
Head Coach Danny Hope
Head coach Danny Hope is in his fourth season at the helm of the Boilermaker program and his 10th overall at Purdue. He sports a 52-43 career record, including his first postseason victory in last season’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
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