Notre Dame Decisively Beats Purdue at Line of Scrimmage

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Just like on so many college football Saturdays, the numbers don’t accurately tell the whole story. In their 23-12 opening day victory, Notre Dame outgained the Big Ten‘s Purdue Boilermakers 358-322, and by 51 on the ground.

But those statistics don’t reflect all the tremendous pressure that Boilers quarterback Robert Marve faced all day. If it wasn’t for Marve’s blazing 4.5 speed and superlative escapability, the numbers would have been skewed even further in Irish favor.

And the Boilers averaged a very meager 3.2 yards per rush for the game. Everyone close to the Purdue program knew the offensive line would be one of the most questionable position groups heading into this season, and the OL looked pretty brutal most of the first game.

Boilermakers Head Coach Danny Hope disagrees, and he thought his OL played better than they were given credit for.

By Paul M. Banks

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