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Mopping up after Purdue win

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --- Notre Dame outgained Purdue 185-39 in the first quarter to continue a trend that dates back to the season-opening loss to South Florida.
Notre Dame outgained USF (152-62), Michigan (145-27), Michigan State (95-36) and Pittsburgh (72-31) in the first quarter and have now outgained their first five opponents by an average of average of 130-39.

The 185 yards against Purdue were the most in any opening quarter since Brian Kelly was named head coach before last season and the most since the Irish had 211 against Air Force in 2006.

RECORD NIGHT

(BULLET)Michael Floyd's 16th 100-yard receiving game moves him past Golden Tate (15) and into first place in Notre Dame history. Floyd already owns school records for career receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. His 35-yard touchdown catch on Notre Dame's second offensive play snapped a three-game scoreless streak, the longest since his freshman season.

(BULLET)It took Tommy Rees 24 seconds to throw a touchdown pass in his 10th straight game, which is the third longest streak in team history behind Brady Quinn (16) and Jimmy Clausen (13).

STAYING HOME

Freshman defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt did not travel with the team to Purdue because of a "just missed class" policy, according to coach Brian Kelly.  Tuitt has been one of several freshman who have made their presence felt for Notre Dame this season. The defensive end even logged time at noseguard during Pittsburgh potential game-winning drive against the Irish last week because the 6-foot-6, 295-pounder has proven to be such a effective pass rusher. Kelly said Tuitt is expected to play next week.

INJURY UPDATE

(BULLET)Defensive end Ethan Johnson sprained his ankle in the first quarter and did not return.  

(BULLET)OLB Danny Spond also remained in South Bend with a hamstring injury.


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