Fourth quarter touchdowns helps lift No. 21 Notre Dame over Purdue

4:18 AM, Sep 15, 2013   |    comments
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West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - Tommy Rees and DaVaris Daniels hooked up for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and No. 21 Notre Dame fended off Purdue, 31-24, despite trailing most of the game.

Rees and Daniels connected on two scores in a 2:07 span early in the fourth, the second an 82-yard TD that saw Daniels tip-toe down the sideline and stiff- arm Ricardo Allen to give Notre Dame its first lead, 24-17.

Three snaps later, Bennett Jackson stepped in front of a Rob Henry pass and returned it 34 yards for a Fighting Irish touchdown, but Henry came right back and threw a fourth-down 9-yard touchdown pass to Justin Sinz to pull Purdue back within a touchdown.

The Boilermakers recovered a fumble in Notre Dame territory on the ensuing possession, but a personal foul penalty pushed them back and they went three- and-out and did not see the ball over the final 7:22, falling to their in- state rival for a sixth straight time.

Rees completed 21-of-34 passes for 319 yards, 177 going to Daniels on nine connections as the Fighting Irish (2-1) rebounded from their loss at Michigan last week.

Henry threw for 256 yards and three scores on 25-of-40 attempts, but had the costly interception that turned into the game-deciding points.

Purdue (1-2) has dropped two of its first three game for the first time since 2009.

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