Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17: Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees came off the bench to spearhead a rally and Kyle Brindza's 27-yard field goal with seven seconds left helped the Irish to a hard-fought win over the Boilermakers.
After sitting out the opening game against Navy with a suspension, Rees, last year’s starter, entered the game for Everett Golson and calmly led the 12-play, 55-yard drive that was capped by Brindza's field goal.
Notre Dame played with the lead almost the entire second half, before Golson’s fumble set Purdue up 1st-and-10 at the Irish 15-yard line with 3:24 remaining in the game and the Boilermakers trailing 17-10.
The Irish defense held the Boilermakers on the first three downs, but Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush hit Antavian Edison with a 15-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-down play to tie the game and set up the late heroics from Rees.
Golson started the game and went 21 for 31 passing for 289 yards with one touchdown pass and another rushing touchdown.
All-American tight end Tyler Eifert led the Irish with a career-high 98 yards on four catches before sitting out the fourth quarter with an apparent but unconfirmed injury.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The win for Notre Dame was the fifth straight against Purdue in the series. … This was the 13th time in program history the Irish have played Purdue in their home opener. … The Irish are 2-0 to start a season for the fist time since 2008.