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Study Hall: Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24

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Well, Notre Dame sure took its time...

Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24

Notre Dame Purdue Notre Dame Purdue
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 51.4% 46.8% Success Rate 44.4% 38.9%
Leverage % 64.3% 58.1% PPP 0.51 0.46
S&P 0.950 0.853
TOTAL
EqPts 37.4 28.3 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 41.4% 35.5% Success Rate 36.0% 30.8%
Close PPP 0.53 0.46 PPP 0.58 0.45
Close S&P 0.948 0.812 S&P 0.944 0.755
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 9.4 3.5 Number 1 1
Close Success Rate 38.9% 20.0% Turnover Pts 4.0 7.9
Close PPP 0.26 0.17 Turnover Pts Margin +3.9 -3.9
Close S&P 0.649 0.373
Line Yards/carry 2.19 1.80 Q1 S&P 0.305 0.909
Q2 S&P 0.654 0.444
PASSING Q3 S&P 1.271 0.903
EqPts 28.0 24.9 Q4 S&P 1.305 0.913
Close Success Rate 44.1% 42.9%
Close PPP 0.82 0.59 1st Down S&P 1.016 0.785
Close S&P 1.264 1.020 2nd Down S&P 0.643 0.598
SD/PD Sack Rate 0.0% / 6.7% 5.0% / 0.0% 3rd Down S&P 1.318 1.050
Projected Pt. Margin: Notre Dame +12.9 | Actual Pt. Margin: Notre Dame +7

A combination of DaVaris Daniels, a great defensive line, and a timely turnover won the game for Notre Dame, but the Irish certainly hinted at a specific red flag. There were no big plays in the running game (and few holes created by the line), and an early Michigan hangover was almost very, very costly.