Purdue 41, Notre Dame 16
Purdue's Kyle Orton accomplished something that Drew Brees, Jim Everett and Mark Hermann never did -- win at Notre Dame.
Orton threw four touchdown passes, including a 97-yarder to Taylor Stubblefield, to lead the 15th-ranked Boilermakers to a 41-16 victory Saturday. It was Purdue's first win at Notre Dame Stadium since Ara Parseghian's last year as Irish coach in 1974, when Notre Dame was ranked No. 2.
Orton was 21 of 31 for 385 yards, third most in his career, to help the Boilermakers (4-0) end a 13-game losing streak at Notre Dame (3-2).
"I'm not surprised by what number 18 can do anymore," Purdue Coach Joe Tiller said.
Orton, who has 17 touchdown passes with no interceptions this season, was asked after the game if he thought his performance might help his Heisman Trophy chances.
"You guys keep bringing up the Heisman. I don't have a vote on that," he said.
The Irish certainly were impressed, though.
"He was unstoppable," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "A lot of people say he is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. He's got my vote."
In their last three trips to Notre Dame Stadium, the Boilermakers had come close to beating the Irish but always had a key turnover that cost them. Saturday, though, the Boilermakers, who have not lost a fumble this year, didn't turn the ball over once against a Notre Dame defense which had forced 16 turnovers in its first four games.
Irish quarterback Brady Quinn was 26 of 46 for a career-high 432 yards, the most yards ever at Notre Dame Stadium and the second most in Notre Dame history.