Purdue Game Notes: Fuller opens with three TDs
Mary Green | Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sophomore receiver Will Fuller became the first Notre Dame receiver to catch a touchdown in each of the first three games of a season since Michael Floyd did so in 2009.
Fuller grabbed a six-yard pass from senior quarterback Everett Golson at the 12:23 mark of the first quarter to put Notre Dame ahead, 7-0.
In the season opener against Rice, Fuller notched a 75-yard touchdown reception from Golson, and he caught a 24-yard pass for a score against Michigan.
Floyd registered touchdown receptions in games against Nevada, Michigan and Michigan State to open the 2009 season.
Brindza rising the ranks
Senior kicker/punter Kyle Brindza moved up to second all-time in program history in career field goals after his 19-yard make in the second quarter. His career record is now 49-for-65 after three makes and a miss Saturday.
Brindza passed former Irish kicker Nicholas Setta, who competed for Notre Dame from 2000 to 2003.
The senior now only trails former kicker John Carney, who tallied 51 field goals from 1984 to 1986.
With his 15-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Corey Robinson in the third quarter, Golson has thrown at least two touchdowns in three straight games for the second time in his career.
Golson tossed two scores against Purdue and Rice and three against Michigan.
The quarterback completed the feat in 2012 in a three-game stretch against Pittsburgh, Boston College and Wake Forest. He registered two touchdown passes against Pittsburgh and Boston College and three against Wake Forest that year.
Irish in Indy
After the victory against Purdue, Notre Dame is now 6-2 in games played in Indianapolis. The Irish have picked up those wins against Purdue, Butler and Indiana.
However, Saturday marked the first time the team competed at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The last Irish win in Indianapolis came in a 31-3 game against Butler on Nov. 18, 1922.
Notre Dame also continued its perfect record in Shamrock Series games, moving up to 6-0 with the win. The Irish have also defeated Washington State, Army, Maryland, Miami (Fla.) and Arizona State in the series.