Notre Dame football vs. Purdue live updates: Scores and highlights from Saturday

The 12th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Purdue Boilermakers, 27-13 on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. It was Brian Kelly's 105th win as the Irish head coach, tying him with Knute Rockne as most all-time in program history.

ND Insider beat writers @EHansenNDI, @TJamesNDI and @tnoieNDI covered the game  along with South Bend Tribune photographers @TheRobFranklin and @MLCaterina.  

Here's how it all unfolded.

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Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton (14) tackles Purdue's TJ Sheffield (8) during ND's 27-13 victory over Purdue, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at Notre Dame Stadium.

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Historic win No. 105 for Brian Kelly

All-time Notre Dame coaching victories 

1. Knute Rockne — 105-12-5, 13 seasons (1918-30) 

1. Brian Kelly — 105-39, 12 seasons (2010-present) 

3. Lou Holtz — 100-30-2, 11 seasons (1985-96) 

4. Ara Parseghian — 95-17-4, 11 seasons (1964-74) 

5. Frank Leahy — 87-11-9, 11 seasons (1941-1953) 

6. Dan Devine — 53-16-1, six seasons (1975-80) 

7. Elmer Layden — 47-13-3, seven seasons (1934-40) 

8. Bob Davie — 35-25-0, five seasons (1997-2001) 

9. Charlie Weis — 35-27, five seasons (2005-09) 

10. Jesse Harper — 34-5-1, five seasons (1913-17) 

6:12 p.m. — FINAL: Notre Dame 27, Purdue 13


► Notre Dame 20, Purdue 13 

Score: Williams 51-yard run at 6:05 

Drive: One play, 51 yards, 0:11 elapsed time following a Purdue punt 

5:56 p.m. — Kyle Hamilton is good Part 2

Intercepts pass in the endzone to give Irish the ball back with 2:30 left in the game. It's his eighth INT of his career.

5:40 p.m. — Notre Dame 27, Purdue 13

Kyren Williams with a 51-yard touchdown run

5:21 p.m. — Notre Dame 20, Purdue 13

Doerer with his third field goal of the day.

5:12 p.m. — End of 3rd Q: Notre Dame 17, Purdue 13 


► Notre Dame 10, Purdue 6 

Score: Fineran 34-yard field goal at 11:06 

Drive: Nine plays, 50 yards, 3:48 elapsed time following second-half kickoff 

Key plays: Jackson Anthrop 22-yard pass from Plummer to ND 30. 

► Notre Dame 17, Purdue 6 

Notre Dame wide receiver Avery Davis hauls in a 62-yard touchdown pass from Jack Coan in the third quarter to give the Irish a 17-6 lead over Purdue in the third quarter  Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.

Score: Avery Davis 62-yard pass from Coan at 9:59 (Doerer kick) 

Drive: Four plays, 75 yards, 2:00 elapsed time following a Purdue field goal 

► Notre Dame 17, Purdue 13 

Score: Milton Wright 2-yard pass from Plummer at 7:08 

Drive: Six plays, 75 yards, 2:51 elapsed time following a Notre Dame touchdown. 

Key plays: Doerue 31-yard run to the ND 36. David Bell 32-yard pass from Plummer to ND 4. 

4:54 p.m. — Notre Dame 17, Purdue 13

4:44 p.m. — Notre Dame 17, Purdue 6

Coan to Avery Davis for 62-yards and a touchdown, the longest pass play by Notre Dame this season.

4:38 p.m. — Notre Dame 10, Purdue 6

Mitchell Fineran with his second field goal of the day for Purdue, this one 34 yards.

4:31 p.m. — Second half is underway

Purdue starts at its own 34.

4:15 p.m. — And ... the band plays on

4:10 p.m. — Halftime: Notre Dame 10, Purdue 3


► Notre Dame 7, Purdue 3 

Score: Kyren Williams 39-yard pass from Jack Coan at 13:51 (Jonathan Doerer kick)

Drive: Five plays, 66 yards, 2:14 p.m. elapsed time following a Purdue turnover on downs 

Key plays: Avery Davis 20-yard pass from Coan to the Purdue 46 

► Notre Dame 10, Purdue 3 

Score: Jonathan Doerer 28-yard field goal at 8:45 p.m. 

Drive: 10 plays, 48 yards, 3:13 elapsed time following at Purdue punt

Key plays: Notre Dame failed to covert a fourth-and-5 play, but a defensive holding penalty kept the drive alive. 15-yard pass interference penalty on Purdue on Coan throw to Kevin Austin.

3:52 p.m. — Doerer misses 45-yard field goal attempt

3:40 p.m. — Notre Dame 10, Purdue 3

Jonathan Doerer connects on a 28-yard field goal, his shortest of the year.

3:25 p.m. — Notre Dame 7, Purdue 3

Coan back in the game, throws a 39-yard touchdown pass to Kyren Williams on 4th-and-3.

3:22 p.m. — Purdue 3, Notre Dame 0, end of 1st quarter

Not much to report


► Purdue 3, Notre Dame 0  

Score: Mitchel Fineran 34-yard field goal at 9:58 

Drive: 10 plays, 32 yards, 3:41 elapsed time following at Notre Dame punt 

Key plays: King Doerue 11-yard pass from Jack Plummer on third and 6 from the ND 32

3:19 p.m. — Tyler Buchner enters the game

Freshman takes over of starter Jack Coan. The two platooned last week against Toledo.

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3:18 p.m. — Kyle Hamilton is good

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3:11 p.m. — Notre Dame offense struggles early

Notre Dame's third drive ends in a a three-and-out and third consecutive punt. Purdue taking over at the Notre Dame 43.

2:51 p.m. — Purdue 3, Notre Dame 0

2:47 p.m. — No Carmody on Saturday

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Michael Carmody during football practice Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

2:41 p.m. — And we're off

Purdue kicks off to Notre Dame. Irish take over at its 25-yard line

2:20 p.m. — Kickoff just around the corner

1 p.m EDT — Notre Dame player walk

Kicking it off

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Banging the drum slowly

The Big bass drum drama plays on.

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