WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fullback Anthony Johnson rushed for 3 touchdowns and caught 2 passes for 90 yards Saturday as the eighth-ranked Irish defeated Purdue, 44-20.
"We controlled the ball well," Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz said after his team overcame a sluggish first half to finish with 476 yards in total offense. "We established a running game and we had good blocking and running. It was the crispest-looking effort of the year."
Purdue, limited to just 10 net yards on 5 of its second-half possessions, had 87 net yards in the final two quarters.
"They are good, a fine football team. . . . They wore us down," Purdue Coach Fred Akers said. "The defense was out there for a long time in the second half. We weren't able to generate a first down for two straight possessions and that was a key."