Boiler Up, Hammer Down: Purdue Football Week 1 Faced with a great challenge to start the season, the Purdue Boilermakers provided a great first impression with a 52-14 win over Notre Dame behind an aggressive and opportunitic defense. Purdue knew that it was a priority to slow down Brian Kelly's no huddle spread offense if they wanted any shot to win the game. Boy did they do a magnificent job early on as they forced an interception on the first drive of the game which was returned for a TD by Charlton Williams. Purdue dialed up some aggressive blitzes to force Dane Crist to get rid of the ball quickly and was a great gameplan. The Boilermaker then seized full control of the game with a dominant 2nd and 3rd quarter in which they outscored the Irish 38-0. QB Caleb TerBush overcame a shaky first quarter and turned in a great performance, connecting on three TD passes in that stretch. TerBush finished the game 21-31 for 308 yds and 4 TD. His favorite target of the game and presumably the season was senior WR Keith Smith who hauled in 8 receptions for 119 yds and a TD. The player of the game honors could have gone to DE Ryan Kerrigan who dominated his O-line counterpart all game to the tune of 9 tackles, 3 sacks, and a fumble return TD. He also put some good hits on Crist on passing plays. The Biolermaker defense forced 6 turnovers on the game 4 of which were interceptions. This is a great win to start the season for a Purdue team looking to make some noise this season. Hopefully there are more wins like this to come. INJURY NOTE: RB Ralph Bolden, who ran for 122 yds, suffered a separated shoulder and will miss 3 weeks.