Purdue Boiling to Bounce Back vs. ND

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Byline: Bob Logan Daily Herald Sports Writer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Purdue is searching for a way to drive around, over or through Notre Dame's defense.

By the time frustrated motorists arrive at Notre Dame Stadium, some well after today's opening kickoff (Ch. 5, 1:30 p.m.) on another trip to this intrastate feud, the Boilermakers might be backed up, too.

At least traffic-snarled fans will be able to tune in on their car radios if they can't get there soon enough to see if the Irish defense is really that rugged a roadblock.

This will be the first public glimpse of the project to renovate and add 22,000 seats in the house that Rockne built. It won't be finished until next season, and fewer parking spaces will find today's snarls being repeated for five more Irish games this fall.

Like all those overheated engines, there could be a note of desperation in Purdue's approach to this traditional battle. For one thing, the Boilers have been blowing off steam in vain for a decade.

Their last victory over Notre Dame was a convincing 35-17 decision at Ross-Ade Stadium in 1985. That was the last year of the Gerry Faust regime, and as soon as Lou Holtz took over, the Irish regained command of this rivalry.

Holtz has beaten three different Purdue coaches a total of 10 straight times, the last five of them at the expense of present incumbent Jim Colletto. His streak has boosted Notre Dame's overall series supremacy to a lopsided 44-21-2. …