Notre Dame relied on a last-minute field goal to best the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday, with quarterback Tommy Rees leading the offense on a two-minute drive amid boos after starter Everett Golson went down with a hand injury following a costly fumble. That fumble ultimately led to Purdue tying the game, which set up the game-winning field goal drive, as it happened.
Among the things that One Foot Down, SB Nation's blog for the Fighting Irish, pointed out as particularly noteworthy was the play of tight end Tyler Eifert.
Tyler Eifert. Eifert averaged a Playstation-esque 24.5 yards per reception en route to notching 98 receiving yards. Even though 8 Irish players caught passes today, it just seemed like the Irish couldn't get consistent production from anyone not named Tyler Eifert.
Having a stat like 24.5 yard per reception is indeed "Playstation-esque," and it was a big part of why the Fighting Irish walked away with a win. They actually joke about Eifert doing absolutely everything for Notre Dame earlier in the piece. Of course, there were plenty of other players to contribute to help make the win happen, but without Eifert, it would have all come apart, likely with a couple extra stalled drives and missed opportunities.
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