SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Ticker) -- Another Heisman Trophy-caliber performance by Kyle Orton helped No. 15 Purdue end 30 years of frustration at Notre Dame.
Off to a phenomenal start to the season, Orton passed for 385 yards - including a 97-yard touchdown to Taylor Stubblefield - and four scores as the Boilermakers routed the Fighting Irish, 41-16.
Jerome Brooks ran back a kickoff 100 yards for a score for Purdue (4-0), which snapped a 13-game road losing streak here and became the first Big Ten team in three tries to beat Notre Dame this season. The Irish had defeated Michigan and Michigan State.
"Surprisingly enough, I am pretty calm considering the magnitude of this victory," Boilermakers coach Joe Tiller said of their first win in South Bend since 1974. "If it had been a nail-biter, it would have been a much different feeling. I am extremely happy that we won, and I am sure we will celebrate a little more when we get home tonight."
"I think people made too much of that," Orton said. "We don't go around thinking about that too much but it's nice for the fans and the program to get a win here."
Orton completed 21-of-31 passes, including a pair of scores to Stubblefield, his favorite target. Orton has an astonishing 17 TDs without an interception this season.
"(Orton) has complete command of their system," Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham said. "He made some pretty big plays today. He had a real strong game. He came didn't throw an interception coming into the game and he didn't have one today. There's a reason for that. He does a great job."
"He was unstoppable," Irish defensive end Justin Tuck said. "He is a great quarterback. A lot of people say he is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. He's got my vote."
Just as impressive was Brady Quinn, who went 26-of-46 for 432 yards - a record by a quarterback at Notre Dame Stadium - and one touchdown without a pick for the Irish (3-2).
"Brady Quinn is going to be a pretty good quarterback," Willingham said. "He continues to grow at the position. I don't know what the final numbers were, but at halftime the two quarterbacks' stats mirrored each other. He's made 14 starts and he's going to be a good one."
After Notre Dame tied the game, 3-3, on D.J. Fitzpatrick's 26-yard field goal with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter, Brooks took the ensuing kickoff on the goal line, broke a pair of tackles - one on a spin move - and raced diagonally to his left for a score.
It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by Purdue since Lee Johnson had a 99-yarder vs. Ball State in 1995.
The score was 13-3 when Notre Dame freshman Darius Walker lost a fumble at the Purdue 2 and Orton marched the Boilermakers (4-0) on a 98-yard drive, which he capped with a two-yard pass to Rob Ninkovich to make it 20-3 with 1:03 left in the half.
Orton added three TD passes in the third quarter, including his bomb down the right sideline to Stubblefield just over three minutes into the half. It was the second-longest TD pass in school history and came on an audible.
"At the beginning of the week, Notre Dame said they were going to play press coverage and that they were going to play so tight we weren't going to be able to breath," Stubblefield said. "Anytime a team wants to go man-to-man, it's quite surprising and every time we saw that we were going to check the play."
Stubblefield had seven catches for 181 yards and moved into second place on the school's career receiving yards and receptions lists.
Despite both teams being held to double figures in rushing yards, the game featured more than 1,000 yards of total offense. Notre Dame had 536 total yards and Purdue 512.