Finally Mollenkopf gets through the crowd and back to the Purdue locker room. All those "Fat Jack Must Go" headlines of a year ago are a long way behind him. He will be the one to decide when Fat Jack retires now. It is a comforting thought. The locker room is bedlam.
"Wasn't everybody great!" Phipps is saying. "What about Leroy!"
All Keyes has done is play more than 40 superb minutes against Notre Dame. "I have never seen anybody adjust as fast as Keyes," says Purdue Defensive Coach Bernie Miller. "I knew Seymour was unhappy to see No. 23 come into the game to cover him. Seymour didn't catch a pass on Keyes in last year's game. Not a one. He catches six today before we put Keyes in, and after that he only gets one off Leroy."
Keyes, Offensive Coach DeMoss is pointing out, caught nine passes for 108 yards and ran the ball for vital first downs. And how about that interception! How about that!
Over in front of his locker Keyes is tenderly slipping his black Purdue jacket over a bruised left shoulder. He picks up his walking stick and leaves for a victory party. "I don't really know if I can make it," he says. "I've never been so tired in my life." Keyes hasn't missed anything all day. He won't miss the party.