Clements, whose 22 completions in 37 attempts were good for 264 yards, hit Demmerle on a long scoring toss in the waning minutes but it was not enough to offset three interceptions. Or as a woebegone Parseghian put it, "We played one too many bad first halves and it cost us the game."
The upset ended Notre Dame's winning streak, the longest in college football, at 13, and started Purdue's, the headiest, at one. Coach Alex Agase, noting that his team lost to Wisconsin 28-14 and tied Miami ( Ohio) 7-7 so far this season, said, "We not only had to play to win today, we had to play to win some respect."
Not bad as clich�s go, but his later remark in the crowded Purdue locker room was better. "This may seem small to you guys," Agase told reporters, "but it seems like a palace to me." Of Tom Clements, the Heisman hopeful, he said, "He's such a super player, he's so dangerous that he can break open a game at any time."
The fact that he didn't only heightened the sense of d�j� vu for Notre Dame followers. In 1950,1954 and 1967, for instance, it was the Spoilermakers who ended undefeated streaks of 39, 13 and 12 respectively with upset victories over the Irish.
All of which reminds Ara Parseghian of another of his favorite sayings that he is certain to impress on his youthful charges in the weeks to come: "Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents that which under prosperous conditions may have remained dormant."