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In the second quarter, a shanked kick by Greg Hayes gave the Irish the ball on the Purdue 46. Seven plays later, Carter, who is not as fast as he is explosive, dived over from the one. Carter, a sophomore, ended the day as the leading rusher with 142 yards on 29 carries. "I run wherever the holes are," he said. "I'm not stupid."
With the score now 17-0, it seemed not a question of winning for Purdue but escaping. Then the Boilermakers began to show grit—indeed, grit was the only thing Young could find to praise his team for afterward. Campbell got Purdue moving, and Rick Anderson kicked a 26-yard field goal. Then, near the end of the half, a Notre Dame fumble gave Purdue the ball, and with 34 seconds to go, Tailback Wally Jones capped a 68-yard drive by going over from the four to make the score 17-10.
Devine was livid. "We had 'em down and we let 'em up," he screamed at half-time. He also yelled some other things not found in the Baltimore Catechism. Needing to catch his breath, Devine wrote on his yellow legal tablet, "I Left Tight 33 Pass X Corner." That, he later instructed, would be the first play in the second half. Courey promptly cranked up his unstoried right arm and threw the ball to Split End Tony Hunter. The play was good for 57 yards to the Purdue 19. Moments later, Courey hit Hunter in the end zone on a nine-yard pass to make the score 24-10. In the fourth quarter, thanks to yet another poor Purdue punt, the Irish rolled again, Courey ultimately going around his left side for 14 yards, his first Notre Dame score. So are you a great quarterback, Mike? "I have a long way to go."
For his part, Campbell was nearly sensational; he just needed more support. He completed 17 of 26 passes for 178 yards, prompting Young to say, "It was an amazing performance." Said Campbell, "I could have done better."
Despite all their good work against troubled Purdue, it remains to be seen how good the Irish really are. They are young and there are gaps in ability. Also, Devine has announced that this year—his sixth at Notre Dame—will be his last. What effect will that have? There are those who think he was pushed out by school brass; Devine insists he jumped. Whatever, the fact is there are Irish rooters who are mad that Dan hasn't been more like Ara Parseghian, whom he succeeded. It's true that Devine's wandering syntax can glaze the eyes; it's true that he has a certain paranoia. But he has recruited like gangbusters, especially in the last two years. And he has been a winner—44-14-0 at South Bend, including a national championship in 1977.
Late last Saturday night, looking down on South Bend from a party atop the St. Joseph Bank building, Devine poked fun at his own personality—a personality that some find they can catch cold from just standing next to. He said, "You know what charisma is? Charisma is winning."
By the end of the season even Dan Devine may be charismatic.