- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
The criticism of Notre Dame's historically bad start has blitzed the offense, and justifiably so.
Before last week's spark from James Aldridge, the Fighting Irish had a negative net rushing total. They still rank last nationally in rushing average (25.8 yards per game), sacks allowed (6.8 sacks per game) and total offense (137 yards per game), and second to last in offensive scoring (6.8 points per game).
There's no question that the offense hasn't given the defense much chance to stop anybody. Of the 133 points Notre Dame has allowed this season, 60 have come on drives spanning 45 yards or less.
Notre Dame's defense has struggled, and the Irish's luck doesn't look like it's going to change when it faces Purdue. Check out the non-automatic BCS conferences and independents notes.