Irish defense faces big challenge versus Purdue
Updated: September 28, 2007, 10:58 AM ETBy Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com
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.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEADLINES
- Source: Irish DC Diaco to take UConn job
- NCAA may work with power 5 conferences
- Bama kicker given letter of support by Bush
- Texas Tech QB Mayfield will seek transfer