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Irish flashback: ND vs. Purdue - 2000

Back before Drew Brees was the Super Bowl winning hero of New Orleans, he was an undersized quarterback that ended up at Purdue because all the Texas high schools ignored the pint-sized signal caller from Austin that won a state championship.

But Brees took the Big Ten by storm, and back in September of 2000, he was tearing up college football on his way to winning the Maxwell Award and leading the Boilermakers to the Rose Bowl.

But on a wonderful September afternoon, Brees and the Boilermakers had to face a Gary Godsey-led Notre Dame team that was up to the challenge. With hundreds of students wearing “In Godsey We Trust” shirts (still have one in the closet), the Irish sprung an upset on the Boilermakers, limiting Brees to only 13 completions, and thanks to a Shane Walton interception and a last second Nick Setta field goal, the Irish walked out of Notre Dame stadium a winner, only a week after losing a devastating overtime game to the No. 1 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Take a trip down Memory Lane, and if you squint hard enough you’ll see this young blogger standing between the goal posts of Setta’s winning kick, waiting to see the ball go through the uprights before sprinting out of the stadium and back to the tailgate.