Excitement at Purdue growing

While there is certainly a sense of frustration and a bordering sense of panic amongst fans in South Bend, there is a growing sense of excitement in West Lafayette.

"Any time you can start a season 4-0, people are going to support you," Boilermaker quarterback Curtis Painter says. "I think so far we've had great support. People have confidence in us and we have confidence in ourselves as well."

Painter has led the Boilermakers with a whopping 16 touchdowns in 4 games. But now Purdue has a major challenge, a 4-game stretch against Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa.

"If you're going to do it, you want to do it with an experienced team and we have a fairly experienced team," Purdue head coach Joe Tiller explains. "We don't have experience at every position but we do at the guy behind the center and at some of our area key positions."

And this big stretch all begins with the Irish on Saturday.

"It's still a big game to me, it's still a big game to the team because it is Notre Dame," sophomore cornerback Royce Adams says.

"It's my last time playing against Notre Dame," defensive end Cliff Avril says. "I want to go out there and try and play hard and get a W."

Notre Dame and Purdue meet at noon at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette on Saturday. WNDU will have complete post-game coverage on Newscenter 16 at 6 on Saturday night.

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