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Notre Dame Football: Irish Drop Game With Purdue Boilermakers, Add Two More

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Series resumes in 2021, is extended until 2028.

Purdue v Notre Dame Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Purdue Boilermakers mutually agreed to drop a football game they’ve had in the works for eight years — while adding two more that won’t be played until 2027.

When the Boilermakers announced a six-game series with the Irish today, the Sept. 19, 2020 game at Ross-Ade Stadium was conspicuously absent. The game was first announced during an 12-game megadeal in 2009 and re-affirmed in 2013 when the two programs had to abandon some of those games.

Matthew Rector, Purdue’s associate athletic communications director, confirmed Thursday that neither program would incur a financial penalty since the cancelation was agreed to by both sides.

The Boilermakers also announced the following changes:

  • The 2025 game at Notre Dame, scheduled for Sept. 13, has been bumped one week to Sept. 20. It is now played one weekend before the Irish host the Texas A&M Aggies at Notre Dame Stadium.
  • The 2026 game has been moved from a unannounced neutral site to Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette. A date has also been set: Sept. 26.
  • Games in 2027 and 2028 have been added. The teams will play open the 2027 season on Sept. 4 in Notre Dame Stadium and play on Sept. 23 in West Lafayette.
  • The Sept. 18, 2021 game at Notre Dame and the Sept. 14, 2024 game at Purdue are unchanged.

The Irish and the Boilermakers have played 84 times, with Notre Dame leading 56-26-2. The blue and gold has won the last seven games, including a Shamrock Series game in 2014 played in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.