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Five old Notre Dame Football photos for a Friday — Purdue stinks

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Bless yourself with these images today.

Purdue v Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 7: Cornerback Vontez Duff #34 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs back an interception for the winning score during the NCAA football game against the Purdue Boilermakers on September 7, 2002 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. The Fighting Irish won 24-17.
Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Happy Friday everyone! I have access to thousands and thousands of Notre Dame Fighting Irish photos, and will never use a small fraction of those on this site. The thing is though — I want to, and I’m going to give it a solid shot as a way to bless the beginning of the weekend throughout the season.

The Purdue Boilermakers are back in town for the first time since 2012, and it’s lkate in the day — SO LFG!

LOVE THEE

Yes this post is technically about Purdue this week, and this image is from the famous 1966 game — famous for Terry Hanratty lighting it up with Jim Seymour. But... it’s also just a gorgeous shot that everyone should see.

University of Notre Dame vs Purdue University
College Football: Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian on sidelines with his players before game vs Purdue at Notre Dame Stadium. South Bend, IN 9/24/1966
Photo by James Drake /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

WIN

Brian Kelly’s first ever game as the head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish was a 23-12 win over the Purdue Boilermakers. Funny how Saturday’s game against Purdue, after all these years, could be the win that ties him with Knute Rockne as the all-time wins leader at Notre Dame.

Purdue v Notre Dame
College Football: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly taking field with players before game vs Purdue. South Bend, IN 9/4/2010
Photo by John Biever /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

BLANK SPACE

We might as well stay with that 2010 game just to post this fantastic shot of Taylor Swift covered head to toe in Irish gear.

FBC-PURDUE-NOTREDAME
Country-pop musician Taylor Swift attends Notre Dame’s game against Purdue at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday, September 4, 2010.
Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

BIG 10 STARS

No... Vince Vaughn is not at a Notre Dame vs Purdue game in this picture — it’s against the Michigan State Spartans. However, I did briefly meet Vaughn at the 2012 game against Purdue. So... there ya go.

Michigan State v Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, IN - SETPEMBER 19: Actor Vince Vaughn watches from the sidelines as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Michigan State Spartans on September 19, 2009 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

BACKUP THE WIN

In 2000, Drew Brees came to town and lost to Notre Dame backup quarterback Gary Godsey (who was also a tight end). Here’s the Wikipedia entry: “Nick Setta’s field goal as time ran out lifted the Fighting Irish to a come-from-behind victory. Fighting Irish quarterback Gary Godsey, making his first start in place of the injured Arnaz Battle, outdueled Drew Brees.”

Purdue University Boilermakers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Julius Jones #22, Running Back for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs the football during their NCAA Big Ten Conference college football game against the Purdue University Boilermakers on 16th September 2000 at the Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, United States. Notre Dame won the game 23 - 21.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images