Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Notre Dame football.

Saturday, September 30

Thomas Doesn't Play

Sure, there’s no mystery that Notre Dame won its second straight game by beating previously unbeaten Purdue 35-21 today.

But there was a mystery at Notre Dame Stadium and it centered on what was up with senior linebacker Travis Thomas. He looked good walking onto the field for the pre-game coin toss. He looked good standing on the sidelines. But he didn’t play.

The reason, coach Charlie Weis said, was that Thomas was hurt. He suffered a rib injury in the last play of the game last Saturday against Michigan State. He was sore all week and when the ribs continued to bother him in pre-game warm-ups, Weis decided to rest him and play backup Joe Brockington.

Brockington had three tackles and broke up a pass.

So ends the mystery.


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