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And if Saturday’s game is a new start for Kelly and a defining moment for Crist, it’s also a chance at renewal for Boilermaker quarterback Robert Marve, who transferred from Miami. Dealing with the din at Notre Dame Stadium shouldn’t be a big deal since Marve’s first collegiate start came against Florida at the Swamp in 2008.

“I’m looking forward to showing everybody what I’ve got,” Marve said.

Just as Crist will be able to rely on junior wide receiver Michael Floyd, Marve can depend on Keith Smith, who caught 91 balls for 1,100 yards last season.

Purdue coach Danny Hope is confident Marve will be effective, even though he sat out a season after transferring. And like Crist, Marve has recovered from a knee injury. But he also has more experience than his Notre Dame counterpart: He made 11 consecutive starts for the Hurricanes two years ago.

“He has played in some big games,” Hope said.

“There’s some things he does very well. If we take care of Robert, if we have enough skill people on the perimeter for him to get the ball to, we have a chance to win, win against anybody. We’ll go as our quarterback goes. That happens a lot. The opponent is in the same boat.”