3 Stars of the game
Denard Robinson: He led the Wolverines with yet another explosive performance. He ran for 236 yards and passed for 104 yards with a touchdown.
Raymon Taylor notched 3 tackles and secured an interception for the second consecutive game. Taylor returned the interception 63 yards for a touchdown.
Jake Ryan: Ryan finished the game with 6 tackles, 2 TFLs and 1 sack. He also blew up a third down play in the 4th quarter that forced Purdue to kick a field goal.
3 key plays
On their first drive of the game, Michigan capped a 17 play 78 yard drive that chewed 8:48 off the clock with a 1 yard TD run by Fitz Toussaint.
On the first play of Purdue’s ensuing drive, Jake Ryan dropped Caleb Terbush for an 11 yard loss. Three plays later, the Boilers were punting for their second consecutive three-and-out.
Trailing 14-0 and facing a 4th down and 2, a desperate Purdue team went for it. They should have punted because Caleb Terbush’s pass was intercepted by Raymon Taylor who returned it for a touchdown and a 21-0 Michigan lead.
Stat of the game
Third down defense: Michigan held Purdue to 1 conversion on 12 third down plays. The Boilers didn’t fare much better on 4th down conversion going 1-3. On the flip side, Michigan was 10-17 on third downs and 1-1 on 4th down.
Michigan’s defense is starting to look pretty stout.
Fitz Toussaint has yet to find a rhythm. He carried the ball 18 times for 20 yards and spent a lot of time running side-to-side instead of upfield.
In Michigan’s previous game, the Notre Dame loss, Raymon Taylor and Thomas Gordon both had interceptions. In the win over Purdue Taylor and Gordon secured both of U-M’s picks.
Michigan forced 4 turnovers and coughed the ball up just once.
Will Hagerup punted once and it was a cannon shot that went 57 yards.
Brendan Gibbons was 3-4 on field goal attempts. His miss, from 44 yards out, hit the crossbar.
Craig Roh had 5 tackles and 2 TFLs.
Roy Roundtree: 2 catches for 22 yard doesn’t jump of the stat sheet. However, both receptions came on third down plays and both resulted in first downs for Michigan. He also had a key block on a 59 yard run by Denard Robinson.
What it means
I’ve been trying to tell anybody who will listen, Michigan is better than they were getting credit for after that tough non-conference schedule. Denard Robinson is a playmaker and he’s not going to have another 5 turnover game. The defense is playing well and this team is poised to make a serious run at the Big Ten Championship.
Next Michigan will play their first home game since September 15th when they host Illinois on Saturday.
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