It was supposed to be a close game. Many of the college football “experts” picked Purdue to win. Vegas had Michigan favored by just 3 points. But the Wolverines dominated the Boilermakers from start to finish and cruised to victory by the final score of 44-13. It was a big win for Michigan being on the road against a believed to be Big 10 contender (Kirk Herbstreit’s useless opinion).
Michigan’s offense again was dependent on Denard Robinson. As every Michigan fan has come to realize, Robinson has to have a good game to give Michigan a chance to win. When he plays poorly, it’s an automatic loss. Against Purdue, Robinson had a record setting day. “Shoelace” set the Big 10 record for QB rushing yards with 3905, passing Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El.
Robinson’s passing stats weren’t anything great, but enough to move the ball and keep the offense in rhythm. He finished 8-16 with 1 TD, but completed a few key passes on 3rd and 4th downs. Robinson got Roy Roundtree involved in the offense, which we haven’t seen yet this season. He also connected with freshman TE Funchess and WR Gardner who have become his go-to receivers.
One continuing problem with the Michigan offense has been the running back position. Fitz Toussaint rushed the ball 17 times for a total of 19 yards. He did score 2 TD’s but was not effective. He has been struggling hitting the holes and finding running lanes. It would not be surprising to see Thomas Rawls getting more snaps in the future.
The Michigan defense should not be overlooked in this game. They had a strong performance against Purdue and the defense looks to be coming around.
Purdue came into the game leading the Big 10 in scoring and passing offense. Michigan’s defense held them to 213 yards (157 passing) and 1-of-11 on 3rd down. Michigan had 2 INT’s, including one that was returned for a TD by Raymon Taylor, and 2 fumble recoveries. Taylor has earned the starting spot at CB over Courtney Avery.
The run defense was solid as well. They held Purdue to under 100 yards rushing. That is now 2 games in a row, against Notre Dame and Purdue, that Michigan held their opponent under 100 yards.
Michigan’s defense is now ranked 19th nationally in total defense, second in the Big 10 behind some shitty team that almost lost to Indiana this week. Michigan leads the conference and are ranked 7th nationally in pass defense. The only blemish on the defensive side was the tackling. Michigan missed several tackles on defense and special teams. It’s an issue that will definitely be addressed by Coach Hoke.
Up next for Michigan is the Illinois Fighting Pieces of Dung. It is Homecoming week for Michigan so it should be a good crowd against a bad team. Michigan should have an easy time with Illinois as long as they aren’t looking ahead to the MSU game the following week, which could decide the Legends division.