Michigan steamrolls Purdue, 44-13

WEST LAFAYETTE — If anyone thought thatDenard Robinson was going to look the same way he did in Notre Dame, they were wrong.

Robinson lead his team to a 44-13 win over Purdue, even adding a touchdown of his own. The entire offense led the way for the Wolverines with 409 total yards gained. They were also very good on third downs, converting 10 attempts on 17 tries.

PHOTOS: Michigan vs. Purdue 2012 Game

What is also very different from the Notre Dame game, that has to do with Denard Robinson, is theWolverines only had one turnover the whole game, which was a fumble between Vincent Smith and Robinson.

Along with a great game by Robinson, the ground attack was pretty much out of this world. The Wolverines gained 304 rushing yards, while only allowing 56 total rushing yards for Purdue.

It was all Michigan from the beginning to start the B1G 10 season. Coming off of a bye week, the Wolverines needed to work on their defense, their offense, pretty much everything after their horrible display in South Bend, two weeks ago.

Starting the B1G 10 on the road, especially with a win was important for the Wolverines, and CoachBrady Hoke stressed that.

“Winning on the road’s important,” said Hoke.

Linebacker Kenny Demens agreed with Hoke.

“We want to win a B1G 10 Championship,” said Demens. “We need to win on the road.”

The schedule this year has more road games than last year, and that was stressed by everyone to win on the road.

They did just that and improved immensely against Purdue. The first drives for both sides proved it. The Boilermakers started the game with the ball, and couldn’t gain a first down. The Wolverines countered with their longest drive of the year, which resulted in a touchdown.

Seventeen plays, 78 yards, and 8:48 later, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint rushed an easy one-yard touchdown run to give the Wolverines the early lead. Pretty much from then on, the Wolverines didn’t look back.

Purdue would follow up with another three and out, even with fans still filing into the stadium. Michigan countered with a drive to end the first quarter and start the second quarter with a touchdown. Toussaint again, with another one-yard touchdown run put the Wolverines up 14-0.

The Boilermakers finally got something going in the second quarter, following the previous drive. Unfortunately for them, a pass by Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush was intercepted by Raymon Taylor and took it 63-yards for a Michigan touchdown.

“It felt great,” said Taylor. “He ran a curl, he missed it, it was high and in my hands.”

Purdue’s morale was dropping and fast. It pretty much hit rock bottom when, on the kickoff, the ball was fumbled and recovered by the Wolverines. On the bright side of the fumble, some life was instilled into the Purdue offense and defense when Brendan Gibbons missed a 44-yard field goal.

The following drive, kicker Paul Grigg hit a 40-yard field goal to put the Boilermakers on the board. Michigan wasn’t going to let that stand as Robinson led them down the field and found wide receiverDevin Gardner, in double coverage for the 23-yard touchdown reception.

“It proves that we can play on the road,” said Gardner. Before the game Gardner said that Drew Dileo was speaking about how they need to set a tone from the beginning, rather than the middle because it’s harder to come back. “We just wanted to quiet everyone,” said Gardner when asked about the game and it’s pressure.

The defense really stepped up, especially against a team that has scored, on average, 42.5 points per game.

“It’s always great to get that first win (B1G 10), especially on the road,” said captain and safety, Jordan Kovacs. “We played well,” Kovacs said of the rushing attack.

It was pretty much over, but Purdue found a way to bounce back on the Robinson fumble at the end of the first half and scored a touchdown going into halftime, down 28-10.

After that, it was all field goals for both sides, until a Thomas Rawls 7-yard touchdown run at the end of the fourth quarter for the Wolverines really put the nail in the coffin.

“We practiced well all week, and we put it forward on Saturday,” said Robinson.

Next week, the Wolverines come home to face Illinois for homecoming. You can catch all of the action next week, live at 3:30pm on ABC or ESPN. The Wolverines are now 3-2 and 1-0 in the B1G 10.

Go Blue!

To read the original article that appeared in the fifth issue of The Michigan Journal, on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, go to www.michiganjournal.org

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