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Michigan vs. Purdue: Wolverines cruise to 44-13 victory on road

Michigan dominated Purdue on the road en route to a 44-13 victory on Saturday.

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Denard Robinson breaks Big Ten record

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson broke several records during his game against the Purdue Boilermakers, and became the most prolific rushing quarterback in Big Ten history.


Michigan rolls over Purdue

Aside from a Denard Robinson fumble that led to easy Purdue points, the Boilermakers were unable to get things done against Michigan Wolverines team that racked up four touchdowns en route to a dominating 44-13 victory on Saturday.

Caleb TerBush connected with O.J. Ross for Purdue's only touchdown late in the second quarter but, other than that, they only managed a pair of Paul Griggs field goals (37 and 40 yards) in the losing effort.

In what is something of a rare occurrence, Fitzgerald Toussaint had a very poor game running the football. He notched two touchdown runs, but they were both for 1 yard, and his long on the day was just 6 yards. It's a rarity for such a noted playmaker to carry the ball almost 20 times (18 carries) for just 20 yards. His per-carry average was a paltry 1.1.

Robinson picked up the slack there, though, rushing for 236 yards with a long of 59, off of 24 carries altogether. He had four times more rushing yards than Purdue had rushing altogether. Their leading rusher was Akeem Shavers, who only managed 34 yards off of 10 carries. Michigan's defense was simply dominant in this one, as TerBush managed only 105 yards through the air to go with their lack of rushing attack.

Box Score Hero: Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was the player to watch in this one, as he managed to put up decent yardage in the air and big yardage on the ground. He threw for 104 yards and was 8-for-16 with a touchdown, while rushing the ball 24 times for 236 yards and one touchdown, good for a 9.8-yards-per-carry average.

Rankings Ramifications: Michigan was ranked to start the college football season, but fell off after a 2-2 record. It's unlikely a dominating win over Purdue puts them back in the thick of things, but at least they're back on the right track with their first road victory of the season.

But Did They Cover? Michigan was only favored to win this one by 3 points, so if you picked Purdue to cover, you made a bad play. The over/under opened at 57, so it depends on where the line settled for you on which was the smarter bet.

Next Week's Schedule: The Wolverines will try and make it two-straight when they take on Illinois Oct. 13, while Purdue will look for win No. 4 when they take on Wisconsin on the same day.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.


Wolverines lead 31-10 heading into 4th quarter

Though the offense didn't continue the pace of 21 points scored in the second quarter, Michigan added to their lead over Purdue on Saturday, as they hold a 31-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

A Denard Robinson 46-yard rush took the Wolverines into Purdue territory on their second possession of the half, but a couple rushes of no gain from Fitzgerald Toussaint stalled out the drive, and they had to settle for a 29-yard Brandon Gibbons field goal

Toussaint has been struggling with the ball, leading to more rushes from Robinson, who fumbled it in the second half leading to the only Purdue touchdown on the day, a 4-yard pass from Caleb TerBush to O.J. Ross.

Toussaint has just 19 yards off of 14 carries, for an average of 1.4 yards per carry. He does have two touchdowns, though, and both of them were for 1 yard. His long on the day is just 6 yards.

Robinson, on the other hand, has 154 yards rushing off of 14 carries, good for a 7.7 per carry average. The third quarter came to an end with Purdue in Michigan territory threatening to score, though it would still be a multiple-score game if they managed to find the end zone early in the fourth.


Wolverines up big at halftime versus Purdue

The Michigan Wolverines are well on their way to their third win of the season and their first road win, as they hold a 28-10 lead at the half.

Fitzgerald Toussaint has found the end zone twice, both coming on 1-yard rushes, but he's struggling to get anything done in the open field, with just a 1.6 yards per carry average. He's carried the ball nine times for just 14 yards through two quarters.

Denard Robinson is picking up the rushing slack though, as he's racked up 84 yards off of 14 carries, good for a 6.0 per carry average. He's also managed 86 yards through the air, with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Devin Gardner late in the second half.

Michigan took the 7-0 lead and quickly turned it into 21-0 early in the second when Caleb TerBush intercepted Raymon Taylor and took the ball 63 yards for a pick six immediately following Toussaint's second touchdown run.

Purdue got on the board late in the second quarter with a field goal from Paul Griggs from 40 yards out, and took advantage of a Robinson fumble late in the half (a point in which they could have been trying to kill the clock). TerBush turned the possession into a 4-yard touchdown pass to O.J. Ross.


Wolverines lead 7-0 after one quarter

The Michigan Wolverines are hoping to get back to a winning record on Saturday and, after one quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers, they hold a 7-0 lead.

Sitting at 2-2 on the season with both losses coming on the road, Michigan's Fitzgerald Toussaint managed to put them in the lead with a 1-yard touchdown rush near the end of the first frame.

It was actually Michigan's first offensive possession, and took them a whopping 17 plays and 78 yards over the course of 8:48. Denard Robinson rushed the ball seven times on the drive, for a total of 24 yards, which explains the high play totals. Toussaint is struggling to pick up big yards, but he's fighting hard for the short ones, and it's paying off in the form of the aforementioned 7-0 lead.

Purdue has had the ball twice, and both were 3-and-outs, ending in Cody Webster punts. The Wolverines took over at the Michigan 37 near the end of the half, and a 38-yard rush by Robinson put them in Purdue territory. A few short plays later, and the first quarter came to an end.


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Purdue QB Marve could return against Michigan

Hoping to grab their second-straight win against Purdue on Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines may once again have to deal with a two-headed monster at the quarterback position from the Boilermakers' offense.

According to Nick Baumgartner of, Purdue fifth-year senior Robert Marve might actually have a chance to play this weekend despite suffering an ACL injury last month. Marve was originally expected to miss a significant amount of time, but is determined to get on the field at any cost to make the most of his final year of eligibility.

Boilermakers coach Danny Hope indicated that he intends to play Marve if possible this weekend, and would still use senior Caleb TerBush in a dual-quarterback system depending on how both players perform.

"There's a chance that Robert could play this week," Hope said Tuesday. "I think that he feels good enough now, physically, to be in position to contribute throughout the course of the ballgame. We believe he'll be available this weekend."

Marve and TerBush each played against the Wolverines last year in Michigan's 22-point win, and it was TerBush who was the more efficient of the pair with 156 yards passing and a touchdown. Even though Marve is recovering from a knee injury and will likely be limited athletically, the former five-star prospect clearly has the best arm of the two quarterbacks and could win his job back on Saturday.

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