Michigan's Defense Rises To The Occasion In 27-16 Win Over Purdue

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Michigan Overcomes 5 Turnovers, Beats Purdue, 27-16

West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - Vincent Smith ran for 99 yards and a touchdown, as the Michigan Wolverines claimed a 27-16 win over the Purdue Boilermakers in Big Ten action at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Cornerback James Rogers came up with two interceptions for the Wolverines (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten), who became bowl eligible last week with a 67-65 win over Illinois in triple-overtime. Denard Robinson had 244 yards of total offense (176 passing, 68 rushing), though he also lost a pair of fumbles and had an interception returned for a touchdown.

Purdue (4-6, 2-4) has now lost four in a row. Sean Robinson was held to 78 yards passing and two interceptions.

The Wolverines got on the board first thanks to their defense, as Craig Roh forced a fumble and Cameron Gordon recovered it, then sprinted 58 yards for a touchdown to give Michigan a 7-0 lead at the 9:43 mark of the first quarter.

Five minutes later, Michigan pushed its lead to 14-0 when Robinson hooked up with Roy Roundtree for a nine-yard touchdown pass.

Purdue notched its first points on a 20-yard field goal by Carson Wiggs in the final minute of the first quarter, capping an eight-play, 61-yard drive.

The Boilermakers cut the deficit to 14-10 on a 94-yard interception return by Ricardo Allen midway through the second quarter.

Later in the same quarter, Purdue trimmed the margin to 14-13 on Wiggs' 46- yard field goal, and the score would remain that way until halftime.

The Purdue defense forced a three-and-out to start the second half, but Waynelle Gravesande fumbled the punt to give Michigan the ball right back in Purdue territory. Two plays later, Smith scored on a 19-yard run to extend the Wolverines' lead to 20-13.

A 40-yard field goal by Wiggs cut the deficit to 20-16 with 9:38 remaining in the third quarter.

Michigan put the game away with a three-yard touchdown run by Stephen Hopkins with 1:58 remaining in regulation.

Purdue converted just 2-of-17 third downs for the game and finished with only 256 yards of total offense.

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Denard Robinson 'Good To Go' Against Purdue; Jonas Mouton Questionable

Michigan's injury report for Saturday's game against Purdue is out and the good news is Denard Robinson isn't on it. Robinson left last Saturday's Illinois game with concussion-like symptoms, suffering a headache and some dizziness. The symptoms must have been a one-day type of thing, though, because Robinson was all good as early as Monday of this week and will be "good to go" on Saturday against the Boilermakers.

As for players actually on the injury report, there are four worth mentioning. The first is linebacker Jonas Mouton, who is questionable with a chest injury. He is Michigan's best linebacker, so it would be a blow to lose him. In the probable category are Perry Dorrestein and Fitzgerald Toussaint. Dorrestein has been replaced by Mark Huyge the last couple weeks and there hasn't been much of a drop off, but it'd be nice for Dorrestein to return. Toussaint has played all of two snaps this season because he has been dealing with so many injuries. Who knows if he will actually play on Saturday, but for his sake it'd be nice if he was healthy enough to get in the game.

The other player worth mentioning is Teric Jones, who is out for the season after tearing his ACL against Illinois. He joins the lengthy list of players out with season-ending injuries.

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