ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 29: Fitzgerald Toussaint #28 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to escape the tackle of Joe Holland #30 of the Purdue Boilermakers during a second quarter run at Michigan Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Michigan Vs. Purdue: Wolverines Ride Fitzgerald Toussaint To 36-14 Win

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Michigan Vs. Purdue Final Score: Wolverines Run Over Boilermakers For 36-14 Victory

Following a first quarter in which Michigan and Purdue traded touchdowns for a 7-7 tie, it looked like we might have an old fashioned Big Ten slugfest Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor.

But while the Wolverines kept slugging, the Boilermakers eventually fell to the mat.

The Michigan offense rolled up 545 yards of total offense, demolishing the Purdue defense in a decisive 36-14 victory. Quarterback Denard Robinson compiled 233 yards of total offense, rushing for a touchdown and looking relatively sharp in the passing game.

But the real story for the Wolverines might be the breakout of the running game without Robinson having to carry the load. Robinson did run for 63 yards, Michigan’s second-highest total of the day. But it was the running backs who pummeled Purdue.

Tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, highlighted by a 59-yard scoring run just before the end of the third quarter. Michael Shaw added another 56 yards on the ground, powered largely by a 37-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

With the dominance of the running game, Michigan didn’t have to do much through the air against Purdue. Robinson threw for 170 yards, completing 9 of 14 passes. Jeremy Gallon led the Wolverines with 79 yards on three catches. Roy Roundtree added another 61 yards on two receptions.

After scoring a touchdown on their first possession of the game, Purdue couldn’t maintain any sort of production on offense. Caleb TerBush completed 9 of 13 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown. But a big chunk of that came on a 48-yard scoring pass to Gary Bush.

TerBush was later knocked out of the game when he was sacked for a safety by Mike Martin. Robert Marve took over for most of the second quarter, but was ineffective, passing for only 66 yards, though he did throw for a touchdown late in the game. TerBush returned in the second half, but eventually yielded to Marve again. Regardless of who was under center, they couldn’t do much against a Michigan defense that established itself.

With the win, Michigan is locked in what could be a four-way tie atop the Big Ten Legends Division with a 3-1 conference record. The Wolverines travel to Iowa next week for a game that could break up that logjam.


Michigan Vs. Purdue Score: Wolverines Tack On Another TD For 29-7 Lead

Seven games into the season, Michigan may have finally found its feature running back.

Sophomore Fitzgerald Toussaint went into halftime with 75 yards rushing to lead the Wolverines. But in the third quarter, he asserted himself in the running game even further.

Powered by a highlight reel 59-yard run, in which he eluded then ran past several Purdue defenders to the end zone, Toussaint has compiled 170 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for Michigan. That score just before the end of the third quarter gave the Wolverines a 29-7 lead over the Boilermakers.

With Toussaint running so effectively, the Michigan offense hasn’t needed much from Denard Robinson. But he’s added another 63 yards rushing. Additionally, he’s thrown for 156 yards, completing 9 of 13 passes. Jeremy Gallon leads Michigan in receiving with 79 yards on three catches.

Caleb TerBush returned at quarterback for Purdue after leaving the game with an injury, but since leading the Boilermakers to a touchdown on their first possession, he hasn’t been able to do much against the Michigan defense.

Michigan looks to have control of the game as it heads into the fourth quarter. Could Toussaint reach 200 yards rushing, or will another of the tailbacks pick up the load?


Michigan Vs. Purdue Score: Wolverines Score 22 Unanswered Points For 22-7 Halftime Lead

After playing to a 7-7 tie after the first quarter, Michigan scored 15 points to take a 22-7 halftime lead over Purdue in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines have scored 22 unanswered points on two touchdowns, a safety and two field goals to take control over the Boilermakers.

Michigan rolled up 294 yards of total offense in the first half, led by a sharp passing day so far from Denard Robinson. Robinson has passed for 156 yards, completing 8 of 13 passes. He also threw one interception, but the Michigan defense made sure that did no damage, forcing Purdue into a three-and-out.

Robinson has spread the ball around among his receivers. Jeremy Gallon, Junior Hemingway and Roy Roundtree each have two receptions. Gallon and Roundtree have combined for 126 yards receiving, each contributing a play over 40 yards.

More impressive is the Wolverines moving the ball on the ground without Robinson having to carry the load. Fitzgerald Toussaint has rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Robinson has the other rushing score for Michigan, getting into the end zone on a two-yard run.

Purdue has struggled offensively after scoring a touchdown on its first possession of the game. Quarterback Caleb TerBush was throwing well, completing 4 of 5 passes for 64 yards. But he left the game with an injury after being sacked for a safety by Mike Martin. Robert Marve replaced TerBush, but hasn’t been very effective, completing 2 of 5 passes with an interception.

Other than a 48-yard pass from TerBush to Gary Bush that gave Purdue an early 7-0 lead, the Boilermakers haven’t been able to generate many big plays against the Michigan defense. Purdue had less than 50 yards rushing and less than 100 yards passing at the half.

Michigan gets the ball to begin the second half.


Michigan Vs. Purdue Score: Wolverines And Boilermakers Tied 7-7 After 1st Quarter

Defense hasn’t stood out between Michigan and Purdue after one quarter of play at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines and Boilermakers have traded touchdowns, ending the first quarter tied 7-7.

Purdue struck first, scoring on its first drive of the game. The Boilermakers went 67 yards, capped off by a 48-yard pass from Caleb TerBush to Gary Bush for a touchdown.

Michigan answered that score on its first possession, however. The Wolverines’ offense went 70 yards, helped by two big plays. Fitzgerald Toussaint ran 15 yards on his first rush of the game. Seven plays later, Denard Robinson hit Jeremy Gallon for a 23-yard pass that moved Michigan into the red zone. Robinson ended the drive with a 2-yard push into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7.

Both quarterbacks have thrown with accuracy so far. TurBush has only missed one of his five passes. Robinson only threw one incompletion as well, but did turn the ball over with an interception to linebacker Joe Holland, who stepped in front of tight end Kevin Koger on a short out pattern.

Michigan has the ball as the second quarter begins.

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