U-M Grinds Out 27-16 Victory

The Michigan football team tripped to West Lafayette, Ind., as the Michigan Wolverines looked to pick up their seventh win of the season at Ross-Ade Stadium against the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday afternoon. U-M led 14-13 at the half before a late TD helped Michigan post a 27-16 victory.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- It wasn't pretty, but Michigan got it done.

In a game that had continuous rain, swirling winds and nearly as many defensive touchdowns as offensive, it was a role reversal for the Michigan football team as the Wolverines escaped 27-16 victor's against the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium behind a stout defensive effort.

Purdue's netted just 256 yards in the Michigan win. U-M forced five turnovers and held the home team without an offensive touchdown despite Purdue operating with a short field on multiple occassions after a five additional turnovers by Michigan.

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson struggled completing 13-of-21 for 176 yards and a score, but the Wolverines dual threat quarterback ran for just 68 yards and turned the ball over four times, two interceptions and two fumbles.

On the defensive side of the ball the Wolverines were led by Obi Ezeh's eight tackles, plus a pair of James Rogers interceptions and a pair of Cam Gordon fumble recoveries, one of which went for a 58-yard touchdown to get Michigan on the board in the first quarter.

Following the fumble return Michigan doubled the lead and made it 14-0 10 minutes into the contest. Robinson found Roy Roundtree for his only touchdown toss of the game after Michigan started with good field possession following a nine-yard punt.

Purdue added a field goal before the end of the quarter, then trimmed the lead to 14-10 with its own defensive touchdown, a 94-yard interception return by Ricardo Allen as the Wolverines looked poised to extend their lead. It then became 14-13 on Carson Wiggs second field of the half following a Stephen Hopkins fumble on an unsuccessful Michigan fourth-down conversion near midfield.

Michigan extended the lead to 20-13 just 1:23 into the second half after Purdue's Waynelle Gravesande dropped a Will Hagerup punt give Michigan the ball back at the Purdue 32. Kelvin Grady took the first snap following the turnover on an end around for 13 yards, then Vincent Smith scored from 19-yards out on a handout out of shotgun formation.

Purdue trimmed the lead back to 20-16 when Denard Robinson was picked off for the second time of the game, this one deep up the middle, by Josh Johnson, and then added another field goal. Johnson brought the ball back to Michigan's 24, but Purdue netted just two yards on the drive before settling for a 40-yard field goal.

In the fourth quarter the teams exchanged punts until Michigan put the game away with a 49-yard scoring drive with less then two minutes remaining. Running Back Stephen Hopkins scored the touchdown, but Denard Robinson found Kevin Koger on a key 3rd-and-long completion, plus moved the chains once with his legs.

With the win the Wolverines improve to 7-3 on the season and 3-3 in Big 10 play. Michigan returns to Ann Arbor next Saturday for it's final home contest of the year, a Noon tilt against the Wisconsin Badgers.

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