Boilermakers Depressurized

A dominant Michigan defense punched the 2003 Boilers full of holes. Michigan 31, Purdue 3.

A Marlin-Jacksonless Michigan defense 'came to play' in the Big House Saturday, delivering seven sacks and two interceptions (both by freshman CB Leon Hall), and holding Purdue to 58 yards rushing and 245 yards overall.

The two times Purdue threatened to score, the defense came to the rescue. With 1:45 left in the first half John Navarre was hit from the blind side and fumbled at the Michigan 28. But three plays later Orton was pressured dropping back to pass and threw an interception into the end zone to Hall to end the half.

Then after stopping Michigan to start the second half, Purdue drove again, to the Woloverine 4 yard line. But after a sack and a pass break up -- again by Hall -- Purdue had to settle for a field goal.

In the meantime Michigan did a yoeman's job on offense. They scored twice in the first quarter -- the first on a 14 yard pass from Navarre to Braylon Edwards, and then on a 21 yard reverse by Steve Breaston. They added a third score on highlight-film-beautiful 26 yard pass from Navarre to Edwards. And in the fourth quarter the Boilers gave out completely and the Wolverines added a TD on Marcus Curry's two-yard fumble recovery and finally added its final three points on a 2 yard Garrett Rivas field goal.

John Navarre finished the game with 17 for 30 passing for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
And Chris Perry carried the ball 28 times for 95 yards.

Purdue Head Coach Joe Tiller has STILL never won in Ann Arbor -- in fact the last Boilermaker victory in the Big House was before it was even known as the Big House -- in 1966, quarterbacked with one Mr. Griese Sr., Hall of Famer Bob.

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