First Impressions: Michigan 24 Purdue 10

WTKA's Steve Clarke gives his first look from the stands in section 7. Also final game stats covering a homecoming victory.

The defense rules! Michigan gets seven sacks against Purdue as the Wolverine defense set the tone in a 24-10 win. Coming into the game, the Boilers had given up seven sacks for the season. Three of those sacks came on consecutive plays as Purdue tried one last time to come from behind.

The Boilermakers only long scoring drive came on the game's opening possession. Purdue made three critical 3rd down conversions to set up a Brandon Hance touchdown to Tight End Tim Stratton. That drive was aided by a controversial holding penalty on Michigan during what was thought to be a 3rd down stop. From the stands it looked like a mistake, and coach Lloyd Carr looked furious. He would still be upset after a questionable fumble.

Marquise Walker, who accounted for 249 yards of total offense, fumbled on a double-reverse. Replays in the stadium seemed to indicate he was already down. If Carr was unhappy with the officials, he was probably more upset with how Michigan didn't take care of the football. The Wolverines turned the ball over four times, and forced only one turnover. Coming into the game Michigan was +5 on turnover margain.

The crowd sensing Michigan was struggling rallied behind their team instead of groaning. The Homecoming crowd was very supportive especially when the Wolverines tallied 12 tackles for a loss on the mobile Hance and the rest of Purdue offense. The Boilers finished with just 255 yards in total offense. Hance rushed the ball 23 times as the quarterback found himself scrambling away from Michigan defenders.

What a difference a year makes. The Wolverines in their loss to Purdue, had many miscues and mistackles. It was the Boilermakers turn this year. They had 15 penalties, one short of a school record, and Michigan earned a ton of yards after first contact. Walker has not only become elusive when handling the ball, he is overpowering defenders at times.

Michigan has a bye-week ahead of them at the right time. Julius Curry should be back for Iowa, and hopefully the problems with Marcus Curry will be resolved and that the reports of domestic violence aren't true. Injuries on the offensive line are a concern, but Michigan ran power football in the 2nd half, and it worked. This is very encouraging for Michigan, who along with Ohio State, are the conference's remaining unbeaten teams.

Michigan 24   Purdue 10   MICHIGAN GAME STATS

PASSING       Att   Comp    Int   Yards  TD    Long

John Navarre    27    21         0      233     1       43

RUSHING      Att     Yards   TD    Average

B.J. Askew      16       63       2          3.9

Chris Perry       14       58      0           4.1

Walter Cross     3        10      0           3.3

RECEIVING    Catches    Yards     TD

Marquise Walker   7           134        1

B.J. Askew           6              30        0

Calvin Bell            2               23        0

Bill Seymour         2               21        0

Bennie Jorrpu       2                 6        0

TACKLES        Solo     Assist        Total

Cato June             3           4            5.0

Larry Foote          3           4            5.0

Eric Brackins        4           2            5.0

Marlin Jackson      3           3            4.5

Todd Howard       4           1             4.5

Shantee Orr          4           0             4.0

Charles Drake      3            1             3.5

Victor Hobson      3            1            3.5

Norman Heuer      3            0            3.0

Jake Frysinger       2            1            2.5

                                  PURDUE       MICHIGAN

First Downs                      12                    16

Rush att/ Yards              37/57               38/122

Pass att/Comp/Yds     16/33/198       21/28/233

Plays/ Yards                  70/255             66/355

Average Per Play              3.6                  5.4


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