Michigan Defense Hits Purdue, 16-14

The Wolverine defense throttled the Boilermakers and Kyle Orton all day, capped off by <b>Ernest Shazor</b forcing a Purdue fumble in the last two minutes to seal the victory.<br><br> Here are the drives that counted, plus some key stats.

The Michigan offense kept misfiring despite Mike Hart being the first Wolverine running back since Jon Vaught in 1990 to rush for consecutive 200 yard games.

The Drives that counted:

After Purdue and Michigan traded first quarter touchdowns (Michigan's on a 25 yard screen pass to Mike Hart), the game became a defensive struggle.

Garrett Rivas kicked a second quarter field goal to make it 10-7 Michigan at the half.

In the third quarter Purdue scored on a 63 yard third quarter pass play to take the lead 14-10, and Rivas, after missing from 38 yards, added a 25 yarder in the third quarter to bring Michigan within a point, 14-13.

At the 12:57 mark of the 4th quarter Rivas had a field goal blocked and it looked like U-M could be in trouble -- bus Rivas came back to kick what turned out to be the winning FG, a 35 yarder, with 3:05 left in the final stanza. Michigan 16, Purdue 14.

Purdue took the ensuing kickoff at the Michigan 20 and drive over midfield when, at the end of a long pass completion to Purdue frosh wideout Dorien Bryant, Shazor delivered a viscous hit to knock the ball lose at the U-M 42, and Leon Hall recovered for Michigan.

Game over. Michigan 16, Purdue 14.

Key stats:

Michigan had 397 total yards (189 passing and 208 rushing) while holding Purdue to 264 (214 passing and only 50 rushing).

Mike Hart rushed for 207 yards on 33 carries (6.3 yards per game).

Chad Henne was 22 for 39 with a TD and an interception.

Kyle Orton was held to 14 of 30 for 214 yards, ad TD, and an interception.

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