Boilers End Michigan's Bowl Streak

Michigan jumped on top by two touchdowns on two separate occasions in the first half, but the Purdue Boilermakers rallied to take the lead for the first time in the third quarter, and ultimately scored the game winning touchdown with just under 30-seconds left on the clock. Michigan moved into position for one final Hail Mary, but the pass fell incomplete.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- It's officially over. After 33 straight years of postseason play, the Wolverines will be home for Christmas. Losers of an up-and-down 48-42 game to the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday afternoon, Michigan can no longer become bowl eligible.

Michigan running back Brandon Minor led the Michigan offense with 155 yards an three scores on the ground, but it was not enough as the Michigan defense again surrendered over 500 yards of total offense, this time to an offense led by former Orchard Lake St. Mary's star Justin Siller.

Siller accounted for 343 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. Purdue running back Kory Sheets rushed for 118-yards and three scores, plus accounted for a touchdown on the ground.

Michigan quarterback Steven Threet threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns, but completed just 9-of-21 passes.

In the opening minutes of the contest it looked as if it were all coming together for the Michigan team. On its first defensive possession, a hit by Johnny Thompson on Siller jarred the football loose. On Michigan's next play, Brandon Minor took the ball out of the shotgun and carried it 45-yards into the Purdue end zone.

Minutes later Martavious Odoms doubled the lead and made it 14-0 with Michigan's first punt return touchdown of the year.

The offense stalled the remainder of the quarter, however, and a pair of Purdue touchdowns knotted the game 14-14 after one quarter.

The Maize-and-Blue appeared to pick things back up following the Purdue score, again looking poised to finally pick up that ever-elusive third win. Following Purdue's second touchdown, Odoms again set the stage for a Michigan score, this time running the ensuing kick-off back into Purdue territory. Eight plays later, Threet found LaTerryal Savoy on a slant pass to re-establish a Michigan lead.

Purdue went three-and-out on its next possession, and the Michigan lead was again fourteen points on the Wolverines second one-play drive. This time quarterback Steven Threet found Darryl Stonum for a 51-yard touchdown pass.

Purdue trimmed the lead to 28-21 at the half with a late run by Kory Sheets.

That Boiler momentum continued well into the third quarter. A pair of third quarter scores, both coming from Sheets again, put Michigan into a 35-28 hole entering the final quarter.

Michigan rallied to tie it on a powerful 12-yard run around the left side just minutes into the fourth quarter, but just as momentum appeared to be swinging in Michigan's direction, a perfectly executed Purdue fake punt set up yet another go-ahead score by Purdue.

Again, aided by a pair of fourth down conversions, one on a slant to Darryl Stonum and another due to a Purdue pass interference call, Michigan tied the score, this time at 42-42. With just over a minute left on the clock, minor took the ball in behind the left tackle.

Purdue, though, finished with the final touchdown. After driving inside the Michigan 30-yard line, quarterback Justin Siller completed a 6-yard pass to Greg Orton. Orton quickly tossed the ball back to Desmond Tardy who took it around the corner for the hook-and-ladders touchdown.

The Boilermakers missed the extra point, however, and Michigan got one last chance at the win with just under 30 seconds left. Michigan moved the ball inside Purdue territory with three seconds left, but Threet's final pass into the end zone fell incomplete.

Michigan stays on the road attempting to record win No. 3 next weekend in Minneapolis, Minn. The Wolverines 2-7 record eliminates the Maize-and-Blue from bowl contention in the 2008 season.

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