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Posted on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 : 6:44 p.m.

Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan earns highest honors

By Pete Bigelow

Pete Bigelow hands out game balls after Michigan's 27-16 win at Purdue, with four being the best:

RYAN KERRIGAN, Purdue (4): Michigan’s offensive line has been very, very good all season. Entering Saturday, it had allowed four sacks in nine games. Kerrigan had four by himself Saturday, and also had two forced fumbles and 10 tackles. He’s has 14 in his career. He moved passed Simeon Rice for the all-time Big Ten record.

JAMES ROGERS, Michigan (2): There were quite a few big-time players for Michigan on defense worthy of game balls. Rogers, the team’s lone senior in the secondary, enjoyed a big day, intercepting his first two passes of the season.

The first kept Purdue off the scoreboard at the end of the first half. The second, more importantly, gave Michigan the ball back at the end of the game and set up Stephen Hopkins’ game-icing TD.

VINCENT SMITH, Michigan (2): Michigan’s 5-foot-6 running back put together back-to-back unheralded game. He led the Wolverines in rushing for the second straight game, finishing with 99 yards and a TD on 18 carries.

His 19-yard TD run in the third quarter kept Michigan in front, and more importantly, he picked up a couple of key first downs in the fourth quarter when Michigan needed to run the clock.

Pete Bigelow covers the Michigan football team for He can be reached at (734) 623-2551, via email at and followed on Twitter @PeterCBigelow.



Sun, Nov 14, 2010 : 9:16 a.m.

Kerrigan was really good, but Michigan's offensive line made him look even better. It wasn't one of our better blocking efforts to say the least. Too many sacks. Too many short or negative gains. Schilling got beat a number of times by his man (not sure if it was Kerrigan or someone else). Part of it may have been the bad footing due to the rain, but it didn't seem to hamper the Purdue defensive linemen much. Michigan will need to improve A LOT in blocking by next week to even have a chance against overconfident Wisconsin.