Game balls from the Michigan football team's 36-14 victory Saturday against Purdue.
MIKE MARTIN (4):
The senior defensive tackle blew through the line to tackle Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush
and record Michigan’s first safety since 2003. The second-quarter safety gave Michigan a 9-7 lead and changed the momentum of the game. Martin had a sack later in the first half and finished with seven tackles.
AL BORGES (4):
What didn’t Michigan do against Purdue? Pitches, halfback passes, long passes, short passes, two quarterbacks, fourth-and-goal plays out of the shotgun and less Denard Robinson
. Not everything in the Michigan offensive coordinator's plan worked, but enough did, and Purdue was off balance for much of the game.
FITZGERALD TOUSSAINT (4):
A 59-yard long-and-winding run was just one part of Toussaint’s 170-yard day. He also scored on a tough 2-yard run, bulling his way through a face mask penalty to reach the end zone. His 20 carries are the most running attempts by somebody besides Denard Robinson
since Carlos Brown
had 25 in 2009.
DENARD ROBINSON (3):
Robinson had what may have been his most “quarterback-ish” game. He was asked to run the offense, not be the offense. The result: A solid 170-yard passing game (including a 49-yard pass to Roy Roundtree
), 63 yards rushing with a touchdown, and Michigan has a healthy quarterback going into next week’s game at Iowa.