Grade the Wolverines: Rate Michigan's performance against Purdue
Here's your chance to weigh in on the Michigan football team's 36-14 win against Purdue. Grade the Wolverines on offense, defense, special teams, coaching and overall:
The Wolverines gained 535 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per play. Fitzgerald Toussaint had a career-high 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Denard Robinson (63 rushing yards) and Michael Shaw (56 rushing yards) added touchdowns and Robinson was 9-of-14 passing for 170 yards and an interception. Devin Gardner was 1-for-2 passing with an interception. Michigan wideouts even got into the action, catching 8 of 10 passes -- including three for 79 yards by Jeremy Gallon.
Playing without starting safety Jordan Kovacs, the Wolverines allowed their first play of 40+ yards this season -- a 48-yard Caleb TerBush to Gary Bush touchdown pass -- but otherwise excelled. Mike Martin had a safety, the Wolverines made a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter and limited the Boilermakers to 89 rushing yards. Purdue was 3-of-13 on third downs and Michigan had four sacks.
Brendan Gibbons was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and 4-for-4 on PAT kicks and Will Hagerup -- kept off the field until the fourth quarter -- averaged 40.5 yards on two punts. Michigan's maligned kick coverage unit allowed the Boilermakers 24.5 yards on four returns while Jeremy Gallon averaged 27 yards on three returns for the Wolverines.
An off week can be tricky, particularly after a loss, but Brady Hoke and his staff seemed to have their team ready to play. Offensive coordinator Al Borges continues to reach deep into his playbook -- sometimes pulling out a dud, but keeping teams guessing -- and Greg Mattison's defense continues to play well.
A convincing homecoming win over what seemed to be a resurgent Purdue team -- the Boilermakers beat nationally-ranked Illinois last week -- was important heading into a tough four-game stretch at the end of Michigan's schedule. The Wolverines have back-to-back road trips to Iowa and Illinois before returning home to face Nebraska and Ohio State.