Michigan 27, Purdue 16: A comprehensive guide to Saturday's coverage
Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com
It wasn't pretty. Not the weather. Not the play. But Michigan pulled out a 27-16 Big Ten road win over Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The teams evenly split 10 turnovers in rainy, windy conditions. Michigan, of course, turned the ball over five times last week but made up for it with ridiculous offensive numbers in a 67-65 triple-overtime win over Illinois.
This week, it was the -- gasp! -- defense that gets props for the win.
The much-maligned Michigan kept an opponent out of the end zone for the first time all season and helped make up for a relatively off day by Denard Robinson, who passed for 176 yards and rushed for 68 while losing two fumbles and throwing two interceptions.
Purdue's only touchdown came on a 94-yard interception return by Ricardo Allen.
AnnArbor.com reporters Pete Bigelow and Michael Rothstein made the trip to West Lafayette, as did photographer Melanie Maxwell. Here is a compilation of their work from Saturday, plus a few bonus items:
Post-Game Coverage â€¢ Scoring summary and boxscore.
â€¢ In Bigelow's main game story, he reports that receiver Darryl Stonum and the rest of the Wolverines are starting to dream of someplace warm after reaching the seven-win plateau.
â€¢ Rothstein writes that the Michigan defense put together its first dominant performance of the season.
â€¢ Michigan's alternating quarterbacks, Denard Robinson and Tate Forcier, struggle in rainy conditions.
â€¢ Michigan receiver Roy Roundtree gets a win in his return to the Purdue campus.
â€¢ Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan earns high honors in Bigelow's game balls.
â€¢ Our game day notebook includes items on sloppy field conditions, big punts and reopening the kicking competition.
In-Game Updates â€¢ AnnArbor.com photographer Melanie Maxwell's images -- from pre-game to post-game -- are compiled in this slideshow:
â€¢ Jim Knight kept a running update file during the game. Check that out here.
â€¢ Rich Rezler and Mike Rothstein hosted a live chat during the game. Read that transcript here.
â€¢ Rothstein grabbed some video of the Purdue marching band's pre-game performance.
Around the Big Ten (click on score for complete game recap)
Ohio State 38, Penn State 14: Dan Herron ran for a career-high 190 yards and a touchdown the eighth-ranked Buckeyes used a huge second half to run away from Penn State at the Horseshoe. The Nittany Lions held a 14-3 lead at halftime, but the Buckeyes dominated over the final two quarters, putting up 35 points while holding Penn State scoreless. Devon Torrence and Travis Howard each returned an interception for a score in the second half.
Wisconsin 83, Indiana 20: (No, that's not a typo.) Montee Ball, starting in place of the injured John Clay, ran for three first-half touchdowns, as the sixth-ranked Badgers pummeled Indiana at Camp Randall Stadium. Ball finished with 167 yards on 22 carries and James White added two rushing scores for the Badgers. Scott Tolzien completed 15 of 18 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns for Wisconsin.
Northwestern 21, Iowa 17: Dan Persa threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, including a 20-yard strike to Demetrius Fields with 1:22 remaining, and Northwestern delivered a crushing blow to 13th-ranked Iowa's Big Ten title dreams. Persa, who was injured on the go-ahead score, connected on 32 of 43 passes for 318 yards and added a rushing touchdown for the Wildcats. Ricky Stanzi was 23-of-41 for 270 yards with two touchdowns for Iowa.
Minnesota 38, Illinois 34: DeLeon Eskridge scored three rushing touchdowns, including the game-winner with 16 seconds left, as Minnesota snapped a nine-game losing streak. Adam Weber threw for 225 yards and two scores for the 2-9 Golden Gophers. Illinois still needs one more win to become bowl eligible, despite 141 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Mikel Leshoure, and 137 receiving yards and another TD from A.J. Jenkins.
Mon, Nov 15, 2010 : 9:35 a.m.
congrats on your last win of the season.
Sun, Nov 14, 2010 : 3:58 p.m.
This just in: Wisconsin now leads Indiana 408-22. Expect to see lots of cleat marks on the chests of Michigan's defensive players after next week's game.
Sun, Nov 14, 2010 : 9:52 a.m.
Tater - I hope you are right, but I doubt that will make enough of a difference. That Wisconsin score can have the opposite effect of intimidation. Sounds like a big, physical, traditional Big Ten team that ends the season strong when the weather gets frightful. This use to be Michigan's formula with the unfortunate early season losses, but the team did get stronger during Big Ten play. Better hope for a clear and unseasonably warm day next Saturday.