Oct. 6, 2012
U-M has won its last seven Big Ten openers. Dating back to 1982, Michigan has won 30 of its last 31 Big Ten openers.
Michigan has won nine of its last 10 games following a bye week.
Senior quarterback Denard Robinson completed 8-of-16 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown and carried the ball 24 times for 235 yards.
Robinson set the Big Ten career quarterback rushing record with 3,905 yards, eclipsing the previous mark, set by Indiana's Antwaan Randle El (3,895 yards, 1998-01).
It was Robinson's fifth career 200-yard rushing game, moving him into a tie for first place in that category with Mike Hart (2004-07). Robinson also moved to second place with nine career 150-yard games; he is tied with Hart.
Robinson accounted for 170 of Michigan's 200 yards of total offense at the half. He rushed 14 times for 84 yards and completed 6-of-8 passes for 86 yards.
Robinson upped his career rushing yards to 3,905 and moved to fifth place among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, passing Chris Perry (3, 696, 2000-03) and Butch Woolfolk (3,861, 1978-81).
With his 3, 905 career rushing yards, Robinson moved into fourth place among the all-time NCAA leaders in rushing yards by a quarterback, passing Indiana's Antwaan Randle El (3,895, 1998-01) and Kent State's Joshua Cribbs (3,670, 2001-04)
- Pat White, West Virginia (2005-08) -- 4,480
- Brad Smith, Missouri (2002-05) -- 4,289
- Colin Kaepernick, Nevada (2007-10) -- 4,112
- Denard Robinson, Michigan (2009-present) -- 3,905
- Antwaan Randle El, Indiana (1998-2001) -- 3,895
- Joshua Cribbs, Kent St. (2001-04) -- 3,670
With his 17th career 100-yard rushing effort, Robinson moved to fifth among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, surpassing Woolfolk (16, 1979-82).
With 5,873 career passing yards, Robinson moved into fourth place among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, passing Todd Collins (5,858, 1991-94) with today's performance.
- 1. Chad Henne (2004-07) -- 9,715
2. John Navarre (2000-03) -- 9,254
3. Elvis Grbac (1989-92) -- 6,460
4. Denard Robinson (2009-present) -- 5,873
5. Todd Collins (1991-94) -- 5,858
Senior/junior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint scored two rushing touchdowns in the game. It was his fourth career multi-touchdown game and his first since posting two rushing touchdowns vs. Nebraska on Nov. 19, 2011.
Junior wide receiver Devin Gardner scored his fourth receiving touchdown of the season on a 23-yard catch in the second quarter. Gardner has recorded a touchdown reception in four of five games in 2012. Last season, wide receiver Junior Hemingway and tight end Kevin Koger tied for the team lead with four touchdown catches each.
U-M scored its first defensive points of the 2012 season on a 63-yard interception return by sophomore defensive back Raymon Taylor, who has notched interceptions in back-to-back games. He tallied his first career INT at Notre Dame on Sept. 22. Michigan has posted a defensive score in three consecutive games vs. Purdue.
Junior/sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan tallied his fourth career sack in the second quarter. Ryan finished the game with 2.0 tackles-for-loss, marking the second time he has posted multiple TFLs (4.0 vs. Virginia Tech on Jan. 3, 2012). Dating back to last season, Ryan has tallied a tackle-for-loss in 10 of the last 11 games.
Sophomore defensive back Delonte Hollowell posted his second career fumble recovery in the second quarter, scooping up the loose ball after Purdue's return man lost control of the ball on a kickoff return.
Michigan's opening offensive drive of the game spanned eight minutes and 48 seconds, marking the sixth-longest drive in program history since at least 1978. The Wolverines used 19 offensive players during the 17-play, 78-yard drive, which concluded with a one-yard touchdown run by Toussaint.
Michigan held the ball for 12 minutes and 11 seconds in the first quarter, tallying 111 yards of total offense and eight first downs while limiting Purdue to eight yards of total offense and zero first downs in the opening stanza. The Wolverines amassed 93 rushing yards on 20 carries while holding the Boilermakers to four yards on four first-quarter carries in the first 15 minutes.
Fifth-year senior cornerback J.T. Floyd tied a career high with two pass breakups. He has accomplished the feat on three other occasions, last at Illinois on Nov. 12, 2011.
Sophomore Thomas Rawls scored his first career rushing touchdown on a seven-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.