Oct. 29, 2011
Today's announced attendance of 112,115 marks the 236th consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines improved to 43-14 in all-time series against Purdue. The Wolverines have won two straight over the Boilermakers.
In addition to Michigan's three permanent 2011 captains, fifth-year senior safety Jared Van Slyke served as the honorary captain against Purdue.
Former Wolverine captain and College Hall of Fame tight end Jim Mandich (1967-69) was recognized during the first quarter. Mandich, who passed away in April, was represented on the field by his family, including wife, Bonnie, and sons, Mike and Mark.
The crew of Apollo 15 was recognized on the field during first quarter.
During the first quarter, Michigan also honored its 1961 NCAA champion men's swimming and diving team, as well as current Wolverine rowers Jessie Eiffert and Felice Mueller, who contributed to U.S. gold medals at the 2011 Junior and Under-23 World Championships, respectively.
Junior/sophomore defensive end Nathan Brink made his first collegiate start.
Michigan has recorded more than 500 yards of total offense in three of its last four games, including two straight home games. The Wolverines have boasted more than 300 rushing yards in four consecutive home games.
Michigan has scored a touchdown on its opening drive in five straight games.
Junior quarterback Denard Robinson completed 9-of-14 passes for 170 yards and carried the ball 15 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. He scored his 29th career rushing touchdown on a two-yard run midway through the first quarter. Robinson moved to ninth place among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, where he is tied with Butch Woolfolk (1978-81). Robinson has scored at least one rushing touchdown in seven straight games.
Junior/sophomore running back Fitzgerald Toussaint recorded career highs in carries (20) and rushing yards (170) and matched a career best with two rushing touchdowns. Toussaint's second touchdown -- a 59-yard rush in the third quarter -- is the longest rush for a touchdown of his career but missed his overall career long by two yards (61 yards vs. Bowling Green, Sept. 25, 2010).
The last Wolverine running back to record 20 or more carries was Carlos Brown, who carried the ball 25 times against Illinois on Oct. 31, 2009.
Junior/sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Gallon recorded a career-high 79 receiving yards on three receptions. His previous best was 64 yards, which he registered this season against Notre Dame on Sept. 10.
Senior running back Michael Shaw scored his third rushing touchdown of the season on a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter. Shaw owns 15 career touchdowns -- 14 rushing and one receiving.
Junior/sophomore kicker Brendan Gibbons hit a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter. It was the second longest of his career. He registered a 38-yarder against Minnesota on Oct. 1.
Michigan recorded four sacks for the second time in three games. The Wolverines have registered at least one sack in six games this season, including multiple sacks in four games.
Senior defensive end Mike Martin tackled Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush in the end zone in the second quarter for the Wolverines' first safety in eight seasons, dating back to Houston on Sept. 6, 2003.
Martin posted two sacks in the second quarter for a loss of seven yards. It was his first career multi-sack performance. He owns nine career sacks.
Sophomore cornerback Courtney Avery registered his first career interception in the second quarter. He also earned a half-sack in the fourth quarter for his first career tackle-for-loss.
Junior linebacker Brandin Hawthorne tallied his first career sack in the fourth quarter.