Nov. 7, 2009
Today's announced crowd of 108,543 is the 222nd consecutive game welcoming more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
Today's contest marks the 55th meeting in the series against Purdue with Michigan holding a 41-14 advantage. The Boilermakers' win was their second in as many meetings.
The loss snapped Michigan's 17-game win streak over Purdue at Michigan Stadium. U-M owns a 23-5 record against Purdue in the Big House.
Today's alumni captains were offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson (1997-2000), tailback Harlan Huckleby (1975-78) and offensive lineman Tom Dixon (1980-83).
Sophomore/freshman Patrick Omameh made his first career start at right guard. Omameh had played in four contests at tackle prior to today's start.
Senior running back Brandon Minor registered 154 rushing yards vs. Purdue -- the sixth 100-yard rushing game of his career and his second of the season. The effort was just three yards shy of his career best; he tallied 157 yards two seasons ago against Minnesota (Oct. 27, 2007).
With the rushing effort, Minor surpassed 1,500 rushing yards in his career. He wrapped the game with 1,632 career rushing yards.
Minor tallied three touchdowns vs. Purdue, matching a career best. He also tallied three scores -- on 155 yards on 24 carries -- vs. Purdue last season (Nov. 1, 2008).
Minor's second scoring run -- a 55-yard rush in the second quarter -- was a career long and Michigan's third-longest touchdown run of the season. Minor's previous long was 46 yards, which he tallied two seasons ago vs. Minnesota (Oct. 27, 2007).
Sophomore/freshman wide receiver Roy Roundtree recorded career highs with 10 receptions and 126 receiving yards. His 10 receptions were a team high for the Wolverines this season, while Roundtree's effort was the second 100-yard receiving performance of the season, adding to junior/sophomore receiver Junior Hemingway's game vs. Western Michigan on Sept. 5.
Roundtree's 43-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was his second score of the season. His first was the game-tying grab at Michigan State on Oct. 3.
Combining the performances of Minor and Roundtree, it marks the first time in 22 games that U-M boasted a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver. Adrian Arrington (153 receiving yards) and Mike Hart (129 rushing yards) last accomplished the feat at the 2008 Capital One Bowl.
With his 55-yard kick return in the first quarter, sophomore receiver Darryl Stonum broke the U-M single-season record for kick returns and return yardage. He wrapped the game with 30 returns on the season for 803 yards, passing Steve Breaston in both categories. In 2004, Breaston tallied 689 yards on 28 returns.
Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier scored his third rushing touchdown of the season on a six-yard scramble in the third quarter.
Fifth-year senior kicker Jason Olesnavage recorded a career-long 51-yard field goal in the first quarter. His previous long was 44 yards, which he tallied vs. Western Michigan on Sept. 5.
Junior/sophomore linebacker Kevin Leach registered his first career interception late in the first quarter.
Fifth-year receiver LeTerryl Savoy matched his career long with a 21-yard reception in the second quarter. Savoy ended the game with three catches for 44 yards -- career highs in both categories. His previous highs were two catches for 40 yards, which he recorded vs. Delaware State on Oct. 17.
Sophomore defensive tackle Mike Martin's forced fumble in the second quarter was the first of his career.
Junior cornerback Donovan Warren secured his fourth interception of the season in the second quarter.
Michigan's two-interception effort matched a season best. U-M also tallied two picks at Michigan State (Oct. 3) and vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5).
With his 28-yard catch early in the third quarter, senior receiver Greg Mathews hit 100 receptions in his career.
Hemingway's 33-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career. His previous long was 19 yards vs. Penn State (Oct. 24).