Defensive TD Sparks U-M to Win at Purdue

Nov. 13, 2010

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Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Ross-Ade Stadium)
Score: Michigan 27, Purdue 16
Records: U-M (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten), Purdue (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten)
Attendance: 50,260
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Nov. 20 -- vs. Wisconsin (Michigan Stadium), Noon (TV: ESPN)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The University of Michigan football team racked up 395 yards of total offense in a 27-16 victory at Purdue on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 13) at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Wolverines move to 7-3 on the season and 3-3 in league play as they limited the Boilermakers to 251 yards during the rain-soaked affair. The game remained close because of five turnovers by both teams.

Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) gained 244 yards of total offense, completing 13-of-24 passes for 176 yards and one touchdown and rushing 22 times for 68 yards in the contest.

Junior wide receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison HS) led the receiving effort with six receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown and senior/junior wide receiver Junior Hemingway (Conway, S.C./Conway HS) added three receptions for 50 yards. Sophomore tailback Vincent Smith (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee HS) led the rushing effort with 99 yards on 18 carries and scored one touchdown.

Senior cornerback James Rogers (Madison Heights, Mich./Lamphere HS) led the defense with two interceptions in the game and finished the contest with two tackles. Junior/sophomore linebacker Kenny Demens (Oak Park, Mich./Detroit Country Day HS) and freshman safety Ray Vinopal (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney HS) had seven tackles apiece.

Michigan's defense started the scoring with a 58-yard fumble return for a touchdown by redshirt freshman safety Cameron Gordon (Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS) at 9:43 of the first quarter. Sophomore defensive end Craig Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS) met the ball carrier as he received ball, stripped it, and Gordon scooped it up and raced down the left sideline to give U-M a 7-0 lead.

The Wolverines stretched their lead to 14-0 as Robinson rolled right and found a wide-open Roundtree for a nine-yard touchdown. The third-down scoring play capped a five-play drive with Michigan capitalizing on great field position at Purdue's 38-yard line following a nine-yard punt. The key play that maintained possession for the Wolverines came as redshirt freshman Taylor Lewan (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS) picked up a fumble and advanced it 11 yards to the Boilermakers' 15-yard line.

Purdue chipped into the Michigan lead with a 20-yard field goal by Carson Wiggs at the end of the first quarter. The eight-play, 61-yard scoring drive consumed 4:53. The key plays on the drive were 20 and 27-yard runs by quarterback Rob Henry on back-to-back plays in the middle of the drive. Michigan forced the field goal as freshman safety Carvin Johnson (Metairie, La./Archbishop Rummel HS) made an open field tackle on a third-and-goal passing play to tight end Kyle Adams.

Purdue's Ricardo Allen intercepted a Robinson pass and raced 94 yards for touchdown at 8:29 of the second quarter, trimming the Michigan lead to 14-10. The Wolverines had moved from their six-yard line to the Boilermakers' six before the interception.

Purdue then pulled to within one point, 14-13, at 4:44 of the second quarter. Wiggs converted a 46-yard field goal to finish a 15-yard, five-play drive following a defensive stop at Michigan's 46-yard line. U-M went for a fourth-and-one at the 46-yard line, but freshman tailback Stephen Hopkins (Double Oak, Texas/Marcus HS) fumbled the ball and defensive end Ryan Kerrigan recovered.

Unable to sustain a drive to open the second half, Michigan punted the ball into the wind, but Waynelle Gravesande muffed it and senior linebacker Kevin Leach (Kentwood, Mich./Grand Rapids Catholic Central HS) recovered at Purdue's 32-yard line. Redshirt slot receiver Kelvin Grady (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) ran a reverse 13 yards around the left side on the initial play of the series. On the second play, Smith followed his blockers around the right side of the formation and took the ball 19 yards for a touchdown. Michigan missed the extra point to keep the lead 20-13 at 13:37.

Purdue took advantage of another Michigan turnover as Wiggs converted a 40-yard field goal, his third of the game. The Boilermakers gained possession at U-M's 24-yard line following an interception and 13-yard return by cornerback Josh Johnson. The field goal made the score 20-16 at 9:38 of the third quarter.

Michigan's defense set up the offense inside Purdue territory twice in the final 17 minutes of the contest, but U-M was unable to convert those opportunities into any points. Rogers collected his second interception of the game, but redshirt freshman Seth Broekhuizen (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) pushed a 42-yard try wide right. A series later, Gordon recovered a fumble, but Michigan was forced to punt.

Hopkins put the game away for the Wolverines with a three-yard touchdown run with 1:58 remaining in the contest. The key play on the drive was a 25-yard pass from Robinson to junior tight end Kevin Koger (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer HS) on third-and-seven that moved the ball to Purdue's 21-yard line.

Michigan plays its final home game of the season against Wisconsin next Saturday (Nov. 20) at noon EST. The Wolverines will honor their seniors prior to the nationally televised contest on ESPN.

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