Senior wideout Marcus Knight (Sylacauga, Ala./Comer HS) surpassed the 1,000-career yard mark with a 56-yard reception 5:21 into the fourth quarter. Knight, who made five receptions for a career-high 136 yards, became just the 17th Wolverine to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. All five of Knight's receptions came at important times as two converted third downs and a third went 17 yards for a touchdown to give the Wolverines a 14-3 lead. Knight finished the game with 63 career receptions, the 21st highest total in Michigan history, for 1,025 yards. The 136-yard performance was Knight's third career 100-yard game. Anthony Carter (1979-82) holds the school records with 161 career receptions and 3,076 yards.
Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, La./Winnfield HS) added a pair of touchdowns to his career total for 26 scores, the eighth highest total in school history, in just 29 career games. Thomas scored on a one-yard dive to give the Wolverines a 21-3 first half lead and added a five-yard run for a 28-12 third quarter advantage. Thomas carried the ball 23 times for 116 yards, his second 100-yard game of the season and eighth of his career. He also returned the game's opening kickoff 26 yards, the team's longest of the season, and broke a season long 39-yard run, also in the first quarter. Thomas has scored two rushing touchdowns in each of Michigan's three home games this season.
Sophomore David Terrell (Richmond, Va./Huguenot HS), seeing extensive action as both a wideout and defensive back, hauled in his second touchdown reception of the season and fourth of his career, in the first quarter. Terrell made two receptions for 44 yards on the drive, including an 18-yarder for the score. Terrell also has a rushing TD on the season. Terrell, who saw action on 45 defensive plays and had two solo tackles and one assist for three total tackles, added a 16-yard run on a reverse early in the second quarter.
Brady Heating Up
Senior quarterback Tom Brady (San Mateo, Calif./Serra HS) completed 15-of-25 pass attempts for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Brady, who was held without a TD pass in Michigan's first three games, has connected on four scoring throws in the past two games to give him 19 for his career, the ninth-most in program history. Brady has thrown at least one TD pass in 10 straight Big Ten Conference contests.
Sophomore Drew Henson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) entered the game at 11:36 of the second quarter and led the Wolverines on a 63-yard touchdown drive, highlighted by his 23-yard pass to Marcus Knight on third-and-nine. Henson finished the game 3-for-3 with 68 yards passing.
Hall Moves 'em Back
Senior rush linebacker James Hall (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS) recorded his 23rd career sack, a nine-yard loss on second-and-19 with 3:00 left in the first half. It was only the second time Purdue quarterback Drew Brees had been sacked this season. Hall needs just one more sack to tie for the second-highest career total in school history. Mark Messner (1985-88) holds the school mark with 36. Hall also made his first career fumble recovery in the first half and ended the game with three tackles.
Sophomore linebacker Larry Foote (Detroit, Mich./Pershing HS) grabbed his first career interception. It was only the fourth time Drew Brees has been picked this season ... True freshman B.J. Askew (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain HS) scored his first career touchdown with a 10-yard run ... True freshman Charles Drake (Los Angeles, Calif./Westchester HS) returned his first kickoff with a 21-yard return in the third quarter to help set up Michigan's touchdown drive for a 28-12 lead.
Shea Catches On
Senior Aaron Shea (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa HS) set a career high with four receptions, highlighted by a career-long 36-yard catch and run with 7:00 left in the third quarter.
Sophomore tailback Walter Cross (Port Washington, Md./Oxon Hill HS), who had 11 yards on nine carries in Michigan's first four games, carried the ball 11 times for 38 yards against Purdue.
Purdue's first-quarter field goal, a 28-yarder by Travis Dorsch, marked the first points scored on Michigan in the first quarter this season. The field goal was set up by Michigan's first fumble of the season. However, the Michigan defense held Purdue without a touchdown in the first half for the first time all season.
Purdue's 66-yard touchdown toss from Drew Brees to Vinny Sutherland was the longest play of the season allowed by the Michigan defense this season. The previous long was a 54-yard pass play.