Purdue's touchdown on the opening drive of the game marked the first time Michigan has given up a touchdown on the opening possession since Northwestern accomplished the feat on Nov. 4, 2000. It also marks the first touchdown Michigan has allowed in the first quarter this season.
Michigan in Homecoming Games
With a 24-10 win over Purdue, Michigan now owns a 78-23 record in homecoming games and is a perfect 7-0 under head coach Lloyd Carr. Saturday's game against the Boilermakers also marked the 101st homecoming game (excluding four exhibitions) and the 105th all-time homecoming game played by the Wolverines.
Michigan improved its record to 25-4 all-time against Purdue in Ann Arbor, which includes winning the last 14 of those matchups. The last time Purdue defeated Michigan at Michigan Stadium was in 1966, when Bob Griese led the No. 9 Boilermakers to a 22-21 victory. Overall, the Wolverines hold a 37-12 advantage in the series and have won nine of the last 11 contests.
Michigan vs. Ranked Teams
The win over No. 17-ranked (Associated Press) Purdue gives Michigan a 25-11 record under Lloyd Carr against AP Top 25 teams. U-M has compiled a 114-98-8 all-time record against Associated Press nationally ranked teams. Michigan has a 2-1 record against nationally ranked foes his season, losing at No. 15 Washington (23-18) while beating No. 22 Illinois (45-20) and No. 17 Purdue (24-10).
Tough Against the Rush
The Wolverines, who entered today's contest vs. No. 17 Purdue ranked third in the nation in defending the run with a 51.8 average, held the Boilermakers to just 57 yards on the ground. The effort marked the fourth straight game in which the Maize and Blue has held its opponent to fewer than 75 yards on the ground. The 57 yards gained by Purdue is its lowest output of the season.
Sophomore quarterback John Navarre (Cudahy, Wis./Cudahy HS) completed 21 of 27 passes for 233 yards in his 10th career start. Navarre has now thrown at least one touchdown in each game this season, and he has thrown for 1,359 yards on the season. Navarre has thrown for over 200 yards in five of the Wolverines' six games this season.
30 and Counting
Senior Marquise Walker's (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger HS) 22-yard reception with under three minutes left in the first quarter, marked the 30th consecutive game in which he has had a reception. His streak began against Notre Dame on Sept. 4, 1999, the first game of his sophomore year.
Marquise Walker's 42-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was the second longest scoring completion of the year for Michigan. Last Saturday (Oct. 6) at Penn State, sophomore quarterback John Navarre connected on a 53-yard touchdown with junior Ronald Bellamy (New Orleans, La./Archbishop Shaw HS) for the longest scoring completion of the year.
Walker Returns Punts, Too
In his first career appearance as a punt returner, senior wide receiver Marquise Walker made an impression. Not only was his 42-yard punt return in the second quarter the longest by Michigan this season, he also returned seven punts in all for 112 yards. The 112 yards retuning ranks third all-time behind George Hoey (1967-68), who returned punts for 140 yards at Minnesota on 10/28/67 and Tripp Welborne (1987-90), who had 117 at Indiana on 10/27/90. Walker's 112 punt-return yards is the most ever by a Wolverine in Michigan Stadium. Walker's seven punt returns ties him for second on the all-time list. The Michigan record for punt returns in a game is eight, which was set by Brian Carpenter (1979-81) vs. Notre Dame on 9/19/81.
Movin' On Up
With seven receptions, Marquise Walker moved past Jack Clancy (1963-66) for sixth place in school history with 133 career receptions. Walker is now one reception behind Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard (1989-91) for fifth on the list. Walker's 134 yards receiving also moved him past Jim Smith (1973-76) into sole possession of 10th place for career receiving yards. Walker now has 1,713 career receiving yards. Clancy is ninth on the all-time list with 1,919 receiving yards.
Michigan Makes 75th Consecutive TV Appearance
Today's homecoming game against Purdue was the 75th consecutive television appearance and 300th overall TV game for the Wolverines football program. Michigan has played an NCAA-leading 300 television games and has appeared on television for every game during the last five-plus seasons. The last non-televised U-M game was a 38-19 victory against Miami of Ohio on Sept. 30, 1995.
40th Conference Win
Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr picked up his 40th Big Ten Conference win on Saturday with a 24-10 win over Purdue. Carr has compiled a 40-11 conference record during his seven-year career and has the best winning percentage among active conference coaches (.784). Carr has a 23-3 (.885) record against Big Ten opponents in Michigan Stadium and a 17-8 (.680) mark on the road in the conference.
Two offensive linemen made their first career starts on Saturday -- sophomore/freshman David Baas (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview HS) at guard and junior/sophomore Courtney Morgan (Los Angeles, Calif./Westchester HS) at tackle.
Finding the End Zone
Junior running back B.J. Askew (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain HS) led the Wolverines with 16 carries for 63 yards and two touchdowns. He now has seven touchdowns in his last four games, with two rushing touchdowns each vs. Western Michigan, Illinois and Purdue. For the season Askew has rushed 105 times for 498 and seven touchdowns. Askew also totaled six catches for 30 yards, giving him 20 catches for 200 yards on the season.