The contest started out with great promise as Gary Bush found his way through the middle of the UM defense after a short pass from TerBush...48 yards later, Purdue would be up 7-0. That point 1.5 minutes into the game was the high point for our Boilers.
|Bush's TD was the bright spot in a gloomy day for the Boilers|
8 Wolverines gashed Purdue for 6.4 yards per carry. Hope and company decided early to try to contain Robinson on the ground, and UM's running backs responded by looking like they had another gear that the Purdue defense didn't have. Robinson, who was completing just over 50% of his passes on the day was hitting his receivers in the numbers and completed nearly 65% of his passes when he was pulled in the fourth quarter.
It wasn't all bad for the Purdue defense though, because they stiffened up a few times in the redzone to hold Michigan to a field goal and later to keep their effective rushing game out of the endzone from the half-yard line.
Purdue didn't threaten to score again until UM had a lead of 36-7 in the early fourth quarter. And on that play, after a timeout and Purdue on the two yard line, Bolden and Pegram ran into each other, busting up the play and forcing TerBush to keep it...he valiantly tried to get into the endzone, but was stopped on the one.
Undisciplined play absolutely killed Purdue, yet again. Costly penalties hurt our Boilers time and time again...they ended the game with 8 penalties for 86 yards...and because of that Purdue will probably stay in the cellar in this category.
Emotion and effort really have not been a problem for Hope teams, and today was no exception. There were a ton of plays that ended with the camera on Purdue and UM players (usually Johnson and Allen v. a UM receiver) locked in hand-to-hand combat after the whistle. Perhaps my favorite was Allen ripping Roundtree's jersey as wrestled him to the ground in a conflict that had nothing to do with the play.
And that was kind of the deal on the day- Purdue's execution, especially when it was really needed was atrocious. Conversely, UM shored-up the issues that had been exposed v. MSU following their bye week...and played soundly all game.
Michigan seemed to want to test Purdue physically in the trenches and Purdue failed as they looked pensive, slow and soft when popped in the mouth. The end result was a sound defeat for Hope's squad, 36-14...but it felt much worse than that score.
It gets much more physical next week as the good guys head to one of the hardest venues in America to play one of the best teams in the land, Wisconsin.