Purdue blows chance with 44-13 loss to Michigan

Associated Press Published: October 6, 2012
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But it wasn't just the numbers that impressed Michigan (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten).

Three of Robinson's runs went for more than 35 yards, he finished 8 of 15 for 105 yards through the air and for the first time this season was interception-free.

It doesn't get better than that, especially in a venue where Purdue had lost only one time since Oct. 1, 2011.

"When I stepped out there today, I said I want to be accountable. I'm going to do whatever it takes to win for Michigan," Robinson said. "That's what I did."

Michigan never gave Purdue a chance to make the statement they wanted to.

After the Wolverines defense forced a three-and-out on the game's first series, Robinson took the Wolverines on a methodical 17-play drive that burned nearly nine minutes and ended with Fitzgerald Toussaint's 1-yard scoring run to make it 7-0.

Four plays later, Robinson had the ball in his hands again. This time, he opened the series with a 38-yard run to the Purdue 25, and on the second play of the second quarter, Toussaint plunged in from 1 yard out to make it 14-0 — before the Boilermakers even had a first down.

And when Hope decided to go it for on fourth-and-1 from the Michigan 43, TerBush's pass was too high for O.J. Ross to haul in and cornerback Raymon Taylor picked it off and sprinted 63 yards to make it 21-0 less than 18 minutes into the game.

The Boilermakers and their fans were stunned.

Robinson hooked up with Devin Gardner on a 23-yard TD pass before halftime and then made sure his only big mistake — a botched handoff to Gardner that led to TerBush's 4-yard TD pass to Ross just before halftime to make it 28-1 — didn't cost the Wolverines too badly.

He set up one second-half field goal with a 46-yard run and another with a 59-yard run before breaking Randle El's record midway through the fourth quarter on one of the best days of his career.

"That's how I want to play now, just play relaxed and have fun," he said.

Michigan couldn't have asked for anything more from its star player.

"I'm sure it was good for (Robinson's) confidence," coach Brady Hoke said. "It probably is good for all of us to some degree. At the end of the day, I think he looked real comfortable. He was ready to play the game and it showed."