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Robinson leads Wolverines past Boilermakers 44-13

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm •  Published: October 6, 2012
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Michigan's Denard Robinson made no apologies for his play Saturday.

He didn't have to.

After spending the past two weeks reviewing film and contemplating corrections, the senior quarterback returned to his old, demanding style. He ran 24 times for 235 yards, threw one touchdown pass and no interceptions and, most important, led the Wolverines to a 44-13 rout at Purdue on Saturday afternoon.

"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, wearing a camouflage T-shirt with the words "Road Warriors 133." ''That's what I did."

Saturday's celebration stood in stark contrast to the one Michigan fans witnessed after that 13-6 loss at Notre Dame.

Back then, a frustrated, angry Robinson was too busy blaming himself for five first-half turnovers to figure out what went wrong.

Yes, having a bye week before the Wolverines' Big Ten opener made the disgust linger a little longer, but it also gave Robinson some extra time to figure out solutions. By the time he jogged onto the field at West Lafayette, all Robinson wanted to do was atone for his previous mistakes.

Robinson made sure of it with his sharp, efficient play and all those big plays that turned this game into yet another milestone performance.

On Saturday, Robinson broke the Big Ten's career record for yards rushing among quarterbacks (3,905), moving past Indiana's Antwaan Randle El (3,895). He moved into fifth place on the NCAA's career rushing list for quarterbacks, breaking a tie with Kent State's Josh Cribbs. He passed Todd Collins for fourth on the Wolverines' career list for yards passing (5,873) and moved past Chris Perry and Butch Woolfolk and into fifth on the school's career rushing list.

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 you're playing on the road, controlling the football and running the football has got to be a big part of your mindset," coach Brady Hoke said. "As coaches, we wanted to run the football, wanted to get him established."

The Boilermakers (3-2, 0-1) thought Saturday's game would be a chance to re-emerge as a major player on the national stage.

Michigan never gave them a chance.

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