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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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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.

That was just the start of Purdue's dismal day.

When Purdue coach Danny Hope decided to go it for on fourth-and-1 from the Michigan 43, Caleb 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.

"We got beat by a good football team that played very well and we're a good football team that didn't play very well," Hope said.

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 wind up costing 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. "I've just got to go out there and have fun with it."

TerBush wound up 16 of 25 for 105 yards with one TD and one interception and, after apparently hitting his hand on a helmet, was relieved by Robert Marve late in the third quarter. Marve, playing through a torn anterior cruciate ligament that he injured Sept. 8, was 5 of 8 for 43 yards with one interception.

But it was Robinson who stole the show.

"I'm sure it was good for (Robinson's) confidence," 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."