Denard Robinson led the way with 345 total yards as he passed Antwaan Randle El to become the Big Ten‘s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks.
The defense also played a major role in the win forcing four turnovers and holding the Boilermakers to a paltry 213 yards of total offense.
Here are three observations from the Maize and Blue’s big win over Purdue:
1. The Offensive Line Is Improving
Michigan’s O-line was excellent in the second half against Notre Dame two weeks ago and continued their stellar play against the Boilermakers, opening up a plethora of holes for Robinson who scampered for 235 yards on the day. ‘Shoelace’ also had plenty of time to survey the field and was not sacked once in what was an encouraging display by the front five.
2. The Defense Looks Legit
The defense was a question mark at the beginning of the season but Greg Mattison‘s troops have dug in and refused to give an inch in the last three games. Jake Ryan is playing at an all-Big Ten level and his fellow linebackers have followed suit, while Raymon Taylor has filled in quite nicely for the injured Blake Countess. The defensive line continues to get better every week and suddenly Michigan looks solid on both sides of the ball.
3. Brady Hoke Needs To Shake Things Up At Running Back
Fitzgerald Toussaint has been a shadow of his former self and could only muster 19 yards on 17 carries on Saturday. Toussaint was ineffective for large chunks of the contest and has failed to eclipse the 100-yard mark in a game this season. Hoke might want to turn to Thomas Rawls this coming Saturday against the Illinois Fighting Illini and give the struggling Toussaint something to think about ahead of the showdown with the Michigan State Spartans on October 20.
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