Michigan played a solid first half against Purdue and holds a 28-10 lead in the Big Ten opener, but a late turnover by the Wolverines was their only glaring error.
Purdue converted on the fumble during a handoff exchange between quarterback Denard Robinson and tailback Vincent Smith, which the Boildermakers recovered at the U-M 36-yard line. They scored on a four-yard pass from Caleb TerBush to O.J. Ross with 10 seconds left in the half.
Overall, though, the Wolverines played near-flawless football in their first game since a loss at Notre Dame two weeks ago.
Fitz Toussaint has two rushing touchdowns, Devin Gardner scored on a pass from Robinson, and cornerback Raymon Taylor returned an interception for a score.
Robinson has been steady and poised. He directed a 17-play, 78-yard opening drive for the Wolverines that gave them their first points of the game.
Michigan has 200 yards in the first half, including Robinson’s 84 rushing yards. He is 6-of-8 for 86 yards passing.
The Michigan defense has been sound, opening the game with consecutive three-and-out stops. Purdue has 113 yards, including 24 rushing.