Michigan, in its first game since a loss at Notre Dame two weeks, opened conference play at Purdue on Saturday looking refreshed and determined from the opening snap. The Wolverines set the tone early, building a 21-0 lead, including an interception returned for a touchdown, and the Boilermakers could never close the gap.
The Wolverines (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) won its conference opener, 44-13, before 50,105 at Ross-Ade Stadium. They have won nine of their last 10 games following a bye.
It was another record-setting day forMichigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who became the Big Ten’s all-time leading rusher as a quarterback, breaking the record set by formerIndianaquarterback Antwaan Randle El (3,895).
Robinson had 235 yards rushing and now has 3,905 for his career.
Michigan had contributions from a number of players, though, in the victory. Brendan Gibbons had three field goals, Fitz Toussaint scored two rushing touchdowns, Devin Gardner had a touchdown catch, Thomas Rawls added a late rushing score, and Raymon Taylor scored on an interception return.