Sunday, October 14, 2007

Humbled.....Again

Purdue was blasted by the boys in maize and blue yesterday 48-21, and it was never really that close. Michigan dominated the Boilers in every phase of the game, even special teams. The final score could have been 60-7, had Lloyd Carr not called of the dogs for the entire 4th quarter. After two early losses to start the season, Michigan has righted the ship and is playing some damn good football.

TURNING POINT
After forcing Michigan to punt on their first possession, it looked like Purdue was off to a great start. That was until the ensuing punt hit gunner Terrell Vinson in the back and it was recovered by Michigan. Michigan punched it in 2 plays later on a 24 yard Henne touchdown pass to Manningham. Purdue never recovered.

AMAZING STATS
-Purdue turned the ball over four times. Michigan scored touchdowns after all of them.
-Purdue didn't get its 100th offensive yard until midway through the 3rd quarter.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
A masterful defensive play by defensive end Keyon Brown led to the only meaningful Purdue points of the day. As Henne dropped back to pass deep in his own territory, Keyon Brown came on a speed rush to the outside and stripped the ball from Henne's grasp. The fumble was recovered by Purdue and Purdue punched it in to tie the game 7-7.

QUOTE OF THE GAME
Coach Joe Tiller on staying positive in the face of consecutive embarrassing defeats, "But we have to be accountable, too," he said. "We can't just sweep things under the rug and pretend it never happened." I agree Joe. Let's start working on that gameplan for the Hawkeyes.

LOOKING AHEAD
Purdue's shot at redemption comes next week in the form of an up and down Iowa Hawkeye team. Iowa upset the #19 Fighting Zookers of Illinois this weekend 10-6, which ended their streak of 9 straight conference losses. Kirk Ferentz is sure earning that $2 million dollar paycheck these days.