The No. 8 Michigan Wolverines (4-0) escaped another close game on Saturday, beating the Purdue Boilermakers (2-2) 28-10 in their first Big Ten game of the year.
John O’Korn threw for 270 yards and a touchdown after replacing an injured Wilton Speight in the first quarter. Chris Evans led the team with 97 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Sean McKeon had five receptions and 82 yards, both of which were career highs for the sophomore tight end.
After the teams held each other to no points in the first quarter, John O’Korn led the Wolverines 84 yards down the field for a touchdown on his first drive. However, the Boilermakers answered right back with a touchdown of their own on quarterback Elijiah Sindelar’s first drive of the game.
On Michigan’s next drive, a pass by O’Korn deflected off of receiver Grant Perry and was picked off by Purdue. The Boilermakers would score a field goal on their next drive to make it 10-7. It was a lead they would take into halftime.
After going three and out and losing a fumble on their first two drives of the second half, the Wolverines took the lead back on a 10-yard run by Chris Evans, his first touchdown of the season, to make it 14-10.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the maize and blue marched 65 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-10. They added another touchdown on their next drive courtesy of a 49-yard touchdown by Chris Evans.
After getting thrown off by Purdue’s misdirection in the first half, the Michigan defense would tighten up in the second half. Over the course of the game, the unit allowed just 30 rushing yards on 20 carries and allowed just 15 total yards in the second half.
The Wolverines will take next week off before heading back home to face the Michigan State Spartans on Oct. 7.