October 6, 2012

U-M 44, Purdue 13: Notes, quotes & observations

It was a blast from the past, both recent and distant. Michigan's 44-13 win over Purdue included a combination of a several of the winning ingredients from its storied history, spanning three or four different coaching staffs.

Michigan play-by-play man Frank Beckmann noted at halftime (with the Wolverines sporting a 28-10 lead) that the first half felt like watching a Bo Schembechler team. The offense ran on its first five plays after forcing a three-and-out, kept the passing game simple and ran some more on first and second downs, reminiscent of a Lloyd Carr squad. They played it closer to the vest on offense after a six-turnover game in a seven-point loss at Notre Dame as head coach Brady Hoke indicated they might in response to questions he'd possibly rely more on his running game.

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