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Dienhart: This is the Michigan we expected

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Today was all about Denard Robinson. That was good for Michigan. And that was bad for Purdue. You see, Robinson had something to prove on this day. The last time we saw the senior, he was throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble in an ugly 13-6 loss at Notre Dame that—truthfully—Michigan should have won. Today, Robinson looked like the Heisman contender everyone thought he would be before the season in a thoroughly dominating 44-13 win over Purdue that really wasn’t that close. Robinson ran 24 times for 235 yards, averaging a robust 9.8 yards per

Robinson, Michigan topple Purdue, 44-13, in Big Ten opener

Denard Robinson rushed for 235 yards and Fitzgerald Toussaint scored twice to help Michigan rout Purdue 44-13 on Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) have won three straight over Purdue. The Boilermakers (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) lost at home for only the second time since Oct. 1, 2011. It was a banner day for Robinson in his first game back from a dismal performance at Notre Dame. He had three runs of 35 or more yards, finished 8 of 15 for 105 yards, moved into fifth place on Michigan’s career rushing list, fourth on the school’s career passing

Clothes Call: Piping or no piping, Michigan?

We’re always interested in the latest fashion trends across the Big Ten, and it’s of particular interest every Saturday during the fall. On Saturday, one of our show producers noticed something rather interesting about Michigan’s uniform for its Big Ten opener at Purdue. As you can tell from the picture above, some Wolverines’ jerseys include maize piping on the back and others do not. It must be a mistake or a personal-preference thing, because there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to who has the piping and who doesn’t. For what it’s worth, the jersey looks better without

3rd quarter recap: Michigan 31, Purdue 10

Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Michigan now leads 31-10. The Wolverines rushed for 77 yards in the quarter. The Wolverines opened up the lead, 31-10, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 61-yard drive that ended when Brendan Gibbons made a 29-yard field goal. Michigan’s drive was highlighted by Denard Robinson’s 46-yard run. The Wolverines went to the air just one time during that series. [RELATED: Clothes Call: Piping or no piping, Michigan?] Michigan’s Robinson rushed for 69 yards in the quarter to put him over 150 yards for the game. Robinson has 153 total yards on the

2nd quarter recap: Michigan 28, Purdue 10

In the second quarter, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson stood out. He threw for 68 yards and one touchdown and ran for 20 yards and one touchdown, and the Wolverines now lead 28-10. The highlight of the quarter, however, came from Raymon Taylor, who picked off a pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown to give Michigan a 21-0 lead. The Boilermakers finally got on the board with 7:01 left in the second quarter, when Paul Griggs kicked a 40-yard field goal to make the score 21-3. Michigan added to its advantage when Robinson found Devin Gardner open for

1st quarter recap: Michigan 7, Purdue 0

Michigan’s defense shut down Purdue, allowing only eight yards of offense in the first quarter, and the Wolverines lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Michigan took the game’s first lead after Fitzgerald Toussaint pounded in a one-yard touchdown run on the last play of a 16-play, 78-yard drive. The Wolverines threw just three times during that march downfield. Michigan is poised to score with the ball at the Boilermakers’ 15-yard line to start the second quarter. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER | WATCH ON BTN2GO ] Here’s more from’s

Watch exclusive live pregame video from Purdue

Attention Boilermakers! BTN Field Pass on BTN2Go is coming to Purdue on Saturday. Field Pass is when BTN turns on a BTN TV camera one hour before kickoff at a selected Big Ten football game, and it let’s you see the home team’s football stadium and all that goes on before the game starts live on the Internet. This week, log on and see Ross-Ade Stadium at 3 p.m. ET, one hour before the Boilermakers and Wolverines kick it off on BTN/BTN2Go . Remember, TV viewers can also use our GameFinder page to find the game on your TV system. We’ve

Revsine's Numbers: Nebraska offense dials it up

This week’s college football slate is nothing short of phenomenal: Georgia-South Carolina, LSU-Florida, and West Virginia-Texas are among about a half dozen intriguing games. The Big Ten has its share of good ones, including a match-up of ranked teams in Columbus, as Nebraska visits Ohio State. It seems as good a place as any to jump into this week’s “Numbers.” I never would have thought this at the outset of the year, given their struggles down the stretch last season and my concerns about Taylor Martinez in the passing game, but I’m more and more convinced that the Huskers have

Dienhart: Q&A with Michigan OT Taylor Lewan

In many respects, Michigan’s season starts now. The 2-2 non-conference record? The ugly losses to Alabama and Notre Dame? Forget about them. Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is focused on the here and now. Big Ten play is starting for his Wolverines. It’s a new beginning—with new hope—for a program that shocked many by going 11-2 last year with a Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech. Lewan and the line must play a big role if Michigan hopes to win its first Big Ten crown since 2004. The 6-8, 309-pound junior is the anchor of a Michigan line that was

Week 6: We predict all five Big Ten games

Every week,’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After five weeks, it’s fans on top, at 41-11, while Tom is one game out and Brent sits two back. See our Week 6 predictions and choose your winners in this post. Listen to Dienhart on Wednesday night’s “#BTNLive”: SEASON RECORDS fans: 41-11; .788 Tom: 40-12; .769 Brent: 39-13; .750 [RELATED: Week 6 Power Rankings | Week 6 Player Rankings | Week