No upset here. No. 8 Michigan dominated in the second half to beat Purdue, 28-10, Saturday. The Wolverines improved to 4-0 by holding the Boilermakers to only 189 offensive yards.
Michigan starting QB Wilton Speight left with what looked like a head injury, but John O’Korn stepped in and was 18-for-26 for 270 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception in the win. On the ground, Chris Evans rushed for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 attempts.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh after Wolverines beat Purdue 28-10
How’s Wilton Speight doing?
“I don’t think it’s anything structural. I think it’s soft tissue. But we’ll find out more. He’s just working through something. I’ll let you know (where) when I have more information.”
On QB John O’Korn
“I thought John really played great. He was seeing things really good right from the time he came into the ballgame. He ran the offense well, made big plays. That throw he made to (Zach) Gentry, seam right down the middle. That was a big-time throw. He had others. I’m really proud of him. I’m proud of the whole team.”
On long drives
“We had a couple 80-some yard drives. They did that a few times, had to overcome some 15-yard penalties…They were getting tired, guys cramping. They dug deep today. John did a lot, making up some of those deficits from penalties, keep the team on the move.
On the defense dominating in the second half
Don (Brown) made some great adjustments at halftime…Third down, we pitched a shutout, I think 13-0 on third down defensively. That was huge. Give a lot of credit to Don Brown, his coaches and players. The players had to dig deep. It was a test.
What he learned from his team
“They can win in the late rounds. You never know quite what the character is for a team when it gets tough. That’s a great thing to learn about your ball club. Our guys dug deep and finished them off.”