By PHILLIP LUTZ, Sports Editor
The Wolverine football team dominated the Purdue Boilermakers Saturday, winning 28-10 despite the loss of quarterback Wilton Speight.
Coach Jim Harbaugh had his team ready for a test Saturday as his Wolverines traveled to West Lafayette, Ind. to play the surging Boilermakers. Early on, his team faced adversity when quarterback Wilton Speight left the game with an apparent injury.
Speight walked off the field under his own power in the first quarter. He was taken to a nearby facility to have an x-ray done because Ross-Ade Stadium does not have x-ray facilities.
Quarterback John O’Korn was called upon to lead the Michigan offense, and he had a career day as a Wolverine against the Boilermakers and his former Houston coach Tony Levine.
O’Korn completed 18 passes on 26 attempts for 270 yards and a touchdown. Harbaugh said after the game, “I thought John (O’Korn) really played great. He ran the offense well, made big plays.”
Chris Evans had a big game on the ground with 14 rushing attempts for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. One of the touchdown runs was for 49 yards. Ty Isaac had 10 rushes for 20 yards and a touchdown.
Michigan tight ends finally got some attention with three tight ends catching the ball. Sean McKeon had 5 receptions for 82 yards, Zach Gentry had 3 receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown and Nate Schoenle snagged 2 passes for 29 yards.
The Wolverine defense would not be outdone as they kept Purdue to 0 points in the second half. Defensive end Chase Winovich had 6 solo tackles and 3 sacks for a total of 24 lost yards.
It seemed that linebacker Devin Bush was involved in almost every play on the field as he racked up 5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, and 1 sack for a 4 yard loss. Defensive captain Mike McCray contributed with 3 solo tackles and assisted on one tackle. The defense kept the Wolverines in the game until the offense was finally scoring points.
Harbaugh praised defensive coordinator Don Brown after another strong defensive showing.
“Don (Brown) made some great adjustments at halftime,” Harbaugh said. “Third down, we pitched a shutout, I think 13-0 on third down defensively. That was huge. The players had to dig deep.”
The Michigan defense ranks No.1 nationally through the first four weeks of the season with 203.3 yards allowed per game.
After the game, Harbaugh said Wilton Speight had a soft tissue injury and nothing structural he believed. This gives the fans speculation on who the quarterback will be when Michigan State comes to the Big House on Oct. 7 following the Wolverines’ bye week.