Links: Purdue, Michigan's next opponent, rides explosive offense to win
Denard Robinson must have liked what he saw.
While Michigan (2-2) was off this weekend, its next opponent -- Purdue -- was in action against Marshall. The Boilermakers scored 51 points and earned the win, but their defense also was shredded for 41 points and 534 yards -- 439 of which came through the air.
It wasn't pretty, but Purdue deserves credit for avoiding becoming the latest Big Ten team to suffer a bad nonconference loss. It sits at 3-1 heading into league play, with its lone loss a 20-17 setback against Notre Dame.
The Boilermakers seem to have found their quarterback, too. They entered the season with two in Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush, but Marve is out for the season with a torn ACL.
TerBush seemed capable of guiding the offense himself, finishing with 294 yards passing and four touchdowns against Marshall.
A look at some of the coverage from Purdue's win against Marshall:
-- It wasn't always pretty, but Purdue did enough to avoid disaster. The Boilermakers' experience makes them a Big Ten contender, writes the Journal & Courier's Mike Carmin.
-- Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush knew he had to play well to help the Boilermakers keep pace with Marshall's top-ranked passing offense. He didn't disappoint, completing 27-of-37 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. The Boilermakers now are averaging 262.0 passing yards per game, presenting perhaps the stiffest aerial challenge Michigan has faced this season.
-- Purdue's offense was highly effective against Marshall. Its defense was another story, and the Boilermakers were fortunate to escape with a win, ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg writes.
-- One defensive standout for Purdue was senior Kawann Short, one of the Big Ten's finest defensive tackles. He blocked a field goal, forced a fumble and had three tackles for loss. Short will pose a significant challenge for Michigan's offensive line, which has struggled this year.
-- The Purdue defense had a rough day containing Marshall, but came up with plays when it mattered most.
-- Purdue avoided a bad nonconference loss for the first time in the Danny Hope era.