Michigan headed to West Lafayette on Saturday for their first true road game of the season against the Purdue Boilermakers. Wilton Speight went down with an injury early, leaving John O’Korn to make a good impression for himself as the starting quarterback. Michigan was able to pull away in the second half, winning 28-10. Here are some takeaways from the game.
John O’Korn stepped up
When Wilton Speight went down in the first quarter with an undisclosed injury, head coach Jim Harbaugh sent out the Houston transfer John O’Korn. O’Korn responded with an impressive performance, throwing for 270 yards and a touchdown. He proved he is more than capable of running this offense, and may very well be named the starter for the Michigan State game. John’s one mistake was an interception thrown off the hands of his intended receiver, which wasn’t even really his fault. I’ll be extremely surprised if O’Korn isn’t named the starter, regardless of Speight’s status.
The defense has continued its domination
Purdue’s high powered offense was a concern coming into this game, but Michigan continued to display its true lockdown defense. Elijah Sindelar and David Blough were constantly pressured and essentially abused by the Wolverines’ defense. The Boilermakers were held to just 189 yards of offense on the afternoon. At one point Purdue had five straight three and outs, proving again that Michigan’s young defense is a legitimate top five unit. Devin Bush led the way again, with five tackles and a sack. He continues to demonstrate his incredible speed to the ball. Where ever the ball goes, Bush just always seems to be in the area. Defensive end Chase Winovich also had a great game, adding three sacks to the stat sheet. Expect the Wolverines’ defense to play like this week in and week out.
Chris Evans finally found some space
Running back Chris Evans had his first breakout game of the season and looked much like the Chris Evans we saw last season. He rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns, and also tallied 28 receiving yards. Evans displayed his breakaway speed on a 49 yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. After it seemed almost positive that Ty Isaac would be the leading ball carrier, Evans showed he may be the better option. If he continues to find holes and run for long touchdowns, I expect him to be the majority back for this offense.
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