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Takeaways from Michigan’s 28-10 win over Purdue

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Plenty to talk about.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Purdue Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan beat Purdue 28-10 a short time ago, and there’s plenty to talk about. As always, we give you the key takeaways from the game.

Takeaways

Wilton Speight injury was a bummer

The pass rush of Purdue was coming fast and furious in the first quarter, and knocked Wilton Speight out of the game. Speight has a soft tissue injury and it remains to be seen how long he will be out.

John freaking O’Korn

Anytime a backup quarterback comes in there’s a sense of inevitable doom, but not today. John O’Korn balled out. He commanded the offense at an impressive degree, throwing countless accurate throws on a line. His mobility was evident when pressured by the Purdue defense, buying time and finding open receivers someway, somehow. O’Korn was 18-26 for 270 yards with 1 touchdown and an interception.

Michigan’s run game wore Purdue down

It wasn’t always pretty, a lot of gains went for next to nothing, but they had the desired effect by the second half. A couple big touchdown runs unfolded, both by Chris Evans. On the day, Evans rushed for 97 yards on only 14 carries.

The defense continues to impress, endurance was impressive

Flying sideline to sideline and amassing high sack totals have become a weekly them for the Michigan defense, today was no different. What was different today was the 90 plus degree temperature, the defense seemed unscathed and could have played 8 quarters if need be. Chase Winovich was a monster, recording 3 sacks and 4 tackles for loss. Devin Bush had 6 total tackles and a sack, but beyond the numbers his day was really something to behold.

Play-calling was fine

The flow of this game wasn’t like that of a normal college Saturday, this seemed like an NFL game. With it, a more NFL type flow of play-calling ensued. I checked in on the twitter-verse, and many weren’t happy with the plays during half one. I disagree. The runs early on that seemed pointless because they weren’t gaining yards had a lasting impact later on. And the play-calling also allowed for John O’Korn to throw for an abundance of opportunities to put the game square on his shoulders. I thought this was the best game of play-calling yet this season.

Tight Ends finally appear

I believe Michigan was waiting for this tilt to unleash their tight ends, and unleash them they did. Sean McKeon had 5 receptions for 82 yards, Zach Gentry had 3 grabs for 48 yards and a score, and Nate Schoenle hauled in two passes for 29 yards. The Michigan offense will rely more on their tight ends in upcoming matchups. They showed today that they can be major factors in the passing game.