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Kerrigan shines in loss

Ryan Kerrigan didn't care to talk about his record-setting performance.

Kerrigan forced a pair of fumbles, the second of which gave him 14 for his career and set a Big Ten record, but all he was concerned about was the outcome.

Purdue lost its fourth straight game, 27-16 to Michigan, despite an impressive performance by the defense.

"Right now, (the record) doesn't mean a whole lot because it's a tough loss," Kerrigan said. "We fought so hard (Saturday) like we have the last couple weeks and came up short."

Kerrigan may have been the best player on the field Saturday -- and that includes Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

Kerrigan had 10 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery to spark Purdue's defense. The Boilermakers held Michigan to only three offensive touchdowns. The Wolverines averaged nearly 39 points on the season entering the game.

"I'm really proud of how our defense played, especially our defensive backs," Kerrigan said. "For being such a young group, they really played well, a couple pick. The first pick six we've probably had in three years. As a defense, I think we played very well."

Kerrigan said he was able to have some success in part because of that solid play in the secondary. He attributed two of his sacks to that coverage.

But it wasn't the only reason.

"I saw a lot of one-on-ones," said Kerrigan, who typically is double-teammed. "I know they were chipping Gerald Gooden a lot. That's what our job is – we've got to win one-on-one matchups."

Kerrigan's four sacks tied a team single-game record with two players (Tom Kingsbury, Rob Ninkovich) and his sacks moved him into third place all-time with 32.5.

"He's played at an All-American level all year," coach Danny Hope said. "He played a great game."