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College football preview: Michigan at Purdue

When: 4 p.m. today

Where: Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500/grass), West Lafayette

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1380 AM, 92.7 FM

Records: Purdue 3-1, 0-0 Big Ten; Michigan 2-2, 0-0

Line: Michigan by 3

Series: Michigan leads 43-14

On the web: For a video preview, go to “Boiling Point” at


Offensive statistics

Points per game: 42.5 (13th in NCAA)

Yards per game: 463.5 (38th)

Passing yards per game: 262 (43rd)

Rushing yards per game: 201.5 (32nd)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 20.8 (39th)

Yards per game: 354.5 (43rd)

Passing yards per game: 248 (81st)

Rushing yards per game: 106.5 (23rd)


Top 3 offensive players: QB Caleb TerBush, QB, 531 passing yards, 7 TDs, 4 INTs; RB Akeem Shavers 240 yards, 3 TDs; WR Antavian Edison 24 catches, 285 yards, 5 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: DT Kawann Short, DT, 9 tackles, 4 sacks; LB Will Lucas 25 tackles; CB Ricardo Allen 16 tackles, 1 INT

Keys to victory: The defense will have to contain quarterback Denard Robinson but also watch running back Fitzgerald Toussaint.

Injury: QB Robert Marve (knee), RB Ralph Bolden (knee) questionable


Offensive statistics

Points per game: 28.5 (59th)

Yards per game: 393.8 (74th)

Passing yards per game: 209.2 (89th)

Rushing yards per game: 184.5 (45th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 23 (53rd)

Yards per game: 336.5 (32nd)

Passing yards per game: 154.5 (9th)

Rushing yards per game: 182 (88th)


Top 3 offensive players: QB Denard Robinson, 837 passing yards, 6 TDs, 441 rushing yards, 4 TDs; WR Devin Gardner, 195 receiving yards, 3 TDs; RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, 150 rushing yards, 1 TD

Top 3 defensive players: SS Jordan Kovacs, 30 tackles; FS Thomas Gordon, 28 tackles, 1 INT; LB Jake Ryan, 25 tackles

Key to victory: Robinson has eight interceptions, four coming against Notre Dame. He will have to have a clean day against a Purdue defense that has made opponents pay for mistakes.

Injury: DL Nathan Brink (undisclosed) out

– LaMond Pope, The Journal Gazette