Posted by Tom Fornelli
Things started out well enough for the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday morning. A defense that has been much maligned all season started the game off by forcing a fumble from Purdue running back Dan Dierking, which was scooped up by Cameron Gordon and taken 58 yards for a touchdown. Michigan's offense would get in on the fun a few minutes later when Denard Robinson hit Roy Roundtree for a 9-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Since then? Well, the Wolverines have gotten sloppy and made some questionable decisions.
The Wolverines have turned the ball over three times in the first half, which have led to all of Purdue's points. The biggest one came when Denard Robinson had the Wolverines in the red zone and made a bad pass into coverage that was picked off by Ricardo Allen and taken back 94 yards for a touchdown to make the game 14-10.
Then Rich Rodriguez decided he wanted to get in on the questionable decisions.
Purdue had driven into Michigan territory during the second quarter and faced a third down. The Boilers then threw an incomplete pass -- that was nearly intercepted -- but a flag was thrown on the play for holding. Rodriguez could have accepted the penalty and pushed the Boilermakers back another ten yards, which would have pushed them out of field goal range.
Instead Rodriguez declined the penalty, and Carson Wiggs booted a 46-yard field goal to cut Michigan's lead to 14-13.
So, yes, Michigan still has the lead at halftime, but they hold it in spite of themselves.