Michigan 42

(2-7, 1-4 Big Ten)

Purdue 48

(3-6, 1-4 Big Ten)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, November 1, 2008

Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MICH 14 14 0 1442
PUR 14 7 14 1348

Top Performers

Passing: J. Siller (PUR) - 266 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: B. Minor (MICH) - 24 CAR, 155 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: G. Orton (PUR) - 8 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Purdue wins, ending Michigan's 33-year bowl appearance streak

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue's Justin Siller and Greg Orton helped toss out Michigan's generations-long streaks of success.

Falling Off Track

By losing to Purdue and falling to 2-7, Michigan has a losing record for the first time since the 1967 season. The Wolverines' 40-year streak without a losing record was tied for the fourth-longest in history.

Most Consecutive Non-Losing
Seasons All-Time
49 Penn State 1939-87
42 Nebraska 1962-03
42 Notre Dame 1889-32
40 Michigan 1968-07*
40 Texas 1893-32
* -- Streak snapped Saturday

Siller passed for three touchdowns and ran for another in his first career start, and Orton lateraled to Desmond Tardy after a catch for the final score with 26 seconds left in the Boilermakers' 48-42 victory over slumping Michigan on Saturday.

Michigan's first losing season since 1967 ended any possibility the Wolverines had to extend their streak of 33 straight bowl appearances.

"I'm going to keep going back to work. What do you want me to say?" first-year coach Rich Rodriguez said.

"We're going to get up, go through the same routine. We're going to get up, work tomorrow, try to get better," he said "You want to look at the finality of it all? I've been here nine, 10 months. We've had great tradition; we still have great tradition, and we're going to try to do all we can to uphold it. But right now, we're not going to a bowl."

Michigan (2-7, 1-4), which has lost five in a row, tied the game at 42 with 1:20 to go on the third touchdown run by Brandon Minor.

Fast Facts

• With the loss, Michigan guaranteed its first losing season since 1967, snapping a 40-year streak. The nation's longest active bowl streak (33) is also over.

• Before Saturday, Purdue had never scored more than 37 points against Michigan.

• The win was Purdue's first against Michigan since 2000, snapping a five-game losing streak.

• Brandon Minor had 154 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort for the Wolverines, who tied a program record with their seventh loss.

-- ESPN research

But Siller quickly passed 18 yards to Keith Smith and 20 yards to Tardy, taking Purdue to the Michigan 35. After a 3-yard run by Siller, he passed 4 yards to Orton, who flipped the ball to Tardy for the go-ahead score.

"I usually line up at outside receiver," Tardy said. "But on this drive the coaches had me line up inside. Justin made a great throw, and there was a good pitch and catch, and I was lucky enough to get around the edge."

Purdue (3-6, 1-4 Big Ten) snapped a five-game losing streak and kept alive its chances for an 11th bowl bid in retiring coach Joe Tiller's 12th season.

"It was a great play call, first of all," Siller said of the game-winner. "G.O. caught the pass, gave a great pitch to Des and Des took it the rest of the way."

Michigan's desperation heave into the end zone with no time remaining fell harmlessly to the turf, sending the Wolverines to a school-record seventh loss.

The Wolverines, 0-3 on the road, finish at No. 20 Minnesota, at home against Northwestern and at No. 13 Ohio State. The Boilermakers, who need to win out to become bowl-eligible, play at No. 22 Michigan State and Iowa and finish at home against Indiana.

Orton also had a touchdown reception. Kory Sheets, who rushed for three touchdowns, had the third TD catch from Siller, who finished 21-of-34 for 266 yards passing.

Sheets rushed for 118 yards, and his four touchdowns tied his career high with the Boilermakers. It also was the most points by Purdue and the most combined points in the 54-game series with Michigan.

Tiller, who will be succeeded by associate coach Danny Hope next season, finished 2-6 against Michigan. His only other win over the Wolverines was 32-31 in 2000, the year Drew Brees led the Boilermakers to the Rose Bowl, when Travis Dorsch kicked a 33-yeard field goal with 4 seconds to go.

This time, Siller was the difference-maker.

"He played an outstanding game," Tiller said. "He did a nice job protecting the ball. I liked the decisions he made. I really liked his composure, and of course he brings an element of athleticism to the position that otherwise we don't have."

Siller, a 220-pound sophomore used primarily before as Sheets' backup at running back, ran for 77 yards on 15 carries Saturday, which was no surprise to Rodriguez.

The Wolverines expected Siller to be "just like he was today, that he'd run around and make plays," Rodriguez said. "We didn't do a good job keeping him contained, and we didn't do a good job of tackling him, and he made some plays."

Siller, a third-stringer until backup Joey Elliott had a season-ending shoulder separation two weeks ago and Painter went down with a similar injury last week, twice rallied the Boilermakers from 14-point deficits. Sheets' second touchdown run, a 3-yarder late in the second quarter, pulled Purdue within 28-21 at halftime, then a 35-yard pass to Orton set up Siller's 7-yard pass to Sheets that tied the game at 28 early in the third quarter.

The game was tied again at 35 after a 5-yard run by Sheets late in the third quarter and a 12-yard run by Minor early in the fourth quarter. Midway through the period, Purdue linebacker Anthony Heygood took the snap on a fake punt and ran 61 yards to the Michigan 7, and three plays later Siller hit Orton from 4 yards out for a 42-35 lead.

Minor's third TD run from 1 yard out tied the game for the final time.

Michigan also got two touchdown passes from Steven Threet and a 73-yard punt return for freshman Martavious Odoms' first career TD.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1525
Total Yards300522
3rd Down Conversions5-138-17
4th Down Conversions1-12-2

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Scoring Summary

TD12:13Brandon Minor 45 Yd Run (K.C. Lopata Kick) 70
TD09:56Martavious Odoms 73 Yd Punt Return (K.C. Lopata Kick) 140
TD05:42Kory Sheets 2 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 147
TD01:06Justin Siller 10 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 1414
TD12:28Laterryal Savoy 11 Yd Pass From Steven Threet (K.C. Lopata Kick) 2114
TD05:29Darryl Stonum 51 Yd Pass From Steven Threet (K.C. Lopata Kick) 2814
TD00:35Kory Sheets 3 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 2821
TD10:21Kory Sheets 7 Yd Pass From Justin Siller (Carson Wiggs Kick) 2828
TD00:04Kory Sheets 5 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 2835
TD12:19Brandon Minor 12 Yd Run (K.C. Lopata Kick) 3535
TD07:14Greg Orton 4 Yd Pass From Justin Siller (Carson Wiggs Kick) 3542
TD01:20Brandon Minor 1 Yd Run (K.C. Lopata Kick) 4242
TD00:26Desmond Tardy 28 Yd Pass From Justin Siller (Pat Blocked) 4248