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Big Ten Conference Championship: Michigan 43, Purdue 22

By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS - Donovan Edwards ran for 185 yards and a score, J.J. McCarthy threw three touchdown passes and No. 2 Michigan beat Purdue 43-22 for its second straight Big Ten title and a likely No. 2 playoff seed.

College football's winningest program has the first 13-win season in school history. Two more victories would give the Wolverines (13-0, No. 2 CFP) their first national championship since 1997.

And with injured star Blake Corum sidelined by a season-ending left knee injury, Edwards stole the show for the second straight week.

After shredding rival Ohio State for 216 yards and two scores last week, Edwards broke open this game with a 60-yard on the first play of the second half to set up one score. He added a 27-yard TD sprint on Michigan's next series to make it 28-13.

Purdue (8-5) never recovered from Michigan's quick, seven-play onslaught after it trailed 14-13 at halftime.

But quarterback Aidan O'Connell and receiver Charlie Jones helped the Boilermakers make it interesting for a while.

O'Connell was 32 of 47 with 366 yards and two interceptions after missing some practice time early this week to mourn the death of his oldest brother. Jones, who lost to Michigan in last year's game while playing for Iowa, had 13 receptions for 162 yards.

It just wasn't enough.

Michigan showed no signs of a hangover after last week's rout over the Buckeyes, taking a 7-0 lead on its opening possession with a 25-yard TD pass from J.J. McCarthy to Colston Loveland.

Purdue answered with Devin Mockobee's 1-yard scoring run to tie the score then took the lead on Mitchell Fineran's 33-yard field goal.

Michigan answered by taking advantage of an offside call on fourth-and-6 by going for the first down, picking it up and eventually converting the drive into a 7-yard TD pass from McCarthy to Luke Schoonmaker. They never trailed again.

Edwards big run set up Kalel Mullings' 1-yard TD plunge before Edwards celebrated his own scoring run.

All Purdue could muster was three more field goals.

McCarthy was 11 of 17 with 161 yards and one interception.

Corum posted a message on Twitter on Saturday morning to say his knee surgery went well.

THE TAKEAWAY

Purdue: The Boilermakers' magical season ended with a solid showing in the championship game where they played better than most expected. Still, they won the Big Ten's wild, wild West, both trophy games and should be bound for a warm-weather bowl game.

Michigan: Yes, the Wolverines may have already locked up a top-two seed thanks to losses by Southern Cal and TCU. Michigan now has back-to-back conference crowns for the first time since 2003-04 though the hard part remains — ending its national title drought.

DIALING UP TRICKERY

Brohm played one season in the now defunct XFL and has acknowledged that experience helped him understand how to inject personality and creativity into play calling. It was on full display Saturday.

A surprise end around set up Purdue's first score, a fake punt helped keep its second scoring drive alive and then Mockobee sprinted 25 yards on a fake flea-flicker in the third quarter.

December 3, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PurdueMich
Mich TD 9:11 Colston Loveland 25 yard TD pass from J.J. McCarthy (Jake Moody Extra Point) 0 7
Purdue TD 4:13 Devin Mockobee 1 yard TD run (Mitchell Fineran Extra Point) 7 7
Second Quarter PurdueMich
Purdue FG 13:39 Mitchell Fineran 33 yard field goal 10 7
Mich TD 7:05 Luke Schoonmaker 7 yard TD pass from J.J. McCarthy (Jake Moody Extra Point) 10 14
Purdue FG 1:23 Mitchell Fineran 45 yard field goal 13 14
Third Quarter PurdueMich
Mich TD 12:25 Kalel Mullings 1 yard TD run (Jake Moody Extra Point) 13 21
Mich TD 10:32 Donovan Edwards 27 yard TD run (Jake Moody Extra Point) 13 28
Purdue FG 3:37 Mitchell Fineran 43 yard field goal 16 28
Fourth Quarter PurdueMich
Purdue FG 12:37 Mitchell Fineran 27 yard field goal 19 28
Mich TD 9:06 Ronnie Bell 17 yard TD pass from J.J. McCarthy (Luke Schoonmaker 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 19 36
Purdue FG 5:07 Mitchell Fineran 32 yard field goal 22 36
Mich TD 1:22 Kalel Mullings 3 yard TD run (Jake Moody Extra Point) 22 43
Team Stats
  Purdue Michigan
First downs 27 17
  Rushing 8 8
  Passing 18 8
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 9-18, 50% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 37-90 38-225
Passing Yards 366 161
Return Yards 32 25
Completions-Attempts-Int 32-47-2 11-17-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-29 0-0
Punts 2 4
Fumbles Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-38 3-25
Purdue Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. O'Connell 32 47 366 0 2
Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. McCarthy 11 17 161 3 1
Purdue Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Mockobee 17 71 4.2 1
T. Tracy 2 25 12.5 0
D. Downing 6 15 2.5 0
T. Sheffield 1 5 5.0 0
P. Durham 1 4 4.0 0
C. Jones 2 3 1.5 0
K. Lewis 2 3 1.5 0
A. O'Connell 6 -36 -6.0 0
Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Edwards 25 185 7.4 1
K. Mullings 8 26 3.3 2
J. McCarthy 5 14 2.8 0
Purdue Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Jones 13 162 12.5 0
T. Sheffield 4 54 13.5 0
M. Rice 4 46 11.5 0
D. Mockobee 6 31 5.2 0
P. Piferi 1 26 26.0 0
A. Sowinski 1 24 24.0 0
D. Downing 1 13 13.0 0
P. Durham 2 10 5.0 0
Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Bell 5 67 13.4 1
L. Schoonmaker 3 56 18.7 1
C. Loveland 1 25 25.0 1
C. Johnson 1 9 9.0 0
D. Edwards 1 4 4.0 0
Purdue Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Brown 1 0
Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
W. Johnson 2 0
Purdue Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Ansell 2 85 42.5
Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Robbins 4 164 41.0
Purdue Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Jones 1 0 0
Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Henning 1 1 1.0
Purdue Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Downing 1 14 14.0
K. Lewis 1 18 18.0
Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Selzer 1 0 0
R. Wilson 1 24 24.0
Purdue Missed FG
Player Length
Michigan Missed FG
Player Length




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