Boilermakers Stun No. 9 Michigan, 9-3
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --
Rick Trefzger threw a tie-breaking five-yard touchdown pass to
Brian Alford with 7:20 left as Purdue stunned number nine
Michigan, 9-3, on Nov. 9, throwing a wrench into the Wolverines' Big Ten
Michigan (7-2, 4-2) still has a shot at the Big Ten title, which
Ohio State can clinch with a win next Saturday against a weak
Purdue (3-6, 2-4) gave departing coach Jim Colletto, who
announced this week that he was resigning effective at the end
of the season, his first win against Michigan in six tries. Also
this week, Michigan gave coach Lloyd Carr an extension through
the year 2000.
"This game was not for the coaches, it was for them, the
players," Colletto said. "You've got to start someplace. I
told the kids before the game to remember when they were eight
years old and playing on Saturday afternoon and tearing their
jeans. Enjoy it."
It was Purdue's first win over Michigan in 10 games since a
31-29 triumph on November 3rd, 1984, and their first over a
top-10 team since edging then-number two Ohio State 28-23 on
October 6th of the same season.
Trefzger was 20-of-30 for 170 yards and was not intercepted. He
passed Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Bob Griese for sixth place on
the school's all-time list with 4,158 passing yards.
"I've been here for five years and this is the greatest feeling
I've ever had," Trefzger said. "Both sides of the ball played
really well. When players had to make plays, we made them.
Alford caught the touchdown pass and that was big."
The winning drive was set up when linebacker Chris Koeppen
sacked Scott Dreisbach and recovered his fumble at the Michigan
33. Ed Watson, who finished with 45 yards on 17 carries, ran
for 14 yards, and Kendall Matthews carried up the gut for
another 14, bringing the ball down to the 5.
Dartanian Sanders lost a yard and Trefzger got it back before
rolling left and finding Alford for the winning points on third
down. The extra point attempt by Shane Ryan was blocked.
It was a complete turnaround for the Boilermakers, who had given
up 106 points in losing their previous three games. Purdue had
also dropped its three games against ranked opponents in 1996,
losing at home to Ohio State and on the road to Notre Dame and
The defense, which kept Purdue close in a 5-0 loss to Michigan
last season, was able to hold off the Wolverines and maintain
the late lead.
Derrick Brown picked off Dreisbach at the Purdue 6 and returned
it 21 yards with 3:38 remaining. Purdue ran three plays for
five yards and gave Michigan another chance following a 30-yard
punt, but this time Jamel Coleman intercepted Dreisbach at the
Purdue 28 with 56 seconds left to seal it.
"Anytime a football team losses their coach, you know that they
are going to come out and be very excited, especially when they
play Michigan," Dreisbach said. "We didn't take care of the
ball today, turnovers killed us and we knew exactly what they
were going to do defensively. They blitzed a lot, took some
chances and we just couldn't do what we wanted to do. The idea
was to beat their blitzes and we didn't get it done."
Brown and Coleman have combined for nine interceptions this
"We deserved this victory," Coleman said. "Everybody believed
we'd come away with a win. We just came out and played ball,
but most of all, we had fun."
The Boilermakers allowed Michigan just 56 yards rushing, though
the Wolverines outgained them overall 289-268. Michigan was
undone by five turnovers and had the ball for 13 less minutes
"It was lights out," Colletto said. "Our defense played
phenomenally. We made plays and hung in there. ... I was mad
when I saw the game programs. The cover said, 'Remember When.'
Michigan didn't need incentive.
"Losing has been inbred here," Colletto admitted. "We were 0-18
against the four biggies (Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State,
Notre Dame) until today, now we're 1-18. Now we're moving in
the right direction. This game was not a fluke. Our kids
always play hard. Games are made by heart, by score and what
the kids do. This win erases a lot of pain."
Ryan booted a 28-yard field goal midway through the second
quarter to give Purdue a 3-0 lead. Michigan had three chances
inside the Purdue 5 early in the second half before settling for
Remy Hamilton's 21-yard field goal at 4:53 that tied the score
for the final time.
"That was a command effort by Purdue," Carr said. "We made too
many mistakes. Our defense played well enough to win, but we
couldn't get it going on offense. We didn't block up front very
well and we turned the ball over. ... Our chance for the Big Ten
championship is out the window."
Michigan missed a golden opportunity for points late in the
first half. Short-yardage fullback William Carr, who is normally
a nose tackle, fumbled after a handoff as Purdue clinged to its
small lead at the intermission. Koeppen again recovered the
"My emotion has skyrocketed," Koeppen said. "Having a chance to
win all the way out and to finish my career on this positive
note is great. I'm up in the clouds somewhere. This win is way
up there, but every win is importnat. The last win is always
GAME NOTES: Purdue's touchdown (a pass from Rick Trefzger to Brian Alford was the first in the series since 1994 (UM won 5-0 in Ann Arbor in 1995)...Chris Koeppen tied a school record with two fumble recoveries...Trefzger moved into the No. 6 spot all-time in passing yards at Purdue with 4,518. ... Michigan was held to its fewest points since 1985 (tied Illinois 3-3).
PURDUE 9, MICHIGAN 3
Game 9, Nov. 9, 1996
(Attendance -- 39,328)
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Michigan 0 0 3 0 -- 3
Purdue 0 3 0 6 -- 9
PU: Ryan 28-yard field goal, 7:22
UM: Hamilton 21-yard field goal, 10:07
PU: Alford 5-yard pass from Trefzger (Ryan kick), 7:20
TEAM STATATISTICS PU UM
First Downs 19 16
Net Yards Rushing 46-98 32-56
Net Yards Passing 170 233
Passes (Att.-Comp.-Int.) 30-20-0 37-18-2
Total Net Yards 76-268 69-289
Possession Time 36:29 23:31
Punts 7-35.0 5-40.0
Penalties 8-62 5-47
Third Down Conversions 5-18 5-15
Total Turnovers 1 5
Rushing--Purdue: Watson 17-45, Matthews 11-44, Trefzger 16-8, Sanders
2-1. Michigan: Williams 14-42, Howard 9-31, Woodson 1-0, Carr 1-0,
Passing--Purdue: Trefzger 30-20-0 (1 TD), 170. Michigan: Dreisbach
37-18-2 (0 TD), 233.
Receiving--Purdue: Alford 6-29, Tillman 4-52, Jewell 3-14, Matthews
2-0, Watson 2-18, Jones 1-24, Light 1-16, Olivadotti 1-17. Michigan:
Shaw 4-51, Streets 3-65, Williams 3-18, Woodson 3-43, Tuman 2-45,
Howard 1-(-2), Campbell 1-4, Anes 1-9.
Tackle Leaders--Purdue: Koeppen 10, Okeafor 9, Hagins 8, Colvin 6,
Krick 6, Brown 6, Coleman 6. Michigan: Sword 12, Ray 7, Copenhaver 7,
Carr 6, Hankins 6, Hall 6.