Skeptics had reason to doubt the Michigan Wolverines after the first four games of the 2012 college football season.
But after Saturday's 44-13 win over the Purdue Boilermakers, the Wolverines (3-2) gave reason for skeptics to slow down with the criticism.
The Wolverines fell out of the AP Top 25 after a 13-6 loss two weeks ago to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Quarterback Denard Robinson committed five turnovers—four interceptions and a fumble—and was lambasted by college football pundits.
Well, the Wolverines and Robinson responded loud and clear. With their backs to the wall, winning their Big Ten opener against Purdue was the only way the Wolverines could somewhat silence their naysayers.
They did just that.
Robinson had arguably his best all-around game of the season, and the Michigan defense held Purdue—the Big Ten's second-highest scoring team (42.5 points)—to a minimum.
And it was at the Boilers' place, which makes the win all the more significant for Michigan, which could see itself back in the Top 25 this upcoming week.
What did we learn from Saturday's game?
We learned not to count out the Wolverines, at least not yet. They are still in the mix for a Big Ten title.
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