The Michigan Wolverines couldn't have done much better Saturday.
Other than a turnover, the Michigan offense was nearly perfect, as it seamlessly ripped through the Purdue Boilermakers defense during a convincing 44-13 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.
Crisp and decisive play-calling certainly helped the Wolverines earn their first Big Ten triumph of the season, and so did the stellar athleticism of Denard Robinson, who showed an incredible ability to rebound from a lackluster, five-turnover showing two weeks ago in Michigan's 13-6 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Michigan's defense—although inconsistent at times this year—dominated the Boilers, who entered the duel with the second-ranked scoring offense in the Big Ten, averaging 45.2 points per game.
Devin Gardner made a spectacular grab in the first half, catching a well-thrown ball from Robinson en route to hauling in a 23-yard second-quarter touchdown that gave Michigan a firm grip on the clash, 27-3.
Needless to say, the Wolverines' victory was exactly what they needed to avoid being called a bust in 2012. Now back in the AP Top 25 at No. 25, the Wolverines (3-2) can now focus on their goal of winning a Big Ten championship.
The first month of the season was hard to stomach. Although both of Michigan's losses came to legitimate national title contenders in Notre Dame and Alabama, the way it lost did little to reinforce the notion that it was indeed one of the Big Ten's elite.
Questions were answered. Michigan came through under fire.