WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Ticker) -- Ernest Shazor, Mike Hart and No. 11 Michigan handed No. 12 Purdue a second straight stunning defeat at home to a Big Ten Conference rival.
Shazor forced a key fumble with two minutes remaining and Hart ran for 206 yards on 33 carries, including a clinching first down, as the Wolverines eked out a 16-14 triumph over the Boilermakers.
Last week, Purdue (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) lost to Wisconsin here, 20-17, after quarterback Kyle Orton fumbled with under three minutes remaining and the Badgers picked up the loose ball and ran it back for a go-ahead score. The Boilermakers held a 17-7 lead with eight minutes remaining before coming up short.
In this one, Garrett Rivas, who had missed a field goal in the third quarter and had another blocked by Bobby Iwuchukwu with 10 minutes remaining, gave the Wolverines (7-1, 5-0) the lead on a 35-yard attempt with 2:45 left.
On Purdue's ensuing possession, Orton hit freshman Dorien Bryant on a pass across the middle, but he was leveled by Shazor, a junior safety, and cornerback Leon Hall fell on the ball just inside the right sideline at the Michigan 43. The play was reviewed but upheld.
"I knew I had possession of the ball when I saw the replay," Hall said.
Hart, a true freshman who has rushed for exactly 600 yards in his last three games, rushed for seven and four yards on the next two plays to pick up a first down, and the Wolverines ran out the clock.
"Michael Hart is a special kid for us," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said of the freshman, who also scored on a 25-yard swing pass midway through the first quarter. "He's great, but he also has a good offensive line in front of him. He has a durability that's amazing for a kid just out of high school."
The Wolverines outgained the Boilermakers on the ground, 204-50.
"We were outmuscled toady, all over the field," Purdue coach Joe Tiller said. "You pick an area of the game and I'll show an area in which we were outmuscled."
"Purdue played great defense, but I think we did a marvelous job defensively as well," Carr said. "Our coaches had a great game plan, and we're leaving with a big road win. Great defense in football starts with stopping the run, and we made Purdue earn every inch."
Michigan is tied for first place in the Big Ten with Wisconsin, but the Wolverines do not face the Badgers, who have a better overall record (8-0) and would win the head-to-head tiebreak between the teams for a Rose Bowl berth.
Orton was 14-of-30 for 213 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while Michigan true freshman Chad Henne was 22-of-39 for 190 yards, one TD and one pick.
Taylor Stubblefield, the Big Ten's all-time leading receiver, was limited to one catch for 10 yards by Michigan cornerback Marlin Jackson.
"Marlin Jackson had a great game against Stubblefield," Carr said. "Stubblefield is a great football player, but you can't focus on their matchup alone. Today we had good pass protection all around."
"They did not disguise anything but they just have great athletes back there," Orton said of the Wolverines. "They did a great job of jamming our receivers and made it especially tough on Taylor."
Braylon Edwards, Michigan's star receiver, was held to 25 yards on five catches.
Purdue trailed, 10-7, before Orton found running back Brandon Jones for a 63-yard TD pass with 4:25 left in the third quarter. Rivas kicked a 25-yard field goal just over three minutes later to pull Michigan within 14-13.