On Saturday the Wolverines held Dayne to 88 yards on 22 carries, including zero yards in the second half. Michigan had four sacks and knocked out Wisconsin's starting quarterback, Scott Kavanaugh, in the third quarter.
Purdue will be a different test. The Boilermakers feature a one-back, four-wideout attack. Brees threw for 405 yards against North-western, including a 99-yard touchdown pass to Vinny Sutherland to seal the win. "It's tough to make the adjustment from Wisconsin's offense to Purdue's," says Michigan coach Lloyd Carr. "We don't often see people who play the way Purdue does." The last such opponent was Washington State in the 1998 Rose Bowl. Ryan Leaf threw for 331 yards in that game, but Michigan held the Cougars to 16 points.
Brees is every bit as dangerous as Leaf was and every bit the Heisman candidate that Dayne was entering last Saturday's game. Whether the Wolverines drop eight defenders into coverage (not likely) or blitz the quarterback mercilessly (bet on it), this will be the biggest test of Brees's career and of the Boilermakers' newfound success.
Nittany Lions Are Going Deep
Here's why Perm State is 5-0 and ranked second. Last season the Nittany Lions threw four passes of 47 yards or more. This season, thanks to the emergence of senior wideout Chafie Fields as a deep threat, Perm State already has seven passing plays of at least 47 yards, five for touchdowns....
After Syracuse quarterback Troy Nunes got slammed to the turf by West Virginia tackle Greg Robinette during the Orangemen's 30-7 win last Saturday, Nunes rose and jawed at the 6'2", 285-pound Robinette, who outweighs him by 122 pounds. Asked later what he had said, Nunes replied, "I was asking him if he knew who won the Ryder Cup matches."