Michigan 16, Purdue 14
-- Freshman Michael Hart rushed for 206 yards and Garrett Rivas kicked a 35-yard field goal with 2 minutes 45 seconds remaining to lift No. 13 Michigan to a 16-14 win over No. 12 Purdue on Saturday.
"He's a special kid," Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr said of Hart. "He has a durability that is just amazing for a kid who just graduated from high school a few months ago."
Hart broke Ricky Powers's record for rushing yards by a Michigan freshman and also caught a touchdown pass to help the Wolverines (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) keep pace with No. 6 Wisconsin atop the conference.
The scene was all too familiar for Purdue (5-2, 2-2), which again had a costly fumble late to lose its second game in a row after starting the season with five straight wins for the first time since 1945.
After Rivas's field goal, Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton hit wide receiver Dorien Bryant on a crossing pattern that moved the Boilermakers into Michigan territory.
But Michigan defensive back Markus Curry sent Bryant flying with a low hit and Ernest Shazor hit him high, forcing a fumble that Leon Hall recovered to seal the win. The play was reviewed by replay officials but stood as called.
"This was a very tough football game and now we've had two heartbreakers," Orton said. "There's not much to say."