The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend’s stats that don’t show up in the boxscore. The defense-o-meter measures the intensity of the defense, the Carr-o-meter judges Lloyd Carr’s demeanor following the game and the hypemeter measures the fans’ game performance.
Defense-o-meter: 3 out of 4 Crables
Take away two late fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the defense played a dominating game. The front four got pressure on Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter and forced multiple turnovers, which the offense converted into points. The starters gave up just one touchdown, and that was following a Michigan fumble.
Carr-o-meter: 1 out of 4 Lloyd Carrs
Carr always has his good days and bad days with the media, and Saturday was definitely the latter. Even though his team completely handled the Boilermakers, Carr didn’t really care to field questions concerning Mike Hart, K.C. Lopata and the special teams in general.
Hypemeter: 2 out of 4 Big Houses
It was pretty good showing for a Fall Break game, but still, the student section came late and never got very loud. Sure, Purdue never really got into the game, and the contest was practically decided by halftime, but that’s no excuse. The wave did look good, but the Boilermakers never really had to worry about crowd noise.