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HART CARRIES MICHIGAN

Michigan is proving that sometimes experience isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Freshman Michael Hart rushed for 206 yards and Garrett Rivas hit a 35-yard field goal with 2:45 to go to lift the 13th-ranked Wolverines to a 16-14 win over No. 12 Purdue in the Big Ten.

Hart broke Ricky Powers' record for rushing yards by a Michigan freshman and also caught a touchdown pass from fellow freshman Chad Henne to help the Wolverines (7-1, 5-0) keep pace with No. 6 Wisconsin atop the conference.

"Michael Hart certainly has done his share," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "He's a special kid. He has a durability that is just amazing for a kid who just graduated from high school a few months ago."

Michigan's talented teens, Hart and Henne, outplayed Purdue's star seniors, Kyle Orton and Taylor Stubblefield.

Orton was 14 for 30 for 213 yards, a touchdown and an interception and Stubblefield had just one catch for 10 yards for Purdue (5-2, 2-2).

Last week against Wisconsin, Purdue led, 17-13, in the fourth quarter, but Orton fumbled and Scott Starks returned it 40 yards for the game-winning score.

"This was a very tough football game and now we've had two heartbreakers," Orton said. "There's not much to say."

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