Against Purdue on Saturday, Michigan -- which had incurred 23 penalties through four games, with an average of 50 penalty yards per game -- accounted for just four penalties for 36 yards.
However, Michigan coach Brady Hoke didn't see that as any kind of marked improvement. In fact, he was quite disappointed with that kind of performance out of his team in the conference opener.
"We had some bad penalties, really three dumb penalties," Hoke said. "We don't want to play football that way."
The Wolverines had just one penalty in the first half -- five yards for a false start from redshirt junior offensive lineman Mike Schofield. Fellow redshirt junior offensive lineman Taylor Lewan committed the same penalty in the third quarter. His penalty moved Michigan from a first-and-10 to first-and-15, and Michigan eventually had to punt on that drive.
Defensive lineman Quinton Washington's unnecessary roughness personal foul on the 22-yard line allowed the Boilermakers to move up to the 11-yard line and helped Purdue eventually score a field goal, cutting Michigan's lead to 18.
On the next play, Scholfield's penalty on second-and-11 moved the Wolverines back 15 yards. At that point the Wolverines already led by 18, but Michigan had to settle for a field goal on the possession despite being in the red zone.