Michigan beats Indiana 63-47 in shootout

Michigan had a record-breaking day on offense and its defense
was almost bad enough to overcome that.

Devin Gardner set school records with 584 yards of offense and
503 yards passing and matched another mark with five touchdowns to
help the Wolverines outscore Indiana 63-47 Saturday.

”We won the football game, that’s the only thing I care
about,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said.

Jeremy Gallon had a Big Ten-record 369 yards receiving and two
TDs on 14 receptions for the Wolverines, much to the dismay of
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson.

”Ridiculous,” Wilson said.

The Wolverines (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) lost two fumbles in the second
half that gave the Hoosiers (3-4, 1-2) a chance to win in Ann Arbor
for the first time since 1967.

Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson ran for a 15-yard score that
pulled the Hoosiers within two points early in the fourth
quarter.

But after Gardner fumbled at the Indiana 2 on the ensuing drive,
Roberson took himself out of the game because of a hand cramp and
Nate Sudfeld gave the ball back with an interception that was
thrown well short of a teammate who had gotten past Michigan’s
secondary.

That was Thomas Gordon’s first of two interceptions in the
fourth quarter. The other one was at the Wolverines 6 with 2:57
left, helping them avoid an upset.

”We were frustrated because we were giving up so many points,
so we knew we needed to make a couple plays,” Gordon said. ”The
offense and defense are supposed to be picking each other up, and
we hadn’t done that all night until the end.”

Fitzgerald Toussaint had 151 yards rushing for the Wolverines
and scored for a fourth time with 1:12 left in the shootout.

The Wolverines set a school record with 751 yards of
offense.

”We were getting blocked, not getting off blocks and missing
tackles,” Wilson said.

Michigan, though, gave up 572 on defense in its worst showing
since Oregon racked up 624 yards of offense in 2007.

Gardner completed 21 of 29 passes for two TDs and avoided
throwing an interception for the second time in three weeks.

”The offensive line protected so well that I was able to read
the defenses and our guys had time to get open,” he said.

Gardner ran 15 times for 81 yards and three scores, including
one that included a hard hit after he was a few yards into the end
zone.

Through three quarters, Gallon had 343 yards and was within
reach of the major college record set in 1998 by Louisiana Tech’s
Troy Edwards with 405 yards receiving.

”I guess they focused so much on (Devin) Funchess and forgot
about me,” Gallon said.

Toussaint gave Michigan the desperately wanted running game it
wanted – by a running back – by averaging nearly 5 yards on 32
carries.

Indiana had a lot of success with the ball, too, especially with
its hurry-up offense. And yet, Wilson acknowledged the pace that
helped the Hoosiers have scoring drives that lasted no longer than
2:08 may not be such a good thing for his team overall.

”Offensively the tempo helps us, but it might hurt our
defense,” Wilson said.

Roberson was 16 of 23 for 288 yards with three TDs and an
interception. He ran 11 times for 50 yards and a score. Sudfeld was
8 of 19 for 122 yards with a TD and an interception.

Indiana’s Tevin Coleman had 11 carries, none for a negative
gain, for 78 yards and a score. Kofi Hughes caught six passes for
138 yards and a TD for the Hoosiers. Cody Latimer had five
receptions for 96 yards and a score. And, Shane Wynn scored on two
of his four receptions.

The Hoosiers scored first, but both teams scored often.

Gardner and Toussaint combined for three TDs on the ground to
give Michigan a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter and it
seemed as if the team, unranked for the first time this year, might
coast to an easy victory.

The Wolverines’ shaky defense, though, couldn’t stop Indiana
until the late in the game.

Michigan has won 19 straight at home, the longest streak by a
BCS-conference team, and 18 in a row against Indiana. The
Wolverines’ next game is Nov. 2 at Michigan State. The Hoosiers are
also idle next week before hosting Minnesota.

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