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Forcier leads late TD drive to lift Michigan

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)

Tate Forcier led another fourth-quarter scoring drive, connecting with Martavious Odoms with 2:29 left to give No. 23 Michigan a 36-33 win over Indiana. Donovan Warren's interception on the Hoosiers' next snap sealed the victory for the Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who were outgained and avoided losing to Indiana (3-1, 0-1) in Ann Arbor for the first time in more than 40 years, since before Bo Schembechler coached the Wolverines. Forcier, whose TD pass in the closing seconds two weeks ago beat then-No. 18 Notre Dame, missed some plays on the game-winning drive after taking a hit. "It's a bruised shoulder," Forcier said.
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The freshman quarterback returned to convert a third down on a long pass to Odoms in the end zone. Back on the sideline, he flinched in pain when a teammate slapped him on the right shoulder to congratulate him after his TD pass. After the game, he was seen shaking hands with his left one. "We had a play called and checked into a different play," Odoms said. Earlier, Forcier leaped for a TD and a 2-point conversion to put Michigan ahead 29-26, but Darius Willis put Indiana back ahead with an 85-yard run on the next play. Michigan did not look impressive - until it counted - on either side of the ball. Indiana had 467 yards of offense to the Wolverines' 372. Forcier was 11 of 21 for 184 yards, two TDs and an interception after doing a 360-degree spin in the pocket and throwing an ill-advised pass that defensive tackle Nicholas Sliger caught. Forcier ran for a score and a 2-point conversion, diving into the end zone on both plays early in the fourth quarter. Carlos Brown turned one of Forcier's short passes into a 61-yard score - a week after he ran for a 90-yard TD - and had a 41-yard score on the ground against Indiana. Brandon Minor had 50 yards rushing and a TD. Ben Chappell was 21 of 38 for 270 yards and gave the Hoosiers a shot to win at Michigan Stadium for the first time since 1967 until his pass to Damarlo Belcher was ripped away by Warren on a play that stood after video review with 2:14 left in the game. "We both rolled over on the ground and I out-tugged him for it," Warren said. "I just read the route, broke on the ball, read the quarterback's eyes and made the play." Minor ran for a first down on a third-and-1 and the Wolverines kneeled to drain the clock and keep their record perfect heading into their first road game this season against rival Michigan State (1-3, 0-1). Willis ran for 152 yards on 16 carries and Tandon Doss had five catches for 104 yards. Nick Freeland tied an Indiana record with four field goals, but was wide left on a 42-yard kick early in the fourth quarter that proved to be costly. Hoosiers coach Bill Lynch lamented settling for so many field goals. "That's the big difference," Lynch said. "But you've got to give Michigan's defense some credit, they loaded up and kept us out of the end zone."
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