WATCH: Indiana rocks Michigan with electrifying punt return TD
Indiana started the second half on Saturday with the type of play against Michigan a team often needs to pull a major upset.
After the Hoosier defense forced a Michigan punt on the opening possession of the third quarter, Mitchell Paige fielded a punt near midfield and ran to his left before cutting back toward the middle of the field, shrugging off a tackle, picking up some blocks then getting around the corner for a 51-yard touchdown that electrified Memorial Stadium and nearly tied the game.
The PAT kick made it a 24-23 game.
After the play, Mitchell had a message for his teammates, who came within one play of forcing overtime with Ohio State earlier this year: Close isn't good enough.
Ultimately it was another heartbreak for the Hoosiers, though.
They drove 69 yards for a touchdown and got a two-point conversion to take a 34-27 lead late in the fourth quarter but yielded a game-tying touchdown in the final seconds.
Then Michigan won it 48-41 in double overtime when Nate Sudfeld's fourth-down pass was broken up at the goal line.