|Wolverines victorious in record-setting shootout|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
Records are meant to be broken and a pair of Wolverines crushed old marks in Michigan’s 63-47 win over Indiana on Saturday. Quarterback Devin Gardner and wide receiver Jeremy Gallon led the way for the Maize and Blue, bouncing back from last week’s loss to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Gallon set the Michigan and Big Ten record with 369 receiving yards in the game. He pulled in 14 catches, one shy of the mark held by Marquise Walker, and had two touchdowns. Gallon finished the contest just 36 yards shy of the NCAA record for receiving yards in a game set by Louisiana Tech’s Troy Edwards against Nebraska in 1998.
“I was just playing the game just to win,” stated Gallon humbly after the contest. “I was just playing football. If it came to me, it came to me. If it didn’t, it didn’t.”
“Since he’s only 5-9, I think they might underestimate him some,” added Gardner of his top target. “But he has the same skills as all the taller receivers. He can go get the high balls, he’s really quick in and out of his cuts. It’s a terror for the opposing defenses.”
Gardner himself had a record-setting performance. The redshirt junior quarterback shattered John Navarre’s old record of 389 passing yards, throwing for 503 yards against the Hoosiers. He also racked up 81 rushing yards, accounting for two passing and three running touchdowns.
Gardner’s 584 total yards surpassed Denard Robinson’s 502-yard mark against Notre Dame in 2010 as a new Michigan record as well.
The Wolverines set the new Michigan record with 751 total yards in the game.
“I could have never dreamed of playing in a game like this,” stated Gardner. “It’s all about the offensive line. They gave me plenty of time to read defenses and when I had opportunities to make plays, I did.”
Michigan took an 11 point advantage going into the half, but a fumble on the Wolverines' first possession of the third quarter drew the game closer. From there, it was an offensive shootout. Both teams seeming to move the ball at will, but a pair of Thomas Gordon interceptions in the fourth quarter allowed the Wolverines to pull away.
“It was my first two of the year,” noted Gordon. “Everybody else in the defensive room has been on me, because I had a good camp with turnovers. I wasn’t really on the board, but I made a couple plays. It’s just something I’m supposed to do.”
Coming off a game where the offense drew criticism, the Wolverines will now try to look at what went wrong on the defensive side of the ball. Michigan gave up 572 yards to the Hoosiers and the 47 points was the most the Wolverines have allowed since Brady Hoke took over in 2011.
The Wolverines will have a bye next Saturday before traveling to Michigan State in two weeks.
“I’d like to see the same offense show up, but maybe a different defense,” said Hoke. “We have work to do. There’s no question about it. We’ve got some things from a defensive standpoint that we’ve got to clean up.”
Michigan announced prior to the game that walk-on Joey Burzynski and redshirt freshman Erik Magnuson would start at the two guard positions on the offensive line. In the second quarter, however, Burzynski went down with an injury, and he was replaced by true freshman Kyle Bosch, who burned his redshirt.
“Kyle being here since January I think has helped his development a little bit,” said Hoke. “Joey getting nicked up there probably got him into the game sooner than he would have, but he was a guy that Darrell [Funk] and Al [Borges] really thought was coming along.”