Higdon steps up to lead Michigan past Indiana in OT
Written by Matt Pargoff   


With the Wolverines holding a 10 point lead late in the fourth quarter and their defense stringing together a long series of three-and-outs, Michigan appeared to be heading for a comfortable, albeit ugly win at Indiana on Saturday. Then things got interesting.

With just four minutes remaining, the Hoosiers’ J-Shun Harris returned a punt 53 yards to the Michigan 20, setting up a touchdown just moments later. Indiana sent the game into overtime on a 46-yard field goal from Griffen Oakes as time expired, but the Wolverines hero of the game stepped up once again as play continued.

It took Karan Higdon just one play in overtime to break a 25-yard run, giving Michigan a 27-20 advantage, which held up as the final score.

Already riding a strong showing up to that point, Higdon carried the ball 25 times in the contest for 200 yards, with game winner marking his third time reaching the end zone. In total, he accounted for 60.8% of Michigan’s offensive yards on the day.

The Wolverines defense also played its part, of course, giving up just 278 yards, and holding the Hoosiers out of the end zone in overtime, despite four cracks at it from the 2-yard line.

Rashan Gary had 7.5 total tackles, including 2.5 for a loss and a sack, while Devin Bush Jr. recorded a team best eight stops. Lavert Hill and Tyree Kinnel each had interceptions late in the game, with Kinnel’s coming on the final play.

Michigan improved to 5-1 overall, moving to 2-1 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines will travel to Penn State next week to face an undefeated Nittany Lions squad that will likely rise to No. 2 in the rankings after Clemson’s loss on Friday. Penn State enters the night game coming off a bye this week.


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