Wolverines pull away at Indiana
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

Bloomington has proven to be a tough venue for the Wolverines in recent years, and it initially looked like the Hoosiers would once again pose a serious threat, twice moving ahead by seven points in the first half. After those initial struggles though, the Maize and Blue rattled off 32 unanswered points, cruising to an easy 39-14 victory.

Giving up scoring drives of 75 and 52 yards on Indiana’s first three possessions, the Wolverines seemed to be in for a tough day defensively, but found their footing after Indiana’s initial surge. The Hoosiers racked up 153 yards the first three times they had the ball, but managed only 63 yards over their next seven possessions.

With the defense holding its own, Michigan’s offense thrived, particularly in the passing game, where Shea Patterson completed 20-of-32 attempts for 366 yards and five touchdowns. That ties the U-M record for second most touchdown passes in a game, also held by Patterson, and is the eighth most passing yards in a game by a Michigan quarterback.

Nico Collins was his primary target, pulling in six receptions for 165 yards and three touchdowns.

Improving to 9-2 on the season, the Wolverines head into the big rivalry game against Ohio State on a four-game streak in which they’ve outscored their opponents 166-45. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, have proven to be one of the elite teams in the country, coming in at 11-0 with all wins by double-digit margins.

Michigan plays host to Ohio State at noon with television coverage provided by ABC.


 
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