Michigan and Indiana kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 14, in a Big Ten game. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.
The Wolverines and Hoosiers meet for the 66th time. Michigan defeated Indiana 20-10 on Nov. 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Wolverines are 56-9 all-time against the Hoosiers, and haven’t lost a game to Indiana since 1987. Michigan looks to rebound after last weekend’s 14-10 loss at home against Michigan State, and aims for its 500th Big Ten win. Michigan is 499-203-18 in 110 years in the conference.
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Michigan holds on for the 27-20 win with a goal-line stand after Indiana had a first-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Rashan Gary returned to the game and helped keep Indiana out of the end zone. Safety Tyree Kinnel picks off a Ramsey pass in the end zone. Great coverage all around as Michigan moves to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten East.
Michigan 27, Indiana 20
Karan Higdon has reached 200 yards rushing with a 25-yard touchdown run on the first play of OT. The play should have gone for a loss but Higdon bounced it outside to the left and was untouched as he crossed the goal line. It’s the second-highest rushing total by a Michigan player against Indiana; Denard Robinson had 217 yards against the Hoosiers in 2010.
OT: Michigan 20, Indiana 20
Griffin Oakes nails a 46-yard field goal at the gun to send the game to overtime. The Wolverines’ defense has been so good in the fourth quarter this season but allowed 10 points in the final 3:27, although Indiana’s touchdown was set up by a long punt return.
This is the definition of playing with no margin for error. The offense has to pick up the defense.
Down to the wire: Michigan’s offense again can’t close out the game. One first down would’ve done it for the Wolverines.
3:27 4Q: Simmie Cobbs has had a bad day with the sidelines. He had a 62-yard reception overturned by replay when it was ruled he hadn’t re-established himself in the field of play before catching the pass from Ramsey. Now, he can’t get his feet inbounds on the onside kick. Michigan living lucky.
3:27 4Q: Rashan Gary has left the field with what appears to be an injury to his right arm. Indiana then scores one play later, running a rub play (or pick play) to free up Whop Philyor for an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Ramsey.
Breathing room for the defense: Since Indiana’s touchdown on the first possession of the second half, Michigan’s defense has forced five straight 3-and-outs. The Wolverines continue to get the job done defensively, although the players would probably tell you they’re upset they gave up the TD.
Well, the offense finally helped out with Higdon’s 59-yard touchdown run. That takes some of the pressure off a defense that has had little margin for error this season.
Not that the defense is letting up. Lavert Hill had an interception negated by penalty in the first half. There was no wiping out the one he got with 6:09 left to play.
Michigan 20, Indiana 10 (10:25, 4Q): Karan Higdon finally breaks free for a run, going for a 59-yard touchdown to give Michigan a 20-10 lead. Higdon has 18 carries for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns today.
End third quarter: Michigan 13, Indiana 10: Michigan gets called for its 13th penalty, a holding call on a punt return. Also, the two teams have combined for five consecutive three-and-outs in this quarter.
Michigan 13, Indiana 10 (4:03, 3Q): Michigan’s offense is stagnant, and the third quarter has basically become this: who keeps the other team from scoring? If anything is going to crack this game open, it’s either going to be a defensive touchdown for Michigan, or Indiana capitalizing on a miscue by the Wolverines.
Michigan gets called for a delay of game after O’Korn’s shovel pass to Khalid Hill. Hill had open space to run, but the whistles came out. Michigan needed that run, too.
Michigan 13, Indiana 10 (8:29, 3Q): Karan Higdon and Ty Isaac stormed out early in the drive, combining for 26 yards on four carries to get inside Indiana territory. But on third-down — a critical third-down — Sean McKeon drops O’Korn’s pass inside the 45. It’s baffling how Michigan’s strongest facet of its offense is the run but it’s not used enough … or does Michigan want to avoid being predictable?
Higdon, meanwhile, has 12 carries for 86 yards.
Karan running that rock
— Tarik Black (@LetmeRockk_) October 14, 2017
Michigan 13, Indiana 10 (12:06, 3Q): Indiana needed six plays — including a 31-yard rush by Morgan Ellison and Peyton Ramsey’s 19-yard pass to Luke Timian — to set up Ellison’s touchdown, less than three minutes into the second half. Michigan’s defense was completely flat-footed on the drive, and Indiana is back in this.
- Michigan committed 11 penalties for 98 yards. Indiana had another 50 yards on 4 penalties. It was a half that had no sense of flow or continuity.
- Karan Higdon may be getting his turn as the lead back. He’s gained 70 yards on 8 carries, including a 12-yard touchdown run that gave the Wolverines a red-zone score. He got great blocking from the left side of guard Ben Bredeson, tackle Mason Cole, and then a lead block by fullback Henry Poggi.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 14, 2017
- Speaking of the red zone, Michigan again had to settle for Quinn Nordin field goals on two possessions that reached the Indiana 20. Penalties and incompletions stopped the Wolverines more than the Indiana defense.
- The referees are keeping a close eye on the defensive backs. No jersey grabbing. Michigan’s Lavert Hill and Indiana’s Richard Fant lost interceptions on plays in which they read the routes better than the receivers they were covering, but they got caught holding too much jersey.
- Mo Hurst came up with a blocked field goal in the first half. Indiana got a late field goal to snap a string of 15 consecutive defensive drives without allowing a point.
HT: Michigan 13, Indiana 3. pic.twitter.com/S5Hm5B6wT0
— Kevin Goheen (@CincyGoGo) October 14, 2017
AT THE HALF: Michigan 13, Indiana 3.
Michigan couldn’t get out of the first half without one more penalty: a delay of game just before the horn. For a basis of comparison, Michigan had 35 penalties in its first five games.
Mercifully, for Michigan’s lack of discipline, this half ends.
Michigan 13, Indiana 3 (1:46, 2Q): Make that 10 penalties. Maurice Hurst gets called for roughing the passer, an automatic first down. Offsides on Khaleke Hudson, holding on Brandon Watson and roughing the passer on Maurice Hurst Jr. The penalty against Hurst moves Indiana to the Michigan 16 with 2:06 left in the half.
10 penalties so far. Michigan's single game record for penalties is 15. We're chasing history here, folks.
— jamie mac (@justcoverblog) October 14, 2017
Michigan’s defense, however, keeps the Hoosiers in check, and Oakes makes a 32-yard field goal to put Indiana on the board.
Michigan 13, Indiana 0 (2:40, 2Q): Michigan is now at nine penalties, after David Long was called for holding on third-and-8.
Michigan 13, Indiana 0 (5:57, 2Q): Michigan is up to eight penalties prior to halftime. It’s a combination of a lack of discipline (for example, Kekoa Crawford’s unsportsmanlike penalty after Eddie McDoom’s 12-yard run) and simple mistakes. The offense isn’t holding Michigan back — the penalties are.
Michigan 13, Indiana 0 (9:35, 2Q): Peyton Ramsey is back in at quarterback for Indiana, with a heavy brace on his left knee. Ramsey finds Simmie Cobbs Jr. for what appeared to be a 62-yard catch, but officials ruled Cobbs was forced out of bounds and did not establish himself in-bounds before the catch.
That’s a huge break for Michigan, as Indiana re-starts at its own 16.
Michigan 13, Indiana 0 (10:19 2Q): Michigan capitalized on the penalty against Scales — two plays later, Karan Higdon scored on a 12-yard run. Higdon has six carries for 63 yards today.
Michigan 6, Indiana 0 (11:15 2Q): Per Michigan radio, Indiana QB Peyton Ramsey cannot put weight on his left knee.
John O’Korn came up with a huge scramble on third-and-7 from the 36 — evaded a tackler, and found a leaping Donovan Peoples-Jones at midfield to extend the drive. But on the next play, Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales is called for targeting, hitting O’Korn in the helmet as he slid to the ground.
Scales, however, stayed in the game after review but Indiana took a 15-yard penalty on the play (personal foul).
Michigan 6, Indiana 0 (13:45, 2Q): Richard Lagow has replaced Peyton Ramsey as Indiana’s quarterback, after Ramsey was sacked by David Long on first-and-1o, on Indiana’s first play of the second quarter. The change doesn’t make much of an impact, as Indiana goes three-and-out … despite Lagow’s 20-yard pass to Mike Majette on third-and-22.
Michigan 6, Indiana 0 (14:54, 2Q): Nordin kicks his second field goal, a 38-yarder. Two possessions, zero touchdowns for the Wolverines. The Wolverines are moving the ball, but it’s not capitalizing. (Michigan’s offense might as well be wasting its time of possession?)
END FIRST QUARTER: Michigan 3, Indiana 0.
Michigan 3, Indiana 0 (2:11, 1Q): Michigan blocks Griffin Oakes’ 51-yard field goal attempt, and Lavert Hill returns the ball to the Indiana 27. Michigan is in prime field position and needs to convert here.
However, penalties are hurting Michigan. On subsequent plays, Donovan Peoples-Jones gets called for holding, and then Juwann Bushell-Beatty gets called for a false start. Michigan goes from the 27 and good field position to the 42.
Michigan 3, Indiana 0 (6:34, 1Q): Indiana made a huge mistake on the kickoff return: Devonte Williams stepped out of bounds as he caught the ball, which started at its own 13-yard line. This should bode well — emphasis on *should* — for Michigan’s defense.
And it appeared to, as Lavert Hill intercepted Ramsey on first-and-1o from the Indiana 24. The play was waved off, however, on a pass-interference call against Hill. Then, on the ensuing play, Michigan gets called for offsides, and the Wolverines receive their first sideline warning.
And then, with about 4:14 left in the first quarter, Michigan is called for an illegal substitution — 12 men on the field.
This is the sloppiest Michigan’s defense has played this season. Michigan has to shore up its discipline, on the field and on the sideline.
Michigan 3, Indiana 0 (6:35, 1Q): John O’Korn is starting at quarterback for the Wolverines, and completes his first pass to tight end Zach Gentry. He looks confident on the pass. However, on first-and-10 from the 40, his long pass downfield to Donovan Peoples-Jones grazes off the tips of the freshman’s fingers.
Also, Juwann Bushell-Beatty is starting at right tackle for Michigan.
This drive is substantial: Michigan, first, is moving the ball and counting on the run: Chris Evans, Ty Isaac, Karan Higdon and Kareem Walker (!) have all had carries. Michigan is also opening up its offense a little bit — Tyrone Wheatley Jr. has a catch, as well.
But on third-and-12, O’Korn’s pass went through the hands of a leaping Grant Perry. Michigan needed that catch, but instead, Quinn Nordin kicks a 40-yard field goal. Michigan also needed a touchdown there, after eating up 6:17 on its opening drive.
Michigan 0, Indiana 0 (13:04): Despite some early flashy play by Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey, a holding penalty wipes out substantial yardage for the Hoosiers. Indiana got only 14 yards on its first five plays.
Michigan 0, Indiana 0, (15:00, 1Q): Michigan and Indiana have kicked off at Memorial Stadium. Michigan won the toss and deferred to the second half. Indiana gets the ball to start.
11:49 a.m. A lot of speculation regarding the quarterback position. Head coach Jim Harbaugh made it clear during his Monday press conference that John O’Korn would be starting. At some point, however, don’t be surprised to see redshirt freshman Brandon Peters get some playing time.
ESPN's Chris Fowler just said that redshirt freshman QB Brandon Peters may play today.
— Brian Chapman (@bchapsports) October 14, 2017
11:15 a.m. It’s Game Day as Michigan faces Indiana at Memorial Stadium. The Wolverines are trying to bounce back from a loss at home last week to Michigan State in which the Wolverines turned the ball over five times. The offense has been a disappointment while the defense has carried the load.
Kirk Herbstreit on College GameDay says it's not the QB at the root of Michigan's offensive problems, but the lack of big plays.
— Ryan Zuke (@ryanzuke) October 14, 2017
Michigan-Indiana game time , information
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
Location: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
Weather: Mostly sunny, high 83 degrees, 9 percent chance of rain.
The line: Michigan -7
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Michigan-Indiana preview, 3 keys to the game
1. Hold on to the ball
That’s something Michigan did not do against MSU. The Wolverines lost two fumbles, one by running back Ty Isaac and one by tight end Sean McKeon, in the first half that stymied potential scoring drives, and then quarterback John O’Korn threw interceptions on three consecutive drives in the second half after the deficit had been cut to four points. The fact that the Wolverines still had a shot to win the game in the final seconds was a testament to how well the defense played. They are now minus-5 in turnover margin this season and have allowed 34 points off 12 giveaways. Indiana has a turnover margin of minus-7 and has allowed 38 points off 11 giveaways. The Hoosiers have just 4 takeaways on defense. The Wolverines can’t afford to give them extra possessions.
2. Sack up
It’s a term that fifth-year senior center Patrick Kugler used this week to describe the Wolverines’ motivation for the game. The message is to forget about last week. Forget about the loss to Michigan State. Focus on the week of practice and getting a win on the road. Indiana has long been on the lower half of the Big Ten but the Hoosiers have been to bowl games each of the last two seasons and first-year head coach Tom Allen is trying to build upon that success. This is not a team that will roll over. The Wolverines have a big test next week at Penn State but if they want to continue as contenders for the Big Ten East title they can’t look ahead.
3. Be prepared for Indiana’s passing attack
Indiana was a high-octane, up-tempo offense under former head coach Kevin Wilson. The pace has slowed a bit under Allen, the former defensive coordinator, and new offensive coordinator Mike DeBord but this offense’s strength is still in the passing game. Redshirt freshman Peyton Ramsey made his first career start last week against Charleston Southern. Granted, it was against a FCS opponent, but Ramsey threw for 321 yards and 2 touchdowns in the victory. He’s played in all five games this season, throwing 6 touchdowns against just 2 interceptions. Indiana has had 13 passing plays of 20 yards or more, including five for touchdowns, and it is averaging nearly 260 yards passing per game. The Wolverines are allowing just 213 yards total per game, the lowest total in the country. They are second in passing yards allowed [126 yards] per game and holding opponents to an 89.86 passer efficiency rating, the fourth-best mark in the nation.
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