Michigan hosts Indiana today at 3:30 p.m. Follow all of the action here with regular updates throughout the game by Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News.
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All the talk in recent weeks has been about Michigan’s offensive woes.
But after a high-scoring, pinball game against up-tempo, pass-happy Indiana, the Wolverines’ defensive secondary will now face serious scrutiny.
Unranked Michigan looked like a team that has had no problem scoring this season in a 63-47 victory over Indiana on Saturday. Michigan set a school record for total offense with 751 yards.
The Wolverines bounced back from a four-overtime loss at PennState and are now 6-1, 2-1 Big Ten with a bye next week. They then will have a tough five-game stretch beginning with a game against rival MichiganState.
But before all that, there was Michigan-Indiana.
Quarterback Devin Gardner and receiver Jeremy Gallon had record-setting performances.
Gardner broke former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson’s single-game record of 502 yards total offense with 584 yards. He was 21-of-29 passing for 503 yards and two touchdowns. Gardner accounted for five touchdowns.
Gallon, meanwhile, set a single-game receiving record with 369 yards on 14 receptions.
Tailback Fitz Toussaint had four rushing touchdowns, including a 27-yarder for the Wolverines’ final score. That touchdown culminated an 83-yard, six-play drive. Toussaint had 32 carries for 151 yards.
Michigan defensive lineman Frank Clark ended the game with a sack on fourth down.
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner made a crazy six-yard run on third down to score for the Wolverines with just more than six minutes left against Indiana.
Michigan leads 56-47.
Gardner now has 546 yards of offense, breaking Denard Robinson’s record from 2010 of 502 yards. He also has sccounted for five touchdowns.
With 12:15 left in the game, Michigan and Indiana keep finding the end zone.
Michigan leads, 49-47, after the Hoosiers scored on 15-run by quarterback Tre Roberson.
Michigan has 585 yards of offense, while Indiana has 490.
Michigan just drove 75 yards on eight plays, and quarterback Devin Gardner ran six yards for the touchdown.
The Wolverines lead Indiana, 49-40 with 13:40 left the game at Michigan Stadium.
Michigan and Indiana are locked in a high-scoring affair.
The Hoosiers, as expected, have been a big-play passing machine and giving the Wolverines everything it has. Michigan leads 42-40 at the end of the third quarter.
Indiana has added a 67-yard touchdown pass to Kofi Hughes. Michigan freshman Channing Stribling looked like he might have the interception when Hughes ripped it from his hands and took off for the score. Indiana failed on the two-point conversion.
Michigan had just take a 42-34 lead on a one-yard run by Fitz Toussaint, his third touchdown of the game. The score was set up by a 70-yard reception by Jeremy Gallon, who has broken Michigan’s single-game receiving record.
Gallon has 343 yards — a Big Ten record — on 13 catches so far. He has scored two touchdowns. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is 18-of-26 for 422 yards.
Toussaint has 90 yards on 22 carries.
Indiana, which has two, third-quarter touchdowns, had just cut Michigan’s lead to one point on a 23-yard field goal when Michigan and its biggest weapon of the game — Jeremy Gallon — came right back.
Gallon caught a 70-yard pass from Devin Gardner
The Wolverines have a 35-34 lead over Indiana after the Hoosiers added a 23-yard field goal with just more than six minutes left in the third quarter. Indiana added an early second-half touchdown after Michigan tailback Fitz Toussaint fumbled.
Michigan has scored once so far this quarter, on a 50-yard pass from Devin Gardner to Jeremy Gallon
After Michigan built a 35-24 lead on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Devin Gardner to Jeremy Gallon, Indiana came right back to score.
Shane Wynn was wide open for a five-yard touchdown reception.
Michigan leads 35-31 with just less than 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon is nearing the single-game receiving record.
Gallon added a 50-yard touchdown reception from Devin Gardner to expand is receiving total to 220 yards against Indiana on Saturday. That score boosted Michigan’s lead to 35-24.
Gallon has nine catches. He is 26 yards from Roy Roundtree’s single-game record.
His score came right after Indiana opened the second half with a touchdown run from Tevin Coleman. The Hoosiers’ drive started at the Michigan 5-yard line after tailback Fitz Toussaint fumbled.
After an error-free first half, Michigan opened the second half with a hiccup.
Tailback Fitz Toussaint fumbled and Indiana recovered at the U-M 5-yard line. Tevin Coleman scored on a two-yard run.
Michigan leads 28-24.
Michigan, facing one of the worst defenses in the Big Ten, has 348 yards of offense in the first half.
The Wolverines lead Indiana, 28-17, at halftime at Michigan Stadium.
Indiana added a 50-yard field goal with time expiring in the half.
Quarterback Devin Gardner has played a steady game with no turnovers — so far. He has completed 12-of-18 attempts for 237 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Gallon with 40 seconds left in the half.
Gallon has eight catches for 170 yards, including a 70-yard reception in the first quarter that helped lead to the Wolverines’ second touchdown.
Tailback Fitz Toussaint has 12 rushes for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Toussaint had 27 yards on 27 carries a week ago in a loss at Penn State. He has run behind a line that transformed again for the third starting combination this season.
But Joey Burzynski, who started at left guard, left the game early with what appeared to be an injury to his left knee. Freshman Kyle Bosch replaced him. Erik Magnuson started at right guard, replacing Kyle Kalis.
Just when it looked like Michigan might get a big defensive play from Raymon Taylor and potentially score on a pick-six, Indiana moves downfield for a score.
Taylor came close to the interception, but one play later, IU quarterback Tre Roberson completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Shane Wynn with just more than five minutes left in the first half.
Michigan leads 21-14.
Michigan has built a 21-7 lead over Indiana with 7:02 left in the first half.
Fitz Toussaint scored his second rushing touchdown of the game with a seven-yard run.
The drive included a 27-yard gain by Toussaint on a throwback screen from quarterback Devin Gardner. And on third and three, Gardner completed a six-yard pass to Jeremy Gallon to the Indiana 24-yard line.
Michigan failed to score on the previous series when Brendan Gibbons’ field goal attempt was blocked. It was his second blocked attempt in two games.
Michigan had a chance to add to its lead over Indiana early in the second quarter, but Brendan Gibbons’ field-goal attempt was blocked.
It was the second blocked kicked for Michigan in two games.
Michigan still leads 14-7.
Receiver Jeremy Gallon led the Wolverines in the first quarter with 116 yards on four catches. Quarterback Devin Gardner, who ran for a touchdown, was 5-of07 for 133 yards. Fitz Toussaint rushed for 28 yards, one more than in the entire Penn State game a week ago. Toussaint also scored a rushing touchdown.
Sparked by a 70-yard screen pass from Devin Gardner to Jeremy Gallon, Michigan drove 81 yards in five plays to take the lead over Indiana.
Michigan did have back-to-back negative-yardage runs from tailback Fitz Toussaint, but a 17-yard completion to Gallon pushed the Wolverines to the Indiana 2-yard. Toussaint scored on a two-yard run to give Michigan a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter as the rain picked up.
During the drive, however, Joey Burzynski, making his first start at left guard, was helped off the field. Medical trainers are examining his left knee.
Michigan has quickly answered Indiana’s first score of the game.
On a drive set up by a kickoff return by Dennis Norfleet to the Michigan 44-yard line, the Wolverines drove efficiently to the end zone. Quarterback Devin Gardner ran 13 yards for the score, making it 7-7, with 8:07 left.
Tailback Fitz Toussaint already has 28 yards rushing — he had 27 yards last week at Penn State. Indiana is last in the Big Ten in rushing defense, yeilding an average 216.5 yards.
Michigan and Indiana sputtered their first offensive series of the game, but the Hoosiers have gotten on the board first.
Nate Sudfeld threw deep to Cody Latimer for a 59-yard touchdown, catching Michigan cornerback Raymon Taylor off guard.
Indiana leads 7-0 with 10:28 left in the first quarter. The Hoosiers, who implement a high-tempo offense, drive 72 yards in four plays.
Michigan has tinkered yet again with the offensive line in an effort to boost production in the running game.
Joey Burzynski and Erik Magnuson will move into the lineup as the starting guards today against Indiana at Michigan Stadium, making this the Wolverines’ third different offensive line combination this season.
The move comes on the heels of Michigan’s lackluster rushing production from its running backs last Saturday in a four-overtime loss at PennState. Lead back Fitz Toussaint had 27 yards on 27 carries.
Michigan (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) is looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season against Indiana (3-3, 1-1), which has not won in Michigan Stadium since 1967.
The Hoosiers will present an interesting test for the Wolverines’ defense because of its high-paced, quick-tempo offense. They have the most prolific passing offense in the conference.
The Hoosiers utilize two quarterbacks, sophomores Nate Sudfeld and Tre Roberson, and are averaging 331.5 yards passing and are third in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 41.7 points.
Receiver Cody Latimer is the favorite target with 35 catches for 544 yards.
Indiana’s offensive threat is the passing game. But this is not a productive rushing team, as the Hoosiers average 172.8 yards a game, among the worst in the Big Ten. Tevin Coleman has 557 yards on 91 carries and is tied for the Big Ten lead with eight rushing touchdowns.
The offensive line is struggling with three starters injured.
While the Michigan defensive secondary will be tested, this game will be about Michigan establishing itself in the run game. Indiana’s rush defense has been porous, so this could be a chance for the Wolverines to gain confidence in its rushing attack.