Oct. 19, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: Michigan 63, Indiana 47
Records: U-M (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten), IU (3-4, 1-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Nov. 2 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 3:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Behind record-setting performances from fifth-year senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) and senior/junior quarterback Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich./Inkster), the University of Michigan football team (NR AP, No. 24 ESPN/USA Today) outlasted Indiana, 63-47, in an offensive shootout on Saturday (Oct. 19) at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines amassed a school-record 751 yards of total offense in the bowl-eligible-clinching win.
Gardner went 21-for-29 for a program-record 503 passing yards (averaging nearly 24 yards per completion) and tacked on an additional 81 rushing yards, totaling five touchdowns (3 rush, 2 pass). His 584 yards of total offense -- a new school record -- fell one yard short of the Big Ten total-offense record. Meanwhile, Gallon finished with 14 receptions for 369 yards and two touchdowns, establishing new Big Ten and school records for most receiving yards in a single game. His 369 yards are also the second-highest ever by an FBS receiver.
Fifth-year senior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (Youngstown, Ohio/Liberty) added 32 carries for 151 yards and four touchdowns, the sixth Michigan running back to accumulate at least four rushing TDs in a game. Defensively, sophomore Raymon Taylor (Detroit, Mich./Highland Park) led the team with nine tackles, while sophomore linebacker James Ross III (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) had eight.
Leading 49-47 with 12:05 to play, Michigan drove the length of the field to the Indiana two-yard line, looking to add some insurance. But Gardner fumbled snap, and Indiana recovered. However, the Wolverines got it back three players later on fifth-year senior safety Thomas Gordon's (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) first interception, which he returned 30 yards to the Hoosiers' five-yard line. On the ensuing possession, Gardner dropped back to pass, was forced to scramble and scampered six yards to make the score 56-47 with six minutes to play.
Down nine, the Hoosiers marched down the field, but another Gordon interception -- off a tip by freshman defensive back Jourdan Lewis (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) -- ended the drive. The Wolverines kept the ball on the ground and ate up clock, finally icing the game on a Toussaint 27-yard touchdown run with 1:12 to play.
In the first half, the two teams traded touchdowns on multiple occasions. After Indiana opened up the scoring with a 59-yard pass from Sudfeld to Cody Latimer, Michigan answered on a 13-yard option keeper by Gardner.
On the first play of U-M's next drive -- following an Indiana punt -- Gardner, from his own 19-yard line, connected with Gallon in the right flat on a screen pass that turned into a 70-yard gain. The next two running plays went for negative yards, setting up Michigan with a 3rd-and-17. On that play, Gardner hit Gallon again, this time for a 16-yard gain. At the two-yard line, the Wolverines elected to go for it, and Toussaint ran off left tackle for the score, putting the home team ahead, 14-7, with 4:33 left in the first.
The defense stopped Indiana again on the ensuing drive, and on a 2nd-and-15 from their own 36-yard line, the Wolverines' got a Gardner screen pass to Toussaint for 27 yards. Later in the drive, Gardner found Gallon twice -- for a total of 23 yards -- setting up a seven-yard Toussaint touchdown run to make the score 21-7 with 7:02 left in the half.
The Hoosiers cut the lead on the next drive, as quarterback Tre Roberson found Shane Wynn for a 33-yard touchdown. But the Wolverines responded by going 91 yards in 12 plays to go back up two scores. The Wolverines picked up six first downs on the drive, ending with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Gardner to Gallon.
The Hoosiers got the ball back with little time on the clock before halftime, but Mitch Ewald successfully made a 50-yard field goal, cutting the Michigan lead to 28-17 as the teams headed into the locker room.
Michigan got the ball to start the second half but turned it over on a fumble on the second play of the drive. Indiana took over on the Michigan five-yard line and scored on a two-yard Tevin Coleman touchdown run. Following that score, the two teams each traded quick-strike touchdowns on their respective possessions. After Michigan got the touchdown back courtesy of a Gardner-to-Gallon 50-yard connection, Indiana responded, as Roberson found a wide-open Wynn for five-yard touchdown pass. Following a Michigan punt, the U-M defense held the Hoosiers to a 23-yard field goal from Ewald to cut the lead to one at 35-34 with 6:17 to play in the third quarter.
Gallon then continued his big day, notching another 70-yard reception (his second of the day) to set up Michigan's next score, a two-yard Toussaint run (his third of the day). But Indiana answered again, as Kofi Hughes out-jumped Taylor for a Roberson pass, broke two tackles and streaked down the far sideline for a 67-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good, however, keeping Michigan with a two-point lead at 42-40 as the fourth quarter began.
On the third play of the fourth quarter, Gardner added his second rushing touchdown of the game, before Roberson made the score 49-47 with 12:15 to go on a TD run, and Michigan pulled away.
U-M returns to the field on Saturday, Nov. 2, taking on rival Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. Kickoff time and TV network will be announced on Monday. The Wolverines are on bye next week.
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