The Indiana Hoosiers failed to snap their 20-game losing streak to the Michigan Wolverines.
For a good portion of the game, the Hoosiers looked like they were going to pull off the upset. They held a 7-3 lead at halftime and they held a 10-6 lead midway through the third quarter.
However, it was only a matter of time before Michigan found its groove. There was a large talent gap between the two programs, and it showed late in the third quarter.
Wolverines’ running back De’Veon Smith exploded in the third quarter with two rushing touchdowns; Michigan’s only two touchdowns of the game. He finished with 158 yards on the ground.
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Overall, both sides battled with frigid weather conditions. It was very cold, and it began snowing in the second half. The weather certainly affected both team’s gameplans in the end.
Michigan quarterback John O’Korn only completed seven of 16 pass attempts for 59 passing yards. Meanwhile, Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow only completed 14 of 29 pass attempts for 191 passing yards.
Obviously, Michigan countered its poor day throwing with an excellent ground game. They ran for 225 yards on the ground as a team.
The same could not be said for Indiana. Hoosiers’ running back Devine Redding only ran for 50 rushing yards on 22 carries. As a team, Indiana ran for 64 yards and one touchdown.
With the win Michigan moves to 10-1 on the season and 7-1 the Big Ten. They can now clinch a berth into the Big Ten Championship game with a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes.
With the loss, Indiana falls to 5-6 on the season and 3-5 in conference. Next week’s game against their in-state rival the Purdue Boilermakers even more crucial. They need a win to become bowl eligible.