It was a record-breaking day at Michigan Stadium, as the Wolverines won a wild one against Indiana. The final tally was 63-47 Michigan, there were 159 plays, 1,323 yards of total offense and a slew of records broken. Michigan amassed a school record 751 yards of total offense, Jeremy Gallon set a Big Ten record with 369 receiving yards and Devin Gardner broke 3 records himself, more on that later. With the win, Michigan improves to 6-1, 2-1. Indiana falls to 3-4, 1-2.
1. Jeremy Gallon: I’m not sure what strategy Indiana was employing against Gallon, but it didn’t work. He absolutely shredded their secondary on his way to 14 receptions, 369 yards and 2 touchdowns. The 369 yards established a new Big Ten record, the 14 receptions are the second most a Michigan receiver has ever hauled in. After the game Gallon was asked if he thought he would ever post those kind of eye-popping numbers. He chuckled and said no.
2. Devin Gardner: The new #98 had a record breaking day as well. He established new school records with a mind-boggling 584 yards of total offense and 503 passing yards. He also tied a school record with five touchdowns.
3. Thomas Gordon: The 5th year senior came up with two fourth quarter interceptions to help thwart the Hoosiers upset bid. Gordon’s first pick was one of the plays of the game, see below. His second pick dashed any hopes Indiana had of a furious comeback.
3 Key Plays
1. Michigan had just fumbled the ball away and was clinging to a 49-47 lead. The Hoosiers opted to go with Nate Sudfeld at QB and he chucked an interception to Thomas Gordon. Three plays later, Devin Gardner scored his school record fifth touchdown of the day to give the Wolverines a 56-47 lead. Gordon’s interception couldn’t have come at a better time.
2. With the score tied 7-7, Michigan was facing a 4th down and 1 from the Indiana 2 yard line. Brady Hoke kept the offense on the field and decided to run Fitz Toussaint behind his newly reconfigured offensive line. The result was a two yard touchdown run off left tackle. “You know what,” Brady Hoke said after the game. “There wasn’t any doubt about going for it. I knew that we would need points during the course of the afternoon.”
3. With Michigan leading 28-24, Devin Gardner lofted a picture perfect, deep strike to Jeremy Gallon that was good for a 50 yard touchdown pass.
When Joey Burzynksi left the game with an apparent injury, it was true freshman Kyle Bosch who replaced him at guard. “Bosch did a great job,” Taylor Lewan said in the post-game presser. “I think for the first few series he was a bit starry-eyed. He knows what his weaknesses are and his strengths and so do I. I’ve had the opportunity to play with him here and there. We didn’t just throw him in there; he’s had snaps with the one first unit. I just tried to help him out as best I could.”
James Ross III made some big plays. He broke up a pass on a third down play and showed good closing speed on several tackles. He finished the day with 8 stops.
Derrick Green looked good in limited action. He gained 21 yards on six carries and appeared to have a little more burst on some of his runs.
Brendan Gibbons had a field goal attempt blocked. It was another low trajectory kick that was easily rejected by the Hoosiers.
Indiana appeared to be attacking Raymon Taylor throughout the game. He gave up some big plays.
Devin Gardner is a playmaker. He has made some mistakes along the way, but he is a tremendous talent and has improved his decision making as the season has progressed. When he is under center, the Wolverines have a chance to win any game they play in.
Michigan has now won 19 consecutive home games, all with Brady Hoke at the helm. That is the longest active streak among BCS teams.
Fitzgerald Toussaint carried the ball 32 times for 151 yards and a career-high 4 TDs.
Michigan was 7-11 on third down conversions, Indiana was 8-14.
Devin Funchess continued his impressive play. He corralled 4 passes for 84 yards and wowed the crowd when he hurdled a defender on one play.
Gardner was 21-29 en route to his school record 503 passing yards.
Jeremy Gallon now ranks 11th in Michigan history with 2,162 career receiving yards.
Gallon’s season stats: 45 receptions for 831 yards and 7 TDs.
James Ross III has a team-high 50 tackles through 7 games.
What it means
Well they won. The defense obviously struggled with Indiana’s frenetic pace. The offense looked terrific and now Michigan heads to their second bye week before they trek to East Lansing for what should be a real knock-down, drag-out affair. “I’d like to see the same offense show up but maybe a different defense,” Hoke said when asked about the MSU game. “We have work to do, there’s no question about it. We’ve got some things that probably in all areas, but from the defensive standpoint we’ve got to clean some things up out there.”
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