The Michigan Wolverines outlasted the Indiana Hoosiers 63-47 on Saturday in a game where both teams simply threw defense out the window. Both teams combined for 110 points and over 1300 yards of total offense, and gave the viewing public what may be the craziest game of the 2013 season.
Indiana set the tempo early with a 59-yard touchdown pass from Nate Sudfeld to Cody Latimer less than five minutes into the game, but Michigan responded with rushing touchdowns from Devin Gardner and Fitzgerald Toussaint before the end of the first quarter. They pushed the score to 28-17 at halftime on another touchdown from Toussaint and a touchdown reception by Jeremy Gallon, but that's just when things started to get interesting.
Defense, reason, and perhaps even sanity went completely by the wayside in the second half. Gardner had been throwing to Gallon all day, and they just kept going as the Wolverines piled up points. Their defense wasn't able to keep Indiana down though, as Tre Roberson took the majority of the snaps at quarterback and kept Michigan within a score. Gardner would do the Hoosiers in late, though, rushing for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cap a monster game both running and throwing the ball.
Both Gallon and Gardner set new Michigan records for receiving and passing yards, respectively, and Gallon came within shouting distance of breaking both the FBS and NCAA records for receiving yards in a game. He also broke the Big Ten record for receiving yards in a game.
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It's probably a tie between Gardner and Gallon. Gardner went 21-29 for 503 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed for 81 yards and three scores. Gallon had 14 receptions for 369 yards and two touchdowns. It's so ridiculous that you almost miss Fitz Toussaint rushing for 151 yards and four touchdowns.
Honorable mention goes to Indiana's Tre Roberson, who busted his hump to the tune of 16-23 for 288 yards, three touchdowns and a pick, and kept the Hoosiers in the game until the very end.
The Wolverines were ranked 24th in the Coaches poll entering the game and were unranked by the AP, and they should get a boost as a result.
But Did They Cover?
The Wolverines were a nine-point favorite at kickoff, so they covered the spread.
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Next Week's Schedule:
Michigan: 11/2, at Michigan State
Indiana: 11/2, vs. Minnesota