Instant Recap: Michigan 27, IN 20

Lynette Rowe
October 16, 2017

So when MI went to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Hoosiers on Saturday afternoon, the Wolverines were prepared for a fight.

Karan Higdon ran 25 yards for a touchdown for No. 17 MI on the first play of overtime and Tyree Kinnel intercepted a fourth-down pass in the end zone on the final play, helping the Wolverines hold off in 27-20 on Saturday. IN will have to get creative if it wants to score on Michigan's top-10 scoring defense and find ways to get the ball to running back Morgan Ellison, receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. and tight end Ian Thomas. The two teams traded touchdowns in the fourth, but Indiana's Griffin Oakes nailed a 46-yard field goal before time was out and the game continued into overtime.

Indiana's losing streak to MI is now 22 games, but the last two times the Wolverines have come to Bloomington it has gone to overtime.

However, the Hoosiers came out for the third quarter and managed to get a six play 64-yard drive with the end result a rushing touchdown from Morgan Ellison.

Higdon's second score of the game - a 59-yarder through the middle of the IN defense early IN the fourth quarter - probably should have sealed things.

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The Hoosiers cut Michigan's advantage to 20-17 with just 3:27 left in the game.

J-Shun Harris returned a punt inside the Michigan's 30, which the Hoosiers converted into a touchdown.

In college football, Number-16 MI goes on the road to kick off against IN tomorrow afternoon. Griffin Oakes tied it for IN (3-3, 0-3) with a 46-yard field goal as time expired. Penalties were the main culprit this week. That's a program record and more than doubled the yards they gained through the air. The passing game once again struggled as John O'Korn threw for only 58 yards.

Today's win was mostly thanks to Higdon, who racked up 200 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. But with three top-10 opponents left on the schedule - staring with No. 3 Penn State next Saturday - a nail-biting win in Bloomington leaves more questions than answers.

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