ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan and Ohio State may’ve been more focused on their annual showdown next Saturday than their respective games this Saturday.
Tenth-ranked Ohio State escaped Maryland with a 52-51 win against the Terrapins on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 17th), 52-51, as Maryland failed to convert a two-point conversion in overtime. And 4th-ranked Michigan (10-1 overall, 8-0 Big Ten) trailed the Indiana Hoosiers, 17-15, at halftime in Ann Arbor – before pulling away in the second half to win, 31-20. Indiana falls to 5-6 overall on the season, and 2-6 in the Big Ten.
In the first half, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson completed 11 of 67 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown. But Indiana led in total yardage, 276 to 249. The Wolverines settled for three first-half field goals by Jake Moody.
A 13-yard touchdown run by Stevie Scott completed a six-play, 80-yard drive for the Hoosiers with 4:14 to go in the first quarter, giving Indiana a 7-3 lead. After that, two more field goals gave Michigan a 9-7 lead midway through the second quarter. Logan Justus booted a 41-yard field goal with 7:39 to go in the half to give Indiana the leave back at 10-9. Shea Patterson’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Nick Eubanks made it 15-10 Michigan, but the Wolverines failed on a two-point conversion attempt. Quarterback Peyton Ramsey then hit Tyrese Fryfogle with a 7-yard TD toss with 3:13 to go in the second quarter, making it 17-15, after the extra point. And that completed the first-half scoring.
In the third quarter, Karan Higdon plowed two yards into the end zone to give Michigan 22-17. And Jake Moody tacked on a 33-yard field goal with 2:08 remaining in the quarter. He had four field goals through the first three quarter: 30, 31, 32 and 33 yarders. Chase Winovich left the game with an apparent left-shoulder injury in the 3rd quarter.
In the fourth frame, Moody booted yet another field goal – this one from 23 yards out that barely made it inside the right upright – and Michigan expanded its lead to 28-17 with 9:55 left. The Hoosiers made it a one-score game again when Justus converted on a 36-yard field goal attempt: 28-20, with 6:10 remaining.
Not long after, Michigan kick returner Berkley Edwards was taken off the field on a backboard after a blindside hit to the helmet. The Hoosier who hit him – linebacker Cam Jones – was ejected for targeting on the play.
A 29-yard field goal by Moody – his sixth of the game – made it 31-20 Michigan with 2:37 left in the contest. The Associated Press reported that is a UM one-game record. And that’s how it ended. Various reporters were posting on Twitter late in the game that team officials were reporting that Edwards had feeling in his extremities – a good sign, for sure.
Edwards’ brother – former Michigan/NFL star Braylon Edwards – tweeted that Berkely will “probably be diagnosed with a concussion.”
AP reports Patterson finished 16-of-28 on passing attempts, had nine carries for 68 yards and threw his first interception in more than a month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.