BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Cornelius Johnson’s 29-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter on Saturday gave Michigan No. 4 the lead and jolt he needed to pull away from Indiana 31-10 in a thrilling game in which a Wolverines’ coach was taken to hospital.
Michigan improved to 6-0 for the second straight season, the first time it has achieved that feat since 1976-77.
Johnson’s big play came after assistant coach Mike Hart was ejected from the field in the first quarter for an undisclosed medical issue.
Hart unexpectedly went down after Indiana tied the score at 7. Many Wolverines players took a knee as coach Jim Harbaugh and other aides watched the coaches deal with the coordinator of the Michigan racing game.
The emotional toll appeared to hurt the defending Big Ten champions, who entered the locker room tied at 10 with the Hoosiers (3-3, 1-2).
But after hearing Hart speak to the team at halftime, the Wolverines (3-0 Big Ten) promised to win the game for their coach – and they did not disappoint.
Johnson’s first of two TD receptions capped Michigan’s 98-yard drive to open the second half and the defense allowed just 29 total yards over the final two quarters until Michigan’s final drive. Indiana.
Luke Schoonmaker and Johnson caught TD passes in the fourth quarter to seal it.
JJ McCarthy was 28 of 36 with 304 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Schoonmaker caught nine passes for 67 yards and Blake Corum had 124 rushing yards on 25 carries after picking up 50 on his first rush of the day. Corum also scored on a 1-yard run after just five plays in the game.
Michigan: The Wolverines have faced tough tests in this series recently and they did it again on Saturday. But Michigan clearly didn’t play its best ball as the nation’s sixth-best offense struggled to score.
Indiana: Coach Tom Allen’s team played their best first half of the season but still haven’t played a full game all season. Defense and special teams, as usual, kept Indiana close. What they lack: a consistent offense.
CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY
Michigan is still undefeated, but its invincibility shield took a major hit against an Indiana team that wasn’t even at full strength on offense or defense. The powerful ground game was largely blocked. The constant was the defense, and it was just as good as advertised. It will be interesting to see if voters punish Michigan for a less than stellar performance.
Michigan: Returns home next Saturday for a showdown with No. 10 Penn State.
Indiana: Host Maryland in Bloomington next Saturday.
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