Reports of the demise of Michigan's offense have been greatly exaggerated. We'll let you know about the defense once it regains consciousness.
Michigan followed up a back and forth affair against Penn State a week ago with one of the biggest shootouts in school history against an Indiana team that made all the right moves. Still, Michigan's offense was too much. Consider:
Devin Gardner set a school record for total offensive yards, as well as passing yards in a game. He passed for 503 and ran for 81, with three rushing touchdowns and two passing. He hit 72% of his passes and didn't throw an interception. Indiana's defense is bad, but Gardner was on fire. He did fumble a snap, but Thomas Gordon erased that.
Jeremy Gallon is a big reason Gardner went over 500. He had 369 yards (a Michigan and Big Ten record) on 14 catches for two touchdowns. He was flat out uncoverable. Devin Funchess chipped in 4 for 84.
Fitz Toussaint — running out of more shotgun sets (and against Indiana's defense in normal sets) went for 151 yards and four touchdowns on 4.7 yards/carry.
Michigan finished the game with 751 yards of total offense (503/248). Michigan had 14 drives, two turnovers, and two punts.
Of course, Michigan needed every bit of it as the Indiana offense was just as fast and brutally effective as we all worried before the game. Nate Sudfeld started the game, but Tre Roberson came in shortly thereafter and proceeded to rip Michigan's defense to shreds. Indiana used tempo to keep Michigan off balance, and ended the game with 572 yards of offense. Hoosier QBs combined for 43 attempts (9.5 per) and four passing touchdowns.
On the ground, Indiana got to 162 yards as a team and almost five yards per carry. Tevin Coleman led the way with 12 carries for 84 yards. Tre Roberson had another 50 yards.
Michigan's defense looked hapless and lost in the second half. Indiana scored at will for long stretches after turning momentum with a fumble recovery to set up the half's first touchdown.
The biggest plays on defense were undoubtedly both by Thomas Gordon. The first was an interception of Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter shortly after a Michigan fumble seemed to give Indiana the advantage back. The next was an interception in the shadow of his own end zone after a Jourdan Lewis tip on a long Roberson pass.
Michigan survived, and 751 yards of offense against Indiana don't necessarily mean anything for the future. But, 6-1 is still 6-1. Sometimes, survival is all you can ask for.