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Game Recap: Michigan nips Indiana 31-20

Did you really think this was going to be an easy one?

NCAA Football: Indiana at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines had their hands full against the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday.

In recent years, IU has turned this into just short of a rivalry, giving the Wolverines a dog fight the past four seasons.

By the end of the game, things got quite chippy and testy in what turned out to be a close tilt.

Game Recap

First Quarter

- Michigan gets the ball first and has a 10-play, 61-yard drive that ends with a 32-yard Jake Moody field goal. Michigan leads 3-0

- Indiana has played Michigan tough in recent years, and it appears that trend will continue today. The Hoosiers have a few big rushes, by both RB Stevie Scott and QB Peyton Ramsey. The drive culminates with a 13-yard Scott rushing TD. Indiana leads 7-3

Second Quarter

- Michigan has another 10-play drive, and although it is efficient and time consuming, it leads to three points, a 30-yard attempt by Jake Moody. Indiana leads 7-6

- Another drive in the red-zone, another that stalls for Michigan. They keep getting points, but no touchdowns to this point. A 31-yard Moody FG attempt is converted. Michigan leads 9-7

- Indiana doesn’t waste much time regaining the lead, a long Ramsey pass puts IU on the edge of field goal range, and they gain enough added yardage to settle for a 41-yard FG from Logan Justus. Indiana leads 10-9

- Michigan’s had success throwing to the middle of the field today, and that trend continues when Shea Patterson finds an absolutely wide open Nick Eubanks fairly deep down the field for a 41-yard TD pass. U-M attempts a 2-point conversion but is unsuccessful. Michigan leads 15-10

- The game has become a back and forth affair, both teams trading blows and marching down the field on offense. A 41-yard Ramsey pass sets IU up in the red-zone, and they deliver with a 7-yard Ramsey TD pass to Ty Fryfogle. Indiana leads 17-15

Third Quarter

- Michigan’s D forces a three and out to start the second half, and the offense proceeds to have a pass-heavy drive that leads to a Karan Higdon 2-yard TD run. Michigan leads 22-17

- At this point, it’s safe to say if kicker Jake Moody wasn’t on the money today, Michigan would be losing. Moody is 4-of-4 on field goal attempts today, this one being from 33-yards out. Michigan leads 25-17

Fourth Quarter

- Jake Moody is balling, a 51-yard drive leads to a 23-yard field goal. Michigan leads 28-17

- Indiana puts together a scrappy play aided by Michigan penalties, Justus hits a 36-yard FG with six minutes left. Michigan leads 28-20

- What a great showing by Jake Moody today, as he makes a 29-yard FG, his sixth of the day. Michigan leads 31-20