The Michigan Wolverines continued their late-season renaissance on Saturday afternoon with a 39-14 win over the Indiana Hoosiers, their 24th-straight in the series. People were hoping to avoid disaster this week ahead of the showdown with Ohio State next weekend in Ann Arbor and this game not only did that, but also provided optimism heading into another rivalry game.
Shea Patterson had another prolific passing day through the air, finishing with 366 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. It was a career day for wide receiver Nico Collins, who had six catches for a career-high 165 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon.
Indiana came out early with the fire and execution that we have gotten used to from them in this series over the last number of years. The Hoosiers pushed the Wolverines early by jumping out to a 14-7 lead over Michigan less than a minute into the second quarter, but it was all Wolverines from there. The Wolverines would score two touchdowns after Indiana jumped back out in front and scores from Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins would help fuel a 21-14 lead at the half.
Michigan ran away with this game in the third quarter. After a 27-yard field goal from Quinn Nordin, two more touchdowns from Collins from 76 and 19 yards out, respectively, and a Dylan McCaffrey 2-point conversion thrown in for good measure would give them a 39-14 lead at the end of three quarters.
Next up for the Wolverines is a rivalry tilt with the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes next weekend at the Big House. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.