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Game recap: Another week, another ugly outing results in loss to Indiana

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The Wolverines are 1-2 on the season with questions surrounding them getting even bigger.

Michigan v Indiana Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines came into Saturday afternoon as the favorite against the Indiana Hoosiers, a team that the program held a 24-game winning streak against. That no longer is the case.

Indiana beat Michigan for the first time since 1987 on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington by a score of 38-21. It is the first time that the Hoosiers have beaten Penn State and Michigan in the same season.

Don Brown’s defense was once again ripped apart through the air with Michael Penix finishing with 30-for-50 for 342 yards and three touchdowns. Offensively, the team struggled to run the ball once again and Joe Milton struggled, missing some throws and finished the day 18-for-34 with 344 yards, three touchdowns and two picks, both of which came in the second half. The Wolverines finished the day with 13 yards rushing on 18 carries.

As a whole, the team came out flat again and outside of small moments here and there, Michigan just never looked ready to play.

The Hoosiers were in command of this one from the outset with touchdown passes from Penix to Miles Marshall and Ty Fryfogle in the first quarter sandwiched between a 37-yard strike from Milton to Cornelius Johnson. Indiana led 14-7 after one quarter of play. They would extend their lead going into halftime to 24-7 on a 52-yard field goal with just under 7 minutes to go and a one-yard pass to Peyton Hendershot with 56 seconds to go.

Michigan came out of the locker room with a defensive stop and a Roman Wilson touchdown pass from 13-yards out from Milton, but Indiana had a counter punch and answered with a score of their own. Through three quarters, the Hoosiers led 31-14. Michigan was able to get it to within 10 on a 21-yard touchdown catch from Ronnie Bell (six catches, 149 yards), but the Hoosiers put the game away at 38-21 with a Stevie Scott two-yard touchdown with just under 9 minutes to go.

Next up for Michigan is a night game at the Big House next Saturday against Wisconsin, assuming that the Badgers are cleared to play in the wake of the COVID outbreak in the program.