With Michigan trailing Indiana 31-14 at the start of the fourth quarter, they had to score quick if they had any hopes of mounting a comeback. The sense of urgency that was lacking late in the game against Michigan State looked to be improved upon.
Michigan had a 6 play, 64-yard drive that ended with a 21-yard Ronnie Bell touchdown reception. The drive took only 2:01 off the clock, and Michigan trailed 31-21 with 13:43 to go.
Here’s video of Ronnie Bell getting UP and making a touchdown grab for Michigan— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) November 7, 2020
Now it was turn for the defense to do their part. They needed to get the Indiana offense off the field quick, and that’s precisely what they did. Indiana went three-and-out after three incompletions. There was still 13:13 left on the clock.
Enter this week’s turning point.
Down ten with plenty of time to play, the sense of urgency was still needed, but there was also no need to panic or force anything. Unfortunately for Michigan, their drive ended on the second play of it when Joe Milton threw a costly interception directly to a defender he never saw in the vicinity.
Milton’s turnover proved to be a major blow to any hopes Michigan had of a comeback attempt, as Indiana was able to net a Stevie Scott touchdown run to put them back up three scores, 38-21. Michigan’s next drive would start with 8:40 left and would end with another Joe Milton interception on 3rd & 25.
If Milton didn’t throw his first pick, maybe Michigan cuts the Indiana lead to three points. With Michigan down ten and seeming to have gained some momentum after a TD and a three and out by their defense, Milton’s interception proved to be costly and solidified Indiana’s lead and momentum once more.