No 15 Michigan Win in Double Overtime Thriller Over the Hoosiers

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana -- Michigan Wolverines displayed tenacity and relentlessness in their battle against the Hoosiers and pulled out a double over-time victory, 48-41.  This brings U of M's 55th win in 64 games v Indiana, all time.  

Coach Harbaugh saw the contest as "Lot of good. It's like Clint Eastwood movie, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.  There was some of all of it today.  Our guys found a way to win, and it's as good a win as you'll ever have."

A pass from Jake Rudock to Jehu Chesson put the Wolverines on the scoreboard in the first quarter, followed by a succesful Allen extra point, 7-0.  
The defense held Indiana to two field goals in the first quarter. 

Michigan scored additional points in the 2nd quarter with a 15 yard and a 64 yard TD pass from Rudock to Chesson.  Kenny Allen made both extra point attempts and a field goal.

Michigan was scoreless in the third quarter, while Indiana added a TD, extra point and a field goal, to make the score 24-26 in favor of the Hoosiers. 
Kenny Allen made field goal #3, in the fourth quarter. Indiana punched in a TD on a 24 yard run. Chesson scored his fourth TD with a 5 yard pass from Rudock, Kenny Allen extra point. 
Indiana started the OT with a 1 yard rushing TD.  Michigan answered with a 21 yard pass from Rudock to Butt, Allen extra point.  Score 34-34 at end of first OT.
In the second OT, Michigan's Rudock found Amara Darboh at the end of a 25 yard pass to take the Wolverines up to 48-41.  The Hoosiers were blocked by Michigan Defense's Hill just short of the goal to end the game.
The offense is clearly on board with their new teammate, Rudock, who threw a new career high in a single game pass yardage for the second week in a row, 440 v Indiana and 337 v Rutgers. His completions are tied for the second most in a game at U of M, in addition to rushing for a net 64 yards.

Coach Harbaugh also gave Rudock a nod of approval "... unflappable. He just does not flinch.  It doesn't matter what the situation is.  He comes off the field, you talk and he gives feedback.  He's exactly the same all of the time. He's got ice water in his veins.  It's very impressive."
Rudock threw for 1 INT but kept his composure and continued to lead the Wolverines.  According to Darboh, " He was positive,...lets go,we got to score.. he moves on to the next play."

Michigan posted a season high 581 yards, 141 yards rushing and 440 yards passing, out pacing the Hoosiers 527 yards offense.  

Chesson has 7 TDs in the last three games, with 207 yards receiving.  Coach Harbaugh was also impressed with Jehu.

"Jehu, again, came to play. I really feel like Jehu, I told Jehu this this weekend during practice, he's got everything it takes to be a great player, someday a great pro player. The only thing I think he was missing was tracking the deep ball, making the deep ball catches. And today, boom, he does it. I could go on."

Amara Darboh had 8 receptions for 109 yards. Darboh's eighth reception bumped him over the 1,000 yard mark for his career, 1040 total, 567 this year alone.  He attributes some of his direct success to Rudock,  "I am more trusting in him."

Receiving yards were also posted by Butt 82 and Peppers 16.  

Jake Butt has at least one catch in 13 straight games and ranks No. 6 on U of M's all time tight end receptions list and No. 9 on the all time list for yardage by a Wolverine tight end.


Smith, Houma and Johnson contributed  with 59, 17 and 2 yards rushing.


While the defense had their ups and downs they knew they had to step up to pull out a win. The defense allowed Indiana 307 yards rushing. This was the second win this season with a defensive block in the redzone to end the game, the first was at Minnesota. 

Delano Hill made a spectacular block to end the contest in favor of the Wolverines. He charted a total of 10 tackles, 8 solo.

Coach Harbaugh observed the last play of the game falling into place, "At the end of the game, I saw the quarterback look over to the slot, he had what he wanted, had the matchup he wanted on Delano Hill.  Looked at it, looked back at and knew that's where he was going... Delano really competed for the ball throughout the catch. Contested it the whole way and looked like he was able to slap it away. So really, really, really happy for Delano Hill, and us , for all of us.  We've got things to do. You're tired, a little beat up, but two games to go. It's suck it up time."

Darboh was honest in stating that they "Take the wins how we can...  Our dreams are still alive." 

The Team dedicated their contest against the Hoosiers to Chad Carr and proved that they are #ChadTough. Amara Darboh took a solemn tone acknowledging the Carr family's fight. "When you dedicate a game to someone, you want to win it."   

5 year old Chad has been battling brain cancer since last September. Chad, grandson of former Michigan Coach, Lloyd Carr, and the rest of the Carr family spent their time celebrating Christmas.  Santa made a special appearance and the family was serenaded with Christmas Carols.

Coach Harbaugh seemed to be humbled and honored as he reflected on the dedication, "The spirit of that little guy!"

Michigan delivered a great game and a W keeping the Wolverines dreams alive.  They are bowl eligible, with the Big Ten Championships still in their sights.


Michigan improves the season record  to (8-2) overall and (5-1) Big Ten. 

The Wolverines will travel to State College, PA to take on the Nittany Lions. (Noon)  Penn State (7-3) over all and (4-2) Big Ten.  PSU lost in a last minute (:13)  field goal v Northwestern, 23-21. 

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1) Michigan Celebrates Win Over Hoosiers  2) Delano Hill & Jourdan Lewis  3) Coach Harbaugh  4) Jake Rudock & Jehu Chesson   5) Amara Darboh



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