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Big Ten - Michigan 63, Indiana 47

6:54 PM, Oct 19, 2013   |    comments
Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Jeremy Gallon (21) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
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ANN ARBOR (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Fielding Yost died in 1946.

Yet 67 years later, his point-a-minute team rose from the ashes.

That's the only way to explain what happened today at Michigan Stadium, where the Wolverines looked like the modern day incarnation, holding on to edge Indiana, 63-47.

Unlike the legendary 67-65 win over Illinois here in 2010, there were no overtimes, only history.

Riding a historic game from quarterback Devin Gardner and receiver Jeremy Gallon, the Wolverines(6-1, 2-1 Big Ten)traded scores with Indiana throughout the whole second half.

Ironically, the difference between them came on defense as two Thomas Gordon interceptions - one erasing Devin Gardner's red-zone fumble and the second ending Indiana's best shot at a touchdown to get close - protected the lead.

The offensive show will be remembered for years as the Wolverines set a program record with 751 yards of offense.

Gardner led that charge set a Michigan total offense record with 584 yards (503 passing and 81 rushing) plus five touchdowns (three rushing, two passing).

Most of the passing yards went to his favorite target, Gallon, who set a Big Ten record with 369 receiving yards on 14 catches and both of those touchdown grabs. A large chunk of those yards came on two 70-yard connections, one on a screen pass where Gallon took off and one on a bomb from Gardner.

Even the previously lackluster rushing game - the one that forced an offensive line change of two guards - was dominant as Fitz Toussaint rolled up 151 rushing yards and four touchdowns, icing the game with a 27-yard rushing touchdown with 1:12 remaining for the final score.

Nearly every bit of that was necessary as Indiana barely held the ball, with eight scoring drives, all of 2:08 or less. When U-M would score, the Hoosiers (3-4, 1-2) quickly matched as IU closed within a field goal three times in the second half but never took the lead.

The last gasp came with IU quarterback Tre Roberson's 15-yard rushing score with 12:15 left to close within 49-47.

U-M scored the final two touchdowns to seal the win.

After a decent first half, allowing only 17 points, the U-M defense surrendered to the intense pace set by the Hoosiers' offense.

Michigan's offense spent the first half realizing it needed to keep the pressure on and produced one of its best halves of the season, taking a 28-17 lead into the break.

After Indiana's 59-yard bomb burned U-M cornerback Raymon Taylor and dug the Wolverines a 7-0 hole, Michigan stormed back.

Showing its power on the ground, Michigan march 56 yards, capped by a Gardner 13-yard touchdown run.

That was the start of the offensive explosion that featured 348 yards of offense, 237 by Gardner through the air and a respectable 77 on the ground from the tailbacks, an area of great concern.

Toussaint was productive, scoring two touchdowns but the first-half standout was Gallon, with eight catches for 170 yards and a score.

Both teams were exactly where they anticipated at the break, in the middle of a shoot-out, U-M moving the ball in chunks and Indiana on two big quick-strike big passing plays.

Contact Mark Snyder: msnyder@freepress.com . Follow him on Twitter @mark__snyder.

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