ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A multi-headed rushing attack doomed Indiana in their final regular season road game, a 20-10 loss at No. 3 Michigan on a flurry-filled Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers (5-6, 3-5) led the game 7-3 at halftime, but Michigan quarterback John O’Korn sparked a 14-point swing to give the Wolverines (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten East) the advantage.
O’Korn’s momentum-shifting play came late in the third quarter. Indiana had just extended their lead to 10-6 with Griffin Oakes’ 24-yard field goal, and the Hoosiers defense pressured Michigan into a third-and-8 scenario. O’Korn felt the pressure, avoided the sack, and scurried down the left sideline for a 30-yard gain.
On the Wolverines next play, De’Veon Smith finished the drive with a 34-yard touchdown to take a 13-10 lead. He went on to score again and finished with a game-leading 158 yards on the ground. As a team, Michigan rushed for 225 of their 284 total yards.
Indiana maintained their lead deep into the third quarter with great credit to their defense, which compiled eight tackles for loss and two sacks. Marcus Oliver led the unit with 12 tackles, followed by Tegray Scales with 10.
Chris Covington championed the defensive effort in his first career start. His impact was immediate, making two tackles and forcing a fumble on Michigan’s first drive. Covington finished the night with six tackles, one strip, and a sack.
The majority of IU’s success on offense ran through junior Richard Lagow’s 14 completions for 191 yards, including three passes for 20-plus yards. One of those deep shots set up Indiana’s first half touchdown, a 31-yard toss down the left sideline for Luke Timian.
Timian’s only catch gave the Hoosiers a chance to take the lead after Michigan opened the scoring with a field goal on the previous drive. Lagow fed the rock to Devine Redding for two of his 50 yards, which gave way for a first down pass to Ricky Jones at the 5-yard line. Camion Patrick took two carries to barrel across the end zone, notching his first collegiate rushing touchdown for the 7-3 lead.
The Hoosiers defense held O’Korn to just seven completions on 59 yards, the lowest passing total allowed by IU since 2012. In addition to sacks by Covington and Mike Barwick Jr., the defense created three pass break-ups and two hurries to stifle his day through the air.
Indiana will play their final home game of the regular season this Thanksgiving weekend, the annual in-state clash with the Purdue Boilermakers (3-8, 1-7 West) on Saturday, Nov. 26. The yearly battle for the Oaken Bucket is set for a noon EST kickoff at Memorial Stadium. The game will air live on ESPNU.