The No. 17 Michigan Wolverines (5-1, 2-1) kept their championship hopes alive against the Indiana Hoosiers (3-3, 0-3) beating them 27-20 in overtime.
The win marks Michigan’s 22nd consecutive win against the Hoosiers, with Indiana’s last win against the maize and blue coming back in 1987.
John O’Korn continued to struggle as the starting quarterback, completing just 10 of 20 pass attempts for 58 yards and no touchdowns.
Karon Higdon took on the majority of the carries and tok on a big offensive role. The junior ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Donovan Peoples-Jones led receivers with four receptions for 34 yards.
Quinn Nordin got the scoring started with a 40-yard field goal in the first quarter. In the second, Nordin added another field goal followed by a touchdown by Karon Higdon on Michigan’s next drive. The Wolverines would go into the second half with a 13-3 lead.
The Hoosiers made it 13-10 on their first possession of the second half with an 8-yard touchdown run by Morgan Ellison. In the fourth quarter, Karon Higdon would counter with another touchdown to make it 20-10 in favor of the maize and blue.
However, after a Wolverine punt that went backwards, Indiana marched 20 yards to score a touchdown. When they got the ball back with 49 seconds left, they kept on driving and scored a field goal to send the game to overtime.
After the Hoosiers won the toss and elected to start on defense, Michigan used its first drive from scrimmage to score a 25-yard touchdown courtesy of Karon Higdon. Indiana got all the way to the Michigan 4-yard line on their next drive before quarterback Peyton Ramsay threw an interception to Tyree Kinnel on fourth down to end the game.
The overtime game was the second between Michigan and Indiana in the last three years. Back in 2015, the Hoosiers also fell short of extending the game at home, losing 48-41 to the maize and blue.
With Indiana out of the way, Michigan will have arguably its toughest game of the season ahead next Saturday, Oct. 21 when they travel to face the No. 3 Penn State Nittany Lions in a crucial Big Ten game.