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CFP No. 7 Michigan rebounds with win over Indiana

Luke Schoonmaker Indiana Michigan Football
Posted at 10:14 AM, Nov 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-07 10:14:04-05

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Hassan Haskins ran for a career-high 168 yards and a touchdown, helping No. 9 Michigan bounce back from its first defeat with a 29-7 win over Indiana on Saturday night.

The Wolverines (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) were coming off a deflating defeat, blowing a 16-point, third-quarter lead in a 37-33 loss to rival Michigan State last week. The fifth-ranked Spartans lost for the first time this season earlier in the day, 40-29 to Purdue.

The Hoosiers (2-7, 0-6) have lost five straight games, collapsing in a season that started with them hoping to contend for at least a division title.

Haskins had 27 carries with a heavier burden in the backfield because Blake Corum left the field with an undisclosed injury early in the game. Corum, who has been among the nation’s leading rushers all season, ran once for 4 yards and dropped a perfect pass in the flat for the second straight week before leaving the game.

Haskins’ 2-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter gave Michigan a 10-0 lead. Chris Childers 1-yard touchdown run pulled the Hoosiers within three, but they couldn’t get closer.

Cade McNamara was 10 of 18 for 168 yards with two touchdown passes to tight end Luke Schoonmaker that helped the Wolverines pull away. Michigan’s Cornelius Johnson had five receptions for 108 yards.

Donoven McCulley was 10 of 24 for 88 yards and ran 14 times for 37 yards for the Hoosiers.

THE TAKEAWAY

Indiana: Losing quarterbacks Michael Penix Jr., who threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns in last year’s 17-point win over Michigan, and Jack Tuttle to injuries has been too tough to overcome for coach Tom Allen’s team.

Michigan: Corum’s injury is a potential problem. He and Haskins have allowed coach Jim Harbaugh to stick with a run-heavy offense. If Corum is out, Haskins will take many more hits and there isn’t a lot of experience behind him on the depth chart.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Wolverines may not move up because the only team ranked higher, Michigan State, beat them last week.

ONE-SIDED SERIES

Michigan has won 40 of 42 games against Indiana, who ended a 24-game losing streak with a 38-21 win over the Wolverines during the pandemic-shortened season.

RISING STAR

Michigan defensive end David Ojabo forced a fumble on a sack, giving him eight sacks and four forced fumbles to rank among FBS leaders in both categories.

TAKE A SEAT

Indiana freshman running back Trent Howland, who had five carries for 17 yards in one game this season, sat out the first of two games after being suspended for violating team rules.

UP NEXT

Indiana: Hosts Rutgers on Saturday.

Michigan: At No. 22 Penn St on Saturday.