- Aug 31, 2019
Daddy Hoosier | November 8, 2020
The Indiana Hoosiers got the complete performance they were looking for Saturday en route to a 38-21 victory over the 23rd ranked Michigan Wolverines. The Hoosiers were sharp and efficient on both sides of the ball for a full 60 minutes and the Big Ten and the country go to see what Indiana can do when they put it all together.
Indiana won their first two games despite slow starts and bouts of inconsistency but Saturday was a different story. Defensively IU forced a three-and-out on Michigan’s first possession and then scored a touchdown on an 11-play 74-yard opening drive.
Quarterback Michael Penix was 6 of 8 for 60 yards and a TD on that initial possession.
Indiana never let up and controlled Michigan essentially from start to finish.
IU’s Offense was more aggressive and more in rhythm. And it showed. The Hoosiers produced 460 yards of total offense including 342 yards passing and 118 yards rushing. They also produced 6 explosive plays of 20 yards or more.
Penix finished the game with 30 completions for a career high 342 yards and 3 TDs. Stevie Scott added 98 rushing yards and 2 TDs, passing Hoosier great Vaughn Dunbar for 7th all-time in Career Scrimmage Touchdowns (26) in the process.
Ty Fryfogle set career highs in both catches (7) and receiving yards (142), and notched a crucial early TD. Whop Philyor also impressed with the 6th 10+ reception game of his career (11 grabs).
On Defense Indiana continued to be disruptive, forcing 5 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 5 quarterback hurries, 2 interceptions, and 4 pass break-ups.
Cornerback Jaylin Williams now has an interception in every game this season. Williams picked of Michigan QB Joe Milton early in the 4th quarter and returned it for 36 yards – a play that set up Indiana’s final score that for all intents and purposes put Michigan away for good.
Reese Taylor added 7 tackles including 2 for a loss and a sack.
Head Coach Tom Allen was pleased with the way his team answered the bell.
“We challenged them about starting fast and finishing strong and that’s exactly what we did,” said Allen.
Indiana now has 2 wins against Top 25 Teams in 3 weeks and has won 8 of its last 10 Big Ten games. IU is 11-5 overall since the beginning of 2019.
This has been a remarkable ride already and from the look of things it doesn’t appear it will be over any time soon.
Next week Indiana (3-0) will travel to East Lansing to face Michigan State (1-2).
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Daddy Hoosier | November 8, 2020 The Indiana Hoosiers got the complete performance they were looking for Saturday en route to a 38-21 victory over the 23rd ranked Michigan Wolverines. The Hoosiers …