ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Indianas hurry-up offense gave Michigan a lot of problems.
The Hoosiers, though, didnt give their tired defense much of a break when they had eight scoring drives that lasted 2:08 or less.
Offensively the tempo helps us, but it might hurt our defense, coach Kevin Wilson said after the Wolverines outscored Indiana 63-47 Saturday.
Devin Gardner set school records with 584 yards of offense and 503 yards passing and matched a Michigan mark with five touchdowns. He helped the Wolverines set a school record with 751 yards of offense.
We were getting blocked, not getting off blocks and missing tackles, Wilson said.
Michigans Jeremy Gallon had a Big Ten-record 369 yards receiving and two TDs on 14 receptions for the Wolverines, much to Wilsons dismay.
Ridiculous, Wilson said.
The Wolverines (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) lost two fumbles in the second half that gave Indiana (3-4, 1-2) a chance to win in Ann Arbor for the first time since 1967.
Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson ran for a 15-yard score that pulled the Hoosiers within two points early in the fourth quarter.
But after Gardner fumbled at the Indiana 2 on the ensuing drive, Roberson took himself out of the game because of a hand cramp and Nate Sudfeld gave the ball back with an interception that was thrown well short of a teammate who had gotten past Michigans secondary.
I was trying to do too much, Sudfeld said. I trusted my arm too much and forced it.
That was Thomas Gordons first of two interceptions in the fourth quarter. The other one was at the Wolverines 6 with 2:57 left, helping them avoid an upset.
Fitzgerald Toussaint had 151 yards rushing and scored for a fourth time with 1:12 left in the shootout.
Through three quarters, Gallon had 343 yards and was within reach of the major college record set in 1998 by Louisiana Techs Troy Edwards with 405 yards receiving.
I guess they focused so much on (Devin) Funchess and forgot about me, Gallon said.
Indiana had 572 yards of offense, the most Michigan had allowed since Oregon racked up 624 yards of offense in 2007.
Roberson was 16 of 23 for 288 yards with three TDs and an interception. He ran 11 times for 50 yards and a score. Sudfeld was 8 of 19 for 122 yards with a TD and an interception.
Tevin Coleman had 11 carries, none for a negative gain, for 78 yards and a score for the Hoosiers.
Indianas Kofi Hughes caught six passes for 138 yards and a TD. Cody Latimer had five receptions for 96 yards and a score. And, Shane Wynn scored on two of his four receptions.
The Hoosiers scored first, but both teams scored often.
Gardner and Toussaint combined for three TDs on the ground to give Michigan a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter and it seemed as if the team, unranked for the first time this year, might coast to an easy victory.
The Wolverines shaky defense, though, couldnt stop Indiana until the late in the game. Theyve won 19 straight at home, the longest streak by a BCS-conference team, and 18 in a row against Indiana.
The Hoosiers dont play again until Nov. 2 when theyll be host to Minnesota.
Well take advantage of the off week and work on some things, Wilson said.