A wild week became even more outrageous after the Michigan Wolverines smacked the Indiana Hoosiers 34-10 with the help of two breakout performances. The Wolverines notched their fourth win, leaving just two more wins to become become bowl eligible. TBHR happily hands out three game balls after an outlandish week comes to a close.
Game Ball: Drake Johnson, Running Back
Mike Hart, is that you?
Drake Johnson, a product of Ann Arbor, led all rushers on the day after carrying the ball 16 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
He did so wearing No. 20 and provided Michigan fans with flashbacks of the good ol’ Mike Hart days. It was a magical moment for Johnson and a big moment for the Wolverines. De’Veon Smith was injured in the first half, and Johnson was given the load at tailback and made the most of it. Johnson busted for a 32-yard run in the fourth quarter and later punched the ball in the end zone for his second touchdown on the day, and second score of his career.
Hopefully Johnson will be able to carry his magical performance over into the next week.
Game Ball: Amara Darboh, Wide Receiver
Armara Darboh is finally developing into a productive receiver when the Wolverines need it most. The offense has been horrendous this year, but Darboh has become a reliable wideout as of late. The redshirt sophomore had a career day after catching nine balls for 107 yards and a score. His touchdown came in the second quarter on a 12-yard strike from Devin Gardner, capping a lengthy drive that put the Wolverines up 17-0.
Gardner is going to need all the help he can get as the Wolverines make a push to be a part of the bowl season, and Darboh gives him a very solid second option at wide receiver.
Game Ball: Michigan Defense
Indiana running back Tevin Coleman entered the Big House as the nation’s leading rusher, averaging 170 yards per contest. The Wolverines kept Coleman out of the endzone and held him to 108 yards on the ground. The defense played a strong game overall, allowing just 24 passing yards and 167 rushing yards, keeping the Hoosiers 120 yards below their season average. Jake Ryan posted a team best 11 tackles, including 2.5 for loss. He also forced two fumbles.
Most importantly, the Wolverines forced TWO TURNOVERS and turned both opportunities into touchdowns. Another superb defensive performance should help the Wolverines carry momentum into Saturday’s matchup in Evanston, Ill., against the Northwestern Wildcats.
Derek Devine is a contributing blogger for TBHR. Follow him on Twitter here!