Maybe it was Dave Brandon resigning, maybe it was an inferior opponent, maybe it was a growing annoyance of mediocrity. Whatever it was, Michigan took care of business on Saturday.
The running back that stood out most today in a homecoming win was not De’Veon Smith, he was injured in the victory. His right leg left him on the sideline for a large portion of the game, and Drake Johnson stepped up and played extremely well. Johnson finished with 122 yards and two touchdowns on the day, leading a potent Michigan offense.
Johnson was a key player for the Wolverines, and he helped close the door on the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday afternoon. Johnson showed exactly why the coaching staff was so high on him entering the season, and made a case to be fed the football more often.
With just three games remaining, Michigan needs to win two of those game in order to become bowl eligible, so they will need as much help as they can get from any player on their roster.
Devin Gardner finished the game with 22 completions on 29 attempts for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also threw a head-scratching interception that looked like it would have been a touchdown, but was under thrown. Gardner led Michigan on several key drives, and looked, for the most part, calm and collected.
Michigan’s senior linebacker Jake Ryan was all over the field, and now has 11.5 tackle-for-losses in his last two games. His fellow defensive players were explosive, but could not keep Indiana’s star running back, Tevin Coleman under the century mark, as he finished with 111 yards. The defense forced turnovers, and helped out their team in a huge way.
Amara Darboh finished the game with 9 catches for 107 yards and a score. Devin Funchess had 7 catches for 47 yards on the day.
Note: Michigan will play their next 3 games against Northwestern, Maryland and Ohio State. They will need to win 2 of the 3 to become bowl eligible.