No. 9 Michigan tops Indiana 29-7, bounces back from 1st loss

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Hassan Haskins had to carry a heavier burden in the backfield because Blake Corum was injured. He delivered.

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.

“It was a different feeling, but I had to get the job done,” Haskins said.

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.

“That’s out of our control, but going forward, we said, somebody has to pay and it just happened to be Indiana,” Michigan defensive end David Ojabo said.

The fifth-ranked Spartans lost for the first time this season earlier in the day, 40-29 to Purdue, and fell into a second-place tie with Michigan behind No. 6 Ohio State in the Big Ten East Division.

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.

“Our expectations were high in the beginning, and this isn’t what we expected,” linebacker Micah McFadden said. “So, it hurts.”

Haskins had 27 carries, matching a career high, without Corum on the field for much of 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.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I don’t know if it’s mild. Somewhere less than serious.”

Haskins’ 2-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter gave Michigan a 10-f0 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 Luke Schoonmaker that helped the Wolverines pull away. The tight end took advantage of opportunities with Erick All out of the lineup with an injury. Michigan’s Cornelius Johnson had five receptions for 108 yards.

Indiana’s latest loss makes them ineligible for a bowl, ending its chances of playing in three straight postseasons for the first time since the late 1980s.

“There’s a lot of tears in there,” coach Tom Allen said. “But there’s also a whole lot of resolve in there, guys who gave a whole lot to this program and have a lot of character themselves.”

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

“There were times where he looked like a true freshman, but there were also times he’s playing well in a tough situation,” Allen said. “So there’s no question, he wasn’t expecting to be our starting quarterback this week, but that’s a tough environment.”

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 Allen’s team.

“I just have to learn from the process and keep getting better,” McCulley said.

Michigan: Corum’s injury is a potential problem. He and Haskins have allowed 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. Backup running back Donovan Edwards was out with an injury.

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

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

“He has a knack for it,” Harbaugh said. “It’s something you really have to account for, his ability to rush the passer. That’s an issue. We see it in practice with Aidan (Hutchinson) on one side and David Ojabo on the other.”

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.

No. 5 Ohio St extends streak with 54-7 blowout at Indiana

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- C.J. Stroud and TreVeyon Henderson provided Ohio State’s offense with a refreshingly familiar look Saturday.

Even a persistently rainy night couldn’t derail the Buckeyes’ two big stars.

Stroud threw four touchdown passes, Henderson scored three times and No. 5 Ohio State routed Indiana 54-7 after its bye week, extending the Football Bowl Subdivision’s longest active winning streak against one team to 27 in a row.

“It was great to see those guys running around. It looked like they were having fun out there,” coach Ryan Day said. “That’s good and that’s part of the energy we want.”

Right now, it seems nothing can stop the Buckeyes (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten).

They’ve won five straight overall, 25 in a row against conference foes including their Big Ten championship game victories, an FBS-leading 12 consecutive true road games and a conference-record 11 straight road games against league foes by double digits.

And this dominant victory resembled so many others along the way.

After Henderson broke a 7-all tie with a 21-yard TD run late in the first quarter, the short-handed Hoosiers (2-5, 0-4) never had a chance. Ohio State scored the final 37 points of the first half and Day pulled his starters after three quarters.

“When you see things like that, I just think we’re hitting and we have the momentum,” Stroud said. “Everybody does a great job.”

For the Hoosiers, there were more struggles.

Indiana quarterback Jack Tuttle replaced injured starter Michael Penix Jr. for the second straight week but didn’t last long. Tuttle left after appearing to injure his right foot while capping Indiana’s opening possession with a 7-yard TD pass to Peyton Hendershot.

Tuttle returned briefly in the second quarter after backups Donaven McCulley and Grant Gremel entered for the Hoosiers’ second and third series. But Tuttle left again after taking just two more snaps. Coach Tom Allen said Tuttle’s X-rays were negative.

“It hurt us, without question,” Allen said when asked about the injury. “He needs an MRI. He’s in a lot of pain right now.”

Stroud was 21 of 28 for 266 yards. Henderson ran nine times for 81 yards and two scores, all in the first half.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: The Buckeyes have been steamrolling opponents since a Week 2 loss to Oregon – and the trip to Bloomington was no problem. They scored 30 points – in the second quarter – and have won five in a row by an average margin of 41.6 points. It’s the second half of the schedule that poses the real obstacle to Ohio State.

Indiana: The Hoosiers have lost three straight – all against top-10 teams – and all five losses this season have come against opponents who started this weekend ranked in the top 11. Fortunately for Indiana, only one top-10 foe, No. 6 Michigan, is still on the schedule. But if Tuttle can’t play, navigating the final five games will be difficult.

STAT PACK

Ohio State: Henderson has scored 14 TDs this season, four short of Maurice Clarett’s school record for a freshman. He moved past Art Schlichter and Joel Payton (13) for second Saturday. … Miyan Williams had eight carries for 60 yards and one TD. … Jeremy Ruckert caught two TD passes, while Henderson and Chris Olave each had one.

Indiana: Hendershot had five receptions for 35 yards and one score, becoming the Hoosiers’ top pass-catcher among tight ends. He has 119 receptions, two more than Ted Bolser‘s previous mark. … The Hoosiers rushed 37 times for 48 yards. … Punter James Evans was tackled in the end zone for a safety.

INJURY REPORT

Ohio State: Day listed 14 players as “unavailable” for the game including RB Master Teague. The school did not provide a reason for any of the absences.

Indiana: In addition to Tuttle’s two exits, defensive end/linebacker Jalen Handy left late in the third quarter when he walked directly from the field to the locker room with an undisclosed injury.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Hosts No. 7 Penn State next weekend.

Indiana: Visits Maryland next Saturday.

No. 10 Spartans stay perfect with 20-15 win at Indiana

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Matt Coghlin’s 51-yard field goal to open the second half Saturday gave No. 10 Michigan State the lead and Payton Thorne‘s 12-yard touchdown pass provided the margin the Spartans needed to hold on for a 20-15 victory over Indiana.

The Spartans (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will remain atop the conference’s East Division at least two more weeks after reclaiming the Old Brass Spittoon.

And while this one certainly didn’t follow the usual script – Kenneth Walker III, the nation’s top rusher, carried 23 times for 84 yards and Michigan State punted its first six possessions – the Spartans still managed to hand the Hoosiers (2-4, 0-3) their third loss in four games.

Coghlin’s field goal on Michigan State’s first second-half possession made it 10-9 and Thorne’s TD pass to Tyler Hunt with 1:49 left in the third extended the margin to 17-9. Coghlin’s 49-yard field goal with 8:31 remaining sealed it.

Jack Tuttle started in place of injured Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. but the Hoosiers’ offensive woes continued. The Hoosiers thought they had finally scored their first touchdown against league competition early in the fourth – only to have it overturned on replay review.

Two plays later, Stephen Carr plunged in from 1 yard out to make it 17-15. But Michigan State’s defense stopped the 2-point conversion attempt.

The only first-half touchdown came on Cal Haladay’s 30-yard interception return – the first for Michigan State since the 2019 Pinstripe Bowl.

THE TAKEAWAY

Michigan State: Last week, the Spartans cracked the top 10 for the first time since September 2015. Saturday’s victory may put them on the verge of matching their highest ranking (No. 8) in more than six years – just in time to take on rival No. 8 Michigan in two weeks.

Indiana: Maybe coach Tom Allen belongs on the CFP selection committee after a brutal first half schedule. The hard-luck Hoosiers have now lost road games to No. 2 Iowa and No. 7 Penn State and home games against No. 3 Cincinnati and the Spartans.

UP NEXT

Michigan State: Has an open date before facing the Wolverines at home on Oct. 30.

Indiana: Hosts No. 6 Ohio State on Oct. 23.