The Michigan Wolverines came into this game needing to bounce back from the loss last week to Iowa. The injury to quarterback Wilton Speight was also a huge obstacle coming into this game. Quarterback, of course, is one of the most important positions in the game today and the extent of John O’Korn’s effectiveness with this offense was in question. O’Korn completed 7 passes for 59 yards without throwing any interceptions. This was pretty big for a game of this caliber. Two powerful teams that have the ability to score very well didn’t, but when needed towards the end, O’Korn showed poise, more so than he did throughout the rest of the game. Neither team turned the ball over in this game as well.
The first half of this game was very uneventful for Michigan. The only points they managed to score came on 1 field goal by kicker Kenny Allen. Our offense was completely stagnant and the defense was getting Indiana’s all. The Wolverines gave up a touchdown to Indiana’s Camion Patrick in the second quarter and the Wolverines went into half time trailing 7-3. This was the first time Michigan had trailed at halftime all season. Michigan needed to find a way to move the ball in the second half or they would lose another game.
Although it took a little bit, the team responded and was a completely different squad in the majority of the second half of this game. They flipped their switch to on and found a way to win. Former player and analyst Jon Jansen commented after the game that “DeVeon Smith came out in the second half and ran angry.” This was accurate all over the field. While the defense was on the field, Smith was seen talking to players trying to get them hyped up. He was running like days of old and was a complete beast Saturday. Smith ended the night as the player of the game with 23 rushes for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was the heart of this win. The game was won by the Michigan defense and Mr. Smith. De’Veon put this game on his own back and delivered in the third quarter and beyond.
During senior day we saw the determination of the senior class to find a way to win this hard hitting game. Coach Harbaugh said this game was an “old fashioned slobber knocker.” This is a correct assessment. Both teams wanted this win. Michigan’s defense shut down every chance Indiana had in the second half of this game. The defense was led by defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow. He had 5 tackles and 2 assists. He also had 1 sack on the day. Safety Dymonte Thomas was a surprise today adding 4 tackles and 4 assists. He was also onsite for several plays that could have been turnovers. Linebacker Ben Gedeon added his skills today for 3 tackles and 6 assists.
After the game Coach Harbaugh said in his interview that “special teams played fantastic”. This was an understatement since almost every single Indiana punt received huge amounts of pressure from Michigan. Jon Jansen said after the game that it was “very positive to see them come out and get a win on senior day.”
This game was a cold experience for this lifelong Michigan fan. We all knew it was going to be a colder game, but little did we know it would be a blizzard by the end. It was great to see the cheerleaders doing snow angels in the end zones during timeouts. After the game was over we also saw many Michigan players sliding on the snow on their stomachs like penguins. This was great to see for myself and many others. The stadium also played “Let it snow” during the heaviest part of the snow today, obviously someone had a sense of humor.
All eyes now point to the biggest game of this season for this team. Next week, the Wolverines travel to Columbus, Ohio to face the Ohio State Buckeyes. Michigan great and radio personality Dan Dierdorff said “we have 7 days to find a pass game.” College Gameday will be there for this game. This game will have national championship written all over it.
Please enjoy several photos from Saturday’s game: