3 takeaways from Michigan's thorough demolishing of Indiana
Michigan rolled into Week 7 after a pair of dominant road wins over Nebraska and Minnesota. That stretch carried into Saturday as the Wolverines thrashed a helpless Indiana squad.
To be fair, the Hoosiers were actually the first team to score on Saturday with a dramatic trick play touchdown. That score involved QB-turned-WR Donaven McCulley finding Jaylin Lucas for a huge score.
However, that was the last big play for the Hoosiers with Michigan rolling to 52 unanswered points in another dominant performance. Here are the key takeaways as the Wolverines hit 7-0:
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JJ McCarthy maintains ultra-efficient passing performance
Outside of the Bowling Green game, McCarthy has been near-perfect all season long. He continued that stretch against the Hoosiers, though Michigan did not need to throw the ball much in the win.
McCarthy finished the game 14-for-17 passing the ball with 222 yards and 3 touchdowns on the afternoon. That included a Pat Mahomes-esque completion to Donovan Edwards on a magical flip on the run.
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Combined with Jack Tuttle, Michigan QBs finished 19-for-22 throwing the ball with 244 yards and 4 touchdowns. 11 different Wolverine players recorded a reception in the win.
Michigan’s scoring streak reaches historic proportions
Michigan entered the weekend with back-to-back games of 40+ points and had most recently scored 52 points in a road win over Minnesota. The Wolverines hit 52 points again in the win over Indiana, and that gives Jim Harbaugh’s squad a bit of history.
The last time Michigan scored 50+ points in consecutive B1G games came all the way back in 1975. That covers a span of nearly 50 years for the program. Overall, the Wolverines are hitting their stride as the team turns their attention to face Michigan State.
Indiana searching for more answers offensively
Indiana opened the game with a hot first quarter and carried a 7-0 lead into the start of the second quarter. However, that hot start could not sustain the program from what was to come. By the time the final whistle blew, Indiana had turned the ball over 4 times and was held to 232 yards of offense.
The Hoosiers played both Brendan Sorsby and Tayven Jackson in the game, but neither fared particularly well. Jackson had 3 total turnovers, including a pair of interceptions, and Sorsby also lost a fumble. Without Donaven McCulley’s touchdown pass, Sorsby and Jackson combined for 96 yards passing.
Indiana has already fired OC Walt Bell this season, and the Hoosiers have managed a total of 27 points in 3 B1G games. 17 of those points came during the game against Maryland.
With the nonconference portion of the schedule wrapped up, it is hard to see additional wins on the schedule for Indiana.