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Instant recap: Indiana football loses 29-7 at No. 7 Michigan, ends postseason hopes


One year after Indiana broke a decades-long losing streak against Michigan, it lost  29-7 to the No. 7 ranked Wolverines Saturday night in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Indiana fell to 2-7 this season with the loss.

From start to finish, the Wolverines were in control of the game. They scored on three of their first four possessions, opening up an early 17-7 lead. Indiana’s lone scoring drive of the night was highlighted by a 24-yard rush from freshman quarterback Donaven McCulley and a one-yard touchdown from junior running back Chris Childers.

McCulley was the team’s leading passer and rusher in his second collegiate start, completing 10 of 24 passes for 88 yards and rushing for 37 yards on 14 attempts. The Wolverines outgained the Hoosiers in yards 411-195.

With the loss being their seventh of the season, the team will officially miss out on postseason play for the first time since 2018. 

Indiana will host Rutgers next Saturday in Bloomington. Rutgers lost 52-3 to Wisconsin today and is 4-5 this season.

Instant recap by Patrick Felts


14:38: McNamara stands tall in the pocket and completes a long bomb to Johnson for 50 yards. Moves Michigan into Indiana's endzone on the first play of the drive.

TOUCHDOWN: McNamara finds Schoonmaker in the endzone one again. Two point conversion NO GOOD. Indiana 7, Michigan 29.


06:37: McCarthy is hit by senior linebacker Alfred Bryant as he throws and his pass falls incomplete.

FIELD GOAL: Moody's field goal attempt is GOOD. Indiana 7, Michigan 20.

03:24: McNamara finds Johnson for a 25-yard gain as Michigan drives deeper into Indiana's territory.

01:56: Senior linebacker Micah McFadden sacks McCarthy before the freshman has a chance to get his bearings.

FIELD GOAL: Moody's field goal attempt is GOOD. Indiana 7, Michigan 23.

HALFTIME: Indiana 7, Michigan 17. Michigan leads in no small part due to an offensive fumble and explosive plays from Haskins. Indiana's offense showed a spark on its touchdown drive, but has yet to match it.


13:53: McCulley is hit and fumbles on third down, Michigan recovers at Indiana's 24 yard line.

13:35: Haskins hurdles Indiana defenders on his way to a 20-yard gain.

TOUCHDOWN: Haskins takes it into the endzone as his offensive line powers past Indiana's defense. Indiana 0, Michigan 10.

TOUCHDOWN: Indiana answers, junior running back Chris Childers takes it into the endzone for the Hoosiers' first touchdown of the night. Indiana 7, Michigan 10.

TOUCHDOWN: Michigan strikes back. A long Haskins run and a rollout from McNamara to senior tight end Luke Schoonmaker brings the Wolverines' lead back to ten points. Indiana 7, Michigan 17.

03:32: Michigan sophomore wide receiver A.J. Henning picks up 18 yards on a carry.

02:00: Senior defensive back Bryant Fitzgerald comes flying past Michigan's offensive line to drop McNamara for 11 yards on a sack.

01:27: Michigan freshman quarterback J.J. McCarthy nearly throws an interception on third down while running away from Indiana pressure.


13:30: Freshman quarterback Donaven McCulley picks up a first down on a quarterback draw play, gain of five yards.

11:02: McCulley finds junior running back Davion Ervin-Poindexter for a gain of 11 yards and a first down.

10:34: Indiana's first drive ends with an incompletion on third down and 10. McCulley was hit while looking for junior wide receiver Miles Marshall.

09:06: Michigan's first drive ends with three straight incompletions from junior quarterback Cade McNamara.

06:53: Indiana's second drive ends with a consecutive incompletions from McCulley.

04:02: Indiana's defense keeps Haskins from a first down on third, but McNamara picks it up with a sneak on fourth down.

02:57: McNamara completes a chunk pass to freshman wide receiver Andrel Anthony for 16 yards.

FIELD GOAL: Senior Jake Moody's field goal is GOOD. Indiana 0, Michigan 3.

KICKOFF: Indiana elects for a fair catch and will start at the 25 yard line.

Live updates by Luke Christopher Norton

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