Michigan leads at half, 28-17

By Evan Hoopfer
Published Oct 19, 2013 5:27 pm

In no surprise, there is no lack of offensive production in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan leads the game at half 28-17. The two teams have combined for 548 yards.

IU has seen two quarterbacks in the lineup, with Nate Sudfeld starting the game. He was pulled for Tre Roberson.

Sudfeld is 5-9 for 85 yards and a touchdown and Roberson is 4-6 for 67 yards and a touchdown.

IU has been unable to stop Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, who is 12-18 for 237 yards and a touchdown. Michigan also has three rushing touchdowns in the half.

In IU's last six quarters, the defense has given up seven rushing touchdowns.

Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has 56 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. Last week versus Penn State, he was held to 27 yards on 27 carries.

Another big player for Michigan has been wide receiver Jeremy Gallon. He has caught 8 balls for 170 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Play by play of scoring:

For the second straight week, IU's offense struck first. Wide receiver Cody Latimer got behind the Wolverine secondary for the 59-yard pass to put IU up 7-0.

Michigan then scored the next 14 points after opening the game with a three-and-out.

On a read-option keeper, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner eluded freshman linebacker T.J. Simmons for the 13-yard touchdown run.

After a drop by tight end Ted Bolser on third down, Michigan converted on their next drive. A big 70-yard reception by Jeremy Gallon put the Wolverines in great position inside the Hoosier red zone.

IU backed up the Wolverine offense, forcing a 3rd & 17. Michigan had a 16-yard reception, and opted to go for it on fourth down. The 2-yard touchdown run by Fitzgerald Toussaint put Michigan up 14-7.

On 3rd & 4 from inside the Hoosier 10-yard line, Gardner was pressured and ran backwards, trying to avoid the pass rush. Gardner threw the ball away, but was called for intentional grounding.

That set up a 39-yard field goal attempt, which was blocked by IU.

With Tre Roberson in at quarterback, the offense struck quickly. A 33-yard pass to Shane Wynn put IU back in the game, narrowing the score to 21-14.

Michigan then responded with a 91-yard drive which lasted 12 plays. The 21-yard TD reception by Gallon capped off the scoring drive to give the Wolverines the 28-14 lead.

With 35 seconds left, IU was able to drive down the field and give kicker Mitch Ewald a chance to kick a 50-yard field goal. He converted, and the halftime score was 28-17.

Michigan will get the ball to start the second half.

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