Game Analysis: Michigan 63, IU 47

Tre Roberson and several of the wide receivers looked good and the defense struggled once again. Read on for a detailed look back at Indiana's 63-47 loss at Michigan.

Instead of a traditional game story, we'll do more of a game analysis at AllHoosiers.com. Here's the one following Michigan's 63-47 victory over Indiana Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

WHAT LOOKED GOOD: You could argue that Tre Roberson looked as good as he has at any time in his Indiana career. He was comfortable both running and passing the ball. He made a bad throw late in the game where he and Nick Stoner got mixed up on where the receiver was supposed to go and he threw an interception. But Roberson's numbers were good. He was 16-of-23 passing for 288 yards with three touchdowns and the one pick. He was only sacked once. He also gained 50 yards on 11 carries. He actually ran for 60 yards on 10 carries but had the one sack for a minus-10. He also ran for a touchdown. Kofi Hughes had a solid game with six catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. He made a couple of big catches. Shane Wynn had a couple of good catches, too including one that resulted in a 33-yard TD reception. Duwyuce Wilson made a nice catch that kept a drive alive and actually should have been a pick 6 the other way. But Wilson made the play. Mitch Ewald drilled a 50-yard field goal on the last play of the first half and made both of his field goal attempts Saturday. He is perfect on field goals for the season.

WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE: Rather than just say defense, defense and more defense let's try to be specific. And in being specific it has to start with pressure on the quarterback. Indiana didn't have enough throughout the day and Devin Gardner was able to get way too comfortable in the pocket. That's why he threw for 503 yards. The beef I kept hearing after the game was why did IU try to cover the receivers one on one. It was a case of pick your poison. IU opted to load up the box and take away the run and this allowed the secondary to be in man coverage. And without a pass rush, this can be a recipe for disaster. But it's more than that. IU has to may plays on defense. A blitz from Flo Hardin comes to mind on a third-and-goal situation for Michigan. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon when he got to Gardner untouched but the Michigan quarterback made him miss and eventually rambled into the end zone for the score. Indiana's defense has to make plays when they are there for the taking. And Indiana simply has to do a better job getting off the field on third down. Michigan was 7-for-11 on Saturday. You cannot win consistently when the opponents continues to convert third down after third down.

MOMENTUM CHANGER: Indiana trailed 49-47 midway through the fourth quarter when the IU defense got a gift from Gardner. The Michigan quarterback fumbled the ball at the IU 2 and David Cooper recovered. Roberson was at quarterback and gained 6 yards on first down but then asked to come out of the game because of a hand issue. Stephen Houston gained six more yards on the next play. Then came the game changer. Nate Sudfeld tried to hit Cody Latimer in the seam, a player that gone for a touchdown early in the game. But this time the ball hung up a little too long and the safety came over and made the play. Thomas Gordon came up with the interception and returned it to the IU 5. Three plays later, Michigan scored a touchdown and it was 56-47.

GALLON IN PERSPECTIVE: If you want to try to put Jeremy Gallon's receiving totals for Michigan into perspective, consider this. Gallon caught 14 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns Saturday. Last season, IU in a pretty good passing year, had nine receivers that did not have 369 yards receiving for the season. And some pretty good names, too. Duwyce Wilson had 23 catches for 230 yards. Guys like D'Angelo Roberts, Nick Stoner, Tevin Coleman and Isaiah Roundtree were also on that list.

EWALD IN THE RECORD BOOKS AGAIN: IU senior kicker Mitch Ewald had field goals of 50 and 23 yards Saturday. The 50-yarder was a career long and the first Indiana player to make a 50-yard field goal since Bryan Robertson made a 50-yard field at Purdue on Nov. 23, 2002. Ewald's second field goal gave him 49 for his career which makes him the all-time leader in field goals made. He is now 49-of-60, 81.7 percent for his career.

ANOTHER COLEMAN TD: Tevin Coleman scored his ninth touchdown of the season for the Hoosiers and the sophomore tailback has now had at least one touchdown in each of IU's seven games this season. He took a knee into the thigh which limited his second half participating though. He finished with 78 yards on 11 carries and the TD.

BEST POSITIONAL UNIT: Hard not to say the wide receivers here. Indiana's wide receivers combined to catch 21 of 24 balls (Ted Bolser was the only non-wide receiver to catch a pass) for 369 yards and all four touchdowns.

UP NEXT: Indiana has its second bye week of the season next Saturday and now has two weeks before playing Minnesota on Nov. 2 at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers will play their next two games at home after two in a row on the road.

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