BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Michigan’s defense certainly has a flare for the dramatic.
For the second time in two weeks the Wolverines needed a goal-line stand to secure a road victory.
Delano Hill did just that, deflecting Hoosiers quarterback Nate Sudfield’s desperation fourth down pass in double overtime, preserving Michigan’s 48-41 win at Indiana Saturday night.
“Find a way, find one stop,” Harbaugh said. “Coach (D.J.) Durkin kept saying that and we found it. At the end of the game, I saw the quarterback look over to the slot, he had the matchup he wanted on Delano Hill. Looked at it, looked back at it and you knew that’s where he’s going. They put an athletic guy in the slot but Delano competed for the ball throughout the catch, contested it all the way. He looked like he slapped it away.”
Adding: “I’m really, really happy for Delano Hill. And us.”
Before winning in double OT, Michigan’s (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) offense was down to its last play with six seconds remaining, that’s when U-M quarterback Jake Rudock delivered his most cultic play in a maize and blue uniform yet.
Rudock, who passed a career-high 440 yards and Michigan-record six touchdowns, found Jehu Chesson at the end of regulation for their fourth touchdown pass-reception combo on the night, tying the game at-34 to force over time.
"We're in the middle of a drive, just the play we had worked this week," said Rudock, who completed 33-of-46 passes on the night. "We were fortunate to have man-on-man coverage that we wanted. I was just able to get enough time to get Jehu a shot at the ball and he did a great of job adjusting, turning his body to make a hell of a catch."
Rudock would cap off his record-setting performance, finding a streaking Amara Darboh wide open for 25 yard touchdown, that would turn out to be the wining score in double OT.
Chesson would finish with 10 catches for 207 yards and four touchdowns, all career-highs.
In a high scoring affair, both offenses dominated the stat line, combining 1,108 total yards of offense. U-M would outgain the Hoosiers 581 to 527.
Indiana (4-6, 0-6) running back Jordan Howard ran 35 times for 240 yards and two touchdowns. He was the first runner to gain over 100 yards against the Wolverines defense this season.
At the half, alone, Chesson had six catches for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Rudock had 275 all-purpose yards in the first half. He completed 15-of-18 passes for 224 yards with three touchdowns. He also scrambled three times for 51 yards with all three of his runs achieving U-M first downs.
Michigan led 24-16 at the half.
Mitchel Hayes’ 51 punt return for a TD, cut the Wolverines lead to 24-23 to start the third quarter. Oakes would add his fourth field goal to put IU up 26-24 mid-way through the third quarter.
With U-M driving at IU’s 25, Rudock threw his only interception to Hoosiers safety Jonathon Crawford mid way through the third quarter.
Michigan’s offense needed only four plays to score its first touchdown, with Rudock throwing a perfect fade route to a diving Chesson for a 34 yard score.
Despite running 35 plays for 153 yards in the first quarter, Indiana’s offense could only manage two Oake’s field goals, and trailed the Wolverines 7-6.
U-M, however, ran seven total plays, but were able to capitalize on a Rudock to Chesson 34 yard fade pass, which was the first scoring connection from the duo on their career night.
Dymonte Thomas was helped off the field mid-way through the first quarter, without being able to out any weight on his right leg. It was later ruled he could play if needed.
At the half, Indiana ran 54 plays compared to U-M’s 28. Yet, the Wolverines outgained IU 305-299 in total yardage.
Michigan plays at Penn State next Saturday.