ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- At the time, the touchdown pass to Amara Darboh in the second overtime appeared to be the right call at the right time. Indiana was not prepared for the call and Darboh had no one in his vicinity as he waltzed right into the endzone.
Funnily enough, Michigan wasn't prepared for the play call, either.
"We're practiced it before and we have the playcall," U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh said. "We repped it at training camp and during weeks of practice, it wasn't something that was in the gameplan and on the call sheet. We hit three curls earlier in the game, Jedd Fisch in the box wanted it, suggested it and dialied it up. I was hesitant to call it because we hadn't practiced it this past week in the days leading up to the game in our preparation."
It worked and U-M walked away, albeit close, with a victory over the Hoosiers.
This isn't the first time Harbaugh has credited passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch and the rest of his offensive staff with playcalls at the right time throughout the season. In fact, credited just last week with screenplays working, Harbaugh once again praises his staff.
"I'm like Abraham I'm going to die leaning up on our coaches," Harbaugh said. "I'm like Abraham, I'm going to die leaning up on my staff, I think that's what Abraham said. I trust Jedd with what he was seeing and the rest is history. I'm glad we called it, glad Jedd suggested and was adamant about it."