Hoosiers Fall To Michigan, 36-33
Sept. 26, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Tate Forcier's 26-yard pass to Martavious Odoms with 2:29 left lifted No. 23 Michigan to a 36-33 win over Indiana on Saturday. Darius Willis had a career-high 152 yards in the loss as the Hoosiers posted their most points and total yards in the all-time series against the Wolverines.
Donovan Warren's interception on Indiana's final drive sealed the victory for the Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who were badly outgained by the Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1). Indiana put up 467 yards of total offense to Michigan's 372 in the contest.
Earlier, Forcier leaped for a TD and a 2-point conversion to put Michigan ahead 29-26, but Darius Willis put Indiana back ahead with an 85-yard run on the next play. It tied the IU mark for the third-longest run from scrimmage in school history and was the longest run allowed by the Wolverines since 1987.
Willis' 152 yards in the game were the most for a Hoosier back since 2005. The freshman scored two touchdowns, and the Hoosiers also got a rushing score from sophomore receiver Tandon Doss. Doss, who finished with 197 all-purpose yards in the game, also hauled in five catches for 104 yards.
Indiana's 197 rushing yards on the day were the second-most ever for the Hoosiers against Michigan. The Hoosiers averaged 6.0 yards per carry on the day.
Nick Freeland tied an Indiana record with four field goals, going 4-for-5 in the game. The Hoosiers scored on all five of their red zone possessions, but were forced to settle for field goals three times.
Matt Mayberry led the IU defense with 10 tackles, while Jammie Kirlew had seven tackles, two for loss, and Greg Middleton had six tackles, including two sacks. Kirlew also became the first player to force a fumble against Michigan this season, stripping the ball from Denard Robinson just before halftime. Nicholas Sliger also had a second-quarter takeaway with an interception of a Forcier pass, as both IU takeaways turned into field goals for the Hoosiers. IU's only turnover came on its last play from scrimmage on Warren's interception.
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