FINAL: TIE, INDIANA 1, WISCONSIN 1
Well, this match between coaching brethren ends with a kiss-your-sister result. IU has to be a bit frustrated, having finished with a 21-7 margin in shots. Man of the match has to be Badger keeper Ryan Vint, who made 11 saves and a slew of good plays, generally.
The Hoosiers are now 5-3-1 overall and 1-0-1 in Big Ten play. Wisconsin is 1-6-2 and 0-0-1.
Cody Zeller, center, stands next to Washington teammate Robert Pittman on the sidelines at Indiana’s game against Michigan. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
What we know about IU’s prospects attending today’s game:
The open gym was rather short. Cody Zeller did not play, but a source said Hanner Perea and Jeremy Hollowell both stood out.
Looks like Yogi Ferrell did not make the trip, but a host of prospects (including Hollowell and Gary Harris) are spending the night in Bloomington.
Indiana wide receiver Damarlo Belcher (88) makes the catch for a touchdown and starts to celebrate during the first half Saturday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Indiana spent the offseason focusing on finishing plays and games, looking back on the mistakes that haunted the Hoosiers in 2009.
But in the first Big Ten game of the season, Indiana again came up short, losing 42-35 to Michigan.
The Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1) tied the game at 35 with 1:15 remaining when Darius Willis caught a 19-yard pass from Ben Chappell.
But the Wolverines (5-0, 1-0) would not be denied, working the ball downfield. Denard Robinson threw a 42-yard pass to Junior Hemingway, who caught the ball over Richard Council and put Michigan at the Indiana 4.
Robinson then ran the ball in for the game-winning touchdown.
Both quarterbacks were on point. Robinson was 10-of-16 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns, then ran for 217 yards and two more scores on 19 carries. He only furthered his Heisman Trophy candidacy.
Ben Chappell set new IU single-game records for completions (45), attempts (64), passing yards (480) and total offense (475).
FIRST QUARTER, MICHIGAN 14, INDIANA 7.
As advertised. And that is very bad news for Indiana’s defense.
Denard Robinson’s first carry was a 72-yard TD run, on Michigan’s base zone option play, and he was untouched. The Wolverine offense basically did whatever it wanted, whenever it wanted, throughout the quarter. After IU opened the game with a fine TD drive, it was worst-nightmare time for IU fans.
But Robinson is human. He lost a fumble at the IU 1, recovered by Tyler Replogle, with 1:50 left in the first quarter. So far, that sort of development seems the only way conceivable the Hoosier defense can stop a UM drive. (more…)
So after a dozen or so consecutive perfect days for football, and in the middle of a drought, it rains the day of the big game. That’s Indiana football.
But the weather is now actually pretty good for football here, as kickoff approaches. A bit raw, but not cold. And the students seem oblivious — for some reason.
Suffice to say that bacchanalia is proceeding with even greater gusto than usual south of 17th Street.
Amid the throngs, sorority sisters were seen running pass patterns along Woodlawn Avenue. They completed a few throws, too.
There is certainly Maize and Blue in evidence, but the crowd is overwhelmingly crimson-clad, which hasn’t always been the case for past Michigan games in Bloomington.
Fans are filtering in slowly, but there are already people sitting in the far corners of the stands. The game is indeed sold out.
And this game should entertain the fans, if nothing else. One would think there will be points aplenty.
And let’s face it, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has been worth the price of admission alone, so far this season.
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