Halftime Analysis of No. 4 Michigan vs Indiana

Halftime Analysis of No. 4 Michigan vs Indiana

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Halftime Analysis of No. 4 Michigan vs Indiana

The hope of an upset of Maryland over Ohio State was crashed just before kickoff before Michigan played Indiana and with the win, it confirmed that Michigan and Ohio State are playing for a date with Northwestern next week.

But that’s next week and first they have to take care of Indiana and what started as a solid drive for the Wolverines, they would get held up inside the red zone and have to settle for a field goal from Jake Moody, as Quinn Nordin wasn’t out there to kick the ball and Michigan took a 3-0 lead.

After the defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour got an interception on the Hoosiers fourth-down pass, Michigan would get held up and punt the ball away. Indiana would shake off some rust and get to work on the Wolverines defense, running the ball with ease and running back Stevie Scott would run 13 yards for the touchdown and Indiana took the lead 7-3.

Michigan would move the ball again but after a drop by the tight end, Zach Gentry in the end zone would force the Wolverines to kick another field goal and cut the lead now 7-6.

Michigan’s defense started to play like they should and stopped Indiana again, but the offense continued to struggle inside the red zone and Michigan was forced to kick another field goal, up 9-7 a third of the way through the second quarter.

Indiana would have their own good drive get stopped inside field goal range and after a 41-yard field goal attempt was good, Indiana retook the lead 10-9.

The Wolverine offense seemed to be tired of getting held out of the end zone, so they draw up a great play for quarterback Shea Patterson to find tight end Nick Eubanks for the 41-yard touchdown play and after a failed two-point conversion, Michigan would keep it under a touchdown, up 15-10.

Indiana would keep the shootout alive as they would drive down the field with their passing game, as quarterback Ramsey would find wide receiver Ty Fryfogle for the touchdown on a seven-yard pass and Indiana retakes the lead 17-15.

Michigan was in field goal range before the half and with some poor clock management and playcalling, the Wolverines weren’t able to get a play off before the clock ran out and Michigan came up empty.

POSITIVES:

  • Michigan’s front four have made Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey feel pressure and scramble around to keep plays alive. While they need to improve the run defense, the pass defense by the line has been well once again.
  • Michigan’s starting kicker Nordin wasn’t starting today and the backup Moody came in and has done well so far, 3/3 on his attempts and that is a good problem to have for Michigan. Nordin has had some issues this year, so another kicker coming in and doing well is good for the Wolverines if they have to move on from Nordin as the starter.

NEGATIVES:

  • Michigan’s run defense is still having trouble with stopping the big plays. Ramsey was able to run for a 29 yard gain and a 15-yard run as well when the entire defense thought the play was over when Ramsey never hit the ground. This half so far, Michigan has allowed 144 rushing yards.
  • Michigan can’t finish drives in the end zone as they have been held to three field goals today and are 3-8 on third down. Can’t stay in games against tougher opponents playing like this on offense. The team needs points and field goals can only do so much. They were able to get one touchdown, but that wasn’t inside the red zone.
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