Senior quarterback Shea Patterson passed for 366 yards and tied a Michigan record with five touchdown passes, lifting the No. 13 Wolverines to a 39-14 win over Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.
Junior receiver Nico Collins had six catches for 165 yards and three TDs for Michigan (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten), which will take a four-game winning streak into next week’s showdown against rival No. 2 Ohio State.
Up 21-14 at halftime, Michigan put the game away with 18 points in the third quarter.
After a 27-yard field goal by Quinn Nordin put Michigan up 24-14 with 10:04 left in the third, the Wolverines scored touchdowns on two of their next three possessions.
Patterson connected with Collins on a 76-yard catch-and-run TD. Later, after Michigan linebacker Josh Uche came up with a strip sack that the Wolverines recovered at Indiana’s 19-yard line, Patterson hooked up with Collins again on the next snap to extend Michigan’s lead to 39-14.
Patterson finished 20 of 32 with one interception.
Indiana (7-4, 4-4) got off to a strong start, but was unable to sustain it for both halves. The Hoosiers dropped to 0-14 against ranked teams in head coach Tom Allen’s three-year tenure.
Indiana junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey completed 17 of 29 passes for 217 yards.
The Hoosiers went 75 yards on 10 plays on the game’s opening drive, capping it with a 1-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back Stevie Scott III to put the Hoosiers up 7-0.
Michigan answered with an eight-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Patterson connected with Giles Jackson on a 50-yard pass down to Indiana’s 7-yard line, and the Wolverines scored on a 6-yard TD pass from Patterson to Ronnie Bell to tie the score at 7.
Indiana went back up 14-7 with 14:09 left in the second quarter when Ramsey capped a 52-yard TD drive with a 1-yard TD run. Ramsey completed a 23-yard pass to freshman receiver David Ellis down to the Michigan 23-yard line, then Scott rumbled 17 yards down to the Michigan 6.
But Michigan closed the half with 14 straight points.
Patterson’s second TD pass, an 11-yard strike to junior Donovan Peoples-Jones, tied the score at 14 with 11:01 left in the second quarter. Patterson then found Collins on a 24-yard TD pass with 5:37 left in the half to put the Wolverines up 21-14, a lead that Michigan took into halftime.
—Field Level Media