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MICHIGAN vs INDIANA
OCT 14, 2017
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By Aaron McMannamcmann@mlive.com
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Michigan run game got back on track Saturday, one week after the coaching staff took a public thrashing for not going to it enough.
Junior running back Karan Higdon rushed for a career-high 200 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Wolverines to victory in a 27-20 overtime win over Indiana at Memorial Stadium.
And turns out, running the football was the plan all along.
"They were a physical front, we knew that," senior center Patrick Kugler said. "We pride ourselves on being a physical front as well. We knew we wanted to come out and run the ball.
"Our goal was 250-plus yards rushing."
Michigan (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) hit 258 yards to be exact, with Higdon responsible for a bulk of it. He scored the game-winning touchdown from 25 yards out, on the first play from scrimmage in overtime, on a play the offense had run before with success.
Moving his feet with the ball in hand, Higdon surveyed the line with quick eyes. Nothing was there, so he made the split-second call to cut left and engage in a foot race to the end zone. He scored his first touchdown, a 12-yard run with 10:19 left in the second quarter, the same way.
"We called that play early and I broke out for a nice little touchdown run," Higdon said. "So we felt good going back to it. Got the ball, saw the hole was clogged and I decided I needed to make something happen."
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