Indiana-Michigan: Hoosiers' Upset Bid Falls Just Short, Lose 36-33

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2009

Despite the loss, Indiana comes home with plenty of confidence.

To stay with a team ranked in the top 25 in the country for the whole game, and almost win, is a big step up from last year, when the team couldn't dream of competing with the rest of the Big 10.

And on top of that, to do it in one of—if not the biggest—stadiums in the country (capacity 106,000) is even more impressive.

Although the Hoosiers just fell short, there were many positives to take from the game.

  • RB Darius Willis had a big coming-out party, as the redshirt freshman ran for 154 yards on 16 carries, including a huge 85-yard touchdown just after Michigan took the lead in the fourth quarter.
  • QB Ben Chappell threw for 270 yards on the day, and WR Tandon Doss was the Hoosiers leading receiver, with five catches for 104 yards.
  • Chappell did a great job spreading the ball around, with six different players making at least one catch.
  • IU had more yards on offense than Michigan, with IU's 470 to Michigan's 372.
  • The IU offensive line only gave up one sack on the day, while Greg Middleton got two himself.
  • The IU defense had seven tackles for loss, compared to Michigan's five.

Despite these positives, there were also some negatives

  • For the second time this season, IU QB Ben Chappell did not score a touchdown, leaving him with only three on the season and four interceptions.
  • The Hoosiers offense struggled again in the second half, and it hurt them towards the end, as their defense was on the field for a long time and got tired towards the end of the game.
  • Indiana gave up 222 yards on the ground, including big gains from Michigan running backs Carlos Brown and Brandon Minor.

Overall, even though the Hoosiers lost, there is much to be happy about. To keep the score close and almost beat Michigan in the "Big House" is a big accomplishment.

Hopefully now the rest of the Big 10 sees that the Hoosiers are not going to roll over and lose when we play them, and we will put up a fight!