ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has almost two weeks to get ready for its next game at Michigan State.
The 24th-ranked Wolverines (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) want to see some of the same things they saw Saturday and hope to look different in other ways when they play Nov. 2 against the rival Spartans.
"I'd like to see the same offense show up, but maybe a different defense," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said after a 63-46 win against Indiana. "And we have work to do, there's no question about it.
"From the defensive standpoint, we've got to clean some things up out there," Hoke said.
The Wolverines were impressive with the ball in a record-breaking outing against the Hoosiers. But Michigan was awful on defense, allowing Indiana to average 7.5 yards per play and to finish with 572 yards of offense, to upset its defensive-minded coach.
"Frustration, sick feeling, that kind of thing," Hoke said. "We've got to play better. You don't win championships without playing defense. And we didn't play very good defense."
Thomas Gordon, though, helped Michigan seal the shootout win by making interceptions on two straight drives midway through the fourth quarter and with 2:57 left.
"We needed a couple of stops at the end defensively and we were fortunate enough," Hoke said.
The Wolverines were very fortunate to have an offense that was able to overcome their defense. They set a school record with 751 yards of offense, the second-highest total in Big Ten history. Devin Gardner broke Michigan marks with 584 yards of offense — a yard shy of the conference record — and 503 yards passing.
"The offense kept moving and kept bailing us out a little bit defensively," Hoke said.
Jeremy Gallon had a Big Ten-record 369 yards receiving and had a shot to surpass the major college record set by Troy Edwards with 405 yards receiving in 1998 for Louisiana Tech.