Wolverines kick into gear in second half, pull away from Hoosiers

Wolverines kick into gear in second half, pull away from Hoosiers

Bloomington, Ind. — As the Michigan players entered the halftime locker room tied at 10 with Indiana, receiver Ronnie Bell said there was a calm among the players and communication was at peak performance.

No one panicked.

“I don’t think there was any deer in the headlights,” Bell said.

Michigan scored 21 unanswered points in the second half, while the Hoosiers punted on five of six second-half drives — they turned the ball over on downs on their last possession — as the No. 4 Wolverines remained undefeated with a 31-10 victory on Saturday.

Michigan (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) has won 12 of its last 13 meetings with Indiana.

BOX SCORE: No. 4 Michigan 31, Indiana 10

Michigan linebacker Jaylen Harrell (32) reacts after sacking Indiana quarterback Connor Bazelak (9) during the first half.

“Everything started clicking for us,” sophomore quarterback JJ McCarthy said. “We felt like we could move the ball on them the whole game, especially the first half, but it wasn’t clicking. We weren’t in a rhythm. Once we got into the rhythm in the second half, it was over.”

McCarthy completed 28-of-36 passes for 304 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Bell led the team with 11 catches for 121 yards and tight end Luke Schoonmaker had nine catches for 67 yards and a touchdown.

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