Nov. 11, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -Michigan made it look easy and now comes the hard part.
Steve Breaston scored on an 83-yard punt return and a 62-yard reception and Mike Hart added a touchdown run to lead the second-ranked Wolverines to a 34-3 rout of Indiana on Saturday.
Next up for Michigan: A showdown at No. 1 Ohio State for a spot in the national championship game.
Michigan (11-0, 7-0) goes to Columbus with 15 wins in its last 16 regular-season games. The only blip is a not-so-easily forgotten 25-21 loss to the Buckeyes last year.
Indiana (5-6, 3-4) has now dropped 15 straight to Michigan since 1987. Unlike last week against Ball State, the Wolverines never gave their opponent a chance.
The offense easily picked apart Indiana's defense. Chad Henne was 11-of-15 for 159 yards and two touchdown passes to support Michigan's typically stout defense. The Wolverines allowed only 131 total yards, including 26 on the ground.
By game's end, most of the remaining fans on a cold, damp and windy day at Memorial Stadium were dressed in maize and blue.
Henne gave the Wolverines all they needed on the game's opening series. He led Michigan on a 66-yard drive, capping it with a 1-yard TD pass to Adrian Arrington.
But Michigan was only getting started.
After forcing an Indiana punt, Hart capped a 62-yard drive with a 4-yard scoring run to make it 14-0 less than 11 minutes into the game.
Indiana failed for the second straight week to become bowl eligible. The Hoosiers haven't played in a postseason game since 1993, the longest current bowl drought in the Big Ten.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Kellen Lewis finally got the Hoosiers going late in the first quarter by taking Indiana on a 52-yard drive that ended with Austin Starr's 39-yard field goal to make 14-3 early in the second quarter.
It was just about the only thing Indiana did right.
Henne answered with a 62-yard TD pass to Breaston, who had gotten open behind Leslie Majors, to make it 21-3. Breaston caught three passes for 103 yards and sealed the win early in the third quarter when he caught a punt at his own 17, broke one tackle, found a seam in the middle of the field, cut right and outran two Hoosiers down the sideline to make it 28-3.
The Hoosiers never threatened again.
Michigan's last score came on Jerome Jackson's 1-yard run late in the third quarter, a play that sent Hoosiers fans home early. Jackson rushed eight times for 65 yards.
Lewis was 16-of-33 for 105 yards with one interception and was sacked five times.