BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Karan Higdon was the only thing really working for Michigan's offense. The defense did its part all day for the Wolverines.
Higdon ran 25 yards for a touchdown on the first play of overtime for No. 17 Michigan and Tyree Kinnel intercepted a fourth-down pass in the end zone on the final play as the Wolverines held off Indiana 27-20 on Saturday.
"He was phenomenal," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said of Higdon. "I don't know how many yards he got after contact, but those were tough yards. There looked like there would be a tackle for loss or a small gain or no gain, and he would get 4 or 5 yards out of it."
Higdon finished with 200 yards and three touchdowns — one a 59-yarder — on 25 carries.
Michigan (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) led 20-10 in the fourth quarter, but Indiana (3-3, 0-3) scored 10 points in the final four minutes, forcing overtime on a 46-yard field goal from Griffin Oakes as time expired. They were the first fourth-quarter points the Wolverines defense had allowed this season.
After Higdon gave Michigan the lead in overtime, quarterback Peyton Ramsey guided Indiana to first-and-goal at the 1. Three plays resulted in 3 yards lost, setting up fourth-and-goal at the 4. Ramsey rolled left and couldn't find an open receiver. He threw high into the end zone, where Kinnel came down with it.
"I love these players, and our coaches who give so much," Indiana coach Tom Allen said. "They left it all out there and played a good football team. And we came up just short, so I'm not going to sit here and feel sorry for anybody. I will take responsibility for whatever didn't happen. It was tough against Michigan for sure. They whipped us up front the last couple of plays."
The two teams went to overtime for the second time in series history. The previous time was in their last meeting at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 14, 2015.
The Wolverines have won 22 consecutive meetings with Indiana. The Hoosiers have one victory (in 1987) against Michigan since 1967.
Michigan's 500th Big Ten victory wasn't pretty. Quarterback John O'Korn completed only 10 of 20 passes for 58 yards, and Michigan was penalized 16 times for 141 yards.
Michigan avoided a two-game losing streak after it dropped a 14-10 game to Michigan State last week.