BY RYAN TICE
fter a week off, Michigan was torched
for 219 yards and three touchdowns
on the ground by Michigan State in a
35‑11 loss last weekend, with most of the
damage coming from MSU star running
back Jeremy Langford.
The Spartans averaged 4.8 yards per tote
in the game, and now Michigan must gear
up for another powerful rushing offense.
This one is more one‑dimensional than
Sparty's balanced attack — but enters the
game with even more prolific numbers.
Indiana currently ranks eighth in the
country for rushing with an average of
289.9 yards per game, while junior tail‑
back Tevin Coleman leads the nation with
an average of 170.3 yards per contest on
the ground. His average of 8.8 yards per
carry is third‑best in the country and the
highest of any player with at least 100 at‑
tempts. He is the only athlete from a Power
Five league that averages more than eight
yards per rush and has eclipsed the centu‑
ry mark in nine straight games.
The outstanding runner is also operating
behind an experienced offensive line. The
unit came into the year with 11 different
players who had starting experience and
ranked third with 165 returning starts, but
has really come together since fifth‑year
senior center Collin Rahrig has changed
OCT. 29, 2014
Kevin Wilson, now in his fourth season as
head coach at Indiana, has not had much
success turning around the Hoosiers,
posting a 13-30 overall record.
PHOTO COURTESY INDIANA
Strength Vs. Strength
Michigan's Stellar Run Defense
Will Be Tested By Indiana's Tevin Coleman