Quarterback Steve Smith and tailback Lawrence Ricks each ran for a touchdown to help the Woverines beat the visiting Hoosiers in a Big Ten game.
All-America wide receiver Anthony Carter left with injured ribs in the first quarter and Michigan (2-2, 2-0) elected to play conservatively. Smith threw only 10 passes, completing four for 57 yards, while running 10 times for 64 yards. Ricks carried 22 times for 124 yards.
"We had to make sure that people know that we can run the ball," Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler said. "However, we have to start making the big pass play on offense. We get people open and they miss it or they drop the ball."
In the second quarter, Smith swept left end for 14 yards on third down, then ended a 86-yard, six-play drive with a weaving, 37-yard touchdown run that gave Michigan a 10-0 lead.
Smith ran 13 yards on third and 12 during Michigan's first possession of the third quarter and freshman fullback Dan Rice ended the 60-yard, 10-play drive two plays later when he scored from the one. Ricks scored in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard run after Indiana (2-2, 1-1) had closed to 17-10, turning Smith's third-quarter fumble into a 20-yard field goal by Doug Smith. Ali Haji-Sheik kicked a 50-yarder for the Wolverines.
Babe Laufenberg passed eight yards to Duane Gunn in the fourth quarter for a Hoosier touchdown. Laufenberg, had to leave the game briefly after being shaken up in the third quarter, but completed 21 of 36 passes for 222 yards, with two interceptions. Indiana got only 97 yards rushing.