- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Tevin Coleman fumbled the ball away a few minutes into the first quarter and realized he wasn’t touching the ball again for a little while.

“If you fumble you’re usually out,” Indiana’s star running back said.

Coleman was indeed benched for a bit, and although he still managed to run for 108 yards, the Hoosiers lost 34-10 to Michigan on Saturday. It was Indiana’s 19th straight loss to the Wolverines.

“If you fumble, you’re out. That’s the way I’ve coached for 25 years,” Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said. “That’s our culture. There’s a price to pay for putting the ball on the ground and everybody knows that.”

Devin Gardner threw for two touchdowns and Drake Johnson ran for two for the Wolverines (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten), who have won 34 of the last 35 games in this series. This homecoming win came a day after Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon’s resignation was announced amid increasing frustration from fans over the state of the football program.

The Hoosiers (3-5, 0-4) couldn’t overcome their injury problems at quarterback. Freshman Zander Diamont managed only 24 yards passing.

“We’re still struggling to find the pass,” Wilson said. “Offensively, until we get some more balance, we’re a bit of a one-dimensional team.”

The Hoosiers have lost their top two quarterbacks - Nate Sudfeld and Chris Covington - to injuries. Diamont started in a loss to Michigan State two weekends ago and managed only 11 yards passing. After an open date, he went 5 for 8 against Michigan.

Diamont attempted only two passes in the second half, completing both.

Coleman entered as the nation’s leader at 170 yards rushing per game, and he remains the only running back in the country to rush for over 100 yards in each game this season. But he didn’t extend that streak until the fourth quarter, when Michigan was in control.

Gardner gave Michigan a 10-0 lead with a nifty 6-yard touchdown pass to Keith Heitzman in the first quarter. The senior quarterback was nearly brought down around the line of scrimmage but was able to flip the ball forward to Heitzman.

Gardner added a 12-yard scoring pass to Amara Darboh in the second quarter, and Indiana wasted a chance to make up ground before halftime. Chase Dutra intercepted a pass by Gardner and returned it 39 yards to the Michigan 12, but the Hoosiers came away with no points when Griffin Oakes hit the left upright on a 25-yard field goal attempt.

Oakes kicked a 38-yard field goal in the third, but Michigan answered with a 10-yard touchdown run by Johnson. After an Indiana touchdown made it 27-10 late in the fourth, Johnson scored again on a 16-yard run.

The Wolverines won despite being without suspended tight end Jake Butt. Coach Brady Hoke said Butt will be back next week, when Michigan plays at Northwestern.

Hoke would not talk about Brandon’s resignation.

“Let’s talk about what these kids did, because there’s only so many opportunities they have,” Hoke said. “Have they stayed together and been accountable? Yes, that’s what they’ve done.”

Coleman actually fumbled on each of Indiana’s first two possessions. A teammate recovered the first, but the second set up Michigan’s first touchdown. Coleman did not have another carry until midway through the second quarter, at which point the Hoosiers trailed 17-0.

Gardner threw for 220 yards, the first time all season he’s surpassed 200. He surpassed that mark eight times last season, including a 503-yard performance in a 63-47 win over Indiana.

Saturday’s game drew 103,111 for Michigan’s 257th consecutive game at the Big House with at least 100,000 fans. There was talk that the streak might be in jeopardy this year, but there’s only one more game at Michigan Stadium on the schedule, against Maryland on Nov. 22.

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