Instead of a traditional game story, we'll do more of a game analysis at AllHoosiers.com. Here's the first one of the season, following IU's 73-35 victory over Indiana State Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.
WHAT LOOKED GOOD: Indiana put on an offensive clinic Thursday night and the defense wasn't bad either. The Hoosiers doubled up the Sycamores in total offense 632-306. In fact, Indiana had more yards on the ground (313) than Indiana State had in total offense (306). Some of the running total came because the game was so far out of hand in the second half that IU eventually just opted to run the ball. In fact, in the fourth quarter, Indiana ran the ball the first 16 plays before eventually taking a knee at the Indiana State 5 in the final two minutes so as to not score 80 on the Sycamores. Tevin Coleman was impressive in the running game with 169 yards on 14 carries. Nate Sudfeld was efficient completing 12-of-17 passes for 219 yards and four touchdowns. Ted Bolser caught six passes for 78 yards and two scores, while Shane Wynn only caught two passes but both were for touchdowns. He also had a 58 yard punt return for a score. Defensively, IU stopped the Sycamores on nine of their first 10 possessions. The Hoosiers had four sacks and for the most part limited Indiana State tailback Shakir Bell. Bell did a 45 yard run late that gave him 113 yards on 18 carries by late in the first half. But he also got hurt on that play. But take away that long run and Bell had 68 yards on his first 17 carries. That was much better than the 192 he gained against IU a year ago in the season opener.
WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE:There were plenty of things to go around from a ‘needs to improve' standpoint, too. Stephen Houston gained nine yards on eight carries and dropped a wide open pass in the flat. He didn't look on his game at all. True freshman Laray Smith bobbled a kickoff return which he would fumble that would result in an Indiana State touchdown late in the first half. True freshmen Antonio Allen and David Kenney botched a coverage in the fourth quarter that resulted in a 57 yard touchdown pass. Indiana a player ejected (offensive lineman Jake Reed) for throwing a punch at a time when IU was leading 42-7. Nate Sudfeld had an ill-timed pass that resulted in a pick six on IU's first possession of the second half. Bottom line: IU has plenty to work on before the second game of the season, Sept. 7 against Navy.
MOMENTUM CHANGER: You could say that Shane Wynn was involved in at least two of these plays. He had a 58 yard punt return for a touchdown early in the second quarter that pushed IU's lead to 35-7. Later, it was also a punt return that ignited the IU team. This time, with Wynn waiting for a punt, Indiana State freshman Carlos Aviles just blew Wynn up before he could catch the punt. Wynn stayed down for a long time before walking to the sideline and eventually going to the locker room. Kevin Wilson said his wide receiver was fine after the game. Aviles, on the other hand, was ejected and taken to the locker room probably for his own safety as IU fans booed loudly as he headed off the field. The score was 52-28 when that play happened. When IU got the ball back it went 69 yards in three plays with Kofi Hughes on the receiving end of three Nate Sudfeld passes. The play seemed to ignite the Indiana offense which played from that point with renewed enthusiasm. Hughes said after the game that 73 points was OK, but after that play he would have liked to have seen his team score more. He said he and his teammates were incensed over what had happened to Wynn.
SUPERLATIVE INDIVIDUAL EFFORTS: There were several. Tevin Coleman's career-high 169 yards rushing had to make the list. It was the sophomore's first 100-yard game of his IU career. Ted Bolser picked up where he left off last year when he caught 41 balls. Thursday night, he had six catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns. The TD's were his 10th and 11th touchdowns of his career. Shane Wynn had three scores, two receiving touchdowns and his first career punt return for a score. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown his freshman season in 2011. True freshman linebacker T.J. Simmons led IU with nine tackles. Nick Mangieri was credited with 1.5 sacks.
BEST POSITIONAL UNIT: Hard not to go with the quarterbacks. Tre Roberson was solid early on and threw a pair of touchdown passes before suffering a bruised rib and giving way to Nate Sudfeld. Sudfeld threw four touchdown passes and had one major miscue, an interception for a TD deep in IU territory. Cam Coffman did OK. He had a pick, too, though. And redshirt freshman Nate Boudreau, the fourth team quarterback, actually got some work in late in the fourth quarter and did an admirable job running the offense.
NOTEWORTHY: There were a lot of things that could end up in this category from the game. Here's some of the bigger points:
*** The 73 points scored are the second most in school history behind only a 76-0 win over Franklin in 1901.
*** The 632 yards of offense are the third most in school history.
*** IU had more than 300 yards rushing and passing, the first time in history the Hoosiers have eclipsed both barriers in the same game.
*** IU's 10 touchdowns are the most on record with statistics available since 1949.
*** Indiana scored nine touchdowns in the first three quarters, averaging 1:01 per touchdown drive over that stretch. The Hoosiers scored more than three points for every minute of offensive possession in the first three quarters.
*** Shane Wynn's punt return for a touchdown was the first for Indiana since Tracy Porter returned a punt 86 yards for a TD in 2006.
*** Wynn is the first IU player to catch a pair of touchdowns and return a punt for a score since Rob Turner did so against Missouri in September of 1990.
*** Nick Stoner's 44-yard TD catch from Nate Sudfeld in the second quarter was his first career TD.
UP NEXT: Indiana will have a few extra days to prepare for Navy's option attack. IU will host Navy on Saturday, Sept. 7. It will be the season opener for the Midshipmen.
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