Quarterback controversy over?

Nate Sudfeld outperformed Tre Roberson for the second straight game. Is the starting QB job his?

He didn't get the start, but for the second straight game, Nate Sudfeld was Indiana's most productive quarterback.

Tre Roberson has gotten the starting nod in each of the Hoosiers' first two games, but has not lasted more than a quarter in either. On Saturday night, he played only two series'.

The Hoosiers went three-and-out on consecutive possessions to begin the game, leading Indiana coach Kevin Wilson to pull Roberson and insert Sudfeld.

Sudfeld made the most of the opportunity once again.

The sophomore quarterback completed 31-of-42 passes for 363 yards with four touchdowns to only one interception. Sudfeld was also the Hoosiers' leading rusher with 35 yards on six carries.

"I've never thrown so many balls and I've never run so much in my life," Sudfeld joked afterward.

One of the main storylines surrounding the Indiana program in the offseason was the quarterback competition between Roberson and Sudfeld. Through two games, it hasn't been much of a competition at all.

Roberson has completed 3-of-6 passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Sudfeld is 43-of-59 for 582 yards and eight touchdowns. Where's the controversy?

"There's not a controversy," Wilson said. "I just think we're better with a couple of those guys playing."

That wasn't the case in Saturday night's 41-35 loss to Navy. Whether it was because the team wasn't prepared or not, the Indiana offense looked lifeless with Roberson running things. When Sudfeld entered, it was much smoother.

Sudfeld's only real error came on his first series of the game when he threw a interception in the red zone.

"I just tried to make too much happen. It was just a bad mistake on my part," Sudfeld said. "They brought double edge and a guy peeled at the back, which I actually saw. He wasn't looking at me so I tried to get it over his head but then he turned and I kind of under threw and it tried to make too much happen.

"That one's tough to swallow because if I throw a touchdown there, statistically we win the game."

After that mistake, though, Sudfeld helped lead Indiana back and make it close at the end. His 15-yard touchdown pass to Ted Bolser with 3:53 left made it a six-point game with enough to for a stop and a game-winning drive.

"We were just trying to get the ball down the field, we knew we had a chance," Sudfeld said. "I just scrambled on that one and saw Ted kind of get a little bit open. I was just going to throw him an alley-oop dunk. He's's been making plays in practice and in the game so I just wanted to get it high for him and give him a chance."

Sudfeld wouldn't see the field again. The Indiana defense again failed to get off the field, and the Hoosiers had their first loss of the season.

Going forward, there's no question who the starting quarterback should be. At least there shouldn't be. Sudfeld gives this team the best chance to win.

When asked if he expected to start next Saturday against Bowling Green, Sudfeld wouldn't bite.

"No. I don't know. It's not up to me, it's up to coach," Sudfeld said. "I'll be ready if my name's called. If Tre's called or Cam's [Coffman] called, I'll be happy for them. I think we're all pretty good team players, so whatever's best for the team."


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