Notebook: Wilson the Gambler

Kevin Wilson took some extra fourth-down risks on Saturday night. Also, notes on Indiana's onside kicks and how Navy's coach saw the game.

Nobody's ever accused Wilson of being a conservative coach. He routinely takes risks other coaches wouldn't, with fixed results.

But Wilson was even more of a risk taker than normal on Saturday night.

With his team already trailing midway through the first quarter, Wilson elected to go for it on 4th-and-1 from his own 34-yard line. The Hoosiers failed to convert, and turned it over on downs.

Later in the first half on another 4th-down play, Wilson again chose to go for it. This time, quarterback Nate Sudfeld found Duwyce Wilson for the first down.

"We talked all week like, 'Hey, if it's 3rd-and-long, check it down' because of the way those guys play," Wilson said. "Last year we had 10 possessions [against Navy], last week [against Indiana State] we had 20. It's just because of the option, because the clock's moving.

"It's like you're trying to keep score and keep pace. Didn't like it, but thought we had to do it. Probably wouldn't do it in other games. Just an unusual game."

'It was so close'

Indiana's defense couldn't stop Navy on Saturday night. The task began to look so daunting that the Hoosiers tried to onside kicks to try to get the ball back.

The first caught Navy off guard, but bounced directly the the one Midshipman player in the vicinity. Navy knew the second one was coming -- it came after the Hoosiers cut the lead to six -- and Indiana still should have recovered it.

The ball took a high bounce and wide receiver Nick Stoner nearly grabbed it, but the ball fell to the turf. The Hoosiers ultimately recovered it, but not until it was already out of bounds.

"[They were] pretty good. It was so close," Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said of Mitch Ewald's kicks. "Like I said, the game was close. It's not horseshoes, we want W's."

Wynn records TD in return from injury

If wide receiver Shane Wynn was still feeling the cheap shot hit he took on a punt return last week against Indiana State, he sure didn't show it Saturday night.

Wynn, who left the game after the hit, had another receiving touchdown against Navy, his third of the young season. Wynn caught a pass from Sudfeld, turned the corner, and leapt towards the end zone, just getting the ball inside the pylon.

Wynn finished with four catches for 58 yards and that touchdown. Unlike last week, though, he was a non-factor in the punt return game. Navy never punted.

The opposing view

"That's a good team. First and foremost, I have to give coach Wilson and Indiana all the props. That was a battle. It was a heavyweight slugfest where they punched us and then we punched them right back. IT went back and forth just like last year and we were just lucky to come out with a win." -- Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo


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