Game Analysis: IU 42, Bowling Green 10

There were plenty of offensive and defensive superlatives to go around Saturday for Indiana in a convincing 42-10 victory over Bowling Green at Memorial Stadium.

Instead of a traditional game story, we'll do more of a game analysis at AllHoosiers.com. Here's the third one of the season, following IU's easy 42-10 victory over Bowling Green Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

WHAT LOOKED GOOD: There were plenty of offensive and defensive superlatives to go around in this one. The two-headed rushing monster of Stephen Houston and Tevin Coleman was pretty much unstoppable between the two 10-yard lines (not so good in goal to go situations though). Houston had 155 yards rushing on 13 carries and Coleman had 129 yards on 19 carries and two scores. Cody Latimer finally had a break out game with six catches for 137 yards and a score. Kofi Hughes had an acrobatic TD catch on a fade route from Nate Sudfeld. Sudfeld had another big game with 335 yards passing on 17-of-26 passing. But there were plenty of defensive standouts, too. Greg Heban led IU with 12 tackles and David Cooper hit double digits with 10. Nick Mangieri had a sack and an interception. Michael Hunter had four pass break ups and Tim Bennett had three. Bobby Richardson had 1.5 tackles for loss. Overall, it was a strong effort from a lot of different players in this one.

WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE: Two things stand out. Goal line offense and special teams, especially blocking in the punt game. IU had chance after chance early in the game but couldn't punch in a score on goal-to-go situations. Indiana clearly just is not able to blow an opponent off the ball down deep. Get the ball in the middle of the field, and IU can get to the outside and do some damage. Down deep with the defense packed in, however, and it's another story. And IU had breakdowns on a couple of punts. One was blocked and the other was almost blocked but Bowling Green was flagged for roughing the punter. But those are two areas that clearly need to get better.

MOMENTUM CHANGER: Indiana trailed 10-7 and then fumbled the ensuing kickoff giving Bowling Green the ball at the IU 31. Momentum was clearly on the Falcons' side. But on fourth-and-1 at the IU 22, Bowling Green QB Matt Johnson was thrown for a 5-yard loss. IU got the ball back and went 73 yards for a touchdown. Tevin Coleman went the final 43 on a pitch from Sudfeld. That made it 14-10 and IU would go on to score 35 unanswered points.

SUPERLATIVE EFFORTS: The game was the first time since 2008 against Murray State that Indiana had not allowed an opponent to score an offensive touchdown. Bowling Green came into the game averaging 37.5 points per game . … IU had 266 rushing yards in the game, the fifth time in the Kevin Wilson Era that the Hoosiers have recorded 250 yards or more on the ground. … Cody Latimer's 137 yards receiving was a career high. He also had a touchdown which was his first of the year and ninth of his career. … Shane Wynn became the 38th receiver in Indiana history to reach the 1,000-yard mark for receiving yards and is the fourth current Hoosier to accomplish the feat. He joins Kofi Hughes, Ted Bolser and Cody Latimer with that distinction. … David Cooper had his third career game with 10 or more tackles.

BEST POSITIONAL UNIT: It had to be the IU running backs in this one. IU ran for 118 yards last week against Navy. Saturday, the Hoosiers had 266 net yards on 48 carries. Stephen Houston had 155 yards on 13 carries. That was three yards off his career best. Tevin Coleman had 129 yards on 19 carries. That's the second time in three games this season Coleman has exceeded 100 yards.

SCORING MACHINE: Indiana set a new three-game record with 150 points. The previous best of 141 was set in 1917. It is also the eighth time in Indiana history that the Hoosiers have scored 35 points or more in any three-game stretch.

UP NEXT: Indiana will play host to Missouri next Saturday night in an 8 p.m. kickoff on the Big Ten Network at Memorial Stadium.

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