Game Analysis: Missouri 45, Indiana 28

The usually potent Indiana offense struggled in this one needing a late touchdown and two-point conversion to make the score look closer than it was. Here's a quick analysis of IU's 45-28 loss to Missouri along with a video of Terry Hutchens and Nolan Blair looking back at the game.

Instead of a traditional game story, we'll do more of a game analysis at AllHoosiers.com. Here's the fourth one of the season, following IU's 45-28 loss Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

WHAT LOOKED GOOD: Despite giving up 623 yards of offense, the defense looked good at times for Indiana. IU had three first half turnovers including a pair of interceptions by Greg Heban and a fumble recovery by Tim Bennett. Unfortunately IU could only manage seven points from those three Missouri miscues. Cody Latimer had his second consecutive big game for the Hoosiers. He had catches for 136 yards and a touchdown. Defensively Heban had the two interceptions and led IU with eight tackles. And Zack Shaw had 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss overall.

WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE: It's difficult to believe that we would ever say the shortcomings would come from the offensive side of the ball this season but that was clearly the case in this one. Indiana couldn't move the ball the same way it had in many games this year. The Hoosiers, with some late yardage and a TD in the closing seconds, still managed 28 points and 475 yards of offense but IU was 5-for-17 on third down conversions. Defensively, the Hoosiers surrendered 33 first downs and 280 net yards rushing. Missouri ran a total of 97 plays and had the ball more than 36 minutes.

MOMENTUM CHANGER: No doubt it was the pick six by Kony Ealy with Missouri leading 21-14 late in the second quarter and Indiana driving toward a potential game-tying score. Instead, Ealy intercepted the ball right at the line of scrimmage and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown. That gave Missouri a 28-14 halftime lead.

SUPERLATIVE EFFORTS: Senior safety Greg Heban recorded a pair of interceptions in the first quarter, his first two of the season and seventh and eighth of his career. He was also the last Hoosier to pick off a pair of passes in one game. He did that on Sept. 10, 2011 against Virginia. … Cody Latimer had more than 100 yards receiving for the second week in a row and had a career-high eight receptions. He's the first IU player to have back-to-back 100-yard receiving games since James Hardy in 2007. … IU had two touchdown drives that took less than 60 seconds. That's the seventh and eighth TD drives of the season of less than a minute. … Shane Wynn became the 19th player in history to record 100 career catches. He is also the 19th Hoosier to surpass both 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards.

BEST POSITIONAL UNIT: The wide receivers made some big plays. Twenty-one of IU's 29 receptions were by wide receivers including eight by Cody Latimer and five by Shane Wynn. Those two players combined for 13 catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns.

UP NEXT: Indiana is off next week before hosting Penn State on Oct. 5 at Memorial Stadium to open Big Ten play. The game time for that game has yet to be announced.

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