Coleman multidimensional in Hoosier win

It doesn't matter how you start, it only matters how you finish, and Tevin Coleman took that to heart Saturday as he left his mark in the second half of Indiana's win over Penn State.

For the first time in history, Indiana beat Penn State in football.

For the first time this season, both the offense and defense came out and took it to a formidable opponent.

The defense was able to keep the Nittany Lions at bay while Tevin Coleman worked through a slow start to the first half, rushing for only 23 yards in the first half.

The second half was a different story for the sophomore running back. He added 69 yards on the ground after the break, finishing with 92 yards on 20 carries. Forty-four of those came in the third quarter, when Coleman found a hole in the line and took the ball, untouched, into the end zone, putting the Hoosiers ahead for good.

"I just remember seeing a big hole, and I just ran as fast as I could, really," Coleman commented on his run. "The linemen blocked, did their thing, I saw a big hole and just took it."

Coleman has kept his scoring machine going, as he has now scored in every contest the Hoosiers have played this season. Saturday's touchdown was his seventh on the year.

"I think we did some stuff early, not by design, in taking shots, moving it around, and soften them up, and they kinda did some coverage deals and we caught them right," IU coach Kevin Wilson said about how the rushing progressed throughout the game.

As the offense looks to become more balanced, Coleman knows how important it is to not only run effectively, but move the ball through the air as well. He grabbed seven passes himself, racking up 55 yards along the way.

"The passing set up the run game a lot, we ran hard, with velocity, and holes just opened up,'' Coleman remarked. "We watched a lot of film, they keep a lot of people in the box, so we threw a lot of screens and those plays worked. And if we don't have a run game, it's going to be hard to beat a team as good as Penn State."

Nate Sudfeld, the Hoosier quarterback, is more than in agreement with his tailback.

"It was awesome, the O-line was playing awesome,'' Sudfeld said. "Tevin was running well, Stephen was running well, D'Angelo came in and had a few good runs. Our offense clicks when our run game is going because it opens up the pass more. Our O-line was giving great holes, and our backs were hitting really hard."

As crucial as Coleman was to the offense, he didn't seem to want to take too much credit for himself.

"We came out with confidence and trust in each other, and we played as a team,'' he said. "Steve's a good back, I'm a good back, we switch back and forth. It's good to see Steve get some work in there, me get some work in there, just a good feeling."

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