WHAT LOOKED GOOD: There was a lot that looked good in this one. One statistic probably tells the entire story, too. Cody Latimer had 11 catches for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Most of the time that would probably be a Big Ten offensive player of the week worthy performance. In this game, though, he might not have been the offensive player of the game for Indiana. Sophomore running back Tevin Coleman ran for 215 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns. Coleman had touchdown runs of 64 and 75 yards before suffering an ankle injury midway through the fourth quarter. Nate Sudfeld completed 20-of-27 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns. Stephen Houston, like Coleman, had his second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance with 150 yards on 17 carries and two touchdown runs of his own.
WHAT LOOKED GOOD PART 2Indiana had some crazy team numbers, too. Indiana had 650 yards of total offense which ties the school record and set a new Memorial Stadium record. The old stadium record was 632 yards earlier this season against Indiana State. The other time IU had 650 yards of offense was 1994 at Kentucky. Indiana also ran for 371 yards. The Hoosiers also managed 29 first downs. Making those numbers even more impressive is the fact that Indiana accomplished the feat while running just 71 plays, which was 21 plays fewer than Illinois. The Hoosiers also had the ball for 25 minutes compared to nearly 35 minutes for the Illini.
WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE: As good as IU's offensive numbers were once again, the Indiana defense had its struggles again. The Hoosiers surrendered 612 yards of offense, 30 first downs, 450 yards passing and 11.8 yards per completion. Indiana gave up big plays again and for the second time in three games had a receiver go for more than 200 yards against them. This time it was Steve Hull who caught nine passes for 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Illinois converted on 11-of-19 third down conversions, too. It's amazing when you think about it that Indiana can surrender over 600 yards of offense in a Big Ten game, though, and still find a way to win by 17 points.
MOMENTUM CHANGER:Indiana trailed 28-21 midway through the third quarter and faced a fourth-and-1 at its own 34 yard line. Tre Roberson took off on an option run around the right side and gained 5 yards. Shortly after that, Nate Sudfeld came in the game and hit Cody Latimer for a 41 yard touchdown play to tie the game at 28 with 5:17 to play in the third. On IU's next two possessions the Hoosiers scored a pair of touchdowns in a total of four plays. One was a 50-yard TD catch by Latimer from Sudfeld and the other a 75 yard Coleman run.
COLEMAN/Houston IN PERSPECTIVE:This is the first time in Indiana history that the same two Indiana running backs have had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. The last time two running backs went over 100 yards in back-to-back games was Rick Thompson and Robert Pernell and then John Isenbarger and Pernell in the 1968 season. The last time two IU players rush for over 100 yards in consecutive games was Levron Williams and Antwaan Randle El in 2001.
ANOTHER COLEMAN TD:Tevin Coleman has scored a touchdown in every game this season which is tied for the second longest streak in school history. Stephen Houston and James Hardy also have streaks of nine games in a row with a TD. The school record is 12 games in a row by Anthony Thompson.
BEST POSITIONAL UNIT: It would be easy just go with the running backs but I'm going to say the offensive line based on how banged up the unit has been and yet the Hoosiers were able to pile up 650 yards of offense and 371 yards on the ground. Center Collin Rahrig didn't play because of a sore back and IU has had several replacements and is playing with backup players at nearly every position except left tackle.
UP NEXT: Indiana is on the road next Saturday to face a Wisconsin team that has scored more than 200 points against the Hoosiers in the last three meetings between the schools. The game will kickoff at Noon ET on Nov. 16 in Madison.
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