Game Analysis: IU 56, Purdue 36

Here is what looked good, what didn't look so good and some key individual performances from Saturday's Old Oaken Bucket victory over Purdue.

p>Instead of a traditional game story, we'll do more of a game analysis at AllHoosiers.com. Here's the final one, following Indiana's relatively easy 56-36 victory over Purdue Saturday in the annual battle for the Old Oaken Bucket at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.

WHAT LOOKED GOOD: There was a lot of good in this one. Tre Roberson was spectacular. He threw for 273 yards and a school-record tying six touchdown passes and ran for a career-high 154 yards. He basically, in one game, performed at the level that Indiana fans had hoped he could aspire to all season. He was confident running the offense, he kept the Boilermakers off balance and he made very few mistakes. He did have two interceptions including one on a first-and-goal from the 5 but 427 yards of total offense was a very entertaining day. Indiana had three players rush for more than 100 yards for the first time in school history. Stephen Houston had 120 yards and D'Angelo Roberts had a career-best 113 yards. As a team, IU ran the ball 54 times for a season-high 401 yards on the ground. Indiana's 692 yards of total offense was a second record, too. The 42 first downs was also a school record for one game, shattering the previous best of 35 against Michigan in 2010. Cody Latimer had seven catches for 110 yards and a score and Shane Wynn had seven catches for 52 yards and three touchdowns. Ted Bolser became the all-time leader in receptions for tight ends at IU with 117 for his career. He also had a TD grab. David Cooper, who had a half sack total in the first 11 games, had two sacks against Purdue. John Laihinen blocked an extra point.

WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE: The defense looked good for two and a half quarters and then it seemed as if IU took its foot off of the pedal defensively. With Purdue basically throwing the ball on every down, that's the time where good defenses pick their collective ears back and go after the quarterback. Instead, Purdue QB Danny Etling got hot. He completed 33-of-49 passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns. Now, the Boilers were limited to 31 yards rushing on 16 carries but part of that was that Purdue was forced to abandon the run when IU went up 49-9 in the third quarter. Still, the defense surrendered 516 yards which is way too much if you expect to field a team that can get bowl eligible on a consistent basis.

MOMENTUM CHANGER: After Indiana scored to make it 28-9 with 3:28 to play in the first half, Purdue got the ball back and had a quick three-and out. IU got it back and went 73 yards on seven plays with Cody Latimer making an acrobatic grab for a 27 yard touchdown reception from Tre Roberson. That increased the lead to 35-9 at halftime and gave the Hoosiers a 21-point second quarter.

Houston WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM Because he played one year of junior college ball, Stephen Houston only got to play Purdue three times in his career. He likely wishes it had been a lot more. As a sophomore, Houston ran for 129 yards on seven carries against the Boilers including a 52-yard touchdown run. Last season, Houston had 158 yards rushing against Purdue and scored three touchdowns. Saturday, he had 120 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns. That's 52 carries for 407 yards and six touchdowns against the Boilers.

UP NEXT: Next season, Indiana's four home Big Ten opponents will be Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue. The four away games in Big Ten play will be Iowa, Michigan, Rutgers and Ohio State.

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