Running back Tevin Coleman had a huge day for the Hoosiers, totaling 247 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Coleman nearly rushed for 1,000 yards a year ago, and he is determined to get it down this season. He's off to a great start.
D'Angelo Roberts added 129 yards and a score on the ground for the Hoosiers, who had 455 rushing yards on 69 attempts.
Indiana did not complete a single pass on any of its four scoring drives.
Indiana (1-0) jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter, but the Hoosiers really struggled in the third quarter.
Indiana totaled 171 yards in the third, but failed to score because of a Nate Sudfeld interception and two turnovers on downs. All three giveaways came deep in Indiana State territory.
Indiana State returned the Sudfeld pick to the IU 16 and scored three plays later to cut Indiana's lead to 21-10.
The Hoosiers drove it again early in the fourth quarter, but Sudfeld missed a wide open (and I mean WIDE open) receiver in the end zone, and Aaron Del Grosso missed a 26-yard field goal attempt.
IU added a late score on a Myles Graham touchdown run with 2:15 to play. The Hoosiers went 83 yards in nine rushing plays on the drive.
It was a rough afternoon for Sudfeld, who is expected to have a big season now that he's Indiana's unquestioned starter at quarterback. Tre Roberson, who split time with Sudeld the last two years, transferred to Illinois State over the summer.
Sudfeld completed 11-of-18 passes for 111 yards and an interception. He did not throw a touchdown, and he connected with senior Shane Wynn only twice for eight yards.
Consider this: Even while splitting time last year, there were only two games in which Sudfeld threw for less than 111 yards. And in one of those games (Purdue), Sudfeld attempted one pass.
Indiana rarely passed the ball early, and when it did, Sudfeld looked uncomfortable in the pocket and didn't seem to trust his young receivers. Top targets Cody Latimer (NFL) and Kofi Hughes (graduation) are no longer around, and it was evident all day.
It's just one game, but Indiana must get its passing game corrected quickly. The Hoosiers have a bye week this week, so that should help.
The Indiana defense was solid in its new 3-4 look under Brian Knorr. The Hoosiers allowed only 170 total yards and 10 first downs, and all 10 Indiana State points came off of Indiana turnovers.
We will have plenty more coverage and reaction from IU's win over ISU later this afternoon and evening. Stay tuned.