But Saturday felt like deja vu, as the Hoosier defense had its third-worst performance of the season in a 37-15 loss Saturday to the Terrapins at Memorial Stadium.
”Too many errors,” IU senior defensive end Bobby Richardson said. “We came out kind of strong, and then throughout the game we started to make more and more errors and it just caused more and more touchdowns. We just can’t let that happen.”
Allowing big plays played a major role in giving up the touchdowns previously mentioned by Richardson.
On Maryland’s second drive of the game, IU redshirt freshman Nate Hoff sacked Maryland redshirt senior C.J. Brown to force third and 17 from Maryland’s own 18.
But Brown escaped the pocket pressure and gained 22 yards. The end result of that drive was a touchdown for the Terrapins.
IU also gave up gains of 37 and 29 yards on Maryland’s third drive, which also ended with a touchdown.
Richardson said getting stops on third and long were plays the team needed to make.
”It’s a bad deal because those are the money downs, we call those money downs,” Richardson said. “When they get those, it just throws the whole team off, throws the defense off, throws us off scheme.”
Redshirt freshman safety Chase Dutra, starting in place of senior Mark Murphy who sat out with an injury, said the team just has to get ready for the next play.
”We’ve been really good on money down, third down, all year,” Dutra said. “We messed up a couple of times on third town. It was tough.”
The large gains added up on defense. Maryland’s 484 total yards of offense were the third-most by allowed by IU this season.
A play that accounted for a large portion of those yards and the Hoosier defense trouble was the read option.
”The big plays – that was going to be a little bit of a concern,” IU head coach Kevin Wilson said. “With their quarterback run game, they were going to work us a little bit if we didn’t load it (the box) up.”
Wilson said the way the linebackers, safeties and cornerbacks fit make a big difference. When the box is loaded with linebackers, the team has lie on the coverage.
”With their receivers, they took advantage,” he said. “Protection held up, quarterbacks made shots. It was a big day for them in the passing game, (with) 360 (yards).”
Dutra said the team had a couple little mix ups and didn’t execute the way they should’ve.
”Maryland played a really good game,” he said. “It was a hard loss, but we’re ready for North Texas.”Oakes hits record 58-yard field goal
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