The Indiana defense set the tone early Saturday.
And the offense took it from there.
Indiana then went on to score 21 unanswered points in the first quarter en route to a convincing 49-24 victory over North Texas Saturday on a cold, windy day at Memorial Stadium.
Despite being a non-conference game against a Conference USA foe, it was a big game for the Hoosiers after a disappointing effort in a 37-15 loss to Maryland last week in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Indiana (3-2) responded Saturday by piling up 593 yards of offense including 363 yards rushing against a North Texas defense that ranked No. 11 in the nation in rushing yards allowed coming into the game.
Tevin Coleman ran for 150 yards on 17 carries including a 1 yard touchdown run on IU’s first drive that gave the Hoosiers a 7-0 lead. Coleman has now scored a touchdown in 14 consecutive games over the last two seasons, tops in the nation.
Coleman had a 74 yard run which didn’t go for a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 34 yards.
D’Angelo Roberts had 102 yards rushing on 14 carries and two scores and Devine Redding ran for 39 yards on seven carries and scored a 3 yard touchdown in the final minute to cap IU’s scoring for the day.
Nate Sudfeld started off hot and stayed in that zone all day long. He completed 23-of-29 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Sudfeld came into the game with just two touchdown tosses in his first four games.
Shane Wynn caught five passes for 127 yards including a pair of long touchdowns. He caught a 45 yard TD pass in the first quarter and a 76-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
IU scored 21 points in both the first and third quarters.
North Texas (2-3) was led by Dajon Williams who threw for 205 yards on 18-of-34 passing.
Indiana will be back in Big Ten action next Saturday when it travels to Iowa for a 12 p.m. kickoff.
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