The Hoosiers (3-2, 0-1) fell behind 21-0 early, but they haven't quit. Running back Tevin Coleman got the Hoosiers on the board with a career-long 83-yard touchdown run.
After Iowa (4-1, 1-0) answered with a quick touchdown on the first play of its drive, Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld led IU down the field and tossed a touchdown pass to Nick Stoner to keep the Hoosiers within two scores.
Sudfeld left the game in the second quarter with an apparent left shoulder injury after he was sacked by two Iowa defensive linemen. Sudfeld was taken to the locker room and did not return in the half. True freshman Chris Covington has taken over for Sudfeld, and the IU offense has had a hard time moving the ball since. Sudfeld's status for the second half is not currently known.
After Sudfeld left, the momentum swung back to Iowa. The Hoosiers got within 28-21 after Coleman's second touchdown run of the game, but Iowa answered with 10 straight points to close the half. It looked like the IU defense had held the Hawkeyes twice in goal-to-go situations, but Iowa went for it on 4th-and-goal from the 1 just before the half and punched it in for a dagger of a touchdown.
If Sudfeld can't return, it will be hard for the Hoosiers to stay in the game.
With the IU defense struggling early, Kevin Wilson got gutsy. Indiana attempted back-to-back onside kicks, recovering the second one. On the first, Indiana was offsides and opted just to kick it deep after the penalty.
The Hoosiers failed to capitalize on the onside kick, though, when senior wide receiver Shane Wynn dropped an easy touchdown catch in the end zone. Sudfeld made a great throw, and Wynn simply dropped it.
Coleman has been spectacular once again for Indiana, running for 144 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries in the first half. The junior is only 15 yards shy of 1,000 on the season, and this is just the sixth of 12 games.
Another key stat: Indiana has once again struggled to convert on third downs. The Hoosiers were 0-of-7 on third down in the first half.