Indiana falls at Iowa, 45-29; Sudfeld hurt

After quarterback Nate Sudfeld left the game with injury, Indiana struggled to get much going offensively on Saturday in Iowa City. Read the full story here.

Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld left with a shoulder injury late in the first half, and the Hoosiers were dead in the water after that.

After putting together a comeback late in the first half, Indiana fell to Iowa, 45-29, on Saturday afternoon in Iowa City.

The Hoosiers (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter, but responded, thanks to Coleman. The junior running back got Indiana on the board with an 83-yard touchdown run, and Sudfeld later found Nick Stoner in the end zone to cut the Iowa lead to 28-14.

Indiana got it to within seven at 28-21 in the second quarter on Coleman's second touchdown run of the day, but Sudfeld had already left the game, and the Hoosiers couldn't move the ball in the second half. True freshman Chris Covington replaced Sudfeld, who appeared to injure his left shoulder, and he struggled.

[NOTE: Kevin Wilson said after that game that Sudfeld has a separated shoulder and there is no timetable for his return.]

Covington didn't look like he knew what the play was on several occasions, and he never completed a pass downfield, allowing Iowa to load the box and focus on Coleman. The IU running back was bottled up in the second half until a 69-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that made it a two-possession game and put Coleman over 1,000 yards on the season. He's the fastest in IU history to 1,000.

Indiana's defense got a stop on the next Iowa drive, but the IU offense couldn't manage anything, and the game was over.

Covington was just 3-of-11 passing for 31 yards and two interceptions. He did carry it 11 times for 41 yards. Before he left, Sudfeld was 4-of-9 for 85 yards with a touchdown and a pick six.

This was a great opportunity for Indiana to steal a Big Ten win on the road, but without Sudfeld and after the terrible start, it was too tall a task for the Hoosiers. They now face an uphill climb after an 0-2 start in conference.

The Indiana Daily Student reported that Sudfeld was in the tunnel in the fourth quarter with his arm in a sling. We will have a further update on Sudfeld's health later this afternoon, and we will have plenty of coverage from Iowa City tonight.

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