Coleman continues to lead nation in rushing

Indiana is just 3-4 on the season, but running back Tevin Coleman continues to put up big numbers. An updated look at his numbers.

Indiana continues to struggle this football season -- the Hoosiers fell to 3-4 after a 56-17 loss to No. 8 Michigan State on Saturday -- but running back Tevin Coleman continues to be incredibly impressive.

Coleman recorded his 9th straight 100-yard rushing game against the stingy Spartans defense, running for 132 yards on 15 carries with a long run of 65 yards. Michigan State has a top 5 run defense and has been great against the run the last several years, but Coleman had another big day.

So just how good is Coleman? Well, Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah is third in the nation with 1,024 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. But when Abdullah faced Michigan State earlier this season, he accounted for only 45 yards on 24 carries.

Coleman continues to lead the nation in rushing yards through seven games with 1,192 yards and 11 touchdowns. Coleman is averaging 8.8 yards per carry, a remarkable average for 135 carries.

Coleman's 65-yard run against the Spartans on Saturday was the longest run they've given up this season. Keep in mind Michigan State has already played Oregon.

"He's a more complete running back," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "You see him running through tackles and your objective is to shut him down. I think he's obviously one of the keys to victory for us. Very good player."

Indiana would have to win three of its final five games to make a bowl game at this point. It's not completely out of the realm of possibility with games against Rutgers, Penn State and Purdue still on the schedule, but Coleman may have to carry the Hoosiers to get them to the postseason.

This much is clear: Coleman has been the best back in the country so far.


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