WHAT LOOKED GOOD:Tevin Coleman rallied to extend his consecutive 100-yard game streak to 10 games which extends an Indiana school record. Coleman ran for 108 yards on 27 carries and that’s despite missing a lot of time in the first half after he fumbled twice. The first one was recovered by IU but the second gave Michigan a short field and a quick 10-0 lead. … Chase Dutra stepped up on the defensive end and recorded four tackles and also had an interception and a return for 39 yards. He also had what looked to be a near interception in the end zone and what should have been a pass break up although he wasn’t credited for one on the statistics sheet.
WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE:Fair or not, at this point Zander Diamont does not give Indiana a realistic chance to win. Completing 5-of-8 passes for 24 yards is simply not good enough. Plus he lost a fumble that gave Michigan the ball at the IU 20 and a touchdown three plays later. It’s a difficult situation that the true freshman from Venice, Calif. has been put in, there’s no question about that. Facing No. 8 Michigan State at home in his first game and then playing Michigan in the Big House in his second collegiate game is a long way from playing high school football in California, but the fact remains that he needs to be more comfortable in the pocket and he needs to go through his progression a little farther when it comes to looking for open receivers. Saturday, early in the first quarter, on his first drop back he had Shane Wynn wide open in the right flat but looked at him and then scrambled before forcing a ball into Tevin Coleman that was incomplete in the flat. He simply needs to do a better job of taking what the defense is giving him. Saturday he may very have been replaced for good by Nate Boudreau but the redshirt sophomore suffered an injury in the only series he played and Diamont went right back in the game. In fact, for all of the second half, Indiana was a Diamont injury away from having to go to third string quarterback Danny Cameron, a player who probably started the season No. 6 on the depth chart.
MOMENTUM CHANGER:Indiana trailed 17-0 in the first half when Chase Dutra had an interception and returned in 39 yards to the Michigan 12. IU had a great chance to swing the momentum there. Instead, after three unsuccessful plays the Hoosiers had to settle for a chip shot 25-yard field goal by Griffin Oakes. The same player who connected from 58 yards earlier in the season, had this field goal hit the left upright and bounce back. Instead of getting on the board and getting within two touchdowns again, the Hoosiers trailed 17-0 at the half.
SUPERLATIVE EFFORTS:Coleman pretty much had the only one with his 108 yards rushing. He now has 162 carries for exactly 1,300 yards on the season with four games to play. He would need to average 175 yards per game in the last four in order to reach 2,000 for the season. … Bobby Richardson recorded his fifth sack of the season, a total that leads the Hoosiers.
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