It has been a defensive struggle to this point, which is somewhat surprising given IU's defensive struggles over the years. But the Hoosiers' defense put together a solid half of football, with the exception of one play.
After safety Mark Murphy intercepted a Christian Hackenberg pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown, IU's defense allowed a 92-yard touchdown run by Bill Belton. It was the longest rushing play in Penn State history.
It was a disappointing for a defensive unit that had played remarkably well up until that point. The Hoosiers kept Penn State from scoring in the second quarter despite having a 1st-and-goal from the Indiana 1-yard line. IU held on three consecutive plays, and then blocked the short field goal on 4th down.
If the Hoosiers are going to win the game, they will have to get more production out of their offense in the second half. They had only 160 yards of total offense. While that's improvement over last week at Michigan, Alexander Diamont and the offense must find some way to put points on the board.
Diamont, making his third straight start, completed 6-of-10 passes for 34 yards and an interception in the first half. Diamont was most effective in the running game, piling up 79 yards on only nine carries. Star running back Tevin Coleman managed only 32 yards on 10 attempts.Scouting the Opponent
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