Indiana fans got an early glimpse of their 2015 Hoosiers Saturday as the Crimson defeated the Cream 13-10 in the annual Cream & Crimson game at Memorial Stadium.
”We wanted to go 110 plays, and we went about 130,” IU head coach Kevin Wilson said. “So we got plenty of work and it was fun.”
The Cream squad, which featured the first-team offense and second-team defense, got on the board first off a first-quarter touchdown pass from senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld to senior tight end Anthony Corsaro.
A field goal by sophomore kicker Aaron Del Grosso just before halftime extended the Cream squad’s lead to 10 at halftime.
The Crimson squad, which featured the second-team offense and first-team defense, responded on the first play of the third quarter as redshirt freshman runningback Ricky Brookins carried the ball 53 yards to set his team up in Cream territory.
Sophomore quarterback Zander Diamont finished off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Damon Graham. Diamont sealed the victory for the Crimson with a 13-yard touchdown with four seconds remaining to Graham, who also finished with five catches for 48 yards .
The Cream squad was led by Sudfeld, who completed 17-of-24 passes for 187 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
”I think we can be extremely good,” Sudfeld said. “We have guys who are very hungry. No particular guys who are going to be the superstar, just young guys developing. Our receivers, tightends, runningbacks, (we’ve) got a committee of guys who can play.”
Diamont also performed well as the leader of the Crimson squad, completing 8-of-16 passes for 108 yards in addition to the pair of touchdowns to Graham.
Brookins, a walk-on, carried the ball 16 times for 107 yards. His longest run of the afternoon was his 53-yarder.
Current and former walk-on runningbacks combined for 183 of the 221 rushing yards between the two squads.
”They’re doing good, but I do think it’s a credit to – we’re developing a pretty good line,” Wilson said, when asked about the running backs. “So if you throw them in the mix, you put our signees coming in, the tight end position’s gotten better, the blocking’s good. Alex Rodriguez has been good, Ricky Brookin’s been good, Andrew Wilson’s always been solid, Devine (Redding)’s been good and Jordan Howard’s looking good, hyperextended his elbow … They’re a good football group.”
The spring game was the Hoosiers’ 12th practice this spring. They have three more before wrapping up the spring session.
The third and final session will be a more normal scrimmage Thursday, according to Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson. Thursday’s scrimmage is being billed as the “Little 500 pre-bash.”
”This is the weekend to do this for our fans,” Wilson said. “It’s before Little 500 weekend, so this is the weekend to have our crowd involvement. I thought it would be good for fans to see some drills.”