This game was expecting to be a high-scoring affair, and so far it's lived up to the billing.
Backed by sixth-year quarterback Brandon Doughty's 352 passing yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Western Kentucky leads Indiana 28-17 at halftime at Memorial Stadium.
The Hilltoppers closed the first half with two offensive drives totaling five plays and a combined 150 yards, lasting a total of one minute and 23 seconds.
Indiana scored first on a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown by redshirt junior wide receiver Mitchell Paige. But the offense couldn't continue the scoring success, as it would go 0-for-4 on its next four drives inside the 40-yard line.
Despite the deficit, both teams were close in terms of offensive production. Western Kentucky outgained Indiana 395-313 in total yards of offense, but the Hilltoppers had a big edge in passing yards at 352-221.
IU senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld completed 13-of-19 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown in the first half. However, the top performer of the first half was Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor, who had seven catches for 183 yards and a touchdown in the half. The Hoosiers will receive the second-half opening kickoff.