Indiana may not have won last Saturday in East Lansing, but its offense left quite an impression on the Michigan State defense which already faced a fast-paced offense in Oregon earlier in the season.
"These guys were better than Oregon, in my opinion," sophomore linebacker Jon Reschke said in a video interview published on MLive.com. "They were faster. They had simple plays, but they did it at such a high speed and high intensity, they did a good job."
Reschke and the Spartan defense saw the Hoosiers run gain 389 total yards of offense and 20 first downs on 60 plays. In a 31-28 Sept. 12 win over Oregon in East Lansing, the Ducks gained 432 total yards of offense and 26 first downs on 82 plays.
Indiana's 6.48 yards per play not only exceeded Oregon's, but was also the second-highest yards-per-play average by a Michigan State opponent this season. Air Force owns that distinction after gaining 7.13 yards per play against the Spartans on Sept. 19.
Oregon's 516.3 total yards of offense per game ranks as the 11th-best average in the country. It also averages 6.58 yards per play. Indiana's 467.6 total yards of offense per game, on the other hand, ranks 26th in the country. The Hoosier offense also averages 6.00 yards per play. Oregon has 31 total offensive touchdowns, while Indiana has 31.
Reschke was also impressed with the play of Indiana senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who completed 27-of-37 passes for 308 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Sudfeld has thrown three touchdowns in a single game three times this season and for at least 300 yards four times.
"Sudfeld's a real great quarterback," Reschke said. "We did a good job containing him because I think he throws for 400-plus yards in most his games, right? So we did a pretty good job with our DBs."