PERSONNEL CHANGES COMING?
Indiana's inability to wrap players up could land some new players on the field next week when Indiana hosts Minnesota in a must win if IU hopes to keep its bowl hopes alive.
"We'll probably look to see if we can find some other people to play, quite honestly," said IU Coach Hoeppner. "If you repeatedly have opportunities to make plays and don't make them, let's see if we can find someone who can make those plays."
ANDERSON MAKES FIRST START
Scott Anderson earned the first start of his collegiate career, starting at right tackle. With Anderson moving into the lineup, IU moved Justin Frye to right guard, while Chris Mangiero (center), Adam Hines (left guard) and Isaac Sowells (left tackle) remained in the starting lineup.
Anderson, who didn't find out that he was definitely starting until Friday night, said he didn't sleep at all Thursday night because he was so nervous about possibility.
"I was very, very nervous," said Anderson. "I was excited too, but I was so nervous."
The 6-6, 308-pound junior from Lafayette said the nervousness disappeared after his first play, and IU Coach Terry Hoeppner said he was generally pleased with the job he did.
"I thought the adjustments up front…we thought we needed to do something there," said Hoeppner.
"We moved some guys around on the offensive line, and I think that probably paid off with some better performance, some better production there.
I thought (Anderson) did a solid job."
HARDY SHINES…BUT HURTS
Despite a quartet of ailments, James Hardy had a solid outing with a game-high eight catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
While Hoeppner said afterwards that Hardy was arguably the healthiest he's been all season, the Hoosiers' standout 6'7" wideout said he was about "70 percent" and battling a slew of injuries.
"It was a game time decision if I was going to play or not," said Hardy. "I'm hurting everywhere."
Hardy said he's still bothered by an Achilles injury that first surfaced in the fall, and he's also been slowed by a hamstring, a bruised quad and a sore knee.
What's bothering Hardy more than anything, though, is three straight losses that has put the Hoosiers' postseason bowl aspirations in jeopardy. Indiana must find a way to win two of its final three to be eligible for a bowl invitation.
"I'm tired of losing, I don't like losing, I don't like anything about it," said Hardy. "I'm going to go watch film to see what I can do better to help the team."
NEWS AND NOTES
- James Hardy now has 10 touchdown receptions this season, which ties him for second on IU's all-time single-season list with Jade Butcher, who accomplished the feat three straight seasons. Ernie Jones holds the school mark of 13, which he accomplished in 1987.
Hardy is also climbing IU's single season lists for receptions (56-currently ranks 3rd) and receiving yards (848-5th).
- Indiana had at least a trio of players go down with injuries Saturday. Josiah Sears (thumb), John Pannozzo (hand) and Aaron Mitchell (hand) were all going to be evaluated upon their return to Bloomington.
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