Virginia Embarrasses Indiana, 47-7

Indiana football's biggest game to date resulted in its worst performance. Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell threw for 305 yards and running back Mikell Simpson rushed for 83 yards and four touchdowns as the Cavaliers embarrassed Indiana 47-7 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va...

Indiana football's biggest game to date resulted in its worst performance.

Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell threw for 305 yards and running back Mikell Simpson rushed for 83 yards and four touchdowns as the Cavaliers embarrassed Indiana 47-7 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.

Indiana lost its third straight and fell to 3-3, while Virginia won its second straight to improve to 2-3.

"They beat us in every way you can get beat - offensively, defensively, special teams," IU Coach Bill Lynch said. "That was really disappointing. The football team that played the last five weeks, we just didn't play our kind of football at all today."

The game was every bit as ugly as the 40-point margin would suggest. Virginia – which entered the game ranked 117th out of 120 Division I teams in total offense – amassed 337 of its 536 total yards in the first half while building a 30-0 lead at intermission. When Sewell wasn't picking apart the IU secondary, he and Simpson were running roughshod over the Hoosier defenders. Simpson's 83 yards on 15 carries topped the Cavaliers, who finished with 231 yards and five touchdowns on ground as a team.

Indiana's defensive struggles were matched by the offense's ineptitude. Ben Chappell was sacked twice and was harassed all afternoon while completing 22-of-33 throws for 177 yards and an interception. The ground game provided little assistance, netting a total of 82 yards. Demetrius McCray led the way with 47 yards on 13 carries while filling in for an injured and flu-ridden Darius Willis.

"They did what we prepared for," Lynch said. "We didn't block well enough. They got in their third-and-long package, and they can put a lot of pressure on you. We didn't have time to wait for people to get open."

The Hoosiers' highlights lasted all of four plays and two minutes at the start of the first quarter. Chappell completed a pair of throws to Tandon Doss and McCray added a couple of short runs as Indiana moved the ball to the Virginia 32 on the game's opening possession. But that was followed by a short Chappell completion to Terrance Turner, who was stripped by Ras-I Dowling. Virginia safety Rodney McLeod returned the fumble 32 yards to the Indiana 38, and Simpson scored the first of his four touchdowns five plays later.

Indiana went three and out on its next possession, and Virginia upped the lead to 14-0 on 21-yard pass from Sewell to Vic Hall less than six minutes into the contest.

The Hoosier defense then showed some signs of life, forcing Virginia into three straight punts. But the Cavaliers blew the game open with two more Simpson touchdowns midway through the second quarter. The first was set up by a Chappell interception near midfield, and the second came after Indiana opted to go for a 4th-and-9 at the Virginia 38 yard line. Chappell was sacked for an eight yard loss, and Virginia's subsequent 9-play, 54-yard touchdown drive turned the game into a blowout.

"That wasn't our football team," Chappell said. "We have to do something to find it, but that wasn't us."

They'll have to find it in a hurry if they want to avoid having a once promising season spiral downward in a hurry. Indiana returns to Memorial Stadium next weekend to take on an Illinois team that dropped to 1-4 after today's 24-14 loss to Michigan State.

"The guys are down because we lost the game, but I know the team-once we watch film, we'll get excited," said Tyler Replogle, who led Indiana with 10 tackles."There's six football games left. That's a lot of football and we're going to be a different football team."


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