CFN Take: Indiana Beats Purdue On Late TD

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Posted Nov 28, 2014


Indiana Hoosiers - 2014 Season ... Head Coach: Kevin Wilson

Indiana Hoosiers

2014 Schedule 
Record: 4-8

Aug. 30 Indiana State W 28-10
Sep. 6 OPEN DATE
Sep. 13 at Bo Green L 45-42
Sep. 20at Missouri W 31-27
Sep. 27 Maryland L 37-15
Oct. 4 North Texas W 49-24
Oct. 11 at Iowa L 45-29
Oct. 18 Michigan St L 56-17
Oct. 25 OPEN DATE
Nov. 1 at Michigan L 34-10
Nov. 8 Penn State L 13-7
Nov. 15 at Rutgers L 45-23
Nov. 22 at Ohio State L 42-27
Nov. 29 Purdue W 23-16
Nov. 29 at Indiana 23, Purdue 16
And You Care Because … Zander Diamont ran for a one-yard score with 27 seconds to play to give Indiana the win and complete the fourth quarter comeback. Purdue turned the ball over four times, but the defense held on, for the most part, forcing three Griffin Oakes field goals, but it also gave up a 41-yard Shane Wynn touchdown dash. Purdue’s offense moved the ball, but it had to settle for three Paul Griggs field goals. The Boilermakers took a 13-3 lead in the third on an Akeem Hunt 82-yard run, but it was IU over the final 25 minutes going on a 20-3 run.
What Else? Indiana RB Tevin Coleman ran 29 times for 130 yards
- Purdue RB Akeem Hunt ran 19 times for 171 yards and a score
- Indiana QB Zander Diamont completed 15-of-24 passes for 119 yards, and ran 11 times for 34 yards and a touchdown
- Turnovers: Purdue 4 – Indiana 2
Game Rating: B

Nov. 22 at Ohio State 42, Indiana 27
And You Care Because … Ohio State pulled away late, but it was a fight late into the third quarter. Indiana got up 20-14 on a 90-yard touchdown run from Tevin Coleman – to go along with a two-yard score and two Griffin Oakes field goals – and then with 2:20 left in the third, it was the Jalin Marshall show, returning a punt 54 yards for a score and dominating the fourth with three touchdown catches from six, 15 and 54 yards out. Coleman added a 54-yard touchdown run in the final moments, but OSU’s explosion was complete.
What Else? Ohio State WR Jalin Marshall caught five passes for 95 yards and three scores, and returned two punts for 56 yards and a touchdown
- Indiana RB Tevin Coleman ran 27 times for 228 yards and three scores
- Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett completed 25-of-35 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions, and ran 20 times for 78 yards
- Time of possession: Ohio State 33:42 – Indiana 26:18
Game Rating: B

Nov. 15 at Rutgers 45, Indiana 23
And You Care Because … Rutgers overcame a monster day from Tevin Coleman with two touchdown passes to Gary Nova to Leonte Carroo from 34 and 46 yards out in the second half, and Robert Martin ran for scores from two and 47 yards out before putting the game away with a one-yard run in the final minutes. Griffin Oakes kicked three field goals for the Scarlet Knights, but it was Coleman who had the whole IU offense to himself, running for a 67-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Shane Wynn caught a 28-yard touchdown pass to pull IU within eight in the fourth, but Rutgers pulled away on the second Carroo scoring catch.
What Else? Indiana RB Tevin Coleman ran 32 times for 307 yards and a touchdown
- Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo caught five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns
- Indiana WR Shane Wynn caught 11 passes for 120 yards and a score
- Third down conversions: Rutgers 4-of-14 – Indiana 1-of-15
Game Rating: B-

Nov. 8 Penn State 13, at Indiana 7
And You Care Because … Sam Ficken hit second half field goals from 27 and 28 yards out, and Bill Belton tore off a 92-yard touchdown run as Penn State pushed past Indiana. The Hoosier offense couldn’t get on the board, but the defense scored first with a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown from Mark Murphy, but that was it. The Nittany Lion D controlled the second half.
What Else? Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg completed 12-of-29 passes for 168 yards and two picks
- Indiana RB Tevin Coleman ran 20 times for 71 yards
- Total yards: Penn State 330 – Indiana 221
- Indiana QB Zander Diamont completed 13-of-27 passes for 68 yards and two picks
Game Rating: C-

Nov. 1 at Michigan 34, Indiana 10
And You Care Because … Michigan’s defense clamped down on the Indiana offense, while the Wolverine attack got up to a 17-0 first half lead on a 35-yard Matt Wile field goal and two Devin Gardner touchdown passes with a six-yarder to Keith Heitzman and a 12-yarder to Amara Darboh. Indiana finally got on the board with a 38-yard Griffin Oakes field goal, but Michigan kept cruising with two Drake Johnson touchdown runs and a 23-yard Wile field goal.
What Else? Total yards: Michigan 404 – Indiana 191
- Michigan QB Devin Gardner completed 22-of-29 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and ran five times for 18 yards
- Indiana RB Tevin Coleman ran 27 times for 108 yards
- Michigan RB Drake Johnson ran 16 times for 122 yards and two scores
Game Rating: D+

Oct. 18 Michigan State 56, at Indiana 17
And You Care Because … Indiana took a 17-14 lead in the first half on a nine-yard run from QB Zander Diamont, and helped by a 75-yard Shane Wynn touchdown dash earlier in the second, but it was all Spartans the rest of the way with 35 unanswered points. Jeremy Langford ran for three touchdowns and Nick Hill tore off a 76-yard scoring run. Connor Cook threw two touchdown passes for the Spartans.
What Else? Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford ran 21 times for 109 yards and three scores, and Nick Hill ran 16 times for 178 yards and a touchdown
- Indiana RB Tevin Coleman ran 15 times as 132 yards
- Time of possession: Michigan State 39:24 – Indiana 20:36
- Total yards: Michigan State 662 – Indiana 224
Game Rating: D+

Oct. 11 at Iowa 45, Indiana 29
And You Care Because … Iowa exploded with 21 points in the first quarter on two Jake Rudock touchdown passes, including a 72-yarder to Damond Powell, and the D got into the act with a 35-yard pick six. But Indiana fought back with Tevin Coleman tearing off touchdown runs from 83 and 45 yards out to pull within seven. But Iowa rallied with a run of its own scoring 17 straight points helped by two one-yard Mark Weisman runs, but Coleman was at it again with a 69-yard scoring dash – the Hoosiers wouldn’t get any closer than 16.
What Else? Indiana RB Tevin Coleman ran 15 times for 219 yards and three touchdowns
- Iowa QB Jake Rudock completed 19-of-27 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns
- Iowa’s running game? It worked, with 207 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries
- Indiana penalties, 9 for 110 yards with three turnovers. Iowa penalties, 4 for 30 yards with no turnovers
Game Rating: B

Oct. 4 at Indiana 49, North Texas 24
And You Care Because … Indiana got up 21-0 in the first quarter on two Nate Sudfeld touchdown passes and a one-yard Tevin Coleman scoring run. North Texas got on the board late in the first half on the first of three Dajon Williams touchdown passes, but IU came out of the locker room roaring with two straight scoring drives with D’Angelo Roberts scoring from 47 and three yards out. Sudfeld put IU up 42-10 on a 76-yard pass play to Shane Wynn.
What Else? Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld completed 23-of-29 passes for 230 yards and three scores, and Shane Wynn caught five passes for 127 yards and two scores
- Total yards: Indiana 593 – North Texas 348
- North Texas WR Carlos Harris caught 11 passes for 120 yards and a score
- Indiana RB Tevin Coleman ran 17 times for 150 yards and a score, and D’Angelo Roberts ran 14 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns
Game Rating: D+

Sept. 27 Maryland 37, at Indiana 15
And You Care Because … C.J. Brown threw a touchdown pass and ran for another, but he hurt his wrist. Backup Caleb Rowe came in and threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Ross and a 30-yarder to Juwann Winfree on the way to a 34-9 Maryland lead. Indiana’s offense only managed three Griffin Oakes field goals from 38, 48 and 58 yards out in the first half, and didn’t get into the end zone until it was way too late on a four-yard Tevin Coleman run in the fourth. Brad Craddock hit three field goals for the Terps.
What Else? Maryland quarterbacks combined to complete 22-of-33 passes for 361 yards and three scores. C.J. Brown also ran for a score
- Indiana RB Tevin Coleman ran 22 times for 122 yards and a touchdown
- Maryland WR Stefon Diggs caught six passes for 112 yards and a score, and Deon Long caught ten passes for 108 yards
- Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld completed 14-of-37 passes for 126 yards and a pick
Game Rating: C

Sept. 20 Indiana 31, at Missouri 27
And You Care Because … With one memorable drive, Indiana earned a much-needed statement win, especially for head coach Kevin Wilson. The Hoosiers went 75 yards in six plays, capping the drive with a D’Angelo Roberts touchdown run with 22 seconds left to beat No. 18 Missouri. It was Indiana’s first win over a top 20 team in eight years, and its first road win over a ranked team since 1987. The Tigers got the ball back after the Roberts score, but lacked the time to mount a comeback drive.
What Else? Hoosier RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 132 yards, his fifth straight 100-yard game, and a touchdown on 19 carries. He also caught three passes for 57 yards.
- Mizzou had few struggles moving the ball, amassing 498 yards. But the Tigers played their least efficient game of the season, scoring just one touchdown on three red-zone trips.
- Indiana winning in Columbia was a big surprise. It was a shocker that the Hoosiers were able to do so on an afternoon when the offense was 1-of-14 on third-down attempts. IU thrived on big plays and that timely drive to put away the Tigers.
- The Tigers had just two sacks, an unusually quiet night for the team’s pass rush. DE Markus Golden, who pulled his hamstring in practice this week, was sorely missed by Missouri.
Game Rating: A

Sept. 13 at Bowling Green 45, Indiana 42
And You Care Because … In a fantastic back-and-forth shootout, James Knapke found Roger Lewis for a two-yard touchdown pass with just nine seconds to play to give Bowling Green the wild win. Indiana took a 14-3 lead in the second quarter on a 22-yard touchdown catch from J-Shun Harris, but Bowling Green stayed alive on four Tyler Tate field goals before Knapke went to work in the second half, starting with a 40-yard Ronnie Moore touchdown catch. Tevin Coleman and the running game did the work for IU, with touchdown runs from 28, 36 and 31 yards out, but the Falcon offense always had an answer in the second half. Nate Sudfeld gave IU a 42-39 lead with just over two minutes to play on a one-yard run, but Bowling Green went on an 11-play, 88-yard drive leading to the game-winning score.
What Else? Bowling Green QB James Knapke completed 46-of-73 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns with a pick, and Roger Lewis caught 16 passes for 149 yards and a game-winning score.
- Indiana RB Tevin Coleman ran 24 times for 190 yards and three scores.
- Bowling Green WR Roger Lewis caught 16 passes for 149 yards and a score.
- Total yard: Indiana 582 �� Bowling Green 571, but IU committed 11 penalties for 143 yards. Bowling Green just four for 42.
Game Rating: A

Aug. 30 at Indiana 28, Indiana State 10
And You Care Because … Tevin Coleman ran for scores from 13 and 73 yards away in the first quarter as IU tore off 455 rushing yards in the easy win. Indiana State kept it from being a blowout with a five-yard Buck Logan touchdown run in the third quarter, but the Hoosier ground attack took over from there and controlled the rest of the game.
What Else? Take that, time of possession. Horrible last year at hanging on to the ball, the Hoosiers controlled the clock and the game keeping it for 36:20 and never letting ISU get into the game.
- This was Indiana not showing off the real offense. Of course the offense wants to bomb away and throw, but it didn’t. The Hoosiers used this like a true warm-up game going into a week off before Bowling Green – and then the bombs will come.
- Tevin Coleman was fantastic, running 23 times for 247 yards and two scores, and D’Angelo Roberts ran 24 times for 129 yards and a touchdown.
- The defense wasn’t a brick wall, but it didn’t let Indiana State establish much of anything. Best of all, it got off the field – it allowed ISU to convert just 2-of-14 third down chances.
Game Rating: C

2014 Preview 

It seems like the Kevin Wilson plan is just this close to starting to really work, and now Indiana is positioning itself in a fun spot.

Welcome to Indiana – the team no one really wants to face.

There are two ways to look at the Hoosiers and what they do. On the one side, if you can figure out how to get the IU offense off the field right away – like Wisconsin did in the 51-3 blasting - there’s a chance to come up with a nice and easy win. The warp speed, up-tempo style that tries to move things a million miles per hour also can go three-and-out in a hiccup. On the other side, if you’re not fully prepared for it – like Penn State and Michigan - you could have a slew of big problems.

It’s almost like trying to face a curveball like Georgia Tech or a Navy – it’s a different sort of offensive style that defenses have to focus on, and considering the typical college football work week, there are basically two practices to try to simulate exactly what the Hoosiers do. The talent level still isn’t there like it is at Ohio State, Michigan State or Michigan, but if the offense works, it can be an equalizer.

But Wilson is trying to make Indiana into more than just a gimmick. He came in and said from the start that the skill level and talent weren’t up to snuff, and while recruiting to Bloomington isn’t necessarily easy, he’s doing a decent job of getting the right players to fit what he needs to do. He’s trying to get fast on offense, fast on defense, and make everything move. Now in his fourth year, he appears to have just enough experience in place to start coming up with a few more big boy wins.

Eight starters are back on the nation’s ninth-ranked offense, and if you think that going 5-7 with a big-time offense might not be scary and might not be a big deal, look at what Baylor has been able to do once it figured out how to play a little bit of defense. There’s a chance that IU goes BU and just starts to flash mob points on the board. Go get a hot dog, come back to your seat, and it might be 21-0 Hoosiers. Now that the experience and timing and talent are all starting to come together in one shot, this really might work.

And then there’s the defense. Baylor didn’t play D for years, but it was still able to rise up and become a player in the Big 12. Once the D came around, then the team became conference title-good – Indiana isn’t there quite yet. However, there’s a new defensive coordinator, a new style, and ten returning starters to hope for an improvement after finishing 120th in the nation in total defense.

Wilson is trying to do more, and he’s trying to make Indiana into a football school, but two more wins and a 7-5 record would be fantastic. And along the way, upsetting the pecking order in the new Big Ten East might be fun, too.

What to watch for on offense: More running than you might think. While the passing game gets all the attention and puts on the bigger show, the Hoosiers can run the ball, too. Remember, up-tempo teams like Baylor and Oregon crank out big production on the ground as part of the home run-hitting mix. IU will continue to be dangerous through the air, but Tevin Coleman is a terrific back with the talent and ability to crank out yards in chunks, averaging 7.3 yards per carry last season with 12 scores. Behind a line that returns everyone of note, expect the balance to continue after throwing it 470 times and running 458.

What to watch for on defense: More of a 3-4 alignment. New defensive coordinator Brian Knorr has to try to do something to slow down the run, and while IU is loaded with bid bodies to rotate through up front, it hasn’t mattered too much in the Wilson era. It’s going to take some tinkering, but the idea will be to really beef up inside and use more athleticism to swarm around the ball. The key will be generating pressure from several sides, and it’ll be important to come up with a star pass rusher who can fulfill a sort of hybrid role. After allowing 2,853 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns, any adjustments should be an improvement.

The team will be far better if… it understands that keeping the ball for a while is actually a good thing. Time of possession is never a big deal for the up-tempo teams. Oregon was just fine despite finishing second-to-last in the nation in the stat, keeping it just 25:29, but there was a problem when games sometimes turned into a grind – like the Stanford loss. Baylor was 112th in the nation in time of possession, Texas A&M was 115th, and Oklahoma State was 116th. But the big problem and the big difference is that Indiana couldn’t handle it when the team went three-and-out. The Hoosiers were able to convert third down chances and move the chains, for the most part, but when they didn’t, it was uh-oh time for the D. The problem with the IU attack is that when it’s not working, it painfully bogs down. There have to be some adjustments from time to time, and yeah, sometimes it’s okay to slowwwwww things down a bit.

The Schedule: Opening up against Indiana State and with a week off to follow eases the way into the season, but then it’s on the road to face a strong Bowling Green team and deal with Missouri. North Texas isn’t a layup of a non-conference team – the Mean Green can run the ball.

IU starts out its Big Ten season against newcomer Maryland, and it could be a must-win with the hard part of the schedule coming. After dealing with the Big Ten champs, Michigan State, there’s a week off before going on the road for three games in four weeks with dates at Michigan, Rutgers and Ohio State around a game with Penn State. The battle for the Old Oaken Bucket against Purdue could be for a bowl bid.

Best offensive player: Junior RB Tevin Coleman. With running quarterback Tre Roberson gone and Stephen Houston done, more of the workload will fall on Coleman and senior D’Angelo Roberts. It’ll be Coleman, though, who handles the workload, and while he might not have to pound too much, he has to take advantage of the opportunities and he has to stay healthy. He ran for 958 yards despite missing the last three games of the year with an ankle injury, and now he should be in for a big breakout year if he can stay in one piece.

Best defensive player: Senior CB Tim Bennett. A pass breakup machine, the senior busted up 20 passes last year with an interception, and he showed he could handle himself well in the open field with 61 solo stops. Great when challenged, he’s the best pass defender in a veteran secondary that returns safety Mark Murphy and corner Michael Hunter. As long as the line does its part and starts to hit the quarterback more, the defensive backfield will be fine. More and more, though, expect teams to stop going at Bennett.

Key player to a successful season: Junior QB Nate Sudfeld. It’s your world now, son. It was supposed to be a dead heat between Sudfield and Tre Roberson, a more dangerous all-around option with great running skills and a knack for making things happen, but all that changed in a hurry. Roberson has decided to transfer, and now it’s Sudfeld’s offense to run – he can handle it. The defense needs to unearth more playmakers up front, and a No. 1 target has to come through after the passing game lost Cody Latimer and Kofi Hughes, but if Sudfeld isn’t outstanding, IU will sputter.

The season will be a success if ... the Hoosiers come up with a winning season. 2007 was the last bowl appearance, and that was the last winning season since 1994. After winning five games last year, and with so much experience returning, it’s time to be a wee bit better, even in the tougher of the two Big Ten divisions. Beat Indiana State, Bowling Green, North Texas, Penn State and Purdue and there’s the base of five wins. Take on Maryland at home, maybe Rutgers on the road, and pull off an upset over a Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa or Ohio State, and it’ll be a big season. But for IU, if it can just go 6-6 and win a bowl game, it’ll be a massive success.

Key game: Sept. 27 vs. Maryland. It’s the Big Ten opener and it’s a huge home game for the Hoosiers. With road games at Iowa, Michigan, Rutgers and Ohio State, there’s lots and lots of work to do, and it’s asking too much to beat Michigan State at home. Beating the Terps could be the difference between a winning season and possible bottom spot in the tough Big Ten East.

2013 Fun Stats:
- Time of Possession: Opponents 34:11 – Indiana 25:49
- Total Offense: Opponents 6,335 yards – Indiana 6,102 yards
- Kickoff Return Average: Indiana 21 yards – Opponents 17.7 yards
 
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