Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hoosiers win, but it's not pretty

After scoring two touchdowns, a field goal and a safety in the first half, the Hoosiers are shut out in the second, yet still hold on to win by six, 19-13. The key play was a forced fumble on the goal line by the Hoosier defense that preserved the six-point lead.

But the Hoosier offense fell asleep in the second half, which will be a major problem this season if not fixed.

Ben Chappell had a decent day, throwing for 327 yards and a touchdown, but also had two interceptions. I was really impressed with the IU receivers, who surprised me with some of their catches and speed. Doss, Belcher and Turner appear able to run after the catch and aren't afraid to make a catch in front of a defensive back.

Something has to be done about the running game. The Hoosiers rushed for 73 yards, averaging 2.4 yards per carry. It caused real problems trying to run the clock out late in the game.

It was an ugly win, but as they say, it still counts. However, this performance will not beat any Big Ten team.

Next week: Western Michigan comes to Bloomington at noon Sept. 12.

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