The Indiana Hoosiers suffered another big loss on Saturday, this time at the hands of the Michigan State Spartans. IU’s defense failed once again in the 42-28 loss.
The Hoosiers struggled against the best defense in the country, gaining just 351 yards on offense. Coach Kevin Wilson was forced to flip between quarterbacks Nate Sudfeld and Tre Roberson as neither were able to get the offense going.
Sudfeld was 14-for-30 137 yards and struggled mightily against the Spartan pass rush. Roberson was 11-for-17 for 122 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
Cody Latimer was the high receiver for the day. Hauling in seven passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. Ted Bolser had four receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Shane Wynn provided a spark for the Hoosier snagging four passes for 67 yards. He also had a rushing touchdown from two yards out on a backwards pass.
Tevin Coleman opened up the game with a long touchdown run of 64 yards. He was largely shut down the rest of game and finished with 79 yards on 15 carries.
IU gave up 467 yards on defense to an offensively challenged Michigan State team. IU managed to force two turnovers, and converted both into touchdowns, but it didn’t matter all that much.
The Spartans were 10-for-14 on third down conversions. MSU dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for over 37 minutes. IU struggled to make tackles, often opting to dive at the ball carriers or attempting to knock them down with their arms (see: the photo above). Couple that with players being out of position and failing to cover the correct player, and it was a long day on defense.
MSU even committed 10 penalties for 100 yards, but it did little for IU.
Up next, IU will be at No. 18 Michigan.
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