In a game with video game statistics, the Indiana Hoosiers came up short of pulling off the upset against the Michigan Wolverines. The Hoosiers had their chances, but couldn’t get over the hump and lost 63-47.
The Hoosiers fell to 3-4 on the season, and 1-2 in the Big Ten.
The IU defense will once again take the blame for another loss. IU gave up 751 yards to the Wolverines, a record for Michigan.
369 were to wide out Jeremy Gallon who also had a pair of touchdowns. The Hoosiers never adjusted coverage to attempt to contain Gallon and routinely let him get wide open. Gallon had 14 catches, the next best receiver had four.
Like many before them, the Hoosiers also couldn’t contain Devin Gardner. Gardner was 21-for-29 for 503 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran for 81 yards and found the end zone with his legs 3 times. He had eight incomplete passes and he is a mistake prone QB.
Gardner owes Gallon a steak dinner as the later routinely made the former look much better than he really is.
IU managed to recover two fumbles, but couldn’t turn them into points. The Hoosiers offense amassed 584 yards of offense, but it meant nothing.
Nate Sudfeld started for the Hoosiers but was later replaced by the more dynamic Tre Roberson. Roberson completed 16-of-23 attempts for 288 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Roberson hurt his thumb late in the fourth quarter trailing by two, following a late Wolverine fumble, and was replaced for a few plays by Sudfeld. It turned out to be the difference maker after Sudfeld would throw an interception that Michigan would turn into a touchdown.
The following drive saw Roberson throw an interception off a tipped pass due to mis-communication with his receiver. The Wolverines marched down the field for a touchdown, sealing victory.
Kofi Hughes led the team in receptions with 6 catches for 138 yards and found the end zone once. Shane Wynn had 4 receptions for 52 yards, but two of them went for touchdowns.
Cody Latimer recorded his 100th career reception. He finished the game with 5 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.
Tevin Coleman led the ground game with 12 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown.
If you said that your team would score 47 points, you’d assume it would be a victory every time. But not for IU. As long as Doug Mallory is employed as the defensive coordinator, that side of the ball will not improve. He doesn’t know how to game plan and doesn’t make adjustments in game (see: Gallon). IU defender’s don’t tackle well, take poor angles, and struggle with coverage responsibilities. All of those things are on the coach.
The Hoosiers have a week off before they host Minnesota.
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