The Indiana Hoosiers suffered yet another blowout loss on the road this Saturday. The Hoosiers were beaten in every phase of the game by No. 3 Ohio State who won easily, 42-14.
The loss drops IU from bowl game eligibility and it will be yet another season where the Hoosiers fail to reach .500.
OSU scored all of its 42 points before the Hoosiers ever managed to get on the scoreboard. The Hoosiers didn’t find the end zone until there was just under six minutes left to play.
Nate Sudfeld played most of the game and completed 25-of-41 passing attempts for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Tre Roberson also got in on the action and was 7-for-12 for 96 yards. Roberson did most of his damage on the ground with 12 carries for 79 yards.
The Hoosier run game was hampered by not having leading rusher Tevin Coleman out on the field. Stephen Houston wasn’t nearly as effective, rushing for 36 yards on seven carries.
Kofi Hughes had a big day with nine receptions for 120 yards. Shane Wynn had eight catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Kicker Mitch Ewald, who was perfect on field goal attempts before today, missed two field goals. One from 42 and the other from 41 yards out. Both attempts hit the uprights.
The only thing that kept this game relatively close was Braxton Miller’s careless play and the weather. If those are the two factors that your defense needs to hold an opponent to 42 points, something is wrong.
That something is defensive coordinator Doug Mallory. He needs to be fired tomorrow. I am honestly surprised they let him back on the bus and didn’t just leave him in Columbus.
The defense was terrible all day. They gave up 472 yards to the Buckeyes, 311 of which was churned out on the ground. IU only managed to force OSU into seven third downs, five of which the Buckeyes were able to convert.
The only positive was IU forcing three turnovers, but it didn’t matter because the offense couldn’t do anything with the ball.
The Hoosiers will head back home to welcome rival Purdue to Memorial Stadium in the Old Oaken Bucket game. Both teams have nothing left to play for, save pride and bragging rights.
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