IU Hoosiers are ‘Finding Ways’ to Win

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Nov 29, 2014; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson reacts during the third quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium. Indiana defeated Purdue 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Hoosiers spent all week trying to figure out their defense after an abysmal performance against Southern Illinois to open up the season.

Hoosier nation, there is a glimmer of… Hope! On Saturday night, under the lights at Memorial stadium, the defense finally showed up. Answering the challenge set by head coach Kevin Wilson. Coach Wilson called out his defense after they gave up 659 total yards and 47 points in their one-point win against an FCS team.

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At the beginning of the week, Wilson criticized the defense. “It was not acceptable,” Wilson said during his Monday press conference. “Structure and preparation from our staff is not close to what it needs to be, and we’re trying to address that immediately.”

The defense heard the coach loud and clear. The Hoosiers sealed the game with help from an interception by Jameel Cook Jr. instead of relying on their offense to score 48 points.

Wait… IU won a game because of their defense?

“The pick was huge,” Wilson said after Cook tied the fourth-longest interception return in school history. “We’re playing close games and finding ways. To get the turnovers is one thing. The linemen upfield are part of those turnovers.”

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