Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
As with any stock market, the Indiana Football stock market will have its ups and downs over the year. Well, Saturday was one of those bear market days in a 45-42 loss at Bowling Green.
Stock Up- Nate Sudfeld and the Passing Game- After a slow start to the season Sudfeld threw for 347 yards and completed over 75 percent of his passes. The bye week did wonders for the chemistry between him and his receivers.
Stock Down- Wild Cat QB Chris Covington- Indiana dabbled in the area of using freshman Chris Covington as a running threat on two fourth downs. This experiment blew up in their faces as the Hoosiers went 0-2 on those tries. This page of the playbook needs to be thrown in the incinerator as fast as possible. Why are coaches taking out one of the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten and putting in a freshman who started fall camp at linebacker.
Stock Up- Tevin Coleman’s Second Half- After running for only 30 yards in the first half, Tevin Coleman flashed some of the reasons IU fans should be confident that this team can turn it around as he finished with 190 yards and three scores on the ground.
Stock Down- Special Teams- They might declare for bankruptcy as place kicker Aaron Del Grosso missed his only field goal and had a kickoff sail out of bounds. Not to be out done, punter Erich Toth averaged a measly 25.7 yards on three punts. An area of concern coming into the season has become a major issue for the Hoosiers going forward.
Stock Down- Team Discipline- The Hoosiers just imploded on Saturday when it came to committing penalties. They were flagged 11 times for 143 yards, including two critical pass interference calls on the Falcons final scoring drive. The Hoosiers are not good enough to over come shooting themselves in the foot this many times. The defensive coaches really have to clean this up before heading to Missouri.
Stock Down- Defense- The Hoosier defense played well in the first half giving up just 12 points, however Bowling Green was just getting their Falcon Fast offense rolling. They finished the game with 45 points while running 113 plays, two off the NCAA record for plays run in a single game. The IU defenders looked tired by the middle of the third quarter, which could have led to the increase in penalties and lack of energy.