Written by Lloyd Ribner III (@Ribner3)
While they play the game on the field, much can be learned by the numbers after the game. With the game just coming to a close, we take a quick look at the statistics that changed the game in week four against Missouri.
- First and foremost, the game ended with the Tigers topping Indiana 33-20 in first downs
- The time of possession was quite telling as Missouri controlled the ball for 36:45 compared to just 23:15 for the Hoosiers.
- After a phenomenal start to the season for the Indiana running game, the Tigers outgained on the ground 280-98.
- While the 3 interceptions for Nate Sudfeld should obviously be a big concern, the fact that he averaged just 5.9 yards per attempt is truly troubling. That was half of what he averaged on the season heading into week four.
- Not only did the Hoosiers not execute, they also shot themselves in the foot, committing 8 penalties on the night.
- Third down efficiency was a big story all night. The Tigers executed half of their 16 opportunities in addition to picking up a first down on their lone attempt on fourth down. Indiana on the other hand were just 5 of 17 on first down and 1 of 2 on fourth. When you don’t move the chains there is no rhythm or continuity on offense.
- The Hoosiers had 16 drives; none of them lasted for more than 9 plays.
- Starting field position was a problem all day. Indiana’s average starting position was just inside of their own 23-yard line. They only started one drive outside of their own 30 on the day. On the other hand the Tigers average starting position was just about the 31-yard line, and started four drives from beyond their own 40-yard line.
- Missouri’s 625 total yards was the most Indiana has ever allowed to an opponent at Memorial stadium.
- The Hoosiers punted 9 times tonight, they had punted just 5 times in the previous 5 games.
- Cody Latimer missed back-to-back career high performances by just a single yard.
- Greg Heban had 2 interceptions on the night bringing his career total up to 8.
- The Hoosiers drop to 2-2 with the close of their non-conference slate.
- Kevin Wilson is now 7-21 overall, and 5-7 in non-conference games during his time as Indiana head coach
- Indiana has 14 days to rally the troops before their next game when they kick the Big Ten season off against Penn State.