Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The Indiana Hoosiers (3-2) raced out to an early 21-0 lead and never looked back as they defeated the North Texas Mean Green (2-3) 49-24 Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers were led by the play of two seniors. Wide receiver Shane Wynn broke out of his mini slump catching two long Nate Sudfeld passes for scores. He finished with five catches for 127 yards. Fellow senior D’Angelo Roberts, the other Indiana running back, scored twice as well highlighted by a terrific 47-yard scamper to put the Hoosiers up 28-7 early on in the third quarter.
The Hoosiers first score, a one-yard Tevin Coleman touchdown, was setup by a fabulous interception by freshman linebacker Tegray Scales at the North Texas 31-yard line. That touchdown extended Coleman’s consecutive games with a touchdown streak to an IU record 14 games. Coleman finished the game with 150 yards on the ground, his seventh consecutive game rushing for at least 100 yards, the longest such streak in the nation. Indiana then took a gamble and went for and recovered an onside kick. Head coach Kevin Wilson had this to say about the gamble early in the game and how big of a boost it was to the team. “If you execute it. Now, again, if we don’t, you guys would say it was stupid and why did you go for it?” Wilson added that it was a “nice kick, was a nice recovery by Clyde Newton”. The recovery set up the first of Nate Sudfeld’s three touchdown passes on the day. This one was a 12-yard toss to true freshman tight end Jordan Fuchs. Indiana would close the first quarter scoring when Sudfeld hit a wide-open Wynn for a 45-yard score. North Texas closed to within 21-7 with a Carlos Harris 20-yard TD pass.
The Hoosiers, who struggled in the second quarter, opened up the second half by scoring on their first two possessions. The first a 47-yard scamper from Roberts and the second a three yard plunge again from Roberts. The second IU score was set up by a Chase Dutra interception. Indiana was finished their scoring in the third with a 76-yard touchdown from Sudfeld to Wynn to put the Hoosiers ahead 42-10.
North Texas would then take advantage of a few Hoosier miscues and close the score to within 42-24. Indiana capped off their final drive when freshman Devine Redding reached the end zone for the first time in his career to put the final touches on a 49-24 Hoosier victory.