Matchup to Watch Week Eight: Indiana's Passing Game vs. Maryland's Pass Defense

Matchup to Watch Week Eight: Indiana's Passing Game vs. Maryland's Pass Defense

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

The Indiana Hoosiers will have a decisive advantage in one phase of the game when they travel to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins in a season defining swing game. That advantage comes in the form of the passing game for Indiana.

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Penix, Philyor Proving to be Lethal Combination

Penix, Philyor Proving to be Lethal Combination

Written by Evan McShane (@very_reasonable)

Saturday’s homecoming game against Rutgers marked one of the most dominant Big Ten games in Indiana football history. The Hoosiers were favored by 28 points, their largest margin over a conference foe. Indiana covered the spread and pitched a shutout while out-gaining Rutgers 557 yards of offense to just 75. A balanced attack from the Hoosiers accumulated 297 passing yards and added 260 on the ground. Wide receiver Whop Philyor had a career day with 10 catches for 182 yards and Stevie Scott added 164 rushing yards on just 12 carries. 

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Poor Finishes to Halves Ultimately Undo Indiana’s Upset Bid

Poor Finishes to Halves Ultimately Undo Indiana’s Upset Bid

Written by: Nate Comp (@NathanComp1)

On the game’s first drive of the day, a sure pick six went right through the hands of Bryant Fitzgerald and fell incomplete. Looking back, this was a terrific foreshadow of what was to come for Indiana’s defense for the remainder of the day: close, but ultimately falling short at the game’s most critical moments.

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Veteran Hoosiers Prepare to Execute Against Ohio State Saturday

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@AmandaPavelka3)

The competition has ramped up for Indiana football quicker than usual going into week three. The Hoosiers will go from facing the lowest-ranked opponent on the 2019 season to the most difficult—the No. 6 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.

While producing a massive 52-0 victory over Eastern Illinois last Saturday, Indiana displayed a promising offense, and improved defense—talented enough to shutout the Panthers completely. 

“Overall it was a confidence booster to go out there, clean up stuff, and produce a shutout which is very hard to do, no matter who you’re playing,” senior linebacker Reakwon Jones told the media Monday. 

Saturday’s true test is against an elite defensive line that unlike Eastern Illinois, boasts guys more than qualified for the job— seven of 11 top defensive linemen returning from 2018’s Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champion squad. 

“Going into this game, we always know they have a stout defensive line of athletic guys, big guys,” senior offensive lineman Simon Stepaniak said, “so just preparing this week at practice and taking everything seriously and making sure our craft is in tip-top shape for this game is crucial.”

In his third game as quarterback one, there’s a heavy weight placed on redshirt freshman Michael Penix’s shoulders to be the difference-maker in IU’s 26-game losing streak to the Buckeyes. Ohio State is known for their pass rushing game, and for Penix, it’s not the main focus going into Saturday’s game. 

“I trust my offensive line, believe in everything with the offense, that Coach DeBoer’s going to put us in the right situations,” Penix told the media on Monday, “I feel like that’s not something we’re worried about right now, we’re just worried about what we need to execute on the offensive side of the ball.”

Ohio State’s stacked depth won their battle last year. IU ran out of steam on both sides of the ball and fell out of the game after halftime, succumbing to the Buckeyes 49-26. 

Penix prepares for the biggest game of his college career so far with the 1-0 mentality:

“Every single day we work hard, not because of who it is, but because it’s our next game, our next opportunity to get better and show the world that Indiana is on the rise.”

Game Wrap and Reaction: Indiana 52 Eastern Illinois 0

Game Wrap and Reaction: Indiana 52 Eastern Illinois 0

Opponent: Eastern Illinois Panthers

Location: Saturday September 7th, 2019 Bloomington, Indiana

Why They Played: The Hoosiers and the Panthers played for the first time in their history as part of the 2019 IU non-conference schedule.

What The Game Meant: This was a tune up game for the Hoosiers before they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes next week. The Hoosiers

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Game Wrap and Reaction: Indiana 34 Ball State 24

Game Wrap and Reaction: Indiana 34 Ball State 24

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Opponent: Ball State Cardinals

Location: Saturday August 3sth, 2019 Indianapolis, Indiana

Why They Played: The Hoosiers and Cardinals capped off a three-game series with a neutral site finale.

What The Game Meant: The Hoosiers were looking to start the year off on the right foot. While a 34-24 win looked ugly at times, it was mission accomplished for the Hoosiers as they head into the home opener 1-0.

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Penix Goes From Setback to Opportunity in 2019

Penix Goes From Setback to Opportunity in 2019

Written by Amanda Pavelka

In a Monday morning press conference, Tom Allen answered the biggest, most impending question of the 2019 Indiana football preseason— who would be quarterback number one. Under immense pressure to produce a successful season in his third year at the helm of Indiana football, Allen described a painstaking process used to name Michael Penix as the leader of Indiana’s offense. 

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