Indiana Defense More Than Takes Care of Business

Indiana Defense More Than Takes Care of Business

Written by: Nate Comp (@NathanComp1)

Sure, the Rutgers team is not your typical Big Ten east foe.

The Scarlet Knights came to Bloomington having lost 15 straight Big Ten games and outscored 130-7 against Big Ten opponents this season.

Nonetheless, what Indiana’s defense did to Rutgers today was downright impressive.

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Game Wrap and Reaction: Michigan State 40 Indiana 31

Game Wrap and Reaction: Michigan State 40 Indiana 31

Written by TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

Opponent – Michigan State Spartans

Location – Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI

Why They Played – The Hoosiers and Huskies play annually as members of the Big Ten East.

What the Game Meant – Indiana performed admirably, particularly on offense, as Michael Penix showed the potential to become a bonafide star. However, the Hoosiers made a couple of critical mistakes and ultimately came up short. The loss dropped them to 3-2 and Michigan State improved to 4-1 and kept the Old Brass Spittoon. 

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Penix Shows Out, Hoosiers Fall Short in East Lansing

Penix Shows Out, Hoosiers Fall Short in East Lansing

Written by Evan McShane (@very_reasonable)

The Hoosier offense did just about everything they needed to pull of the upset victory, but it still wasn’t enough. Thanks to a masterful performance by redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Penix, Indiana put together an offensive explosion against one of the top defenses in the country. The Hoosiers amassed 356 yards of total offense and an impressive 26 first downs. The offensive line held their own in their first full game without veteran leader Coy Cronk, who had surgery earlier in the week. IU couldn’t quite get the running game going, averaging just 2.5 yards-per-carry as a team. On the positive side, Stevie Scott managed to get 3.7 yards-per-attempt and many of his runs of 4+ yards on first and second down were essential to IU’s ability to sustain drives. 

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Hoosiers Come Up Short in Spartan Stadium

Hoosiers Come Up Short in Spartan Stadium

Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

The Indiana Hoosiers and 25th ranked Michigan State Spartans both came into the battle for the Old Brass Spittoon at 3-1 and the two played a terrific game at Spartan Stadium. Both quarterbacks, Brian Lewerke and Michael Penix, put on a show as the two sides traded blows before the Michigan State Spartans eventually pulled out a narrow victory, 40-31.


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Indiana’s Keys To Bounce Back Against Connecticut

Photo by: sarah miller/ Hoosier huddle

Photo by: sarah miller/ Hoosier huddle

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

Coming off their disappointing loss to Ohio State, the Indiana football squad hopes to turn around defensive woes to hold Connecticut back from surprising them at home. Here’s what the Hoosiers need to do to put away the Huskies and proceed to Spartan land with an appeasing 3-1 record. 

1. Establish a running game

This has been said all season long, and here we are three games down with no real ability to run the ball effectively. Indiana’s run game sits at the bottom of the Big Ten, third worst in yards per carry with 3.1 and second worst with only 101 yards per game. 

Stevie Scott’s had a surprisingly quiet sophomore season, and is the only IU player in the top 30, at No. 20 for rushing in the conference, with 37 carries for 118 yards, an average of 3.2 yards per carry. Last year Scott averaged 5 yards per carry, and 94.8 yards per game, a rushing game Indiana struggles to accomplish as an entire team this season. 

Mike Penix comes in at No. 31 with 9 carries for 79 yards, an 8.8 average. 

Pointing the finger does not solve the problem. The offensive linemen have to do their job and the running backs need to be ready to run. If they cannot run up some good numbers on UConn, there’s no reason to believe they could on the rest of the season’s tough opponents.

In the words of defensive coordinator Kane Wommack: “Enough is enough.”

2. Defense

Tom Allen counted 11 missed tackles and 16 guys that missed a tackle against Ohio State. A lesser blow than the 25 missed tackles in the home opener against Ball State, but still a tremendous issue. It is CRUCIAL that Hoosier defense makes a statement on Saturday. A win is not just a win against a team like Connecticut. Indiana needs to hold the Huskies to 17 or less for a victory over UConn to be satisfactory. 

3. Determination

“The UConn game is the most important game because it’s the next one.” Allen preaches focusing on the here and now. Nothing can be done about last week’s loss to OSU, and the best way to move on from it is to pocket a “W” against their next opponent. With or without Penix, the Hoosiers are capable to shut down UConn, and they need to go in with the mindset that they will do just that. 

Peyton Hendershot Shows What the Possibilities are at Tight End

Peyton Hendershot Shows What the Possibilities are at Tight End

Written by Amanda Pavelka

There were both hiccups and flashes of good things in Indiana’s season-opener on Saturday, one of the most remarkable performances in their 34-24 victory coming from tight end Peyton Hendershot. 

Kalen DeBoer came to Bloomington to develop a competitive Big Ten offense, and the first look at his newly-implemented system at IU was displayed in their first matchup against Ball State. Part of his game plan he explained in fall camp was to include tight ends more in a mission to stretch the field. As a starter at tight end, Hendershot was a key component in that.

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