Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
On Saturday the Hoosiers fell 45-29 at Iowa, but may have suffered a loss bigger than the game. There were some highlights, a bunch of bad, and definitely a lot of ugly. So let’s get down to it and look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from Saturday’s loss.
The Good- Tevin Coleman is the best running back in the nation. He ran for 219 yards on just 15 carries and scored on 20 percent of his touches. He garnered the conference’s player of the week honors for his efforts. He now leads the nation in rushing and is on pace to break the 2,000-yard mark. He also became the first Hoosier rusher to hit the 1,000-yard mark since Levron Williams did so in 2001.
The Bad- Indiana’s first half defense was disappointing. Allowing Iowa to put up 38 first half points. It is not all on the defense as turnovers absolutely killed the Hoosier offense. Indiana had three interceptions, one from Nate Sudfeld and two from Chris Covington. Sudfeld’s pick was returned for a touchdown. The Hoosiers cannot afford to give up 14 points off of turnovers. Once again penalties plagued IU as they were flagged nine times for 110 yards.
The Ugly- Indiana suffered the one injury they could not afford to sustain. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld separated his left shoulder in the first half and is now doubtful to play this week against Michigan State. The backup quarterback is Chris Covington, but he did not look good in the second half against Iowa. Indiana has been reluctant to remove the redshirt on freshman Zander Diamont. If Sudfeld has to miss multiple games the Hoosiers are in serious trouble.