Observations on the win over
1-Chad Henne had a big day with 17
of 21 for 316 yards and 3 TDs (no picks). He did fumble in the
red zone, and experienced 3 sacks that led to an Indiana score;
however, he is looking better. We were 11 of 16 in 3rd and 4th
down conversion, and most of the misses were with Richard. We
were only forced into 2 punts and both were within the last 9
minutes of the game. Yes, we did fumble 3 times, losing it twice;
however, considering the loss of Breaston, our passing offense
Edwards had 8 catches for 165 yards
and 2 TDs. Gonzalez had two catches for 48 yards and 1 TD. Avant
and Ecker had 2 catches each for 27 and 21 yards respectively.
We had 8 receivers with one catch or more including Adrian Arrington's
2-Our defense was awesome! We held
Indiana to zero of 12 in 3rd down conversions. They were 3 of
3 in 4th down, and did get 13 first downs plus were 2 of 3 in
the red zone; however, the defense turned in a solid effort. The
"Hurrying Hoosiers" got 139 yards rushing, but lost
78 yards including 2 sacks for 25. Their punter, Tyson Beattie,
scampered for 32 yards on the fake punt on the first series of
the game. Ellis gained 52 yards in 14 attempts, but lost 14 for
a net of 38. They netted 61 yards in 38 attempts. LoVecchio was
13 of 19 for 138 yards with 1 TD (no picks), but his long pass
was 28 yards. We really limited their "big plays." Hall
got the start over Curry, but Curry played. Roby had 5 catches
for 70 yards including a controversial TD, but it was a good catch
Woods, Burgess and Joe Sarantos played
after limited duty in the last two weeks, and Branch played at
defensive end before Will Paul. I thought Paul looked good when
he was in though. Barringer still hasn't seen action at safety,
and Jamar Adams did. Woodley, McClintock, Reid and Mundy all had
5 tackles; Reid and Crable were credited with our two sacks. 7
different players were credited with 9 tackles for loss with Reid
and Woodley getting two each.
3-Our running game looked good on occasion,
but still have much, much room for improvement. It will be hard
for our offense to sustain long drives without a stellar running
game. Hart did get 84 yards on 20 carries, but netted 79 total.
Martin came in with 7 rushes for 24 yards. We had 130 yards on
39 rushes including the 3 fumbles, and one rushing TD (barely).
Hart caught two screen passes for 36 yards, one for 33. He reminds
me of Gil Chapman.
4-Special teams were improved. Hall
returns a 76 yard punt for a TD, and Mason returns a kickoff for
97 yards. So, the special teams work led to two TDs. Finley punted
twice for a 44 yard average. Rivas made 5 extra points, but missed
a 44 yard field goal. Lance Bennett did scamper for one 56 yard
kickoff return, but overall we improved on our net punting game
and our special teams play overall. We are using Arrington on
kickoff returns with Grant now, and Leon Hall on punts in Breaston's
absence. Hopefully, his hand will be better soon; we'll need him
down the stretch.
5-Kyle Killion was a "monster"
for Indiana with 10 tackles including 3 for loss and his fumble
recovery led to a TD. Jones also had 10 tackles. They really need
some corners, don't they?
6-We will have a difficult time coming
out on top next week against Minnesota for the Brown Jug, and
whether we do or not, Purdue has to be the favorite to win the
title after their drubbing of arch-rival Notre Dame. Wisconsin
looks to have a solid defense, and the Buckeyes will be a real
challenge to beat in Columbus with their great defense. I hope
for the best, but this team is really not championship caliber.
They are good, and improving; hopefully, they'll play their best
against the Gophers.
Observations on the first half
with the Hoosiers, 14-7!
1-Each team had one red zone in the
first half, but each came away empty with Indiana snapping it
over LoVecchio's head and Henne fumbling. That is until we fumbled
the Hoosiers into a second red zone opportunity which they converted
for a 14-7 lead at halftime.
2-The story of this game so far has
been our defense until the last minute of the half. Indiana has
been forced into 5 punts, and they are zero of six opportunities
on 3rd down conversions. They do have 56 yards in net rushing
including a rushing TD. Ellis has 30 yards in 10 attempts including
the TD. Their success rushing including the fake punt led them
to a 5 minute time of possession advantage. LoVecchio is 5 of
9 for 59 yards and 7 first downs (5 by rushing), we've sacked
him 3 times.
3-Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers!!!
We have three fumbles, losing two and that last one was very costly.
Henne is 11 of 13 for 174 yards including the 40 yard TD pass
to Gonzalez. The bad thing is Henne has two fumbles: one in the
red zone taking away a sure TD and one in the last minute of the
half that led to Indiana's TD. Henne has been sacked twice. Breaston
apparently didn't make the trip. Edwards has 5 catches for 51
yards. Hart has 48 yards in 13 carries. We are 4 of 6 in 3rd down
conversions; we have 11 first downs (7 by pass).
4-Special teams are continuing to be
up and down. Hall returns a 76 yard punt for a TD, but Rivas misses
a 44 yard field goal. We have not been forced into any punts yet.
5-Momentum has shifted in the Hoosiers
favor. We really need to have a good 3rd quarter or watch out!!!