After a sluggish first quarter vs. Bowling Green the Indiana football team responded in a big way.
The Hoosiers beat the Falcons 42-10 Saturday at Memorial Stadium behind a balanced offensive attack and a bend-but-don’t-break defensive effort.
Nate Sudfeld threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another. Cody Latimer broke out of his season-long slump with six catches for a game-high 137 yards and a touchdown.
On the ground, Stephen Houston ran for 155 yards on 13 carries. Tevin Coleman had 129 on 19 and a pair of touchdowns. It’s the first time Indiana has had two players run for more than 100 yards since Oct. 29, 2011 vs. Northwestern.
Things were ugly at the start though. Indiana twice failed to score a touchdown with first and goal inside the five-yard line. The first time the Hoosiers turned it over on downs. The other, Tre Roberson fumbled at the 1-yard line and Bowling Green recovered.
The Falcons tied the game at 7-7 when Paul Senn blocked Erich Toth’s punt and ran it 56 yards for the score. Senn practically caught the ball clean off of Toth’s foot after penetrating the line with ease.
From there it was all Indiana (2-1).
The Hoosiers took a 21-10 lead into halftime and scored three more times in the second half.
Indiana held the Falcons (2-1) to 136 yards rushing, 90 below their season average of 226 per game.
The Hoosiers limited the Falcons to 2-for-6 on fourth down and 8-for-20 on third down.
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