It's obvious and undeniable that the injury to IU's sophmore quarterback, Tre Roberson, who will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his leg in the second quarter, will be the lasting memory from this game. It says something about the snakebitten nature of IU football that IU's first FBS win in nearly two years, the second win of the season after going 1-11 last season (and the first win in white helmets since the 1960s!), simply couldn't stand alone as a good thing. Still, both before and after Roberson was injured, IU played well on both sides of the ball. I certainly don't mean to overstate the significance of the win. UMass looked like a bad, bad team that would have difficulty with a good FCS team, let alone any team in FBS. I would be very confident that Indiana State could beat up on the Minutemen. Here are a few accomplishments of note:
- The Hoosiers' 45 points were the most they have scored in the Wilson era and the most against an FBS program since beating Michigan State 46-21 in 2006. The Hoosiers matched last year's best, 38 points (against South Carolina State and Northwestern) by halftime.
- I have read in other sources that IU's 611 yards of offense were IU's most since the epic win over Wisconsin at Camp Randall in 2001.
- IU's 611 yards of total offense were only 39 yards short of IU's record output, 650 yards against Kentucky in 1994.
- IU'd 34 first downs were one short of the school record of 35, set in the aforementioned Kentucky game and tied against Michigan in 2010.
- This is the first time IU has held an opponent of any sort to a single digit score since Murray State in 2008, and the first time a FBS opponent has failed to reach double digits against IU since the Hoosiers' 13-7 win over Purdue in 2001 (yes, I know, MONSOON!).
- This is the first time IU has held a road opponent to single digits since 1996, when IU won 40-6 at Toledo and lost 3-0 at Kentucky.
- Tevin Coleman ran 16 times for 86 yards.
- Isaiah Roundree gained 62 yards and scored a TD on 10 attempts.
- D'Angelo Roberts gained 53 yards on 10 carries.
- Stephen Houston gained 29 yards on 9 carries but scored a TD.
- True freshman Nate Sudfeld, whose redshirt has now been burned by necessity, was 3-4 passing for 28 yards.
- Eleven different Hoosiers caught passes, led by Cody Latimer (5-68), Shane Wynn (4-28, TD), and Jamonne Chester (4-27). Charles Love III caught two passes, including his first career touchdown.
- Mitchell Voss was a bit better, averaging 38.5 yards on 4 punts and putting two inside the 20.
- Mitch Ewald had 6 touchbacks on 8 kickoffs.
- 28 different Hoosiers recorded tackles, with Kenny Mullen, Greg Heban (who also had two pass deflections), and David Cooper leading the way. Tim Bennett and Ryan Phillis each recorded a sack.
Finally, I'm curious what those who watched the game on ESPN3 experienced in terms of the quality of the picture. I don't have the greatest connection in the world (eight year-old AT&T DSL router), but I'm able to stream Netflix and to get a high quality picture on BTN2go. The quality of the broadcast was, from my perspective, deplorably bad. I'm really glad most of IU's games aren't broadcast by ESPN3.
Well, now it's on to Ball State. The Cardinals are 1-1, having defeated Eastern Michigan and having lost badly at top 10 Clemson. The Cardinals will pull out all of the stops, and this is an extremely important game for IU, both for this season and for the program's long term reputation. Two losses in a row is two too many. Let's hope that the Hoosiers can build on what we have seen in the first two games.