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Hoosier rally falls short against Northwestern, 29-44

The Indiana Football team rallied from a 20-point deficit, scoring 29 points in the second half to cut the lead to eight, but eventually fell to the NU WIldcats in their Big Ten opener.

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  • IU narrowly outscored Northwestern in the second half, but a stinker of a start, wherein the Hoosiers found themselves down 20-0 was too much to overcome. Quick notable highlights and lowlights:
  • The Hoosier secondary actually picked off both NU QBs, although they still gave up 310 yards in the air.
  • Broken tackles were a real problem for the Hoosiers, especially in key redzone situations
  • IU Freshman QB Nate Sudfeld did a fine job coming off the bench, completing 9 of 16 passes for 157 yards and 1 touchdown, as well as noticeably rebooting a moribund offense.
  • The Hoosier rushing attack actually averaged 5.7yards per carry, although they only managed 159 yards total. This would be more promising if NU hadn't rushed 58 times for 394 yards, for a 6.8 average and 5 TDS. Ugh.
Don't know if there's much more to say. IU shows progress when they settle down, but the defense still needs a lot of improvement, and the team needs to execute better in the first half.