There was, in fact, a football game at Memorial Stadium yesterday. The Hoosiers hosted the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on what would have been their bye week if their game against Florida International hadn’t been cancelled.
One reason that this game was notable: the debut of redshirt freshman Peyton Ramsey as IU’s starting quarterback.
Ramsey and the Hoosier offense got off to a bit of a slow start, only scoring three points in the first 11 minutes. The first touchdown of the game also happened to be the first touchdown of redshirt freshman receiver Taysir Mack’s career. He and Ramsey connected on a 12-yard pass to put the Hoosiers up 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Ramsey recovered a Devonte Williams fumble in the end zone to extend the Hoosier lead to 17-0. Later in the quarter, the young quarterback connected with Mack again, this time for a 45-yard touchdown, to make the score 24-0.
Griffin Oakes made his second field goal of the day in the third quarter to make the score 27-0. Oakes hit field goals from 30 and 21 yards and connected on all three of his extra point attempts.
The offense seemed to start the Ramsey era on the right foot, but the other big story of the day was the Indiana defense, which pitched a shutout for the first time since 1993.
Tegray Scales and the IU defense dominated their opponent, allowing 134 rushing yards on 44 attempts. The scoreboard wasn’t the only place that the Hoosiers shutout Charleston Southern, as they formed a no-fly zone in Memorial Stadium, giving up zero passing yards on 0-10 passing for the game.
The Indiana defense combined for 10 tackles for loss, including three sacks. They also had a pair of dropped interceptions in the first quarter.
This game should serve as a confidence booster as the Hoosiers prepare to host the Michigan Wolverines next Saturday, but Jim Harbaugh’s boys might be on a warpath following a loss to Michigan State:
we’re getting jim harbaugh coming off a loss and trying to avenge tom crean next week, fun, fun— CRIMSON QUARRY (@crimsonquarry) October 8, 2017