After a sluggish first quarter, Indiana opened the floodgates in the second quarter and never looked back, easily defeating Ball State 38-10 in a game that could have even been more lopsided. Here are three important things to know about what transpired on a beautful Saturday afternoon in Bloomington:
Peyton Ramsey looks to be the starter going forward
Ramsey only played the first half and the first drive of the second half before Mike Penix took over, but he showed a lot of poise and confidence working the offense. He was 20-for-27 through the air and rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown. While Penix continues to show great potential and looks to be the future at QB, it might still be too early to hand the reins over to him with the way Ramsey is playing. And while I’ve been a very vocal DeBord critic, I have to hand it to him for a great gameplan today.
Stevie Scott is continuing Running Back U
Last weekend wasn’t an anomaly for Scott. Today he had 18 carries for 114 yards and 2 scores, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. Scott looks to be the workhorse back going forward for the Hoosiers, and has the ability like Jordan Howard once did to get to the first down and extend a drive.
J-Shun Harris is an incredible story
It was Harris’s punt return for a touchdown that opened up the game for IU in the second quarter, giving the Hoosiers a 17-3 lead. He had another long punt return later in the game, but that was called back because of a penalty. Keep in mind that Harris has had THREE ACL tears in his college career, yet is still out there doing work. It’s a great story, and I’m happy he’s become a difference-maker after such an injury-plagued career.
Next up for Indiana is Michigan State, who rolls into Bloomington off a bye week for the annual Brass Spittoon battle. The game will be under the lights at Memorial Stadium, and kicks off at 7:30.