On Saturday the Hoosiers hosted UConn. They started slow, but ultimately came away with a dominant 38-3 win. As we said in the preview, the Huskies are bad at football so this shouldn’t have surprised anybody. It didn’t surprise SP+ as the Hoosiers outperformed the model’s projections by three points. IU also covered the Vegas spread of 27.5 points with relative ease.
There might not be much to take away from this game because, once again, UConn is not good at football, but we’ll try anyway.
1. Ground Game
Hey did you know that the Hoosiers could run the football? It’s something that they hadn’t done particularly well to this point in the season, but today they did just fine. As a team IU averaged 4.5 yards per carry. Stevie Scott carried the load, leading the team with 21 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown. He was the only Hoosier with more than five carries in the game. Scott didn’t make many terribly big plays, but managed to pick up yards in chunks which was enough today. The Hoosiers did manage to get some bigger plays from other guys. David Ellis had one carry for 17 yards and Whop Philyor had a carry for 11 yards. IU will need to continue to be relatively consistent on the ground moving forward if they want to pick up a few more wins this season.
2. Cam Jones
Jones is a sophomore who has shown promise at times throughout his short career and he did it again in this game. The big play for him was an interception that he made early in the second half and returned for a touchdown:
That aside he also made a few big hits, finishing the game with four total tackles including a tackle for loss.
3. Spread the Wealth
The Hoosier offense did an excellent job of utilizing each and every one of its weapons as 16 different backs and receivers got at least one touch in the game. Ty Fryfogle and Peyton Hendershot led the team with five receptions. Scott had the lion’s share of the carries, but Ronnie Walker Jr. and Sampson James each got a few touches of their own. It’s good to see that the Hoosiers realize that they have a lot of options and are acting accordingly.
Up next the Hoosiers travel to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans. That game will likely be the best indication of how good or bad this IU team is early in the season.