Indiana falls to Maryland, 37-15

Maryland threw for 361 yards, Indiana found the red zone only twice and watched the Terrapins take the Big Ten opener, 37-15, Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Indiana failed to turn last week’s upset of No. 18 Missouri into any tangible momentum, instead turning in a disappointing performance against the Terps in their conference introduction.

The Hoosiers didn’t find the end zone until the game was out of reach, settling for a four-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman with 9:29 left in the fourth quarter. Redshirt freshman kicker Griffin Oakes accounted for all of Indiana’s offense in the first half, connecting on field goals of 38, 48 and a school record 58 yards.

Indiana had two touchdowns called back on penalties, including a block in the back call on Laray Smith that negated a Shane Wynn punt return for a score. Later in the second quarter, a holding call on offensive lineman Dan Feeney brought back a 50-yard touchdown run by Coleman.

Maryland quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe each combined for 361 yards, with Rowe taking over for the injured Brown in the second half. Rowe threw for two touchdowns to create late separation for the Terps. Despite not scoring a first-half touchdown, the Hoosiers trailed only 20-9 at halftime but stalled behind an offense that never seemed in rhythm.

Quarterback Nate Sudfeld was uneven all afternoon, completing only 14 of 37 passes for 126 yards.

Against the Big Ten’s worst rush defense, Coleman managed 122 yards on 22 carries. His fourth-quarter score set an Indiana record for 13 consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. Coleman also leads the nation with six consecutive 100-yard rushing efforts.

Maryland outgained Indiana 484-332. Penalties were a factor for both teams, with the Hoosiers and Terps combining for 17 flags for 138 yards.

Terps receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs both had big days. Long caught 10 passes for 108 yards, while Diggs made six receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Maryland kicker Brad Craddock added three field goals.

14 comments

  1. The BIG’s worst rush defense stuffed IU’s run game pretty good today.

    Bad day for Sudfeld to have the worst game of his college career.

  2. the offensive line is supposed to be the strength of the team and one of the big ten’s best? over rated. sudfeld made me long for roberson, who i now believe made a big mistake in transferring. he should be our starter right now. really miss last year’s receiving crew. wynn clearly benefitted greatly by their presence because he looks like a below average receiver. likewise, roberts is mediocre as a running back. not dynamic at all.

    coleman had no room to run but the holding call on his touchdown was a horrible call, despite what that idiot jim miller said. i tried to hit the mute button every time that knucklehead opened his piehole, but was fortunate not to miss this instant classic. “maryland is going for the juggler”.

    totally out coached today, too.

  3. The only good news is that, in looking ahead, a few of IU’s Big Ten opponents are having bad years. PSU, Michigan and Purdue are beatable. Iowa at home will be tough, but it will take another Missou effort to win there. And I don’t have a clue about Rutgers (still seems strange that Rutgers is in the Big Ten). That makes next week’s game against North Texas essential. Beat North Texas and we’re alive. Lose, and the season is over.

    Michigan will be getting a new coach in December. Perhaps that will help IU secure a couple of their recruits. Hey, you have to have an imagination to remain optimistic about IU football.

  4. yep….Mizzou game was a fluke….Hoosiers back to playing…”IU” FB…..uninspired….no fire….lethargic…..completely flat…still don’t see them winning more than 4 games….and if they lose to North Texas they can just implode the team…..

  5. Too bad we laid such an egg. Had momentum after the Missouri win, it was the Big Ten opener and we had a decent crowd — which actually sounded somewhat loud at times on TV. A win was important in going forward. Now, we’ll slip back into the malaise days of the past two decades — where nobody cares about IU football.

    I’ve thought this along and will continue to do so — this team misses/will miss Roberson more than expected. He makes the QB a triple-threat position rather than a dual threat — because he can run and plays can be created for him to do so. When we’re not passing, you know Sudfeld will hand off. With Roberson, you never knew — he could keep it and run the ball himself. And while Sudfeld is a better passer than Roberson, I didn’t think it was by a significant margin — as yesterday’s game indicated.

    This was not as disappointing as the BG loss, but pretty close — mainly because of how badly we got manhandled. Maryland is not that good — but looked like world-beaters against us.

  6. Nineteen percent of the magical total of 123 yards — whoop de do. And about 95 percent of those were on scrambles or broken plays — not designed runs.

  7. HoosierDaddy, You may want to slow down your speed reading velocity. You read the wrong column. The Terps gained 123yd. rushing(152 before losses). IU gained 235 running(206 net), 19% is 45.

  8. Still, my point remains: They were broken plays and scrambles, not designed runs. Lots of quarterbacks gain lots of yards on broken plays — it doesn’t mean they’re good runners. I still think this team is better with Roberson than Sudfeld. Just my opinion. After the snap, Sudfeld is gonna hand it off or pass. With Roberson, there is the third threat of the QB running that you don’t have with Sudfeld.

  9. The point is NS had 19% of the rushing yards just as I originally stated before your post had to be proven incorrect.

  10. So what! They lost. Who effing cares if he had 2 percent or 42 percent of the rushing yards. Just about all of that came on broken plays. He’s still not a running QB.

  11. Obviously you effing care or you would not have responded negatively to my post stating the correct #’s. Next time have your facts straight.

  12. Coachv- I hang this one mostly on Wilson. IU used a lot of weird, outside plays, and even when IU ran between the tackles the ball-carrier crossed behind the center instead of quick-hitting straight ahead into the line. Timing is huge for an offensive line’s effectiveness, and sometimes it takes a couple of series to develop, but Wilson never gave the OL the chance to develop that timing. Coleman should have been run straight down Maryland’s throat.

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