Tigers call shenanigans on Mangieri on final drive

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Nick Mangieri wasn’t the first Hoosier to go down with cramps in Saturday’s 31-27 win at Missouri, but he was the last.

With the Tigers driving at midfield in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, Mangieri fell to the turf holding his leg. The game stopped as IU trainers tended to Mangieri, slowing down Missouri’s no-huddle drive.

Fans at Faurot Field began to boo and, after the game, Mizzou receiver Bud Sasser told local reporters that he believed Mangieri was faking his injury after hearing IU coaches telling him to go down.

From the Columbia Daily Tribune:

“I heard them all talking about, ‘Go down. Just lay there,’ ” Sasser said. “I told” him, “ ‘Man, you’re too good for that. You’re too good to be doing that.’ If that’s what your coach wants you to do, then do it. But, hey, kudos to that coach, man. Good job.”

Down on the sideline, Herald-Times photographer Chris Howell said he witnessed Mangieri complaining of cramps while Indiana’s offense was driving for the game-winning score moments earlier.

After the game, IU coach Kevin Wilson said he heard the boos from Missouri fans, but that the stoppage was legitimate.

“Tough day out there, lot of guys going down,” Wilson said. “Those weren’t faking deals. At the end, I know their crowd got antsy and we needed to go fast, but Mangieri was cramping up. Bunch of them were. Tough day. Gotta do a better job with our nutrition.”

6 comments

  1. That’s what the Tiger fans were complaining about? Wow, they’re sore losers, and perhaps they were doing a little projecting.

  2. THIS IS THE BEST GAME I HAVE SEEN WHERE THEY LOOKED PREPARED IN ALL AREAS. GREAT JOB DONE BY THE COACHING STAFF.

  3. Just read a revealing piece of info about Saturdays game. IU defense had 11 tackles for loss but no one player had over 1.5 TFL. That tells us Knorr’s schemes are working well and the players are getting it. We may see more surprising #’s as the season pushes on. Some changes for next weeks game against the Terps, they have lost their staring TE and stating DE. Unfortunate for Maryland but lots of things go into making seasons successful or not successful.

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