Crimson beats Cream, 13-10 #iufb

Nate Sudfeld returned to competitive action, Zander Diamont threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Crimson team, comprised of the first team defense and second team offense, beat Cream 13-10 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Sudfeld looked smooth and in control running IU’s first team offense, completing 17 of his 24 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown and one interception. His scoring pass was a three-yard strike to tight end Anthony Corsaro, while his lone pick went into the hands of defensive lineman Darius Latham.

On Latham’s return, Sudfeld went to tackle Latham before better ideas prevailed.

“I was not smart,” Sudfeld said with a smile. “I was waiting for them to blow the whistle.”

Diamont threw both of his touchdown passes to Damon Graham, including the game-winner on a 13-yard toss with four seconds remaining. Crimson running back Ricky Brookins, a walk-on from Terre Haute, had a fine day on the ground, running for 107 yards on 16 carries.

Tegray Scales led the Crimson defense with eight tackles. Crimson teammate Clyde Newton recorded five tackles, including a pair of sacks.

Between both teams, the Indiana defense posted 10 sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, one fumble forced by Kiante Walton and Latham’s interception.

4 comments

  1. Mike,

    I know it’s only a spring game and really can’t judge a whole lot out of it, but how did the defense look?

    1. Ben, I thought they did a nice job wrapping up guys in the open field. Very few glaring misses or, at least, we didn’t see the kind of misses that allowed teams to spring for gigantic gains in the past. They’re gonna be fine up front, and I thought the pass rush was pretty good. I’m still not sure about the secondary. I don’t know that it’s realistic to completely fix that group in a matter of months, but the fact that they actually made some tackles when given the opportunity was encouraging.

  2. IU’s defense does not need to be “good” this season, just average. I’d be delighted if the defense starts the season as tolerable and improves to average through the course of the season.

    I hope Wilson chewed Sudfeld’s butt in the locker room for trying to make a tackle on a large defender in a spring game.

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