Indiana rebounds with 38-3 win over UConn

Once again, the Hoosiers didn’t have Michael Penix Jr. at quarterback.

For the first time in forever, they had to win a game without Coy Cronk, a fourth-year starter, manning left tackle.

But Indiana’s 38-3 win over UConn wasn’t as much about parts and pieces as a mentality. After an ugly loss to Ohio State, and immediately after a first-quarter injury to a team leader in Cronk, the Hoosiers had to regroup and keep focus on their objective.

They had to take care of business, as they did.

Redshirt junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey was effective, completing 23-of-27 for 247 yards and three touchdowns. The running game found its forward momentum, picking up 178 yards, including a season-high 97 for sophomore Stevie Scott. The defense held UConn to 145 total yards, the fewest the program has allowed since Michigan State gained 138 in 1991.

In almost every sense, IU displayed a focus necessary to finish off the last remaining hurdle in a more than manageable non-conference schedule, gathering momentum as the rest of the Big Ten schedule awaits. It picks up this coming Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.

“We have to turn it up this week,” junior defensive end Michael Ziemba said. “Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, every single day. Michigan State is a great team, and we’re going to have that sense of urgency this week, too.”

The Hoosiers know what’s at stake.

They have been here before, three wins down, three to go, heading back into the non-conference schedule. But the last two years, the Hoosiers (3-1) have fallen short of the six-win threshold necessary for a bowl berth.

After last week’s 41-point drubbing at the hands of the No. 6 Buckeyes, the Hoosiers had to show an ability to get off the turf and compete. At the very beginning of Saturday’s contest, it didn’t seem like they were prepared to do that.

The opening drive resulted in a catch and fumble for tight end Peyton Hendershot. Luckily, the defense held the Huskies (1-2) to just 15 yards gained, forcing a 41-yard field goal.

On the very next drive, Cronk went down following a five-yard run for Scott on a second-and-3 with 9:09 left in the quarter. It appeared to be an injury to his right ankle.

“It doesn’t look good,” IU coach Tom Allen said. “We’ll find out once we get all the information back, but yeah, it could be a tough one.”

The entire team came off the sideline to see Cronk off, as he was taken away in a cart. But once the switch was made, flipping redshirt sophomore Caleb Jones from right tackle to left, and inserting senior DaVondre Love on the right side, the Hoosier offense didn’t lose much steam.

They pressed on with a 12-play, 75-yard drive, which ended with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ramsey to Whop Philyor.

“It was kind of a point of emphasis all week at practice, to be crisp and sharp and to kind of go out there and take what they give us, be balanced as possible, running and throwing,” Ramsey said. “I think we did a good job.”

Penix, who sat out last week’s Ohio State game, was once again dressed but didn’t throw during warmups. Allen said the Hoosiers will continue to “evaluate” the redshirt freshman’s progress from an undisclosed injury.

But the Hoosiers were still able to accomplish what they wanted offensively, especially when it meant establishing Scott on the ground. The 6-foot-2, 231-pounder was the recipient of 10 handoffs in the first quarter, picking up 44 yards. That opened up the pass game, which was Ramsey taking what the defense gave him with short but accurate throws.

“They were very systematic, and Peyton was extremely accurate, and that’s what he does really, really well, so you’ve got to play to his strengths,” Allen said. “You want to create those big plays, that makes it easier, for sure, to score in chunks, and we want to continue to try to create those. But, at the same time, you’ve got to do what your team does well.” 

IU averaged just under 10 plays per drive, resulting in 430 total yards. The Hoosiers picked up 25 first downs to the Huskies’ nine.

After allowing 51 points to Ohio State, the IU defense wasn’t giving an inch Saturday. And when sophomore linebacker Cam Jones intercepted a left-handed pitch from UConn quarterback Jack Zergiotis, he was determined to take back every inch on his way to goal line.

Jones’ 44-yard pick-six made it 24-3, IU, with 12:50 left in the third quarter.

“I knew our d-line was getting after them, they were bringing the pressure. And our backend guys, they were locking things up,” Jones said. “That was an opportunity for me. You can’t let those opportunities just slip away.”

Jones and the defense took care of business.

The offense did the same.

Now the Hoosiers just have to keep doing that, day by day, week by week, as they move toward their ultimate goal.

“They’re all important, but taking care of business with a team that we needed to, that’s what you do,” Allen said. “Now you get ready to move forward into conference play.”


    1. MSU did not dominate NW, but the did clearly win. NW could have scored early with 3 tries from the 2-3 yard line to make it 7-7, but failed. NW’s QB was not as good as MSU’s. The Indiana defense has to play great. Yes we are young, but it is time to play now!

  1. I attended a football reception and during the first quarter of the game while I U was trying to work past it’s own errors (Fumble, etc), I had a conversion with a Varsity Club Donor, same giving level and has I U Football tickets for over 30 years on the 50 yard line. I asked the gentlemen a question,”If I U was given One Billion Dollars to fix the I U program into a winning program what needed to be done? The gentlemen thought for a couple of minutes and said. ” I think we are too far gone” to change. To the posters on this site, what’s your response?

  2. Good win. IU beat UConn the way they were supposed to beat them and could have scored even more points.

    If Cronk is out for the remainder of the season, is he eligible for a red shirt? I think he’s a 4th-year Senior. Hate to see him go down in a blow-out game against a weak opponent. But that’s football!

    Ramsey performed well, but the more he plays the more I’m reminded that he just does not have Power-five conference arm talent. He just does not have the arm to beat good Big Ten defenses. So I hope Penix recovers this week so that IU can have some firepower against a resurgent MSU.

    Tuttle should have played the entire fourth quarter. The game was well in hand by then. And Tuttle should have been allowed to throw a lot of passes. I know TA did not want to run up the score, but Tuttle is a talented but inexperienced back-up who is one play away from being the starter. I just don’t understand why he was not given more game reps or why he was not allowed to throw a pass today? That may have been polite and tactically wise, but it could turn out to be strategically stupid.

    1. Agreed they did thump them as we all wanted.
      You know Po I’m not to critical about JT not getting more minutes. What good is it if gets injured in being exposed to more garbage time. Although we certainly have to save and protect Ramsey during the same timeline. Damn tough about Coy. But another wide body steps up and develops and gains experience.

    2. Coy’s ankle looked like it went in a nasty looking direction. I had the sound down and didn’t hear them if they discussed the injury.

      Like Po said, they did what they were supposed to do. They have all season. The OSU score was unfortunate but they are where we optimistically predicted they would be if they were to have a winning season.

      They soundly beat teams they should and lost to OSU. Even with cupcakes the Hoosiers have historically made those game a little harder than they should be.

      MSU is certainly a winnable game. Should be interesting.

      1. MSU certainly a winnable game? IU’s offensive line would have all they can handle against MSU’s defense before Cronk’s injury. Anything is possible but just doesn’t seem like IU matches up against MSU other than they both have sub-par offenses. Allen is already the Nation’s worst at 0-14 as an underdog. Do you really think he’s more likely to go to 1-14 than 0-15? I’ve already predicted IU would win big and beat the spread today (they did) only to come out flat and lose big next week. Hope I will be wrong, but I don’t think I will be.

    3. Po, I agree with you about playing Tuttle as I don’t understand why not let him play with a big lead to play with the #1s and get to throw the ball. They are limiting him from growth and that is wrong. Do things to improve this team not to not embarrass who we are playing.

      1. Most coaches want to get as many live game reps for their front line players as possible, especially if they’ve been struggling. Can’t simulate it in practice so they usually let the 1’s go for extended minutes. Hope that explains what the coaches are thinking by staying with the 1’s so long.

        1. What can Tuttle simulate in practice? I can assure you, he’ll be needed soon. This was a game he should have had some reps far earlier than the 4th quarter.
          This must be another case of an oversell on a recruit. Either Allen has a complete man crush on Ramsey…or it’s ‘Tuttle the Terrible.’ And we’re wondering why we lost Dawkins…..Things are beginning to make sense.
          Dawkins, Penix…and Tuttle….all make Ramsey look better. Gives the appearance Ramsey is beating out all of these overkills and oversell jobs from West, South, Southwest. I’d start feeling real used if I were a backup qb at Indiana.

          There is absolutely no excuse in the book for Tuttle to have been used so sparingly. If the excuse is he’s just that bad…then it’s even a worse reflection on Allen and the staff who recruited him. End of story.

          1. Have been told on a few occasions since the summer that Tuttle isn’t quite ready. He’s talented but needs a good deal of polish, and IU wants to get all the reps they can for Ramsey and Penix, whom they are concerned about. If they need to use JT now, they won’t be playing for a winning season or bowl.

          2. They lost Dawkins in large part because he came to IU completely unprepared to play. He wasn’t in condition to practice or play and he had little insight regarding MD’s offense. He wasn’t going to get on the field and provide any help. He was a Hail, Mary recruit.

    4. There was no excuse for Tuttle not playing the entire 4th quarter. IU is not good enough to worry about running up the score! Every possession Indiana needs to score, touchdowns first, but FG’s at the least. IU will need Tuttle this year. He will need to be ready! Prepare him Coach Allen!

  3. I had a conversion with a Varsity Club Donor

    What did you convert to….. dare I ask?

    CAPTCHA ending in PU? I think I just wondered into BeatPurdue’s Scoop boxcar.

  4. Jack Tuttle is sort of like Clark Griswold in reverse…? California….to Utah (maybe visited some relatives)…to Southern Indiana. Welcome to…..(drum roll)….FOOTBALL HOLIDAY WORLD!
    Allen is playing the role of Marty Moose. Can’t throw the ball…Can’t ride our DropZone.

    Wonder if Harbaugh is coaching by next weekend…? Maybe Georgia has an opening for a water boy.

  5. I U South; I’ve heard the same defeatist talk from a lot of my friends in the Hoosier Nation for many years. So while I am not surprised by his answer to your question, I remain disappointed by it and I totally disagree. With enough money and the right leadership, any under-achieving organization can be transformed into a successful organization. But if I was the billionaire with the money, the first step I’d take in leveraging my donation would be to assure that new leadership is installed. Investing money into an organization with weak leaders is like flushing it down the toilet. IU’s past and current leaders are acutely aware of that man’s belief and opinion. And that’s the problem! That’s why they don’t feel any pressure to drive real change. That’s why they don’t have a sense of urgency about IU Football. And IU’s administrators known that the majority of the Hoosier Nation has been infected with those low expectations for decades.

    IU Athletics needs new leadership, and I don’t just mean Fred Glass. It needs a new President. It needs new Trustees. I mean it’s not like IU is showing any great improvement in academic achievement! Heck, we’re not even keeping pace with Purdue, which has an excellent leader running that school. IU’s leaders act as if they believe building a strong football program is at odds with academic achievement, or as if it is a zero sum gain. It’s not, but that’s how stupid they’ve been. IU needs new, visionary leaders who understand the importance of having a successful FB program. And they must be totally committed to transforming IU’s FB program, for the benefit of IU’s other varsity athletic programs and the overall student and alumni experience. But who would donate big money to a school with mediocre leadership?

    A billion dollars could be used to drive real change and get IU the strong leadership that the Hoosier Nation deserves.

  6. How many organizations of any type couldn’t be totally transformed for a $1B? So the question is a little silly. The going rate for a big ten coach when Allen was hired was $3M. That could have gotten Brohm or PJ Fleck. Add another $1M incremental pay to bring in their staffs. I think Allen’s pay was $1.5M so they needed to spend an additional $2.5M per year. With 6 home games and $60 per ticket, that’s less than 7,000 more butts in seats per game required to fund a bowl-eligible team. Allen’s first game, Ohio State at home, was a sellout. IU fans would have and still will show up for a team that has a legitimate chance of winning. Brohm increased attendance more than 10,000 per year. Hiring a head coach with no head coaching experience and having them succeed, especially in the lower 1/3rd of the conference, is almost unheard of. Hiring Allen was foolish. As was the hiring of Wilson, Lynch and Cameron. It saved money on salaries but lost much more in revenue and publicity for the university. New locker rooms and stadium extensions are nice but competent leadership coupled with a small investment are all that is truly required.

  7. Po, McRobbie contract has a contract to June 30, 2021, which the I U Board of Trustees will begin a search for a new I U President, after the 2020 bicentennial year ends. The new search for I U’s new president, I don’t believe that fixing the I U Football Program will be a selection point. To HfH, there’s some I U Varsity Club donors that are concerned with the Men’s Basketball and Football Program results, with the required donation levels and ticket prices and poor team results, the men’s basketball lack of NCAA tournament bids the past three years doesn’t make for happy donors. You, personally write a check for $6,0000.00 dollars per year and pay for football tickets, basketball tickets and pay for parking at both sports and see how you view feel about the situation.

  8. McRobbie could play qb and send Glass out for a pass. Have Gonso, Butcher, and Isenbarger come out of retirement. Strategy is to humor IU opponents. As defenses are rolling on the ground from laughing so hard IU offense is allowed to walk into the end zone.

  9. Lose and the masses pile on the Hoosiers. Win and it’s almost nothing about the game, and the naysayers say “yeah, but….”. I swear, the Hoosiers literally cannot win amongst the supposed fans on this site. Over and out…..

    1. PacNW- I have a positive spin. To Eastern Illinois and UConn, we are the Ohio State Buckeyes.
      And we do get to wear the diamond studded dress for a week….but then we must return it. Other good news…? We are nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ in a BigTen Animated Short.

  10. I U South, my wife and I have been donors, albeit modest ones, for all but about fives years, since the year after we graduated from IU. As I see it, supporting IU gives us the right to criticize the administration when we believe it is necessary. I was also a FB season ticket holder for many years until my job relocated me too far away. I’m also a letter-writer, and am not hesitant to criticize IU’s Administration on issues (both academic and athletic) confronting my alma mater. I’ve met Fred Glass on a few occasions since he became AD. He’s a good and nice man. But the last time we met I was respectful but direct in expressing my unhappiness about his hiring strategy for FB coaches and his FB coaching compensation budget. I give him credit for acting as if he was listening. I just wish I had a lot more money so that I could use it to leverage change in a few key areas, not just the Athletic Department.

    T. Boone Pickens used his enormous wealth to improve his alma mater is huge ways, and not just in athletics. And as shrewd a man as he was, you just know he leveraged his huge donations to make sure that some things changed and other things were done the way he wanted them done. No doubt OSU is better off as a result.

  11. PacNW, we’ve yet to beat a team of consequence, this year or since TA was hired. Everything is relative to expectations. I assure you that if IU beats MSU next week, there will be great joy, optimism and celebration expressed on this site.

  12. HC, I don’t understand your thinking, “Don’t play the back-up ’cause he might get hurt.” Think of it this way: “If QB no. 2 is playing, QB no. 1 can’t get hurt.” Or to take that line of thinking to its logical conclusion, “Starters are more important than subs, but they can get hurt if they play, so play only subs because we don’t want our best players injured.” Not putting someone in a game because he might get hurt is like not driving your car because it might get wrecked in a crash.

  13. Po – I agree with you that Tuttle should have been put in the game much sooner to get more game experience reading defenses. In my opinion, big mistake by TA. Then, when he finally puts him in the last series of the game, all he has him do is handoff except for two QB keepers. If he was worried about him getting hurt, he shouldn’t have had him running the ball himself. If he was worried about running up the score on U Conn, that’s just total BS. U Conn isn’t an FCS program, and one or two more scores against their D wouldn’t have been considered running up the score by most people. If they were afraid of losing by 45 or 50, they shouldn’t have scheduled a BIG10 team. Bottom line, Tuttle needs all the snaps he can get!

    If Penix’s injury is to his left shoulder or arm, which appears extremely likely, there is no telling how long it might be before he returns to pre-season form. Sure, he can come back in and play, but will his arm/shoulder hold up on those long passes or when he gets hit, or will he be limited in how far or how hard he can throw the football and how much can he run?

    My bet is that Penix will not play against MSU. I hope I am wrong.

  14. Unfortunately this IU team is hard to watch. PR at QB will not draw anyone into the rock. His girlfriend is probably missing games to shampoo her hair and rearrange her sock drawer. I had a bigger crowd at my Labor Day BBQ. If we don’t get Penix back for the rest of the season, we are toast.

  15. Announced attendance was 40,084 today. That’s not terrible for an IU non-conference game. And honestly, that’s better than I thought it would be after last week’s beat down.

    But the real question is, how many of those 40,084 actually entered Memorial Stadium? Does attendance reflect ticket sales or butts-in-seats?

    Going to have to have a signature win against a highly ranked team combined with a beautiful day before we’ll see attendance exceed 50,000 at an IU home FB game.

  16. It was nice to win a game but this game isn’t awe inspiring. Now in the third year it is clear after this season coach Hiller needs to be replaced as our OL doesn’t fire off the ball or open holes very well even against bad defenses. I was also disappointed to see half our DL waiting a step before moving, is that the plan or were they not prepared for the snap.

    The good news is we found a LB and our defense wasn’t threatened but it seems like it was more due to the opponents offense that IU playing with their hair on fire. What we saw from Ramsey is the same thing we have always seen – a serviceable QB but not one that will win a game for us against B1G teams.

    Another week to get better but the team doesn’t seem to be improving very fast. I will say at least I am not a Michigan fan because I would really be upset with the product this year. I am disappointed with IU’s season so far but winning 6 or more games will take the disappointment away.

    1. But you said the OL was projecting to be very good, even though reports from camp were strongly suggesting they were going to have trouble this year. What convinced you to reverse what you said just a few weeks ago?

      1. Since I can’t attend practices I was going by with football knowledge that could attend practices. All reports said the first five were going to be very good but back ups weren’t ready. Watching the team for four games now it is clear they looked good because they were going up against our own players not because they were very good. The fact that the OL doesn’t block well for the running game this deep into the season following iffy OL play the past two years is reason to have a different opinion.

        1. Was just saying they all reports didn’t say that, but no worries. O line is a tough position to recruit for and to coach, and I know there have been big concerns since spring ball. Other than Cronk, they’ve been very thin there, and it’s showing.

  17. I agree that is what it would take to draw some interest, but this team doesn’t have the talent to accomplish it. With or without Penix.

  18. Actually, I was pretty surprised and pleased. The OL pass protects okay but there’s absolutely no push on run plays.
    While I think Hiller is mainly responsible I also think the new OC likely doesn’t stress it since he’s pass happy. Bad philosophy, but that’s what they have. After watching 4 weeks of BIG QB’s IU is relatively well off. TA’s (Checkers)
    “undisclosed injury” excuse re Penix is irresponsible. His pre game ranting reminds me of my 8th grade coach.

  19. Pass happy? What game were you watching, Brad? IU passed 28 times and ran it 40 times. That’s hardly an indication of our OC being “pass happy.” I wanted to see about six more passes in this game, specifically in the fourth quarter when Tuttle got to play.

    We don’t know if it’s Hiller’s coaching or if he simply doesn’t have good enough O-line talent. Can IU find a better O-line coach? Probably, but it’s got to be a guy who can recruit better talent and then develop them into effective Big Ten linemen. It’s going to be very difficult for IU to ever out-recruit teams like OSU, MI, Wisconsin, PSU, and MI for O-linemen.

    1. When Penix played it looked like UCLA’s offense. He’s cut back since the switch. As for the game I was watching, it was the one in which the running backs had to make their own holes in order to run the ball since this OL is unable to run block.

      1. Brad,
        Like t on another thread, you’ve confirmed what should have been obvious to everyone the last two years. With PR back on the field the offense is now resembling the much maligned DeBord offense of the last two years. When MP was on the field against PSU last year, the offense was very different as you indicated, and we saw this in the first two games of this year. The answer has been there all along, but the MD bias by some was so strong they couldn’t see the trees for the forest. Not saying DeBoer in the long term is not a significant upgrade at the OC, time will tell, but am saying DeBord was not nearly as culpable as some would think.

  20. Coach DeBoer is pass happy because he doesn’t fight against defenses but attacks where they aren’t as strong against the Hoosiers; he actually calls plays to be successful. If IU’s run blocking were more successful we would run the ball more but they are decent in pass blocking so typically we call more passes. He also works to get RBs in the passing game so they can run the ball in space. There just isn’t much movement in the LOS by our OL to make the run game successful.

  21. I was glad to see Bedford in at the end of the game. He looks like IU’s most athletic lineman and he’s just a freshman. I hope they don’t have to burn his redshirt now with Cronk’s injury. Hiller would say he’s getting guys to the NFL- 2 last year along with Cronk and possibly Stepaniak this year. But I agree, he hasn’t been able to recruit enough talent to improve the overall unit. They may be big enough and strong enough, but they aren’t quick or athletic enough yet. Ball State’s 260 lb defensive lineman consistently shot gaps and won the line of scrimmage. Hiller/Alan lost on a bunch of excellent instate lineman this year. And they are losing to direct competitors- Brohm at Purdue and Fleck at Minnesota along with the Ohio States and Penn States of the world.

    1. They didn’t lose any decent offensive to Purdue. They are currently averaging 2.1 yards per carry and 68 yards per game and they haven’t played a single good team yet.

      They only ran for 43 yards against a TCU team that gave up 110 yards rushing to Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

      1. Well I did say this year, which means the recruits are still in high school. Second, Gus Hartwig, ranked 3 in the state of Indiana, recruited by Darren Hiller and would have been IU’s highest rated offensive lineman recruit ever….except he’s going to Purdue. I guess that’s one of the reasons Purdue’s recruiting class is ranked 31 while IU is ranked 55. Seriously, give up your loser’s mentality. Until Allen can do all of the following: beat a ranked team, win a Big Ten game as an underdog, out-recruit Purdue in Indiana, out-recruit Purdue nationally, go to a bowl game, win a bowl game, have a winning record, AND win a Bucket game, he will remain what he is, the inferior coach.

        1. So, let me get this straight.

          You come on here extolling the glory of our primary rival, even thought they are actually a grease fire, and then you call me a loser.

          You are probably late for your mensa meeting.

  22. What are you guys talking about? IU threw 28 passes yesterday! And one of those passes, by Tuttle, was a one foot shovel-pass. IU had 40 running plays yesterday. The stats suggest that, if anything, DeBoer was “run happy” yesterday.

    Maybe DeBoer’s play calling was influenced by his most experienced O-linemen and left tackle going down in the first quarter? Maybe DeBoer was concerned that the loss of Cronk would expose his right-handed QB to sacks and negative-yardage plays? IU scored 38 points and could easily have scored more. I’d say DeBoer did a fine job calling the offense yesterday.

  23. Through 4 games this season, IU has run 138 running plays and 146 passing plays. And those numbers were obviously influenced by OSU’s run-stopping defense which forced IU to pass. So, that’s a very balanced offense between run and pass through four games.

  24. And for additional perspective, so far this season through 4 games, IU’s Yards per Pass Attempt is 8.45. Last year, it was 6.4 yards/attempt through the entire season. That’s an improvement of 32% in spite of the fact that IU is not yet running the ball well.

    As for passing plays vs running plays, last year IU had 420 running plays and 481 passing plays. So 46.6% of all plays were runs. This year, through four games, 48.6% of all plays are runs. Looks pretty balanced to me.

  25. DeBord had no offensive system just a playbook of plays. With DeBoer every play is a move on a chessboard not only dictated by down, distance and time but by what the D is doing to seal off parts of the field. What DeBoer does with playcalling DeBord has never learned.

  26. Chet, I’m not extolling the glory of Purdue, and I think it is more complicated than comparing one head coach against another, but 123 does have a point. If you compare the records of TA to Brohm since both got their current jobs at about the same time, Brohm has been the more successful coach. After Purdue lost the Bucket to IU in four consecutive years, Brohm has turned it around and won it twice, gone to bowl games, produced a winning season and signed higher rated recruiting classes. As one Hall-of-Fame NFL FB Coach said, “you are what your record says you are.” TA may be on the rise, he may be advancing through the head-coach learning curve, and he may turn out to be the better coach in the long term, but as of now, the evidence suggests that Purdue has the better coach, irregardless of whether this season continues to be a grease fire for Purdue or not.

    Here’s my question: Do you think IU will ever pay a head FB coach what Purdue is paying Brohm now?

    1. Maybe.

      I think there is a very good chance that, after season 3, CTA will have the better record but some folks will continue to sing Brohm’s praises.

  27. Speaking of sinfully boasting of West Lafayette-to-have-a-banner on Indiana Hoosier forums: Brohmfire of the vanities…..?

    Personally, I don’t understand the obsession with Stench Lafayette. What have they done? O.k….I’ll give you the nasty Brees from the Bob Griese-fire.

    Hoosiers should put out a bounty for taking off the head of any Stench Lafayette qb, said a New Orleans bounty hunter.

  28. CTA = Chicago Transit Authority

    I do get the comparisons. Allen is becoming an ‘authority’ at perfecting the ‘L’…and will soon be another Hoosier coach to board a bus.

  29. If, after this season is over, TA has a better record that Brohm, then we can conclude that TA’s first three teams have won more games than Brohm’s first three teams, and that’s about all we’ll be able to conclude. But I failed to mention Brohm’s signature win against OSU last year. It was a blow out against a top ranked team. IU hasn’t done that in a long time, if ever.

    I think TA has improved IU Football. I think he has the potential to transform IU FB into a winner. I think he has the potential to be a more successful head coach than Brohm. But only time will tell. Until then, I’ll settle for going 6 – 6 and making it to a bowl game.

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