Minnesota at Indiana, first half analysis

Indiana continued to look impressive in the second quarter, at least offensively. The Gophers have failed to force the Hoosiers to punt yet, and IU’s having its way offensively, totaling 274 yards to 186 for Minnesota.

Bryan Payton’s two runs, a James Hardy catch and two Austin Starr kicks give IU a 27-14 lead at the break. The playmaker has has been Payton, who got in the endzone again in the second for a 1-yard score. His 70 yards is a career high and his 47-yard burst in the first was the longest of his career.

Also, the IU sack attack has returned after a brief absence in the first period. Ryan Marando, Jamie Kirlew and Greg Middleton have all got into the Gopher backfield and brought down Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber.

If IU can continue to put pressure on Weber and keep putting points on the board, they’ll give themselves a good chance to go 5-1 for the first time since 1993.