Bucket game, half-time analysis

The Hoosiers have come to play today.

IU leads 17-3 at half and Bill Lynch and the players ran off the field as pumped as I’ve seen them all season. The sellout crowd has responded, and gave the Hoosiers a large ovation as they ran for halftime.

It seems like every Hoosier has stepped it up this afternoon. Senior Josiah Sears, in his last game in an IU uniform, had two nice runs up the middle for first downs. Andrew Means made a spectacular 40-yard catch down the sidelines that eventually led to a Kellen Lewis rushing touchdown. Marcus Thigpen and Bryan Payton have both had impressive spurts from the backfield, and James Hardy did what he did best and caught a touchdown from Lewis. Greg Middleton’s two sacks makes him IU’s all-time sack leader for a single season with 15. Tracy Porter also made the biggest play of the half, stripping Purdue’s Greg Orton near midfield at the end of the second quarter. Joe Kleinsmith recovered and IU capitalized on the turnover with Hardy’s touchdown with :34 seconds remaining.

IU leads in first downs (14-8), total offensive yards (241-126) and time of possession (16:07-13:53). If they keep this up, they’ll have a good chance at bringing the bucket back to Bloomington. Should be a great second half.