Defensive mishaps overshadow Roberson’s first start; Hoosiers fall 45-24 to Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Tre Roberson gave Indiana reasons to maintain hope about life without Gunner Kiel, but the Hoosiers again suffered damaging defensive breakdowns and fell 45-24 to Iowa in front of 70,585 at Kinnick Stadium. The loss is their fifth straight and it already ensures that the 1-7 Hoosiers will not be bowl eligible this season.

Though the prospect of Roberson being Indiana’s quarterback of the future became a lot more real when Kiel announced the re-evaluation of his commitment on Friday, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said the Hoosiers decided at the beginning of the week that Roberson would get the start ahead of redshirt sophomore Ed Wright-Baker.

“The more he’s played the last two weeks, the better he’s practiced,” Wilson said. “He kind of just has had a better week of practice. I thought going into our game a week ago, it was kind of equal, but Ed having played more, you go with the more experienced guy. It look like he handled the situation with Wisconsin. He’s a very calm kid. He really hadn’t hurt in any communication. He took care of the ball in a decent way, but just the way that he’s practiced, he gave us the best chance. … He’s just been, we thought, the best guy. We thought that all week. We didn’t make a public deal about it. I just thought as we went through the week, he got the bulk of the work. It wasn’t that Ed had a bad week, we just thought Tre had a better one.”

And he had a better game than either Wright-Baker or injured sophomore Dusty Kiel, Gunner’s brother, has had in recent weeks. Roberson was 16-for-24 for 196 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions through the air and he led the team with 82 rushing yards on 15 carries. He led the Hoosiers to touchdowns on each of his first two drives, and completed his first seven passes. All told with him at the helm, the Hoosiers managed 414 yards of total offene. That was the most total yards the Hoosiers have posted in a game against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponents.

Wilson said the Hoosiers had kept his workload light early in the season and developed a small package of plays in which he could be used. But as the season has gone on and he’s improved his grasp of the system, he’s reached the point that IU didn’t have to dumb it down much.

“He doesn’t have the kitchen sink,” Wilson said. “But it’s not like when he’s in (we do something different). Originally, Week 1, Week 2, we had a list of Tre plays, when he’s in, here’s the game plan. Now, we just have the sheet and he’s playing it. We scaled back a fair amount several weeks ago offensively trying to find something to get a handle on, but he’s kinda running everything.”

Roberson’s play opened things up for sophomore running back Stephen Houston, who rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Cody Latimer caught Roberson’s touchdown toss.

It didn’t matter, though, because of coverage breakdowns that allowed senior wide receiver Marvin McNutt to get loose for six receptions, 184 yards and three touchdowns. On the first one, an 80-yard score, McNutt came across the middle on a crossing pattern, and three IU defenders ran into each other, allowing him to come wide open on the right sideline.

“Our guy took out two of us,” Wilson said. “We had three of us on the ground. It looked like dominoes out there falling around. They of course got a nice receiver. Good play-action pass, something we worked all week. That’s just not having some awareness and cleaning it up.”

Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg completed 12 of 16 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns, also finding tight end Brad Herman for a 1-yard score. Sophomore tailback Marcus Coker rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

AUDIO: Kevin Wilson

AUDIO: Stephen Houston

AUDIO: Tre Roberson

AUDIO: Leon Beckum

AUDIO: Kofi Hughes

AUDIO: Marvin McNutt

AUDIO: James Vandenberg


  1. I may be wrong, but I believe that we are currently witnessing the worst streak of defensive play in the history of IU, and maybe the history of the Big 10.

    The last 2 years of Lynch and the first of KW have been an unmitigated disaster on defense…every time our defense plays a bad game, I think I can’t get worse, and of course it always does. Absolutely embarrassing. We would be under .500 in the MAC right now with this defense.

    Tre looked nice, though…sure was nice to watch him on his first 2 TD drives.

  2. Agreed. Defense was abysmal. Tre looked pretty good, the best play at the QB position I’ve seen all year.

  3. When has there been any good IU football? Only when Pete Pihos was there in late 40’s and the miracle year in 67 when we went to Rose Bowl .The whole program should be shut down for a few years. Its an embarassment to IU and the Big 10. The basketball program had one lucky year in 2002 otherwise its been dismal since 94. With Tan-man as IU’s coach and the plethora of better coaches than him in the Big 10–it won’t get much better. IU obviously is the worst combined BBall and football school of all BCS schools. This year in bball we are counting on a freshman and 2 sophomores to turn things around. But we still have clappy the clown on the bench.

  4. “1-7 Hoosiers will not be bowl eligible this season.” Did you really think that the Hoosiers will be bowl eligible this season.

  5. Defense would at least have spurts of good play during the first five weeks or so. No more. It’s just abjectly awful…constantly.

    Recruiting and developing a decent D is the make or break variable for KW’s success at IU. Not unlike his various predecessors. History has shown this to be next to impossible.

  6. Get Real: please do not use we when referring to Indiana University and yourself. That is a complete lie. Get a life is your real name.

  7. Some you are the most negative so-called IU fans!!! Stay off message boards and blogs if you are NOT supportive of IU!! Ignorant people!!!

  8. What I don’t understand about the “D” is they play 2-3 solid plays & then totally go off their rocker with missed assignments. Are they not bright enough to make their reads? Are the coaches making this more difficult than it is? Why does every other B10 team have Rhodes Scholar candidates playing “D” and IU can’t get some. Honestly, though, I think their system for reading offensive alignments is too complicated, either that or not all defensive players understand the calls. Come on man!

  9. I have been watching IU football since the early 70s. Certainly IU has frequently been the doormat of the B10 but you missed some great teams if you don’t think Corso’s ’79 Holiday Bowl team was good. In the Bill Mallory era IU competed for championships a few times and played very good offense and defense. In the 70s Northwestern was abysmal, Iowa wasn’t a whole lot better, and MSU had some lousy teams under Muddy Waters. What turned those programs around was a commitment by each university to absolutely improve the football program. But when your facilities, training regimens and coaching salaries are all at the bottom of the league, as they were for years at IU, how do you expect to attract talented players, coaches and staff? Fred Glass has made an attempt to do that at IU this last year. Unfortunately it will take time. Hayden Frye turned it around at Iowa, Gary Barnett at Northwestern, and so on. Not to make excuses but IU HAD the right guy in Terry Hoeppner. Let’s hope that KW is the right guy this time around.

  10. MarkMe is correct. Forget Gunner. Even if he should decide to come to IU. Tthis is all about KW. I truly like his honesty…it’s all on him now. What I saw against Iowa (offensively) is what I expected to see at the beginning of the season.

  11. Mark Me is right to point out dogs that now bite. IU can bite, too. I’m an IU fan because 1) I got a great education there and 2) I love college football. I went to high school in S. Bend and even then laughed at N.D. fans who would have been challenged to spell “university.” Mr. get real is of course entitled to his opinion and post it here, but why bother if it’s just to be negative? Almost all of us are negative at certain (or many) times on this blog, but that’s ’cause we all dig football and like to talk about it in the context of our favorite team, which is pretty crappy right now. Mr. get real, get real yourself and admit it: you wouldn’t be posting here if you truly didn’t care about IU football! Show your love and give us three things that IU is doing correctly right now- then you can bad mouth IU with particulars (that is, don’t just say we stink and always will).

  12. Mark Me, abcIU and Davis…great comments. The type that make the blog fun and thought provoking to read.

  13. I am now over the GK situation and hope we use his scholarship to bring a 4 star D performer.

  14. The defense did take a step backwards against Iowa which is not at all surprising. As said on previous posts and by others, this program is rebuilding from the ground up. While there are some individual players at the B10 level (and I think Tre may be one of them), as a team, there is no unit functioning even close to B10 performance. Inconsistant performance will be the order of the day until we enlist a critical mass of talent and that will take time.

  15. Bloomington native Des Moines, Ia resident. Sat with some very nice hawkeye fans and an obnoxious IU fan (actually he made my life a breeze being there). Iowa fans commented who cares about Gunner in the bushes with Tre in the hand. My observations about IU playing Iowa and it is the same observation Iowa fans have about themselves playing other opponents. We are too small and too slow. Iowa does pretty well with basically 3-star recruits. I will wait for a year or so in the weight room during the off season. Recruiters say the top three things you look for in a player are speed, speed, and speed. Can’t tackle if you can’t move.

  16. IU fans are paying the price (again) for Bill Lynch’s legacy of recruiting MAC-level players. IU is much too small, especially on defense. It’s been obvious for years. You don’t need to know anything about football, you just have to have average eyesight and the problem is obvious.

    As for Gunner re-opening his recruitment, I would not be too sure ND will be his destination. We’re already hearing significant grumbling about coach Kelly after ND got beat by a down-yeared USC team (not even the best team in the PAC-12). ND is not ranked in the top 25, they won’t be for the remainder of the year, they’re 4-3 and they laid an egg on their big national TV, recruit- hosting night. USC’s players are openly mocking ND in the press for “quitting” in Saturday’s game.

    IU may not get Gunner, but Gunner going to ND will present entirely new challenges for the young man. I would not be surprised if Kelly is fired in the next two or thee years. And in the mean time, ND will bring in a top-ten QB in every year. I hope he thinks it through!

  17. Coach Wilson, congratulations on starting Tre Roberson against Iowa. Now it’s time to put an end to IU’s quarterback shuffle and name Tre as the starter for the remainder of the season. The experiment is over and its time to stop the BS of deciding who starts based on how well the quarterbacks practice during the week. That may work for linemen or linebackers, but not for young quarterbacks. They need confidence and focus and their teammates need to develop their “chemistry” with their new leader.

    Name Tre the starter, build his confidence and allow him to focus on his preparation for each game. It will pay dividends the remainder of the season and especially next year. If Tre has a bad game, you can always pull him for EWB, but you should make it clear he will be your starter for the remainder of the year unless injury prevents him from playing. EWB and DK, their injuries notwithstanding, have not produced a performance to match what Tre accomplished against Iowa. His performance on the road, in front of 80,000, tells you all you need to know about the young man’s talent and potential.

    There’s no longer any reason not to invest in Tre’s future. With your offensive line, which will take two or three years to produce Big-Ten quality running game and protection necessary for a Pro-style QB, Tre’s running ability gives you a chance to field a competitive offense. The last time IU went to a bowl game, the team had a quarterback who did not have a particularly good arm, but his running ability gave opponents fits. He was exciting and won enough games to get IU to a bowl game. I think Tre is even better and comes without the baggage.

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