Coleman breaks Dunbar’s single-season rushing record

COLUMBUS, Ohio — He smiled when he was told that his 90-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of Saturday’s 42-27 loss at Ohio State was the second-longest in Ohio Stadium history.

That wasn’t even Tevin Coleman’s most noteworthy feat of the day.

Coleman broke Vaughn Dunbar’s Indiana single-season rushing record with 228 yards and three touchdowns against the Buckeyes. The big day for Coleman gives him 1,906 yards for the season, besting Dunbar’s mark of 1,805 set in 1991.

“It’s a blessing,” Coleman said.

He captured the top spot in IU’s record book on his 90-yard run that gave the Hoosiers a 20-14 lead midway through the third. Coleman also had touchdown runs of 52 and two yards.

The only run in IU history longer than Coleman’s is Mickey Erehar’s 98-yarder at Iowa in 1912, while Coleman’s 228 yards were the third-most ever allowed by an Ohio State defense.

Coleman was held to only 50 first-half yards until breaking through in the second half.

“That’s how it’s gonna be against these big teams,” Coleman said. “First, you’re not gonna hit big runs on a great defense. You gotta keep running, hitting the holes hard and soften them up. Eventually a big one’s gonna come for you.”

Wilson sat Coleman for two offensive series following his long run, saying the IU running back was winded. It’s not the first time that has happened this season.

“I’m working to increase my stamina and get better at that,” Coleman said. “But things happen and he’s just looking out for me.”

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he pulled Coleman aside before the game to tell the IU junior how much he was admired. Meyer added that once Coleman gets in second gear, he’s tough to catch.

“I asked Kevin (Wilson) about him — a great Christian kid, great kid,” Meyer said. “Wish him well in the NFL, if that’s what his desire because he’s a really good back. Top 10 back — maybe higher than that.”