Rutgers expects to see more balance from Indiana’s offense #iufb

Kyle Flood has compared the box scores and he’s watched the film.

Doing so has allowed the Rutgers coach to understand what he’ll see from Indiana this Saturday in New Jersey.

More balance is exactly what he’s expecting.

It all comes after Indiana moved closer toward that direction during Saturday’s 13-7 loss to Penn State. The Hoosiers attempted only eight passes two weeks ago at Michigan, but allowed freshman quarterback Zander Diamont to air it out more against the Nittany Lions.

Diamont threw the ball 27 times out of the 36 passing plays called against Penn State, scrambling on a few other occasions en route to 58 rushing yards.

“This is what you see: every week they give him a little bit more,” said Flood, who is 20-15 in three seasons at Rutgers and has the Scarlet Knights (5-4, 1-4 Big Ten) on the verge of bowl eligibility. “I think the first week he only attempted (eight) passes. I think this week he attempted somewhere in the mid 20s, so every week he’s been able to handle a little bit more of their offense, and I expect that to be the same. With that comes more balance on offense. I think you heard Kevin speak to that a little bit in his postgame. They’re starting to regain some of the balance that they had on offense earlier in the year, and the more they make you defend the pass, the more dangerous the running back is going to be.”

Flood added that he still expects to see plenty of Tevin Coleman after the IU running back was held to only 71 yards on 20 carries against a top-ranked Penn State rush defense that keyed on Coleman all afternoon.

Coleman is second in the nation with 1,371 rushing yards and watched his national-best streak of 10 consecutive games with at least 100 rushing yards end against Penn State.

“He’s going to get his touches,” Flood said. “When you’ve got a tailback with that kind of talent, they make sure that he gets his touches within the game. And they’re good up front. I think they do a good job on their offensive line of blocking for him.

“I wouldn’t put too much into that streak ending last week. To me it’s still a very impressive streak, and the fact that it ended against a good rushing defense, I don’t put much stock in that. He’s going to be the focal point of what they do on offense. He was when they had their first quarterback, so certainly now he’s going to be.”

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  1. Sitting in Knoxville thinking Dustin, can understand giving up Btown for Knoxville. Scads of young girls walking around. Football may be better. But the traffic here sucks.

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