4 storylines for IU’s game at Maryland

1. IU’s ability to limit Maryland’s backfield
Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison gave the Hoosiers trouble in last year’s 42-36 Indiana victory in Bloomington. The two combined for 215 rushing yards, 142 of which belonged to Johnson, who added one score. Johnson, a quicker, more explosive back, and Harrison, a tough runner between the tackles, complement each other well within Maryland’s offense. Limiting their chunk gains on the ground will be among Indiana’s top defensive objectives.

2. Peyton Ramsey’s time to throw
One of the Terrapins’ defensive woes has been their lack of a pass rush. Maryland, which misses the presence of injured linebacker Jesse Aniebonam, has only one sack in four Big Ten games. It’s led in part to the league’s worst pass defense, a Terrapins’ secondary that’s yielding an average of 262.5 passing yards per game. As ineffective as IU’s offensive line has been for much of the year, this is an opportunity for that group to assert itself and provide Ramsey a platform on which to throw.

3. Forcing three-and-outs
Indiana enters play ranked second nationally with 6.9 three-and-outs per game. The Hoosiers are also fourth in the Big Ten and No. 18 nationally in third-down defense, allowing opponents to convert only 30 percent on that critical down. On the other hand, Maryland’s offense has been dreadful on third down. The Terps (30.4 percent) are No. 120 nationally in third-down conversions. They’ve experienced considerable struggles during their current three-game skid, having converted merely 26 percent of their third-down opportunities during that span.

4. Covering D.J. Moore
Although Maryland’s backfield makes its offense go, the Terps have a serious aerial weapon in receiver D.J. Moore. Maryland’s passing game has struggled as it has shuffled through quarterbacks yet again this season, but Moore is still a legitimate threat. The junior leads the Big Ten in touchdown receptions (seven), receiving yards (668), receiving yards per game (95.4) and receptions per game (6.7).

2 comments

  1. IU has to play well today to win but they won’t be facing one of the top defenses or offenses. We will have to see who leads the rushing stats without Ellison on the field.

  2. Cole Geist lead the rushing attack…Cole Geist ran the ball 12 times for 38 yards (WOW)!! now lets consider that IU ran 97 total offensive plays – 62 pass plays and 35 run plays. Little bit of an imbalance!! your quarterback ran the ball for 14 plays for 8 yards. Do not hand me that bull about poor offensive line play or poor running back play….this is nothing more than poor offense cord play calling!!!! you never gave your offensive line or running back any opportunity to get in a rhythm. This was nothing more than a game of short passes across the middle. Don’t tell me any more about Mike Debord us of the TE….they had a grand total of 2 rec for 9 yards. At least Kevin Wilson was honest about the TE position, he is basically and extra tackle/blocker. Mike Debord and Tom Allen talk a good game but nothing is translating into wins. Unless something happens Tom Allen is looking at a win-less Big Ten season (0-9 or maybe 1-8 maybe beat Illinois).

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