4 things we learned from IU’s win over Maryland

1. Indiana showed a willingness to stretch a defense.
The lack of explosive plays within IU’s offense has hurt the Hoosiers for much of the season. Saturday was a bit different. Indiana created eight explosive plays — measured as runs or passes of at least 15 yards — against Maryland, scoring on three. Most encouraging for IU was its willingness and ability to throw downfield and stretch the Terrapins’ secondary. According to Pro Football Focus, IU quarterback Peyton Ramsey ranked fourth nationally this week with 159 deep passing yards, which are measured as passes targeted 20 yards in the air. That’s a welcome sight for a Hoosier offense that only stands to benefit from continued downfield looks to big-body receivers such as Donavan Hale and Nick Westbrook, both of whom scored on Saturday.

2. Missed tackles nearly cost IU the game.
Against Maryland’s slippery playmakers, the Hoosiers had trouble getting stops at the initial point of contact. It almost cost IU dearly. Indiana missed 24 tackles against the Terps, a troubling total against Maryland’s run-heavy offense. A pair of whiffs on Jeshaun Jones’ 15-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter nearly lost the Hoosiers the game, with TD Roof and Andre Brown both missing chances to bring down Jones near the 5-yard line. Missed tackles have, at times, been a problem for IU during Big Ten season, and they’re cause for concern as the Hoosiers continue on their stretch run.

3. Logan Justus showed some clutch ability.
The walk-on kicker has shown he can be reliable. On Saturday, he demonstrated that he can be clutch, too. Justus’s 42-yard field goal with 2:32 remaining in regulation proved to be the game-winner in the 34-32 Hoosier victory. For Indiana, it qualified as the program’s first game-winning field goal since Griffin Oakes’ shot to beat Michigan State in 2016. Justus is now 13-for-15 on field goals this season and 27-for-28 on extra points.

4. IU kept its bowl hopes alive.
Much like a year ago, Indiana’s ability to clinch a postseason trip is likely to come down to the Old Oaken Bucket Game on Nov. 24. The Hoosiers were essentially playing for their postseason lives on Saturday, given that trips to Michigan — such as the one that waits on deck — don’t go well for Indiana. By beating Maryland and securing a fifth win, IU ensured that they’ll have something meaningful to play for across these final two weeks. Last year’s meeting with Purdue marked the first time in series history that both teams needed the Bucket to earn a bowl bid. By the time the Hoosiers and Boilermakers meet on Nov. 24, the Bucket game may well determine which team extends its season.

WHAT’S NEXT: at Michigan, Saturday, 4 p.m. FS1.
Indiana hasn’t won at Michigan Stadium since 1967, and hasn’t claimed a victory over Michigan since 1987. The Wolverines are playing for a trip to the College Football Playoff, having won each of the seven Big Ten games they’ve played. Can IU catch Michigan looking ahead to Ohio State or, at the very least, make this one competitive? Michigan opened as a 27 1/2-point favorite in Ann Arbor.

34 comments

  1. Okay gang, we learned a few things from the Maryland game, but we learned something far more interesting from the Louisville/Syracuse game. Louisville has fired Bobby Petrino as their FB HC. The question for us is, will old PU become Brohm-less before the season ends or after?

  2. He’ll be gone before the reindeer fly. + he’ll be taking the top PUke commits with him. What will Moore do? Does he stay or go home too.

  3. There isn’t an oft quoted $17 million buyout for Brohm. It is $4.4 million before December 5th and $3.3 million after.

    He’s packing.

  4. If, Brohm leaves Purdue for U of L it could prove a costly emotional decision on his part. U of L has spent a lot of money this year for big multi-million dollar buyouts for the former athletic director they canned, now 14 million over 3 years for the just fired football coach and there still the basketball money probe still waiting to become public. The U of L donor base has been hit by the former U of L president and the U of L Foundation problems and any money to lure Brohm to come to U of L will certainly will raise the debt at U of L Athletic Department, which earlier had to make staff cut backs, due to a decrease donor support. The new U of L Athletic Director now has cut any ties with the former U of L Athletic Director’s football and basketball hires, however the former U of L Athletic Director built the U of L athletic program’s facilities to a first class level. If Brohm wants to leave Purdue, I believe there’s better jobs for him to select from than the U of L job.

    1. IUS,
      I wouldn’t worry about UoL in the cash department. Unlike IUFB, UoL has some mega buck donors who are willing to put their money where their mouths are when it comes to their FB program. The cash problem UoL had is because of all the other issues. The mega buck donors didn’t like it, and were holding back until things were cleaned up. Petrino’s firing is probably as much about the cash being cut off as it is regarding the record. Those donors have been wanting Brohm back home for a while, and now they have their opportunity.

      As for UoL on the future IU schedule, if I have to lose to Brohm I would much rather it be with him at UoL than at PU. Principle of the matter in a rivalry. Don’t like it to happen, may lose every game of the year, but if the only win you have is PU then not such a bad year!

      1. I love that sentiment! A good day in Bloomington is: 1) when Notre Dame loses in football; 2) when KY loses in Basketball; 3) when Purdue loses in anything!! Go IU BeatPurdue!

  5. One other point, check the future I U Football schedules and you will see U of L on the schedules, so be careful for you wish for.

  6. I wonder if some of these comments are born out of a collective sense of helplessness about IU Football? As fans, some of us feel as if there is nothing that can be done to elevate IU football, so we’re left with hoping that our rival’s program will be diminished. “It’s O.K. if IU Football sucks, as long as Purdue Football sucks too.” I guess the saying “misery loves company” is true!

    Whether Brohm leaves Purdue or stays, some of the comments above suggest that Hoosier fans resent the fact that Purdue did what was necessary to significantly and quickly elevate its football program, while IU doesn’t appear able or willing to do the same. If Purdue loses Brohm to Louisville, Purdue’s administration will take the steps necessary to replace Brohm with a coach who can sustain and build upon the momentum Brohm has established over the last two seasons. Heck, he may be a better coach than Brohm was! So from my vantage point, it’s not about Brohm, it’s about the leadership in place at Purdue and their commitment to having a competitive football program.

    1. Po,
      I believe there is a certain degree of helpless brought on by over a century of FB fecklessness. What else can you say? No doubt the PU administration will go out and get a competent coach for their program. The have shown a willingness to take care of their two marquee programs FB & BB. Obviously they have done a much better job on the FB side with nearly 200 more wins historically than IU. The sad thing is the only thing separating the BB programs historically is the 5 banners at AH. If it were not for that, the total number of wins are far too close for comfort.

      Yes, IU has had good secondary sports programs, but how much revenue do they bring in? The day of paying college athletes is coming, and that money will have to come from somewhere. We know the BB program cannot come even close to doing this alone. The FB program will by necessity have to generate a lot more revenue than it does now if IU is to stay in P5 conferences world. You can’t keep running the FB program as a poor second thought to the BB program in the modern era of college sports.

      1. The sad thing is the only thing separating the BB programs historically is the 5 banners at AH. If it were not for that, the total number of wins are far too close for comfort.

        You didn’t actually say that….IU fans understand the difference between what you do in the conference and what you do in the tournament. Basketball is far different game than football. The cream rises to the top when a coach and team face all the different match-up styles in a tournament(e.g. a Syracuse zone).
        Banners are the only thing that matters….Second in importance would be a Final Four trip. “Blue blood” is defined by banners. The only true blue blood in hoops in the Big Ten is IU. Purdue does not belong in the discussion.
        And if you want to talk about ‘best of late,’ that goes to Michigan with three Final Four trips in last 5 years….including 2 championship games.

      2. The day of football as we know it ending is likely coming sooner than paying athletes.
        There will soon be signed legal releases required for h.s. and college participation due to the overwhelming data proving the sport’s link to irreversible brain trauma. Funding this conflict of interest(desire to maintain vs. desire to protect health/brain) along with denying/hiding/trivializing such truths of the sport will be its greatest challenge.

    2. Or, he may be a worse coach than Brohm was. Jury’s still out Minn.’s hire of the MAC wunder-coach Fleck. Deny it if you will, but it’s still a crapshoot. What else can you call hiring a thirty-one year-old linebackers coach to be the HC in a Power 5 conf. who turns out to be pretty darn good? I doubt there was any genius brain-trust at work when NU hired Fitzgerald. Dumb luck might sound insulting to N’western fans, but do you have a better term for it?

  7. I agree that instead of focusing on Purdue misfortunes how about focusing on IU fortunes. When Purdue beat Arizona last year which was a very good win for Purdue some could only focus on it was because of Arizona coaching change rather than giving Purdue credit. Give Purdue credit.
    If IU could beat Purdue this year regardless of Brohm situation it would be a very good win for IU. Give IU credit.

  8. Po- Well said. I think IU football fan base hopes for other programs to lose ground than actually build our program up. I’m tired of people ready to celebrate with a 2-5 B1G season. I think that is exactly what Glass wants. How low can the bar go.

  9. I don’t understand all the anti-Purdue sentiment. I’d like to see them win, as long as it’s not at IU’s expense, either directly or indirectly. I think having a rival who is good is good for the program. Plus, if Purdue and IU are both decent/competitive in football, it lends credance to the notion that the state of Indiana is not a football backwater that only cares about basketball. I’d much rather to be able to tell a recruit that we’ve got a great rivalry to experience against a good team rather than we’ve got a rivalry against a team that is perpetually bad.

    1. Okie,
      You clearly don’t understand a serious rivalry. Two of the best are the UM/OSU and the Ala/Aub. All these schools are extremely competitive in FB and oddly enough quite so in BB. The rivalries on serve to enhance the competition. You won’t hear any concerns about there being too much anti-UM sentiment from the OSU crowd and the same goes for the UM crowd. Compared to those rivalries and several others, we do not have a great rivalry.

      1. UK vs. IU in hoops was a great rivalry. Two selfish and insecure sissies placing friendship above rivalry ended its 40 year existence for the fan bases. The rivalry also exists on the h.s. level with the Kentucky All-Stars vs. Indiana All-Stars.
        I almost believe the hoops border rivalry between the two blue bloods was far more fueled with passions than anything in-state between helpless Purdue and the 5-banner school they pretend to be on the same ground. Purdue needs it called a rivalry because they have no banners.

      2. thinker, you are wrong. The IU – Peeyew rivalry is BETTER because most years it’s the only meaningful game for either side. Meatchicken v. OSU has all those annoying distractions like national rankings, conference titles, and playoff spots to interfere with the essence of a true grudge match. Kind of like Army – Navy. Pure grudge.

    2. Okie, you have been in Oklahoma too long. Wishing the Under-skin Pus Collections ill is just plain old fun! I’d still wish the Boils ill if IUFB were FBS champs every year.

  10. Okie- I agree. But I think it’s telling when you hear Purdue cheer “IU Sucks” . Notice it’s not “Purdue is Great”. It shows an inferiority complex. I don’t want IU Football to get the same way. I’d like to see both teams with something on the line when we beat them.

  11. And IU v PU isn’t much of a close rivalry. Count the number of P’s v I’s on the bucket chain. Not even close. But the bucket game is usually our bowl facsimile.

  12. Okie, my two favorite teams are IU and any team playing Purdue. But that’s different from hoping Purdue fails so that in contrast IU does not look so bad.

    think, once again you make a great point about the future importance of football, as a means of generating revenue for Power-five conference schools. But when college sports gets to the point “paying players,” it won’t look anything like the college sports we enjoy today. I’m all for increasing the amount of scholarships so that they cover the entire cost of a college education, and providing benefits (tickets to games, travel assistance) to player’s parents, but paying football and basketball players salaries will be like opening a can of worms.

  13. I don’t hope for Purdue to fail because it satisfies IU not looking so bad….

    If Rosie O’Donnell trips and breaks her nose, it won’t make Scarlett Johansson appear homely.

  14. In other news, Maryland lost two three star recruits yesterday. Both are Tampa kids and one played with Penix (Treshaun Ward RB) at Tampa Tech. I like IU’s chances with Ward.

  15. Losing to IUFB will do that for you. History tells us that Marquette played Indiana in football six times: ’47, ’50, ’53, ’56,’59, and ’60. The then-Warriors lost all of ’em. It was the only game IU won (34 – 8) in 1960, and in December Marquette dropped football.

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