Football: Hoosiers score 35 unanswered to beat Bowling Green
By Andy Proffet Post-Tribune correspondent September 14, 2013 7:40PM
Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld (7) and running back Tevin Coleman (6) celebrate Sudfeld's touchdown against Bowling Green during an NCAA college football game at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/The Herald-Times, Chris Howell) ORG XMIT: INBHT106
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Updated: October 16, 2013 6:54AM
BLOOMINGTON — Indiana was down three points and Bowling Green was poised to build on its lead.
But the Hoosiers’ much-maligned defense made a fourth-down stop, and the rout was soon on.
The Hoosiers scored 35 unanswered points to defeat the Falcons 42-10 on Saturday, bouncing back from last week’s loss to Navy.
“Last week they were the worst defense that ever played in the history of the universe,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said. “Now they’re going to be the greatest thing ever. They’re young, they’re getting better.
“Last week, we never got that team on schedule. Today, we got some negative plays.”
Perhaps none more important than T.J. Simmons’ tackle of Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson on a fourth-and-1 play at IU’s 22.
The Falcons led 10-7 at the time, thanks to a blocked punt returned for a touchdown and a 45-yard field goal. IU’s Damon Graham had fumbled away the kickoff after the field goal, setting Bowling Green (2-1) up with a first down at the IU 31.
But Simmons tackled Johnson for a five-yard loss, and eight plays later, Tevin Coleman’s 43-yard scoring run put the Hoosiers (2-1) back in front, 14-10.
IU would add touchdowns on four of its next five possessions, failing to score only when Wilson elected to run out the clock to end the first half.
The Hoosiers attempted an onside kick to start the second half, but it went out of bounds. No problem for IU, as defensive end Nick Mangieri ended Bowling Green’s drive with his first career interception.
“I just covered down, the ball popped up and I was able to get it,” he said.
IU’s defensive players admitted they had chips on their shoulders after last week’s loss to Navy, which saw the Midshipmen pound IU for 444 yards rushing.
The Falcons managed just 136 yards on 36 attempts on Saturday, a 3.8-yard-per-carry average.
“I think the main thing (today) was coming back to our normal scheme,” defensive back Greg Heban said. “We were able to cut loose and fly around.”
Bowling Green scored 75 points combined in its first two games, including 24 unanswered points in last week’s 41-22 win over Kent State.
“Credit to Indiana, they made plays and we didn’t,” Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson said. “All the things we’ve been doing well the first two games, we didn’t do well today.”
Indiana’s defense kept an opponent’s offense out of the end zone for the first time since 2008.