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After rout, IU’s Kevin Wilson eager to ‘see what we’ve got’

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1982 — The last time IU won three conference road games in a season on the field. (The Hoosiers won two Big Ten road games and were awarded a forfeited victory by Michigan State in 1994.) IU will have to snap that streak to become bowl-eligible.

Extra point

As if losing 62-14 in their final home game wasn’t bad enough for IU’s seniors, the season came to an early end for one of them.

Tight end Charles Love III suffered an ACL injury and will miss the rest of the season, Kevin Wilson said.

“It’s unfortunate for Charles because he had battled off a knee injury last year, came back and was having some success for us as a complementary player to Ted (Bolser) and that was unfortunate,” Wilson said.

Love finishes his IU career with five receptions for 51 yards and a TD, all this season. He played mostly on special teams but started two games in 2010. He missed all of last season with a knee injury.

Updated: December 15, 2012 6:29AM



Indiana coach Kevin Wilson is eager to see how his team responds in the wake of Saturday’s rout by Wisconsin.

“I think this really is a pretty good week for us to see if we’re mature enough, strong enough, have we made strides,” Wilson said Tuesday.

“Love to see these guys come back and have the week we need to have. If we’re building our program, this is a good week to see what we’ve got.”

After giving up 564 yards rushing to the Badgers, the Hoosiers (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten) are out of the hunt for the Big Ten title. They’ve still got a chance at a bowl game, but to do so, they’ve got to win two games on the road.

And the first of those comes Saturday in Happy Valley, against Penn State (6-4, 4-2). The Hoosiers have never defeated the Nittany Lions, going 0-15 against them since Penn State joined the Big Ten.

“If you’re going to be a winning program, you’ve got to learn to win on the road,” Wilson said. “Let’s embrace the challenge.

“It’s more about the challenge of just playing a great opponent that you’re going to play every year than really talking about the history.”

It’s going to be critical for the Hoosiers to eliminate the big plays Wisconsin used to amass a school rushing record.

“We gave up 14 big runs for a total of 410 yards,” co-defensive coordinator Doug Mallory said. “And where we had been better in recent weeks, we hadn’t given up those kinds of explosion plays.”

Defense wasn’t the only problem for IU, however, as the offense never found its rhythm.

“We’re a little bit of a spread team that has to be a little more pass-oriented right now,” Wilson said. “It’s not exactly what we want, but that’s the cards we’re dealt.

“We’ve got to find stress-free plays that get drives on schedule. Get a couple first downs and get a drive moving.”

Of IU’s 14 possessions against Wisconsin, eight were three plays or less, including running out the clock at the end of the first half.



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