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College football: Indiana State’s Shakir Bell injured in rout

Updated: October 1, 2013 6:46AM



BLOOMINGTON — Even when things went right for Indiana State on Thursday, they went wrong.

Running back Shakir Bell, bottled up for most of the night by Indiana’s defense, finally broke free for a 45-yard run late in the second quarter, with his team down 45-7.

But he was chased down by Mark Murphy, and Bell was slow to get up after being brought down on the sideline.

When he did get up, he was holding his right arm tight against his body, fueling speculation of an injured shoulder or broken collarbone.

Bell finished with 113 yards on 18 carries on Thursday.

I’m in. No, I’m in: Plenty of college football teams have multiple players with the same jersey number. One plays offense, one plays defense, never the twain shall meet.

Of course, there’s special teams to contend with as well.

Indiana will have to take some steps to make sure that they know which players are on the field for special teams this season after incurring a penalty Thursday.

After the Sycamores scored in the first quarter, both Hoosiers who wear No. 40 — safety Antonio Allen and fullback Matt Zakrzewski — went out with the kickoff return team.

That’s a 5-yard penalty.

For what it’s worth, the Hoosiers have a new special teams coordinator this season in James Patton.

Rookie mistake: Speaking of special teams miscues, IU freshman running back Laray Smith gave Indiana State an easy touchdown late in the first half.

After the Sycamores scored to pull within 45-14, Smith — credited by IU coach Kevin Wilson as the fastest player on the team — mishandled the kickoff. When he ran backwards, looking for room to break free, he fumbled.

The Sycamores’ Calvin Burnett recovered the loose ball and fell into the end zone for a touchdown that brought Indiana State within 45-21.

Notable: IU’s game captains were receivers Kofi Hughes and Duwyce Wilson, defensive back Greg Heban and linebacker Griffen Dahlstrom. ... IU backup offensive lineman Jake Reed was ejected for throwing a punch at the end of an incomplete pass in the second quarter.

Wynn-ing plays: Not that IU’s special teams were all that bad.

Shane Wynn returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was the first punt return for a touchdown by a Hoosier since Tracy Porter did it on Sept. 2, 2006. He also became the first Hoosier since Rob Turner in 1990 to score on a punt return and reception in the same game.

And Mitch Ewald moved into second place in IU’s career PAT scoring list while consistently booting kickoffs into, and beyond, the end zone.



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