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College football: Indiana nearly sets scoring record in opening rout of ISU

Indiana's Shane Wynn (1) scores touchdown against IndianState during their NCAA college football game Memorial Stadium Thursday Aug. 29 2013

Indiana's Shane Wynn (1) scores a touchdown against Indiana State during their NCAA college football game at Memorial Stadium, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Bloomington Herald-Times, Jeremy Hogan)

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Updated: October 1, 2013 6:47AM



BLOOMINGTON — In his first start in nearly a year, Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson showed why he regained the starting job.

Nate Sudfeld showed he’s worthy of starting for the Hoosiers as well.

Roberson and Sudfeld combined for six touchdown passes and the Hoosiers rolled to a 73-35 win over Indiana State on Thursday night in the season opener.

The points were the second most ever scored by the Hoosiers, who beat Franklin 76-0 in 1901. The yardage, 632, was the third-best output in school history.

And there’s still room for improvement, according to head coach Kevin Wilson.

“We were a little sloppy in some areas,” Wilson said. “There are a lot of positives, but a boatload of negatives.”

It’s hard to find negatives with the quarterbacks. Two of Roberson’s three completions went for touchdowns, and Sudfeld threw scoring passes on his first two attempts.

He also had an interception returned for a touchdown, but answered that with one of his career-high four touchdown passes.

“I tried to force it,” Sudfeld said of the pass which Indiana State’s Connor Underwood returned 31 yards.

“I was glad they didn’t pull me out. Coach isn’t lying when he says he’s not going to pull you out for one mistake. I was able to redeem myself.”

In last year’s season-opener between the team, the Sycamores kept it close, falling 24-17 despite 192 yards rushing by Shakir Bell.

Bell was essentially a non-factor this time, his night ending after a 45-yard run when he separated his shoulder while being tackled by Mark Murphy. Bell finished with 113 yards on 18 carries.

It was his counterpart across the field, Tevin Coleman, who had the big night. Coleman ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 14 attempts, spearheading a 313-yard rushing night for the Hoosiers.

IU also had 319 yards passing, marking the first time in school history that the team topped 300 yards in both categories in the same game.

The Hoosiers had a chance to set the scoring record when they had first-and-goal at the 5 late in the game. But Wilson chose to have fourth-string QB Nate Boudreau kneel out the clock rather than try for 80 points.

For now, at least, IU’s plan to use more than one quarterback is working.

“It’s obviously a little different, but when you get a little stretch of drives, you kind of get in a nice rhythm,” said Sudfeld, who finished 12-of-17 for 219 yards.

Roberson was 3-of-6 for 71 yards and two scores before leaving with a rib injury. It isn’t expected to sideline him long.

“I could go out and play right now if I had to,” he said.

Wilson wouldn’t say who his starter will be for next week’s game against Navy.

To the rest of the offense, it doesn’t matter.

“I don’t worry about it,” said tight end Ted Bolser, who tied a career high with six receptions and two touchdowns — one from Roberson and one from Sudfeld. “They’re all going to throw the ball. We just call the same plays.”



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