News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 30, 2013

Sycamores overwhelmed by Hoosiers in football opener

RB Shakir Bell injures ankles as IU wins 73-35

Todd Golden
The Tribune-Star

BLOOMINGTON — Late in the second quarter, Indiana State’s football team was down by 38 and already in worst-case scenario territory against Indiana.

Mistakes, missed opportunities and injuries all plagued the Sycamores, but salt for ISU’s wounds was still to come.

ISU running back Shakir Bell, so feared by the Hoosiers after he rushed for 192 yards in the 2012 contest, left the game with a shoulder injury.

Worst-case scenario? This was a full-blown crisis.

Bell did not return as he suffered a separated right shoulder, an injury that typically has a quick recovery time. His prognosis could have been worse.

As for the Sycamores? It never got better. An active defense and special teams helped ISU cut its deficit to 17 early in the third quarter, but IU swamped ISU with a sobering 73-35 final score.

"It’s not what we expected or what we wanted. It’s nothing close to what we expected or wanted, but the reality is, it’s what happened," ISU coach Mike Sanford said.

It was the Hoosiers’ second-highest scoring total in school history and most ever scored at Memorial Stadium. IU took a knee in field goal range late in the game which prevented the total amassed against ISU from being worse.

ISU did match its highest point total scored against a Big Ten team. It scored 35 against Purdue in 2006.

Bell was injured when he broke free for a 45-yard gain, but after he was brought down on the sideline by IU’s Mark Murphy, he didn’t get up.

Bell landed on his right shoulder and was on the ground motionless for a few minutes and was in obvious pain when he went to the sideline.

He spent the second half in street clothes. Bell had rushed for 113 yards to that point in the contest.

"I went and got a X-ray and thank God nothing was broken. I'm ready to get rehabbed and got on the field as soon as possible. I have a lot of soreness right now," said Bell, who said he couldn't move his shoulder, but he said he shouldn't be out long and will be back "soon".

ISU also lost starting safety Donovan Layne on IU’s second offensive series of the contest. He was on crutches at halftime. Layne suffered a sprained ankle. Sanford didn't know the severity of the injury, but believed it to be serious.

The injuries cast a long shadow, but a 7-minute, 44-second period of the first and second quarters took the Sycamores out of the game. IU scored 35 points in that period and ISU provided plenty of help along the way.

It started badly for the Sycamores. On its first series, punter Jordon Stangler’s knee hit the ground as he punted. The ball was ruled dead at the ISU 18 and the Hoosiers took advantage of the gift field position as tight end Ted Bolser caught a 12-yard touchdown pass to put IU up 7-0.

"It was a loose snap from center by two new guys [Stangler and long snapper Josh Appel]. As the night went on, those guys did some good things, but that low snap ended up giving them the ball inside the 20," Sanford said.

ISU had an immediate response. The Sycamores marched 75 yards in 10 plays and first-year receiver Sampson Levingston caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Perish to tie the game.

It looked good for the Sycamores, but it was a false dawn.

IU took a 14-7 lead on a 43-yard touchdown catch by Shane Wynn and then the wheels fell off for ISU.

Bell fumbled the ball away at the ISU 41. Three plays later, Tevin Coleman turned a 4th-and-3 play into a 34-yard touchdown to make it 21-7.

"I take full responsibility for that fumble. It got their momentum going. I can't have mistakes like that to put my team down," Bell said.

Perish, who started and took the majority of the first-half snaps, was intercepted by Michael Hunter at the ISU 43 and Hunter returned it to the 15-yard line. On the first play of the second quarter, Bolser caught a 9-yard touchdown pass and IU led by 21.

"[The mistakes] were very frustrating and made things very difficult for us," Sanford said.

ISU answered with a three-and-out and Wynn returned the ensuing punt 58 yards for a touchdown. After ISU failed to convert a fourth down at its own 44, IU struck immediately as Nick Stoner hauled in a 44-yard touchdown on the Hoosiers’ next play from scrimmage.

In a flash, ISU went from a manageable one-touchdown deficit to being down 42-7 with 11:07 to go in the second quarter.

"You find out a lot about your team and you have to fight back in that situation. We had a chance to get back in the game. I believed we'd find a way to win," Sanford said.

The fight back began when Kyani Harris — one of two transfer receivers who started for ISU — caught a 17-yard pass from Perish to make it 45-14. IU then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Calvin Burnett recovered and scored a 2-yard touchdown just before halftime. IU led 45-21 at the break.

An improbable comeback was closer to reality when Connor Underwood picked off Sudfeld and returned his interception 31 yards for a touchdown. With 14:17 left in the third quarter, ISU down just 17.

But ISU’s revival ended there. The Hoosiers went on to score 28 unanswered points to put the game away. A 57-yard touchdown pass from Robert Tonyan to Demory Lawshe rounded out ISU's scoring.

ISU plays against Big Ten competition again next week as it travels to Purdue on Sept. 7. ISU is now 0-11 against Big Ten competition.

"We have to bounce back and correct those mistakes we made to get ready for Purdue," Perish said.

INDIANA 73, INDIANA ST. 35

Indiana St.

7

14

7

7—35

Indiana

21

24

21

7—73

Ind_Bolser 12 pass from Roberson (Ewald kick), 12:32.

ISU_Levingston 11 pass from Perish (Fritschle kick), 8:27.

Ind_Wynn 43 pass from Roberson (Ewald kick), 3:44.

Ind_Coleman 34 run (Ewald kick), 2:46.

Ind_Bolser 9 pass from Sudfeld (Ewald kick), 14:47.

Ind_Wynn 58 punt return (Ewald kick), 13:15.

Ind_Stoner 44 pass from Sudfeld (Ewald kick), 11:00.

Ind_FG Ewald 26, 5:00.

ISU_K.Harris 17 pass from Perish (Fritschle kick), :19.

ISU_Burnett 2 fumble return (Fritschle kick), :08.

ISU_Underwood 31 interception return (Fritschle kick), 14:17.

Ind_Wynn 3 pass from Sudfeld (Ewald kick), 11:48.

Ind_Hughes 27 pass from Sudfeld (Ewald kick), 8:07.

Ind_Coleman 20 run (Ewald kick), 3:11.

Ind_A.Wilson 1 run (Ewald kick), 10:18.

ISU_Lawshe 57 pass from Tonyan (Fritschle kick), 8:36.

A_40,278.

 

ISU

Ind

First downs

15

29

Rushes-yards

39-131

54-313

Passing

175

319

Comp-Att-Int

12-32-1

17-30-2

Return Yards

38

118

Punts-Avg.

10-38.8

3-37.7

Fumbles-Lost

2-1

1-1

Penalties-Yards

7-83

6-66

Time of Possession

27:42

32:18

INDIVIDuAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-Indiana St., Bell 18-113, Tonyan 3-17, Cheeseborough 6-13,

Logan 2-9, High 2-6, Reyes 1-(minus 3), Perish 6-(minus 10),

Team 1-(minus 14). Indiana, Coleman 14-169, A.Davis 10-65,

A.Wilson 8-45, Roberson 5-19, L.Smith 2-11, Houston 8-9, Roundtree 1-4,

Roberts 2-1, Team 4-(minus 10).

PASSING-Indiana St., Perish 11-29-1-118, Tonyan 1-3-0-57. Indiana,

Sudfeld 12-17-1-219, Coffman 2-7-1-29, Roberson 3-6-0-71.

RECEIVING-Indiana St., J.Brown 4-50, K.Harris 2-22, Riley 2-15,

Lawshe 1-57, Cheeseborough 1-13, Levingston 1-11, Bell 1-7. Indiana,

Bolser 6-78, Hughes 3-69, Wynn 2-46, Latimer 2-44, Stoner 1-44,

Roundtree 1-18, D.Wilson 1-11, Roberts 1-9.