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.