The Indiana football team has gotten through their first two opponents without much trouble and without adding too much to the injury list. The Hoosiers defeated Western Kentucky 31-13 and then dominated Murray State 45-3. In the Murray State victory, IU had six rushing touchdowns by five different players. The Racers were by no means a worthy opponent, but it was still an impressive feat to put that many players in the endzone from a team searching to find a premiere back going into the Big Ten season..
By the way, for those wondering Ray Fisher can't really fly, but thanks to Lori Lane for the photo. Be sure to check out the IU Football PhotoBlog! More on the Hoosiers after the jump.
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The Hoosiers opened the season with a 31-13 victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. IU was led by QB Kellen Lewis who rushed for 185 yards and two scores, in addition to passing for 144 yards and two more touchdowns. Lewis's rushing touchdowns were runs of 75 and 62 yards. Andrew Means led WR's in receptions with 6 for 63 yards, and the touchdown grabs were pulled in by Demarlo Belcher and Ray Fisher. The Hoosier defense was without Greg Middleton, who missed the game due to suspension. Starting in his place, Ryan Marando led the team with 2.5 tackles for loss and was constantly wreaking havoc in the backfield. In this victory, the Hoosiers demonstrated good defensive depth and solidified Kellen Lewis as the starting QB.
In their second game, IU dominated FCS opponent Murray State in a 45-3 win. Kellen Lewis was efficient with his passes, connecting on 15 of 21 attempts for 170 yards. However, Lewis had only one rush for -2 yards and no touchdowns on the day. He spent the second half on the sideline, as backup Ben Chappell was given reps at QB. The Chappell led offense was efficient with their possessions, scoring touchdowns on the first 3 drives on the second half and running out the final 12:12 of the fourth quarter in a 19 play drive to kill the clock. As mentioned in the intro, all six scores were on the ground by four different running backs and one by Chappell. The defense was solid, allowing only 10 first downs and 149 total yards. Greg Middleton picked up a sack in his first game and Nick Polk shined with 6 tackles to lead the team along with an interception and a pass broken up. One of the brightest spots of the game was this statistic: zero penalties for the Hoosiers.
With a bye week in Week 3, the Hoosiers will have the opportunity to recover from any slight strains and bruises as they prepare for their toughest opponent to this point in the season, the Ball State Cardinals. BSU is off to a great start behind the play of Nate Davis, Dante Love, and company. I will have more on this game by mid-week as the game approaches.
I would also like to have everyone check out my Big Ten game predictions each week by heading over to TheHeismanRace.com which is a site devoted to college football. I write for the Big Ten on the whole over there, so my Hoosier specific content will remain at ArinItOut. I plan and hope to be providing you with more frequent content about IU football and our Indianapolis Colts from here on out.