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Indiana vs South Carolina State Football Recap

Indiana 38, South Carolina State 21


The bad news first: The Indiana football team littered the gridiron with entirely too much laundry this past weekend at Memorial Stadium on their home campus. The good news: This was a game and a setting in which a downcast band of brothers could afford to get away with wandering attention spans and a lack of concentration.

The Indiana Hoosiers won their first game of the Kevin Wilson era on Saturday, trouncing their FCS foe, the South Carolina State Bulldogs. However, this game didn’t proceed as easily as it could have or should have. The rocky and uneven performance will not fill the Hoosiers with belief, but the hope is that after carrying around the scars of a wrenchingly tough 34-31 defeat at the hands of Virginia in week two, Indiana got the sadness out of its system and will be ready to play with far more energy and conviction in the weeks ahead. That’s the plan for a new coaching staff which needs to teach the game in a way that will resonate with the entire IU roster.

Indiana piled up 557 total yards, 300 passing and 257 rushing, in this contest. The Hoosiers did move the ball when they weren’t busy committing penalties.  Edward Wright-Baker completed 21 of 27 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman D'Angelo Roberts carried 19 times for 102 yards and a touchdown.  Matt Perez added 42 yards on 16 carries. Sophomore wide receiver Kofi Hughes caught three passes for 47 yards and a touchdown, and had two rushes for 45 yards. However, Indiana took a school-record 20 penalties, which played a large part in their failure to put the Bulldogs away early in the game. 

The Hoosiers did get off to a fast start, scoring 3:01 into the game on a 30-yard pass from Wright-Baker to Duwyce Wilson.  Less than three minutes later, a two-yard Stephen Houston touchdown run gave the Hoosiers a 14-0 lead. However, that 14-0 burst was followed by the parade of penalties plus – it should be noted – some plucky and admirable play from IU’s FCS opponent.

The Bulldogs answered quickly, when quarterback Derrick Wiley hit Tyler McDonald for a 69-yard score on a screen pass.  A one-yard touchdown run by Perez restored the Hoosiers' two-touchdown lead. The Hoosiers led 24-7 at halftime, and the teams traded touchdowns in the second half to give the Hoosiers a 17-point victory.

A Jalen Simmons touchdown run in the fourth quarter brought South Carolina State back within ten points at 31-21, but Hughes' 40-yard catch-and-run put the game away.

Wiley led the Bulldogs with 63 yards rushing from the quarterback position.  Simmons carried 10 times for 52 yards and a touchdown to bolster SC State’s attack.  McDonald finished with seven catches for 159 yards in a valiant effort for an FCS team that just wouldn’t quit.


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By: James Lambert
DFN Sports Staff Writer



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