Hoosiers Fall Short of Ball State, 27-20
Sept. 3, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Keith Wenning threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score Saturday, giving Ball State a 27-20 upset of Indiana.
"We need to do better at the line of scrimmage and give credit to Ball State," said IU Head Coach Kevin Wilson. "They did a nice job. We only forced them to punt twice.
"I'm glad we didn't have any turnovers but we didn't force any either. The kicking game wasn't bad but we didn't create much. And bottom line, it was like an old classic game where the team that won the line of scrimmage won the game. In my opinion, and to the naked eye, their offensive line and defensive line won the line of scrimmage consistently."
Wenning was 23 of 29 and ran for 61 yards, including a key first down late to help the Cardinals win their second straight over Indiana. The teams last met in 2008.
Ball State rushed for 210 yards in coach Pete Lembo's debut. Ball State trailed 17-14 at halftime, but tied it on a 38-yard field goal just after the break and took the lead on a perfect 20-yard pass from Wenning to Connor Ryan in the corner of the end zone late in the third quarter.
Edward Wright-Baker was 20 of 32 for 272 yards and one touchdown for the Hoosiers.
Adkins set a new career high with his 11 stops, while Thomas recorded his third career double-digit game. Replogle also bested his previous career mark of seven. Sophomore cornerback Greg Heban, senior safety Jarrell Drane and senior defensive end Fred Jones all tallied career bests in tackles as well, totaling 9, 8 and 7, respectively.
Indiana did not turn the ball over tonight. In 2010, the Hoosiers only had two turnover-free games and not since game three against Akron on Sept. 25.
The Hoosiers played nine true freshmen tonight. Wide receivers Jay McCants, Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn, safeties Mark Murphy and Forisse Hardin, running back D'Angelo Roberts, cornerbacks Michael Hunter and Nick Stoner, and long snapper Matt Dooley each made their IU debuts. It is the most true freshmen to play for the Hoosiers since 2003, when Indiana played 11 true freshmen. IU only played eight true freshmen the previous four seasons combined.
Senior wide receiver Damarlo Belcher finished with a team-high 101 yards receiving on four receptions. He also had one touchdown. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of his career. Belcher now has 168 career receptions and is three shy of moving into the second spot on the IU career list.
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