IU Dominates UMass in 45-6 Win
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Indiana totaled 606 yards of total offense and topped Massachusetts on Saturday, 45-6.
Tre Roberson started the scoring with two touchdowns on the ground, a new career mark, one on a 50-yard run and the other from 39 yards out in the first quarter. Roberson later found Shane Wynn for a five-yard touchdown pass as IU led 21-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was much of the same as Mitch Ewald connected on a 19-yard field goal before a pair of rushing TDs from Stephen Houston and Isaish Roundtree gave IU a 38-6 lead at the half. Both of those drives were guided by quarterback Cameron Coffman who completed 8-of-11 passes for 92 yards in his first two drives as a Hoosier quarterback.
With Indiana holding a 38-6 lead at halftime, it marked the highest point total in a half for the Hoosiers since Sept. 2, 2010 (38 vs. Towson, first half).
Indiana's final score came on a Coffman 12-yard pass to Charles Love III in the fourth quarter, marking Coffman's first career touchdown pass and Love III's first career touchdown reception.
"The reason we scored so many points was the defense, because they kept getting the offense the ball," head coach Kevin Wilson said. "The defense is playing better. We are faster and we are a little bit better with conditioning and recruiting, but we are a lot better in knowing what we are doing, playing faster and rallying to the ball."
Indiana went over 600 yards for the first time since Oct. 6, 2001, at Wisconsin (631 yards). Of that total, 331 yards came on the ground.
Kenny Mullen and David Cooper both set career highs in tackles, as they finished the game with eight total tackles each, to lead the team. Defensive back Tim Bennett recorded his first career sack for an 11-yard loss midway through the fourth quarter and defensive end Ryan Phillis tallied the first sack of his career for a 6-yard loss during the third quarter.
Coffman paced the Hoosier passing attack completing 16-of-22 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown pass. He finished with a completion percentage of 72.7 percent.
"I felt comfortable out there and I wasn't too nervous," Coffman said. "I think it went pretty well but there is a lot I can improve on. I am going to go watch the film of the game, continue to get more comfortable out there and continue to get better."
Cody Latimer led the Hoosiers in receiving with a career-high 68 yards on five catches. Roberson led the rushing attack with 114 yards on five carries. Freshman running back Tevin Coleman set career marks rushing for 86 yards on 14 carries, averaging 6.1 yards per attempt.
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 15, as Ball State will visit Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:01 p.m. ET on BTN.
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