Hoosiers Top SC State, 38-21
Sept. 17, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana's Edward Wright-Baker threw for two touchdowns Saturday, and the Hoosiers rushed for 271 yards and three more scores to defeat South Carolina State 38-21.
The victory gave new Indiana coach Kevin Wilson his first career win in three tries.
"The kids have been doing a lot of things that we like as far as their practice habits or commitments," said Coach Wilson. "So, to get some Saturday reward is something deeply needed and so hopefully that will continue. You keep trying to go to the well and ask them to keep working hard and have a great attitude and coming to work. When you have a couple of hiccups and end up on the wrong side of the ledger you know you worry about that in the coaching transition, who are the true leaders. At least to give them some evidence that we're on track and doing the right things, so it was nice to get a good win. We've still got a lot of areas to improve on but it was a good win."
Wright-Baker contributed over 300 yards of total offense, passing for 273 yards and adding 41 on the ground. Through the air, Wright-Baker completed 21 of 27 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions. He garnered his 41 rushing yards on 10 attempts, good for a 4.1 rushing average.
Freshman D'Angelo Roberts became the first Hoosier true freshman since BenJarvus Green-Ellis on Nov. 22, 2003 against Purdue to reach the 100-yard mark. Roberts finished the evening with 102 yards on 19 carries with a 7-yard touchdown and a long of 33. He also added two catches for 12 yards for a total of 114 all-purpose yards. Most impressive is the fact that Roberts gained all 114 yards in the second half alone.
Indiana led 21-7 at the conclusion of the first quarter, the most points scored by the Hoosiers in an opening quarter since posting 28 vs. Northwestern on Nov. 3, 2011. Indiana scored 21 points in the fourth quarter last week against Virginia, marking the first time since at least 1965 in which the Hoosiers posted back-to-back 21-point quarters. The IU football statistical data goes back no further than the year of 1965.
Derrick Wiley kept the Bulldogs (1-2, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) within striking distance of their first Big Ten opponent for most of the second half. Wiley was 15 of 30 for 216 yards with two TDs.
Indiana finally sealed the win with a 40-yard TD pass from Wright-Baker to Kofi Hughes with 9:46 to go.
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