IU Drops Decision at Iowa
Oct. 22, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Marvin McNutt caught three touchdown passes to become Iowa's career leader and Marcus Coker ran for two more scores to lead the Hawkeyes past Indiana 45-24 on Saturday.
Indiana showed some spark early behind Tre Roberson, who became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Hoosiers. Roberson threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Cody Latimer and directed a 73-yard drive that Stephen Houston capped with a 1-yard TD run that tied the score at 14 early in the second quarter.
Roberson completed 16-of-24 passes for 197 yards. The Indianapolis native also added 84 yards on the ground.
The Hoosiers finished with 217 yards on the ground, surpassing 200 yards rushing for the second straight game. Houston contributed 72 yards and two scores.
But the Hoosiers defense couldn't hold up against McNutt, who caught six passes for 184 yards, and the pounding of the 230-pound Coker, who rushed for 139 yards on 23 carries. The Hawkeyes scored 21 unanswered points to take control with a 35-14 halftime lead.
"We didn't tackle well, didn't make stops," said Indiana's first-year coach Kevin Wilson. "I don't think we made a defensive stop until the fourth quarter. So they worked us well."
Coker's 41-yard burst, his longest run of the year, took the ball to the Indiana 24 and on the next play, the Hoosiers' Michael Hunter broke up a pass to McNutt in the end zone on a fade route. McNutt ran the same route on the very next snap and this time, held on to the pass for the touchdown.
Coker's 2-yard touchdown run made it 28-14, then McNutt secured a 29-yard catch with 16 seconds left in the half to make it a 21-point game.
Roberson acquitted himself well in his most extensive action so far. He completed his first seven passes and finished 16 of 24 for 196 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, and added 82 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Penalties made Roberson's job harder and often put the Hoosiers in poor field position. They were flagged five times for holding in the first half alone, three times on kickoff returns.
"I don't understand all the penalties that we had," Wilson said. "There's been some weeks where we've been real sloppy, some weeks -- one game -- where we had one penalty the whole game. It was an offsides call. Today we had a boatload of penalties. We've got to work on that."
One of the holding calls came on Indiana's first extra-point attempt. That followed a false-start penalty, forcing Mitch Ewald to kick his PAT from 35 yards out, a kick that was longer than the 22-yard field goal he booted in the third quarter.
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