IU Drops Homecoming Game to Northwestern
Oct. 29, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana coach Kevin Wilson will do anything to plug the team's defensive holes. On Saturday, it was a new starting lineup.
Wilson started seven freshmen on defense, the most of any FBS team this season, but it was not enough as Northwestern earned a 59-38 victory over the Hoosiers on their 99th Homecoming.
"When you're a young guy and you don't have the confidence and you don't hear the signal, I get that to some degree, but that's an excuse," Wilson said. "To me, it's your job to know your job and to know your assignment, to get the call, to be on top of it and be demonstrative if you're not."
After Indiana opened the scoring with a 12-yard TD run from Tre Roberson, Northwestern answered with 24 straight points -- a 37-yard field goal, a 29-yard TD pass from Colter to Ebert, a 1-yard TD run from Treyvon Green and a 22-yard TD pass from Persa to Dunsmore. That made it 24-7 just 34 seconds into the second quarter.
All the Hoosiers could do after that was trade scores.
Roberson, a true freshman making his second career start for Indiana, was 14-of-26 for 169 yards and one score. He also ran 22 times for 121 yards and a TD. Roberson is the first IU quarterback to surpass 100 yards rushing since Kellen Lewis ran for 148 yards at Ball State on Sept. 20, 2008.
Stephen Houston rushed for a career-high 151 yards on 19 carries, averaging 7.9 yards per carry. It's the highest rushing total for a Hoosier running back since Darius Willis ran for 152 yards at Michigan on Sept. 26, 2009.
The last time Indiana had two 100-yard rushers in the same game came back on Oct. 11, 2003, against Northwestern. BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 136 yards and Brian Lewis added 128.
Indiana finished the game with 319 rushing yards, its third straight Big Ten game over the 200-yard mark. The Hoosiers last achieved this in 2001, when they rushed for 200-plus against Michigan State (489, Nov. 10), Penn State (298, Nov. 17) and Purdue (204, Nov. 24).
The 319-yard total is the most since a 338-yard showing against Akron on Sept. 15, 2007, and the highest in a conference contest since the Hoosiers sprinted for 327 yards against Northwestern on Oct. 11, 2003.
Northwestern's Dan Persa and Kain Colter combined to throw a five touchdown passes, four to Drake Dunsmore.
Persa was 16-of-20 for 261 yards with three scores. Colter completed just two passes, both for scores, and had six receptions for 115 yards.
Dunsmore caught seven passes for 112 yards and broke Jon Harvey's school record for career yards by a tight end (1,356).
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