Nov. 10, 2012
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten) fell to Wisconsin in its home finale on Saturday afternoon, 62-14.
After Wisconsin started with three scoring drives in the first two quarters, the Hoosier offense responded with a six-play, 69 yard touchdown drive as sophomore Cameron Coffman found junior tight end Ted Bolser in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown reception.
During the scoring drive, Bolser pulled in a one-handed, 41-yard catch for a career-long reception. He finished the game with three catches for 53 yards. IU trailed, 17-7, with 2:25 remaining until halftime.
That burst was short lived as the Badgers managed to find the end zone just before the half with a 69-yard TD run by James White with 13 seconds on the clock.
In the second half, IU put together another scoring drive that covered 87 yards in 15 plays in 3:18 as Coffman threw for his second TD, this time finding wide receiver Kofi Hughes from seven yards out.
Hughes has three touchdowns this season and six in his career.
"I don't like it, don't want to like it, at the same time, don't want to have any excuses," head coach Kevin Wilson said of today's game. "We all need to do better. I felt we've been saying it for weeks that we've been really gaining on it. I thought we had a good week of practice. We did not try to make this game bigger than it was. Give credit to Wisconsin just running it well."
Coffman finished the game 25-of-46 for 233 yards and two touchdowns. With his 25 completions, he moves his season total to 183, which ranks as the 10th-most in a single campaign in program history.
On the defensive side, safety Mark Murphy reached double-digit tackles for the second time this season and the fifth time in his career. The sophomore recorded a game-high 13 tackles and a career-high nine solo stops.
Linebacker David Cooper matched a career-high with 10 tackles, including a career-best eight solo stops, good for the second double-digit tackle game of his career. He also added his second career sack and broke up a pass.
Sixteen Hoosiers participated in Senior Day activities: defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr., running back David Blackwell, fullback Dimitrius Carr-Watson, fullback Mike Carter, defensive end Javon Cornley, offensive lineman Charlie Chapman, kicker Nick Freeland, defensive tackle Jerrell Kirlew, tight end Charles Love III, center Will Matte, defensive tackle Tyler McGuigan, defensive tackle Adam Replogle, punter Chad Roggeman, defensive tackle Nicholas Sliger, punter Mitchell Voss and safety Alexander Webb. The program also recognized senior managers Joe Grant, Travis Kurtz and Tyler Miller.
"Adam Replogle, Will Matte, Larry Black, some of those guys are important in helping us get a little momentum going," Wilson said. "I wanted to emphasize to our seniors, `this is not your last day on the field as a ball player, we've come a long way and we appreciate you guys.' I have respect, a lot of love for these kids because they're doing a lot of good stuff."
The Hoosiers return to action next Saturday at Penn State. Kickoff is set for noon EST with BTN on the broadcast.