Defensive Intensity Carries Over to Practice
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers had an impressive defensive performance, especially in the latter part of, last Saturday's 17-14 come-from-behind victory over Illinois. Saturday's performance was reflected in Wednesday evening practice at Memorial Stadium, as the defense continued to look impressive.
During Wednesday's practice, the Hoosier defense forced three-straight three-and-outs to close practice in style. The defense also forced two big turnovers as well. Indiana sophomore cornerback Courtney Clency ended up with both turnovers as he had an interception and a fumble recovery. The defense made a goal line stand forcing a fumble on third-and-goal that Clency recovered in the end zone. The Indianapolis, Ind., native also had an interception over the middle of the field to stop a drive.
Sophomore safety Buster Larkins and junior safety Herana-Daze Jones each came up with clutch pass breakups. Larkins made a leaping deflection on a pass to wideout Glenn Johnson along the right sideline. Jones make a break on a pass along the left side to Courtney Roby and knocked it away.
Offensively, Roby and Johnson each made some plays of their own during practice as well. Roby juked to his left and went right, leaving a defender in his wake, as he picked up 10 yards and a first down on a one play. Johnson had a 30-yard pass and run from junior quarterback Matt LoVecchio on the previous play.
LoVecchio continued to use his legs to his advantage. One two different occasions, he scrambled out of the pocket and picked up 10-plus yards for first downs. The Bergen Catholic product scored the Hoosiers winning touchdown on an eight-yard scramble against Illinois last Saturday.
The biggest day on offense came from freshman running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Hoosiers leading rusher pounded inside for tough five-yard gains on numerous plays, but busted out for one of the biggest plays in practice. He used his speed to race down the field on the first play during a drive for 70 yards, setting up the IU offense with a prime scoring opportunity at the 10-yard line.
The Hoosiers will travel to State College, Pa. to battle the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. The game is set for 12:10 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN-Plus. The match up can also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (p-b-p), Dan Thompson (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre game, halftime, post game) on the call.
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