The return of the advanced box score means we better reference the glossary. Let’s take a closer look at Indiana’s narrow victory.
- This game was fairly explosive as both teams finished ahead of the 2014 national average. The Hoosiers finished with an IsoPPP of 1.2 meaning their damage was more a result of big plays than it was efficiency.
- It was nice to see the big plays return to Indiana’s passing game. Fortunately, the Sudfeld to Jones connection provided a 57 yard touchdown and 71 yard pass to set up the gain winning score.
- Jordan Howard didn’t break any super long runs, but did have runs of 35, 23, 20, and 17
- On defense the Hoosiers allows big plays of 80, 68, and 57. For the Hoosiers to have a chance defensively this season, the frequency of these big plays must decrease.
- The Hoosiers struggled to move the ball consistently both in the first quarter and in the fourth. It showed when Indiana failed to put SIU away after reaching Saluki territory 3 times in the fourth quarter prior to the TD. On those 3 drives, Indiana punted twice and settled for a field goal.
- Sudfeld was incredible in passing situations going 7 for 12 as well as scrambling for a 1st down.
- It is very concerning to see an SIU success rate[ref] The terms of success in college football: 50 percent of necessary yardage on first down, 70 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third and fourth down.[/ref] of 59% compared to the 2014 FBS national average of 42%. In the second quarter alone, the Salukis had a success rate of 85%.
- Indiana held the field position advantage by starting, on average, at the 29 yard line compared to the 23 for Southern Illinois. Neither special teams was outstanding, although Mitchell Paige did have a punt return to the SIU 46.
- Southern Illinois had 1 additional scoring opportunity, but failed to convert as well as Indiana. The Hoosiers scored 6.0 points per scoring opportunity, settling for only 2 field goals and not turning the ball over.
- While the blocked punt was essentially a turnover, it is not officially credited as one in the record book.
- Marcus Oliver forced 2 fumbles although Indiana only turned those recoveries into 7 points.