Indiana heads to Purdue looking to win 5 straight against the Boilers for the first time in program history. They are also looking to secure their first bowl game in three consecutive seasons since the 1986, 1987, and 1988 seasons. Tom Allen will look to beat Purdue in his first game as head coach. Only 4 other IU coaches have pulled off the victory in their debut, last accomplished by Bill Lynch in the 2007 season.
A dominating performance by the Hoosiers puts Indiana at 5-6. The 267 rushing yards were the most by IU in a Power 5 game since the 414 dropped on Maryland last year in the Bacon N Legs debut. This one didn’t rely on any gimmicks. The Hoosiers just lined up and ran all over the Scarlet Knights. Continue Reading
Indiana’s running back rushing average against Power 5 teams has steadily decreased over the last 5 years, dropping a staggering 2.74 yards per carry over this period. Indiana sent two backs and two linemen to the NFL during this time leaving an offense unable to run the ball with ease. The line has struggled this year, but the backs haven’t helped either. Applying blame is difficult but there’s a reason we here at Punt John Punt are paid the big bucks.
Run defense that eliminated the big play + a dominating pass rush + Lil’ #16 = a strong defensive performance against the hapless Illini.
The running game shows a pulse and Big Rich throws it short. The IU offense employed a different recipe for success against Illinois. Let’s look at the charts.