Rutgers Over/Under Game Review

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Sure, IU can’t make a bowl, but there’s still plenty to play for in the PJP Over/Under game. Let’s see how you did.

1. Tevin Coleman rushes for 10 or greater yards – Over/Under 3.5 – Actual: 8

We figured the line was a little low, but this was going to be over regardless. For the last 3 quarters, we were treated to vintage Tevin Coleman. He had runs of 18, 17, 67, 10, 68, 16, 18 and 13.  Enjoy it, folks. I don’t think Mr. Coleman will be playing on Saturdays next season.

All 10 got this right.

2.  Zander Diamont positive plays– Over/Under 19.5 – Actual: 16

Diamont made 14 positive plays through the air, 1 on a designed run, and 1 on a scramble. Zander played well enough to secure a win for the overs, but his receivers let him down. Although there’s certainly plenty of room for improvement, this was Zander’s best game so far.

4 got this right.

3. Total yards by freshmen – Over/Under 188.5 – Actual: 184

The line was actually pretty close here. Diamont threw for 179 yards, but 5 sacks left him with -38 rushing yards. Devine Redding carried the ball 3 times for -3. Redshirt freshman Myles Graham was forced into action after injuries to Redding and D’Angelo Roberts and actually looked pretty good, carrying 4 times for 33 yards.

If the freshmen wide receivers could catch, the overs would have had this one. As it was, J’Shun Harris caught 2 passes for 13 yards.

Only 3 got this right.

4. Rutgers 3rd down conversion percentage  – Over/Under 39.9% – Actual: 28.6%

Rutgers ended up 4 of 14 on 3rd down. I was surprised that this one ended up as a win for the under, but really, the defense played well in the first half, allowing only one 3rd down conversion.  In the second half, the Rutgers’ offense rarely needed 3rd down.

9 got this right.

5. Rutgers plays of 0 or negative yards in non-garbage time – Over/Under 17.5 – Actual: 21

Eleven of the 21 were incompletions, 5 were runs for no gain and 5 were runs for a loss. Coming off a 5 sack performance against Penn State, the Hoosiers never got to Gary Nova.

2 got this right.

6.  Rutgers passing yards per completion – Over/Under 16.225 – Actual: 13.6

Rutgers just missed on a few deep balls early and actually completed one that was called back.  Then IU blew a coverage and Nova found a wide open Leonte Carroo for a 56-yard TD early in the 4th quarter. Other than that, their largest completion was 17 yards.

5 got this right.

7.  Total Rushing Yards between Melvin Gordon and Ameer Abdullah – Over/Under 249.5 – Actual 477

MelGor. Whoa. He broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s FBS single game rushing record with 408 yards IN 3 QUARTERS. Ameer Abdullah was held to 69 yards on 18 carries. I believe you call that being “overshadowed.”[ref] Of course, Gordon’s historic day also overshadowed Tevin Coleman’s 307-yard performance. It seems Tevin is destined to be overlooked during his college career. Hopefully he gets some recognition in the NFL.[/ref]

4 got this right.

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Billy