Bucket Game Over/Under Review

Courtesy thestate.com

Courtesy thestate.com

The 2014 PJP Over/Under Contest ends in a tie? Really? Tyler H. and Howard S. are your inaugural PJP Over/Under winners. Congrats, guys. Prize information will be forthcoming.

By the way, seven overs this week. Neat.


1. Total IU offensive yards by players from Indiana – Over/ Under 60.5 – Actual = 100

The home state kids came through against the Boilers. Greenwood’s own Nick Stoner returned after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury and had a major impact on his last collegiate game. All four of his catches came in the 2nd half and all resulted in an IU 1st down. He ended up with 40 receiving yards. Senior and Bloomington North product D’Angelo Roberts added 34 rushing yards, 29 of which came on IU’s final drive. Fishers native J’Shun Harris had 2 catches for 16 yards and Indianapolis native Anthony Corsaro chipped in 10 receiving yards.

Six got this one right.

2. Rushing yards by Tevin Coleman while IU is losing – Over/Under 69.5 – Actual = 80

Tevin sort of made the over happen on his own. He only had 51 yards while IU was losing before IU tied the game at 13 late in the 3rd quarter. On IU’s next possession, Coleman fumbled, setting up Purdue with great field possession, which they used to retake the lead. Coleman came right back on the next drive and added 29 yards as IU tied the game back up.[ref] Because apparently that “fumble and you’re out” rule doesn’t apply in the 4th quarter of the Bucket game.[/ref]

I’m assuming all of you figured that IU wouldn’t trail much in this game because you all took the under.

3. Tackles by Jake Replogle – Over/Under 3.5 – Actual = 6

My least favorite Replogle had a nice game, with five solo tackles, including a sack, and one assist. But his brother Mike’s team won.

Only Howard S. saw the over coming.

4. Explosive plays by Purdue RBs Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert – Over/Under 2.5 – Actual = 4

Akeem Hunt had a productive three quarters.[ref] He left the game with an injury and didn’t appear in the 4th quarter.[/ref] He tallied runs of 30 and 24 yards in the 1st quarter and an 82-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter. Raheem Mostert added an 11-yard run late in the 4th quarter.

Five got this one.

5. Total tackles by underclassmen – Over/Under 34.5 – Actual = 37

The line was actually pretty close here. Sophomores (TJ Simmons, Antonio Allen, Darius Latham, Shawn Heffern, Clyde Newton) totaled 16 tackles, and freshmen (Tegray Scales, Chase Dutra, Rashard Fant, Greg Gooch, Kiante Walton, Nate Hoff, Donovan Clark and Tony Fields) added 21 tackles. Underclassmen also notched a fumble recovery  (Simmons), and two interceptions (Scales and Dutra).

Six got this one right.

6. Combined passes defended by cornerbacks Tim Bennett and Michael Hunter – Over/Under 1.5 – Actual = 2

Given Tim Bennett’s PBU totals over the past two seasons, I wouldn’t have guessed Hunter would account for both passes defended. But sure enough, Hunter recorded his first interception of the year and broke up a possible touchdown. If this really was the last game of his career[ref] Hunter, a senior in the classroom but a junior in eligibility, was honored on Senior Day. In the post-game press conference, K Dub indicated that the door was not all the way shut on Hunter’s return. Of course, Hunter mentioned after the game that he’s applying to occupational therapy programs back in Louisiana so it looks like he’s probably done.[/ref], then it was a fantastic way to end his career.

Six got this one right.

7. Largest deficit overcome in a victory – Over/Under 9.5 – Actual = 25

We didn’t know this would be the week of the comeback in the B1G when we came up with this over/under.  Nebraska decided this one on Friday, when they came back from 17 down to beat Iowa in overtime. On Saturday, (1) IU trailed by 10 in the 3rd quarter and came back to win; (2) Wisconsin trailed by 14 to Minnesota in the 2nd quarter and then scored 24 unanswered points and won; (3) and finally, as we all know, no lead is safe in that heated Rutgers/Maryland rivalry.[ref] That the B1G created this year.[/ref] Maryland took a 25 point lead with less than 3 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter. Rutgers came all the way back to tie the game early in the 4th quarter and took the lead for good on a Kyle Federico field goal.

Only Matt E. got this one right.

Check out the final standings here.  Thanks to everyone for playing this year. We’ve really enjoyed putting these together every week (and seeing your picks), and we hope you’ve had fun as well. We’ll do it again next season. Tell your friends.