Lucas Oil Stadium—The Indiana Hoosiers coming into this evening matchup 0-1 after hard fought loss to the BIG Ten Powerhouse Ohio St. Buckeyes 23-3. The game was closer then the final score indicates. Only trailing the Buckeyes at the break 10-3.
The Hoosiers defense led by senior linebacker Aaron Casey totaling 11 tackles (9 solo) and senior defensive end Andre Carter totaling 4 tackles holding the explosive Ohio St. offensive to a pedestrian 380 total yards and 23 points, and most notably holding pre-season All American Marvin Harrison Jr. to only two receptions. Indiana Hoosiers sophomore sensation All Big Ten player and do it all RB Jaylin Lucus has put the Big Ten on notice with his dynamite offensive play making skills and looks to have an amazing sophomore season.
The Hoosiers routed visiting Indiana State Friday night 41-7 at the Lucas Oil Stadium.
Hoosier head Coach Tom Allen has changed the culture and has the IU fans truly believing in the Hoosiers’ football program.
Indiana Hoosiers started off the instate rivalry, with a masterful opening possession going 4 plays for 48 yards being capped off with a 25 yards sprint to the end zone untouched by Jaylin Lucas to go up 7-0. Freshman QB Tayven Jackson looks poised in the pocket starting the 1st quarter red hot going 8/10 for 127 yards. Jackson wants to prove to the IU coaches, his teammates, and fans that “the stage isn’t too big for the freshman signal caller.” Lucas is showing why he is considered an ALL-BIG player, scoring his second touchdown of 25 yards and has yet to be touch doing so!
The Hoosiers took a commanding 14-0 lead scoring on their 1st two possessions both ended with RB Jaylin Lucas celebrating in the IU end-zone.
The Indiana St. Sycamores seemed to be out matched in the 1st quarter of play, only accumulating 22 total yards and 1.8 yards per play. Hoosier freshman QB Tayven Jackson has his prints all over the opening quarter scoring his 1st rushing touchdown from 10 yards out on a draw for himself, putting his Hoosiers up 21-0.
Senior WR Cam Camper has NFL scouts from the Chicago Bears, and the LA Chargers servicing notice of the 6’2” 195 playmaker from the Hoosiers, showing his NFL potential with two acrobatic catches. Indiana’s defense had the Sycamores under a “No fly zone warning” only surrendering 19 yards through the air and one interception by junior DB Nic Toomer in the end-zone, stopping the Sycamores cold in the 2nd quarter.
IU offensive line were providing gaping holes for the Hoosiers Running backs to choose from all game long. Senior OL Zack Capenter displayed his leadership and run block ability for the NFL scouts. Indiana St. showed some fight with a 75-yard fumble scoop and score by DB Maddix Blackwell, cutting the score 21-7. The Hoosiers had a sizable going into the break leading 24-7.
IU’s Tayven Jackson looked extremely comfortable leading the Hoosiers offense, getting to his 3rd and 4th reads while keeping his feet live. He climbed the pocket and kept his eyes down the field, huge leap from week one to week two.
The Hoosiers have a center piece to build around at the quarterback position. The Hoosiers methodically marched down the field in 13 plays 93-yards taking 6:03 seconds off the clock, finished off by a 2-yard touchdown plunge by Christian Turner. Moving IU up 31-7 late in the 3rd. After three quarters of play, the Hoosiers amassed 444 yards of total offense, Indiana St. Sycamores had 92 yards and only 21 yards passing.
Indiana tacked on another touchdown by Josh Henderson from 3-yards out pushing IU lead to 38-7. Complete domination in this in state rivalry, Indiana bouncing back from their week one loss in a one- sided affair in IU’S favor.
The Hoosiers plays the Louisville Cardinals at Lucas Oil stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana 9/16 at 12:00pm.