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A couple good-looking plays on the first drive, but it stalls. IU then starts on defense with a chance to bring the ball carrier down behind the line, but misses the tackle. Short gain, but you still want to make that tackle.
Hey, accidentally posted as Ken, but I'm on as myself now. IU forces a three-and-out and they'll take over again with 12:28 left in the first.
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After hardly using him at all running the ball week one, there's a designed run for Roberson, who runs 50 yards for the touchdown. 12:13 remaining in the first quarter, IU up 7-0.
Former co-OC Rod Smith told me once that Tre Roberson as a runner reminded him of Woody Dantzler — not blazing fast, but a smart, shifty runner. That's what we just saw. Great field vision at the last level of defense.
Try not to judge, but how Mark Murphy got juked by a freshman quarterback will be something he needs to explain in defensive meetings this week.
UMass runs a trick play that goes for a long way - actually came close to matching their output in game one - then Wegzyn runs it for a TD, badly juking out an IU defender. UMass then misses an extra point, so IU leads 7-6.
IU runs out of the "diamond" formation and UMass bites hard on the play action, allowing Roberson to take the ball again and runs untouched 39 yards for the score. 14-6 Hoosiers.
Things just too easy for Roberson right now. UMass' secondary hasn't even looked capable of being in position on either play. 50 and 40 yards.
IU forces another three-and-out. Not a lot of tackles being made on first contact for IU, but luckily, there are enough defenders pursuing the ball carrier that they forced the three-and-out.
Wynn gets a couple touches on that possession, and the drive finishes with a swing pass that results in a five-yard TD to Wynn. 21-6 IU, 7:27 left in the first quarter.
So yea, UMass is not very good defensively.
UMass overcomes a couple of penalties to put a couple first downs together, but eventually runs out of steam and punts. IU will take over at its own 20 after a touchback.
Roberson looking for Duwyce Wilson on third down, but gets nailed on the throw and gets picked off.
Weird call, sneaking there needing that much money. When your QB isn't that old or that big, it's a questionable call.
UMass drive stalls and IU takes over, immediately running for a first down. Clock marching toward the end of the first quarter.
The first quarter draws to a close, with IU up 21-6. Hoosiers also have the ball near midfield.
As IU's driving, Roberson runs inside the five and gets tangled up. He's down on the field with an apparent leg injury.
Yea so this isn't good. Looks like Roberson went down hard on his shoulder. Not sure what's up.
As a silence has come over the field watching Tre taken off the field in an ambulance, Ewald comes onto the field and drills a chip shot FG. 24-6 IU with 12:57 left before halftime.
So yea. That was pretty ugly to watch. Roberson's leg bent quite awkwardly at or tight above his ankle. He had to be carted off in an ambulance. We obviously don't know what happened yet, but the replay alone almost confirms a broken bone of some kind.
Coffman comes onto the field and leads IU down the field. On a fourth-and-2, he and the offense drew a UMass d-lineman offsides to convert. Then Houston punches it in to put IU up 31-6. 8:13 left in first half.
IU with a good mix of pass and run on this drive as the offense marches into the red zone.
Roundtree finishes the drive off with a two-yard plunge. IU up 38-6. They've now matched their season high in points from last year. They did it against Northwestern and SC State.
Indiana's offensive line is playing really well today. Cam Coffman isn't as dynamic as Tre Roberson, but if his line can establish a run game in front of him and block well for him, then he has a chance to keep things humming.
IU with a big 38-6 lead at halftime, but all the conversation still about Roberson. No official word thus far on the state of his injury.
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