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Stephen Houston made that drive look quite easy. Haven't seen that kind of purposeful running from Stephen Houston yet this season, but he earned his third touchdown of the season on that drive. Patient but powerful, hard-nosed and smart running from the redshirt junior, and IU cuts the lead to 14-10.
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Houston really impressive on that drive. His yards after contact, cuts and burst all had the look of a hungry running back.
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Ed predicted a four-hour game here tonight and he's looking brilliant right now.
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Indiana gets Ball State to punt. Warning sign for IU: Hoosiers are tipping a lot of blitzes at the moment.
Coffman showing some excellent pocket awareness, as he jukes out a would-be tackler and rolls right to convert on third down.
52-minute first quarter. Credit the reviews and a whole lot of no-huddle offense passes.
With that, we end the first quarter with IU down 14-10. Hoosiers have the ball at midfield.
Wildly unpredictable offenses tonight on both sides. They either bust out 30-yard gains with regularity or can't gain a yard. It will be interesting who settles into a groove as the game moves along.
Speak of the devil, Coffman completes a 19-yard pass to Hughes, then a 21-yard screen pass to Roundtree, then finishes the drive off with a shorter pass to Hughes in the endzone. IU takes the lead, 17-14.
Welcome back Kofi Hughes, who makes two catches, including his first touchdown of the game, on that drive. Great fake by Coffman to sell the last play. Indiana up 17-14.
Hughes with the TD grab, as Coffman starting to sharpen his game. The offensive line gave Coffman great protection on that drive.
Coffman 13-of-16 for 133 yards and a touchdown. Houston has 68 yards rushing and a touchdown on five carries.
Ball State continuing to get good push at the point of attack. The kind of push that turn into much bigger holes later in the game.
Hughes has to hold onto that, but it was thrown way, way behind him.
Ball State's kicker can hit from 51 yards. I know this because he just did. Game tied at 17.
Defense comes up with a big stop, but BSU still knocks in a 51-yard field goal.Ball State specialists looking awfully solid.
Sticking with the theme of either having a great drive or horrible drive, IU goes three-and-out deep into its own territory, followed by a 28-yard punt.
Not a good drive for Indiana. Even at their best so far tonight, the Hoosiers have seemed frantic and wound up. Other than maybe Houston and Coffman, Indiana lacking a little bit of composure tonight.
And there's a dumb 15-yard penalty to prove it. Unsportsmanlike conduct for complaining to an official.
Penalties and field position are killing Indiana right now.
IU offense trying to get the momentum back for the Hoosiers. Need to punch this one in.
I have no idea why, but Indiana goes for the 2-point conversion after a Ball State penalty moves the ball half the distance to the goal line. Houston gets it. Indiana up 25-24. No idea on that. Oh well.
And there it is. The Hoosiers do what they had to and score the TD. Then in a moment of brilliant insanity, Wilson goes for two following a BSU illegal substitution and IU leads 25-24.
Weird half full of strange decisions. A couple questionable play calls that didn't work out, an ill-advised timeout early in the half and one gutsy play at the end of the half that paid off. And IU manages to lead at halftime, 25-24.
All things considered, not a terrible half for Indiana. Hoosiers need to clamp down on the running game, but remember that the spread on this game was just 3.5 points, so there wasn't much wiggle room anyway.
Coffman has been good, Houston too. Defense also needs to capitalize on opportunities, and get more pressure.
Couldn't begin to explain the 2-point try at the end of the half. Maybe Wilson wanted the mental boost of going into the half with the lead.
Some stats ...
Coffman: 23-of-31, 229 yards, two touchdowns
Houston: nine carries, 79 yards, one touchdown
Hughes: four catches, 50 yards, one touchdown
Concerning stat: Ball State has just 186 total yards of offense to Indiana's 343, but the Hoosiers lead by just one. Punting game making a difference right now.
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