Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
Ball State scored 24 straight points Saturday as the Cardinals gave head coach Mike Neu a 31-21 road win over Georgia State in his debut. Facing the Neu BSU this week is Indiana. Like their MAC neighbors, the Hoosiers . . .
Here’s a look at the upcoming matchup:
Indiana Hoosiers (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
● IU returns 13 starters (6 off./7 def.) and 57 letterman from last year’s team that went 6-7 overall and 2-6 in the Big Ten.
● Indiana has won 13 of its last 14 season openers and eight of its last nine non-conference outings, including seven straight.
● The Hoosiers outgained Florida International 486-331 overall and also benefitted from a plus-2 in turnover margin. IU was relatively balanced, gaining 240 yards passing and 246 rushing.
● IU had nine penalties for 74 yards, just over twice as much as the Golden Panthers (36 yards).
● Junior quarterback Richard Lagow completed 18 of 27 passes for 240 yards and one TD.
● Six Hoosiers caught at least two passes. Nick Westbrook led the group with six receptions for 70 yards.
● Junior Devine Redding led the rushing attack with 135 yards on 22 trips.
● Rashard Fant, Tegray Scales and Ben Bach had interceptions, with Fant and Scales returning their picks for touchdowns.
● DB Jonathan Crawford recorded seven tackles.
● Sophomore Riley Neal completed 15 of 29 aerials for 130 yards with two interceptions.
● KeVonn Mabon led Ball State receiving with eight catches for 69 yards.
● BSU’s ground game provided 325 yards and all four TDs. James Gilbert led the pack with 29 carries for 160 yards and a pair of scores.
● Corey Hall owned one pick.
● Kyle Schmidt punted four times, averaging 47.3 yards per boot. Sophomore Morgan Hagee hit one of two FG tries, converting from 44 yards out.