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EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Hoosiers had their chances against Michigan State. They scored 28 points against a defense allowing a Big Ten-best 13.4. They had almost twice as many total yards as the Spartans give up.
Tailback Tevin Coleman rushed for 79 yards against a defense that allowed 51.2.
And yet, it wasn't nearly enough. Saturday's 42-28 loss reflected a what might-have-been afternoon.
Coleman got 64 rushing yards on one TD run. He had 15 yards on his remaining 14 carries. The Hoosiers finished with 92 rushing yards.
IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld was 14-for-30 for 137 yards against the Big Ten's No. 1 defense. He wanted to do better. There were opportunities to do better.
Here are his thoughts afterward:
"They're a very good defense, but we stopped ourselves more than they stopped us. We were a hair off on some deep balls that normally are our bread and butter. Me to Kofi. Me to Cody. Just off. I over threw them. We'll get that fixed. We can't afford to do that against such a good defense. It's good to know there are a lot of things we can improve on. We can play so much better than we did."
“It was a communication thing. We'll look at it together and get on the same page.”
“They have really good corners who make you fight for every reception. A few times I was just over-shooting it a little bit. They're good on press coverage, give them credit, but we need to convert on them.”
“I missed throws that were there. I don't think the run game affected us. It was nice to see Tevin take off on that run. We were a hair off and when you pass as much as we do at times, you can't afford to be off. It's frustrating, but we're looking forward to this week and challenge.”