Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The Hoosier lost on the road to Northwestern 44-29. IU, now 2-2 (0-1) was embarrassed most of the game, and failed to score until the second half. Undefeated Northwestern in now in the AP rankings at number 24. 

The Wildcats made it look easy for much of the game by scoring 27 unanswered points to open the game. IU showed signs of life by putting up 21 points in the third quarter, but it was too little too late. 

This team has issues on both sides of the ball.

Offense

Cam Coffman wasn't getting it done, so IU switched to true freshman Nate Sudfeld. Sudfeld competed 9-of-16 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. Coffman looked solid against both Massachusetts (anyone would have) and Ball State before suffering a hip pointer. The problem with Sudfeld is inexperience and arm strength. Coffman looked lost much of the game and was not making quick decisions. The Wildcats don't have a particularly good secondary, but IU wasn't really able to take advantage. 

IU managed a pretty solid day on the ground against a very good run defense. 159 yards and two touchdowns with a 5.7 yard average per carry is very good. But it wasn't really until Houston got going that IU was able to make an impact. Houston had 11 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown. 

128 yards in the first half, no points, a missed field goal and a horrible interception. IU can't afford a slow start, not with this defense. Execution seemed to be an issue for the Hoosiers in the first half. With play makers like Shane Wynn, Kofi Hughes, Cody Latimer, and Ted Bolser IU should have been able to pass all over the Wildcats. It looked like some of the receivers took plays off or just weren't motivated to give it their top effort. This is unacceptable and has to be rectified in the locker room. 

More bad play calling. IU seems intent on running slow developing screens, which are essentially pointless. If IU wants to run a screen play, and with some of the speed at receiver they should, it has to be flawlessly executed and the QB, Coffman or Sudfeld, has to get the ball out fast, accurately, and with a strong throw. Otherwise, as seen Saturday, the play gets blown up for a loss at best, and a turnover at worst. 

Defense

In a word, dumpster fire. Serious changes need to be made on defense. There are some talented players on this side of the ball, but the scheme and play calling isn't working. Northwestern hung 704 yards of offense on IU. That's more yards than Baylor had in a 70-63 loss to West Virgina. The defense looked solid in the first half, but due to an ineffective offense, they were eventually worn down.

Kain Colter just scored another touchdown on the Hoosiers. This "quarterback" absolutely dominated IU all over the field. Colter ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns. He also had nine catches for 131 yards. He was 1-for-3 passing with an interception, yet IU still lined up like he was going to pass the ball. It didn't appear that IU game planned for this man, nor did they make adjustments during the game to stop him. 

IU managed to force three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble recovery) but the offense didn't do much when they got the ball back. The three turnovers resulted in: a badly missed field goal, a touchdown, and a punt. The last was was especially bad because it was a potentially game tying drive. 

The pass rush was non-existent. IU has to get off the line of scrimmage fast and get to the QB faster, they simply don't have a good enough secondary to allow otherwise. The defensive line needs some work. The players didn't seem to be giving their best effort on every play and also don't have very good pass rush moves. When IU blitzed, the blitzers attacked the blockers rather than trying to avoid or shed the block. 

Two weeks to prepare for this opponent and IU comes out flat with an uninspired performance. Coaching and preparation are looking like key issues for the Hoosiers going forward. It was nice to see IU fight back, but that shouldn't have been necessary. 

It also appears that IU now has a quarterback controversy with Coffman and Sudfeld. Tre Roberson won't be back this season, but IU needs to find some consistency under center. It would be best for coach Kevin Wilson to resolve this issue as soon as possible. 

Michigan State is coming to Bloomington this week and will be looking to rebound after a one point loss to Ohio State. MSU has an outstanding defense and will really test the IU offense. IU then hosts no. 12 Ohio State. 

As said before, this is the time when we will start to see IU's numbers come back down to earth. Don't expect IU to be all that productive for two weeks.

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