Sep 7, 2013; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers player Matt Dooley leads his team onto the field before the game against the Navy Midshipmen at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
There is no question Kevin Wilson has brought his offensive talents to bear fruit in Bloomington, but why is the defense still so horrible? With nine starters returning from last year’s woeful unit you would think they at least have some experience with the playbook, but for some reason it seems like these guys can’t even come close to stopping the run. Heck, I might be able to run it in the endzone against this D and that’s not saying much.
Granted, Navy’s option can be challenge. Especially when I think their quarterback is very talented and has an extremely bright future, so let’s cast Saturday’s competition aside. You do have to give it to the offense because they kept them in the game, but how often do you see Navy score 41 points? Anyway, on to the Falcons of Bowling Green State University.
Many people might not take this team seriously, but they should. They are coming off a big win against Kent State that saw their highest offensive output, 576 total yards, since Dave Clawson took the helm in 2009. The former offensive coordinator at Tennessee, Clawson’s specialty is offense and he likes to employ a power running game. These Hoosiers could be in some serious trouble if they can’t stop the run, yet again.
Let’s take a look at what the Falcons accomplished on Saturday.
- Travis Green’s 24 for 145 game is the best of his career
- Matt Johnson’s 19 for 357 was the best performance of his life
- Ryan Burbrink had 2 receptions for 101 yards, which just happens to be another personal best
- Burbrink’s 92 yard touchdown grab was the third longest in school history
- The Falcons have yet to be denied in the red zone this season and are 11-11 with seven touchdowns and four field goals
Sure, this team may not be an Ohio State in the making, but the Hoosiers better come ready to play. With contests against Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Minnesota, getting to that elusive bowl game will be no cinch. Everybody will be talking all week about Sudfeld being the starter, but they should be talking about Dave Clawson’s team and how they are going to stop the running game. It’s going to be a mighty long year if the defense doesn’t start doing something quickly.
Here are the reactions to the Navy game on Saturday.