Indiana Football: The Hoosiers look to regain the Old Oaken Bucket

Indiana's Head Coach Tom Allen
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Nov 18, 2023; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Brendan Sorsby (15) is tackled by Michigan State Spartans defensive back Ade Willie (20) during the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports /

Indiana has the players to score against Purdue’s leaky defense.

One of the issues with Indiana has been an inconsistent offense. They have looked better on that side of the ball since Brendan Sorsby has taken over. The offense has looked more balanced, and he’s a plus in the run game and a competent passer. Here is one of the key players for this weekend.

Brendan Sorsby:

The offense has a different bounce, with Sorsby behind center. He’s still developing as a passer but is decisive with the football. One of the most important aspects of his game is that he doesn’t endanger the football. He had a massive game against Illinois, scoring five total touchdowns.

He wasn’t as good against Michigan State but he didn’t turn the football over. That said, he should have a big day against a pass defense that ranks 104th in pass yards allowed.

Donaven McCulley:

If Sorsby has a huge day, it is more than likely that wide receiver Donaven McCulley will also have a big day. At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, he is a matchup nightmare for Purdue’s secondary. McCulley also had a big day against Illinois two weeks ago, and he averaged over 24 yards per catch against Michigan State.

Philip Bidi and Marcus Burris, Jr.:

Purdue has a tremendous 1-2 punch in running backs Devin Mockobee and Tyrone Tracy, so Indiana has to be stout in the middle. Purdue’s dynamic duo has combined for 1,437 yards and 14 touchdowns. The key to stopping Purdue’s offense is stopping the running game.

Forcing the Boilermakers to be one-dimensional means the Hoosiers can pin their ears back and go after Hudson Card.