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It’s not clear whether Devine Redding has a history in track and field. His official Indiana biography lists only his participation in football during his high school years in Ohio.
But the Indiana sophomore running back drew the attention of at least one United States Olympian on Saturday.
Lolo Jones, a specialist in the 100-meter hurdles, critiqued Redding’s leap over Purdue safety Brandon Roberts through a series of tweets, acknowledging Redding’s terrific burst while jocularly pointing to his need for polish.
“The good: Great speed approaching into hurdle,” Jones wrote. “The bad: his trail leg (is) so slow whipping around he has too much air time and that allows him to get tackled. C-. Amazing speed into hurdle. But loses that speed (with) a slow, incomplete trail leg, which allows competitors to catch him.”
Beyond the hurdle, which you can watch below, Redding rushed for a career-high 144 yards on 22 carries — averaging 6.5 yards per touch — and he scored on a six-yard touchdown run. Redding recorded the first 100-yard game of his career last week at Maryland.
WEST LAFAYETTE — Fred Glass isn’t ready to discuss a possible contract extension for Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson.
At least not publicly, anyway.
But that discussion may be coming.
“We just beat Purdue for the third time in a row for the first time in about 70 years, so we’re going to soak that up and enjoy that, and then we’ll talk about what comes next later,” Glass said after IU’s 54-36 win at Purdue.
If an extension is indeed on the way, it would make sense to get it done soon. Wilson, who has two years remaining on his original seven-year deal, will hit the road for recruiting purposes Sunday, and the ability to show continued investment from his superiors will go a long way toward making his pitch.
And after Indiana clinched bowl eligibility for the first time since 2007, Wilson has a good case to make for securing not only his future at IU, but the futures of his assistants, too.
“I saw those College Football Playoff rankings come out, saw that we played four of the top 10 teams toe-to-toe and thought, ‘That’s pretty damned good,'” Glass said. “And these two road wins (are) kind of gravy on that.”
There was one topic Glass was willing to address at length — IU’s bowl future.
The Hoosiers won’t know where they’re headed or which team they’ll face until after conference championships are decided next Saturday. Between now and next Sunday afternoon, Glass says he and his staff will campaign and make their preferences known. Glass joked that his wife likes visiting New York City — a nod to IU’s possible inclusion in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
Either way, Glass, Wilson and the IU football program are simply happy to plan for a 13th game.
“I think a bowl game is like some other things I can mention, maybe like cold beer, there’s not any bad ones,” Glass said. “So we’ll be happy where ever we end up. And, as Kevin said, I think we’d enjoy the opportunity to play a quality opponent, an opponent with a national profile. We’ve been playing them all year and we’d like to take that show on the road a little bit.”
WEST LAFAYETTE — Andrew Wilson didn’t fight back when the foot met his face.
No, instead of demonstrably reacting to getting intentionally stepped on during the third quarter Saturday, Wilson picked himself off the ground and punched the ball into the end zone.
It was a big day for the Indiana running back, who was one of a handful of current and former walk-on players who made major contributions toward Indiana’s 54-36 victory over Purdue. And if proving himself against his team’s in-state rival wasn’t enough motivation, getting stepped on certainly was.
“When that happened, I knew not to retaliate because I was pretty sure the ref saw it,” Wilson said. “In the back of my head, it was a surprise. You just have to move on to the next play.”
He was correct.
After Wilson’s three-yard carry pushed Indiana to the Purdue 7-yard line, Boilers safety Leroy Clark was caught stepping on Wilson’s face mask. Clark was penalized for a personal foul and, three plays later, Wilson dove over a pile for a one-yard touchdown run — the second of his career.
Wilson, who played high school ball at Columbus East, set personal highs with 15 carries for 52 yards on Saturday. After the game, he was among the last Hoosiers to leave the visitor’s locker room at Ross-Ade Stadium, carrying a game program that may one day serve as a keepsake from his special day.
“It’s awesome. It’s crazy,” Wilson said. “I’ve been coming to the Bucket games my whole life. I’ve been an IU fan my whole life. It’s just awesome coming out here, and especially playing at Purdue. Honestly, I’m kind of at a loss for words. It was a great team effort and a great team win. It’s pretty sweet.” (more…)
Coming off a disappointing loss to Ohio on Friday, the Indiana women’s basketball team bounced back with a 90-58 win over Austin Peay in the consolation game of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The Hoosiers shot 70.4 percent from the field in the second half, breaking the game open by outscoring Austin Peay 34-11 in the third quarter.
Tyra Buss led four Indiana players in double figures with 23 points. She was joined by Amanda Cahill with 15 points, Alexis Gassion tallied 13 and Jenn Anderson poured in 10 points.
For the game, Indiana shot 51.5 percent for the game from the field, including 19-of-27 in the second half. IU also took care of the basketball by committing just six turnovers.
WEST LAFAYETTE — Indiana is going to a bowl game with the Old Oaken Bucket in tow.
The Hoosiers closed the regular season with a 54-36 win at Ross-Ade Stadium, earning the program’s sixth win and clinching bowl eligibility for the first time since 2007.
Nate Sudfeld became Indiana’s career passing leader, completing 18 of his 29 passes for 350 yards and four touchdowns, while becoming the school’s all-time passing leader.
With Jordan Howard unavailable, seven Hoosiers carried the ball in his absence. Devine Redding led the way for the second consecutive week, rushing for a career-high 144 yards and scoring once. The win marks the first time Indiana has won three consecutive Bucket Games since 1944-47.
The teams combined for 1,145 yards and Purdue was flagged six times for personal fouls or unsportsmanlike conduct. IU’s defense finished with six sacks and forced four turnovers.
Indiana never trailed and led 24-14 at halftime before Sudfeld opened the second-half scoring by diving into the end zone from three yards out.
Simmie Cobbs led IU with five catches for 92 yards. Cobbs may have had a few more of each if not for some early drops and misses, but atoned for his mistakes with a pair of big catches to cap a 99-yard scoring drive late in the first half. The first grab saw Cobbs race 32 yards downfield to the Purdue 15, where Sudfeld followed on the next play with a high and quick strike to Cobbs in the end zone.
Even after Sudfeld’s rushing score made it a 17-point Indiana lead early in the third quarter, Purdue hung around deep into the fourth.
The Hoosiers appeared to benefit from a knockout play late in the period when Purdue running back Markell Jones fumbled a carry at the IU 5-yard line. An official review determined Jones’ knee was down and Boilers quarterback Austin Appleby threw a quick, two-yard pass to Cole Herdman to cut IU’s lead to 31-21 with 4:28 to play in the third quarter.
The teams traded rushing touchdowns over the next couple possessions, beginning with IU walk-on running back Andrew Wilson’s one-yard dive. Jones closed the quarter with a 20-yard rush straight through Indiana’s defense to cut IU’s lead to 10 points.
Freshman Brandon Knight, who began this season at left tackle before moving to tight end, caught a 22-yard pass for his first career score early in the final quarter. After Griffin Oakes missed the extra point attempt, Appleby finished a 56-yard drive by diving into the end zone from a yard out. He then converted a two-point play to trim the Hoosier advantage to 44-36 early in the fourth quarter.
That’s when Andre Booker delivered the dagger, racing down the sideline to catch a 72-yard pass from Sudfeld and boost IU’s lead to 15 points.
Oakes added a 34-yard field goal — his second of the day — with five minutes remaining in the contest.
After Sudfeld snapped the final play of the game, tight end Anthony Corsaro turned and delivered a big hug to the IU quarterback. Indiana’s sideline spilled onto the field and the Hoosiers celebrated their possession of the Bucket — and the continuation of their season — on their rival’s home turf.
This story will be updated.
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By the numbers
3 Hoosiers who are shooting better than 50 percent from 3-point range while appearing in all six games this season. Nick Zeisloft leads the way at 60.7 percent (17-of-28), followed by Max Bielfeldt (5-of-9) and Robert Johnson (9-of-18).
6 Place Indiana finished at the Maui Invitational seven years after finishing seventh. The Hoosiers’ lone Maui championship came in 2002, with a 70-63 win over Virginia in the title game as Bracey Wright won MVP honors.
7 Less rebounds per game for the Hoosiers during their three games in Maui than during the first three games of the season at Assembly Hall. IU was outrebounded by an average of 36.6 to 34.3 in the past three games.
Indiana’s turnover woes, which came to the forefront while going 1-2 in three games at the Maui Invitational, are just as bad statistically as they appeared to be during the games.
Thursday’s NCAA.com statistics had the Hoosiers ranked 337th in Division I at 17.5 turnovers per game. There are only 346 official Division I teams. Five more teams are in the process of transitioning to Division I status, but all of them commit less turnovers than the Hoosiers, meaning their inclusion would have IU ranked 342nd out of 351 teams.
Indiana is forcing 15.5 turnovers per game, so the news is slightly better in turnover margin where the Hoosiers are tied for 259th with, among other teams, Purdue.
And the ranking bumps up to 172nd in assist to turnover ratio, which shows the Hoosiers are sharing the ball with each other as well as with the opposing team.
Senior guard Yogi Ferrell continues to climb the all-time charts at Indiana. Ferrell passed Walt Bellamy (1,441) and D.J. White (1,447) to move into 17th on the IU all-time scoring list while in Maui. Ferrell now has 1,471 points and next up in 16th is Bracey Wright at 1,498.
With nine assists against UNLV on Wednesday, Ferrell moved past the duo of Damon Bailey and Jamal Meeks into fourth alone on the all-time assists list. He is now just 20 shy of Tom Coverdale in third.
Ferrell is averaging a career-best seven assists through the first six games, well ahead of his 4.9 assist per game average last year.
De’Ron Davis, 6-9, F, Aurora, Col., 2016: Opens the season on Tuesday.
Grant Gelon, 6-5, G, Crown Point, 2016: Scored 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting in a 71-64 loss to Lafayette Jeff in the season opener Wednesday.
Curtis Jones, 6-4, G, Highland Springs, Va. (Huntington Prep), 2016: Named MVP at The Grind Session in Houston with 33 points, five assists and three rebounds in an 84-69 win over Victory Prep last Friday. Added 21 points and 10 assists in 79-68 win over Planet Athlete last Saturday.
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga., 2017: Posted 15 points and three assists in season-opening 65-55 loss to Heritage at the Courtcred Run & Shoot Classic.
Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016: Had 18 points last week in an 80-33 win over Columbus East and scored four points in a 92-47 win over Fort Wayne Bishop Leurs last Saturday.
Ria Gulley, 5-9, G, San Antonio, Texas, 2016: Her Clark High School team is already 14-0 and ranked No. 14 in Class 6A, but no stats available.
Bre Wickware, 6-1, F, Denton, Texas, 2016: Scored 16 points in Guyer’s 65-50 loss to Irving MacArthur on Tuesday, nine points in 44-39 win over Coppell last Friday and 13 points in 68-51 win over Dallas Lincoln in last week’s opener.
Bailey Broadnax, 6-0, F, Crowley, Texas (Hill Junior College), 2016: Delivered 12 points and nine rebounds in a 64-50 win over Howard last Saturday. Is averaging 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds through the season’s first nine games.
Alexis Johnson, 6-1, F, Houston, Texas, 2017: No stats available.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2017: Posted 12 points and six rebounds in Archer’s season-opening 61-46 win over Mountainview.
Bree Boles, 6-3, F, Lapel, 2018: Set the pace with 37 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in a 78-66 win over Cambridge City last Friday, then had 26 points and six rebounds in a 67-41 win over Alexandria-Monroe Wednesday.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A cold-shooting Indiana women’s basketball team went scoreless in the final three minutes of the game in a 63-56 loss to Ohio in the opening round of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday afternoon.
The Hoosiers (3-2) struggled shooting the ball all afternoon, hitting just 28.8 percent from the field.
“When you rely on your guard play, which we do, and they go 6-for-37, that’s not going to bode well,” IU coach Teri Moren said. “That doesn’t give you an opportunity to shoot it, score any points, but we missed a lot of bunnies at the basket down the stretch especially. We went up, regained the lead and then couldn’t get the stops we needed, then didn’t take advantage of some really high percentage shots that didn’t go down for us.”
Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill scored 14 points apiece to lead Indiana, while freshman Kym Royster added a career-high 11 points. Lyndsay Leikem paced IU with nine rebounds, while Cahill added seven. The Hoosiers also stayed in the game thanks to 18-of-23 shooting at the free-throw line.
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