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The Hoosiers are the first Big Ten team to lose to a Gateway Conference team, and both literally and figuratively the clouds have settled in over Bloomington. Thanks for joining us, and we’ll have more coverage later.
Well, the crowd is into this game. Say what you will about the Hoosiers, they know how to keep it interesting. Really, really interesting.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 35, INDIANA 28
5:50 left in the game: Nick Hill has stepped up for the Salukis. He made two fantastic throws under pressure to move the Salukis 80 yards. Arkee Whitlock blew through Indiana’s defense from 9-yards out to record the score.
INDIANA 28, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 28
8:00 left in game: “Big Play” Ray Fisher just lived up to his nickname, taking a screen 19 yards to set up a 12-yard scamper for a score my Demetrius McCray.
Fisher caught a bubble screen left and saw nothing but white Salukis uniforms. So he curled all the way back — where he had tons of surprised blockers waiting — and turned the right corner to gain 19 yards.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 28, INDIANA 21
10:17 left in the game: Nick Hill had all day and found Phil Goforth crossing over the middle, a few steps ahead of cornerback Chris Phillips, for a 29-yard touchdown pass.
End of 3rd Quarter
All tied. Just a matter of who can make the bit plays over the next 15 minutes. Let’s see if the Hoosiers open up the offense for Lewis. They’ve been pretty conservative so far.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 21, INDIANA 21
0:11 left in 3rd Quarter: The Hoosiers are in a fight here on this beautiful fall day. Nick Hill just found Alan Hill in the corner of the end zone, lofting a pass over Indiana’s defense for an eight-yard completion and score.
So that mistake we mentioned in the post below? It just happened. Kellen Lewis was pressured and tried to make something happen but fumbled instead, and Lorenzo Wims was there to pick it up.
The Salukis now have the ball in the red zone.
INDIANA 21, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 14
3:44 left in the 3rd Quarter: Ryan Kernes broke open in the back of the end zone and quarterback Nick Hill almost missed him. But Kernes was able to reach back and make the catch, not a single Hoosiers defender within five yards of him. Indiana is definitely where it most wants not to be: one mistake or big play away from a tied game.
INDIANA 21, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 7
8:00 left in 3rd Quarter: Marcus Thigpen takes a sweeps left and easily into the end zone from two yards out. Kellen Lewis has the offense working again, twice helping the Hoosiers convert on third downs (their first two conversions of the day, by the way). He scrambled five yards once to keep the drive alive, and then stepped up on another third down and found James Bailey streaking across the middle. That set up the score.
END of HALF
Well, that’s a wrap on a rather blase first half. The Hoosiers capitalized on a few mistakes and aren’t making too many of their own.
So, faithful readers (if there are any), we put the question to you: Should Blake Powers play in the second half, or should the coaches stick with Kellen Lewis?
Oh, check out this beauty of a stat: The Hoosiers gained all of 17 yards in the second quarter, good for just one first down. Something needs fixin’, that’s for sure.
INDIANA 14, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 7
0:27 left in the first half: Nick Hill placed a nifty pass where only Braden Jones could get it. He had run a short slant away from Indiana linebacker Geno Johnson, who couldn’t keep up.
After two plays the Salukis have been pushed back to the five, and have one down to go for the touchdown.
The Salukis have a 1st and Goal, from the 2.
Hill throws to fullback Wise for a first down.
Arkee Whitlock is stuffed but still gains two, bringing up a 3rd and 1 from the Indiana 6. Southern Illinois has used a time out.
Nick Hill keeps on the ball and bursts ahead for a seven yards.
Arkee Whitlock just broke a run, spinning away from what should have been an easy tackle, and has given the Salukis and 1st and 10 at the Indiana 15.
Neither offense is moving the ball much now. Once again the Hoosiers are pinned behind their own 5-yard-line, and once again they’re not doing much to get out of there. Lewis has run once, as has McCray for a total of one yard. Now a pass play falls apart and the Hoosiers will punt.
The Salukis don’t look like a football team that should be able to keep up with Indiana, but the stats tell an interesting story. They’ve run the same number of plays, 16, and only have 15 fewer yards gained, 76 to 91. So what’s the difference?
Well, the Salukis were whistled for four penalties for 34 yards.
End of 1st Quarter
Indiana once again stops the Salukis, who haven’t been past the 50-yard-line yet.
Kellen Lewis throws a long pass toward James Bailey, who has single coverage and a few steps on the defender, but the pass is underthrown and picked off.
Southern Illinois QB Nick Hill rumbled 12 yards before fumbling the ball. William Patterson recovered for Indiana.
INDIANA 14, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 0
Lewis, who’s got a very strong arm, fires a pass to Nick Polk from nine yards out for Indiana’s second score. The pass probably should have been intercepted but it squirted through to Polk, who showed nice awareness to make the catch.
Lewis is still in at quarterback as the Hoosiers start their next drive. On the first play, he steps through the line, drawing the defense toward him, then finds Jahkeen Gilmore sitting all alone for a big gain.
Another three-and-out forced by the Hoosiers, and then a bad snap and punt leads to solid field position for Indiana’s next drive. They’ll start at their own 48.
Southern Illinois is pinned at their own six after a penalty and poor return on the kickoff.
Indiana 7, Southern Illinois 0
Indiana moves the ball easily on its first drive and the Salukis look shaken and are called for three penalties. Marcus Thigpen ran a sweep left from three yards out to cap the drive and give the Hoosiers the lead.
Kellen Lewis earns the start for the Hoosiers and promptly hands to Marcus Thigpen, who takes a sweep left for 11 yards.
After allowing gains of five and four yards on the first two plays, Indiana’s defense stuff feature back Arkee Whitlock to earn the stop.
Southern Illinois will start the game with a 1st and 10 at the 20.
Indiana has one the kick and will kick off to start the game.