This is admittedly a small sample size with no bearing on Saturday’s game, but a look at how Indiana has fared the week after beating a ranked opponent over the last few decades is not pretty.
The last time Indiana followed a top 25 victory with a win the next week was 1987. The Hoosiers won two ranked games that season, first beating No. 9 Ohio State on Oct. 10 and following with a win over Minnesota the next week. The second top 25 victory of the ’87 campaign is where this ugly streak begins.
The wins and losses follow:
1987: Indiana beat No. 20 Michigan, 14-10, on Oct. 24. Lost at Iowa, 29-21, on Oct. 31.
1993: Indiana beat No. 22 Michigan State, 10-0, on Oct. 30. Lost at No. 19 Penn State, 38-31, on Nov. 6.
2000: Indiana beat No. 22 Minnesota, 51-43, on Oct. 21. Lost vs. Penn State, 27-24, on Oct. 28.
2001: Indiana beat No. 22 Michigan State, 37-28, on Nov. 10. Lost at Penn State, 28-14, Nov. 17.
2002: Indiana beat No. 23 Wisconsin, 32-29, on Oct. 12. Lost vs. No. 15 Iowa, 24-8, Oct. 19.
2004: Indiana beat No. 24 Oregon, 30-24, on Sept. 11. Lost at Kentucky, 51-32, on Sept. 18.
2004: Indiana beat No. 24 Minnesota, 30-21, on Oct. 30. Lost at Illinois, 26-22, on Nov. 6.
2006: Indiana beat No. 15 Iowa, 31-28, on Oct. 14. Lost at Ohio State, 44-3, on Oct. 21.
Indiana safety Mark Murphy is a semifinalist for the 2014 William Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced on Thursday. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
Murphy, an informatics major with a 3.85 grade point average, is also a candidate for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and the Senior CLASS Award. He became the ninth Hoosier all-time to earn Academic All-American honors last season.
Murphy, of Akron, Ohio, received IU’s 2013 Jack D. Tichenor Award, presented annually to the male Indiana student-athlete across all sports with the highest GPA, and football’s 2013 Scholastic Achievement Award.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Tevin Coleman gets the headlines, but Indiana has proven to have a deep stable of running backs, Mike writes.
The No. 17 IU soccer team allowed a season-high two goals but scored a season-high four goals for its fifth victory of the season, I wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Stopping Tevin Coleman and the IU rushing attack has Maryland on edge, Aaron Kasinitz of The Diamondback writes.
Winning on the road will be key to Maryland’s debut season in the Big Ten, starting in Bloomington, Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun writes.
Bobby “Slick” Leonard is remembered for his game-winning free throws in 1953, but he hasn’t forgotten the sting of 1954 in the second part of a Q-and-A, from Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.
Indiana baseball officially announced the 2015 schedule on Wednesday, at IUHoosiers.com.
More blitzing, and more effective blitzing, was one of the takeaways in this week’s defensive film study, from Dan at PuntJohnPunt.com.
Tom Crean was scouting a 7-foot junior college center in the 2015 class Wednesday, btpowerhouse.com reports.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Almost as good as the IU defense, Sweet with “Ballroom Blitz.”
When I wrote about Tegray Scales for Wednesday’s paper, I included a quote from linebackers coach William Inge about his trip to watch Scales play last season as a high school senior.
Inge went with IU coach Kevin Wilson to see Scales and Colerain High School play during Indiana’s bye week in late September. What Inge didn’t tell us was that they had a special visitor on that trip to Ohio.
It was Kevin Wilson’s father.
Wilson filled in the rest of the story on Wednesday’s Inside IU Football radio show at the Bloomington Holiday Inn.
“My dad’s here, he was with us a year ago on the open date weekend,” Wilson recalled. “I took him recruiting and we went to see Tegray play. He said, ‘You need that guy.’ My dad became Tegray’s personal recruiter, he thought. He came to practice today and when we took our break he went over to talk to Tegray. That’s all he wants is to talk to Tegray. That’s his guy.”
Wilson also touched on the ACL injuries to Kenny Mullen and Marcus Oliver once again, noting that of Indiana’s four season-ending injuries, three were in non-contact situations.
“One guy planted and got a back injury, two guys planted and got knees,” Wilson said.
After Saturday’s game in the heat led to an inordinate amount of cramping, Wilson said he had discussions with his support staff on Monday about player nutrition for the weeks ahead. He credited senior assistant athletic director for sport medicine and performance Amy Freel and strength and conditioning coach Mark Hill, among others, for their work in those departments.
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The Indiana defense lacked the sharpness of previous outings, but defenders had two goals and an assist for the IU offense in a game where the final tally showed 12 shots apiece. Hoosiers improve to 5-1-2 on the season. Next up is Northwestern at Armstrong Stadium Sunday at 2:30 p.m. HOOSIERS 4, KNIGHTS 2
31:25 Indiana freshman defender Grant Lillard joins the scoring parade with his first career goal. Lillard with a header into the left side of the net of a service by Billy McConnell restores the two-goal advantage. HOOSIERS 4, KNIGHTS 2
41:16 UCF’s Romario Williams, a Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate, finds space in the middle of the pitch and hits a beautiful strike that left Colin Webb no chance. It’s a one-goal game again, as Indiana gives up more than one goal for the first time all year. HOOSIERS 3, KNIGHTS 2
Indiana with just a 7-6 advantage in shots, but Hoosiers made the most of their chances in a game that has been fairly even but for the opening two minutes and a five-minute spurt late in the half that included two goals in 42 seconds. Not sure coach Todd Yeagley will be overly thrilled with the level of play and will be looking for a sharper second-half performance. HOOSIERS 3, KNIGHTS 1
12:54 A corner kick knocked out to IU defender Patrick Doody at the top of the box. Doody took one touch to control, then ripped a rocket from 20 yards out that found the left side of the net. HOOSIERS 3, KNIGHTS 1
13:36 Indiana pressuring, and Dylan Lax took a long-distance chance initially that was blocked but got to the foot of Femi Hollinger-Janzen, whose shot from the left side of the box was saved by the goalkeeper. But the deflection goes to Trevor Swartz, who cleans up with a rebound goal in front. HOOSIERS 2, KNIGHTS 1
34:01 UCF strikes back quickly via a corner kick, the Knights’ first real offensive threat of the night. A bounding ball through the box found Jake Weiss at the top of the 18 and his half volley curled over IU goalkeeper Colin Webb, hit the underside of the cross bar and caromed home for the equalizer. HOOSIERS 1, KNIGHTS 1
42:20: Early strike for Indiana, which lulled UCF to sleep with possession in the back, then struck up the left hand side, as Matt Foldesy’s skipping cross found Jamie Vollmer in front for a virtual tap-in from inside the six. HOOSIERS 1, KNIGHTS 0
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The Indiana men’s soccer team enters tonight’s game with Central Florida at Armstrong Stadium fresh off its first multiple-goal game of the season — a 2-1 win at Rutgers.
After practice on Tuesday, IU coach Todd Yeagley said that while that fact was encouraging, his squad is content to win with defense.
“The 1-0 games are fine with this group,” Yeagley said. “We’re not looking to set any records this year with goals for. Yeah, they’re great, and it’s nice for the players, because those things come with individual awards, but this group is not worried about that. Guys like Tanner (Thompson) just need to feel that goal, not that he’s chasing numbers. He just feels the burden at times of making a play to give us a win, and he did it on Saturday (game-winning goal at Rutgers).”
The Hoosiers could easily have had three or four goals against the Scarlet Knights, but Yeagley isn’t just waiting for the floodgates to open.
“You always say through experience, that tends to happen, but I don’t think this group needs (the floodgates to open) to come to life,” the IU coach said. “Our chances created are very good. WE always get back to assessment, no different than any year. We could be winning 2-1, 3-0 and only getting six or eight shots. Well, then we’re a great scoring team, but we’re just getting fortunate or really sharp on our finish.
“The good news is we’re creating a high volume of finishes and looking to finish from distance, and I think you can create your own luck that way. You’ll get some deflections, some restarts off of it that could lead to a goal. That’s the other thing with this team, we’re pretty dangerous on restarts.”
That high volume has included shot totals of 20, 22 and 17 in the past three games, with the Hoosiers taking more chances from distance than in years past.
“That’s the mentality we want, still a couple ill-advised here and there, which we’ve worked on, a couple on the wrong foot, too far,” Yeagley said. “You have to know your range as a player, but I’d rather have them push on the side of having the freedom to go than worry about it. That’s what we’ve given them.
“We’ll take a couple ill-advised ones over overpassing and trying to combine therough the six and score the tap-in goal.”