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Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell looks to pass to Terrance Turner during the win against Akron. Click on the photo to go to the photo gallery. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

The Hoosiers improved to 3-0 on the season Saturday, defeating Akron, 35-20.

That, coach Bill Lynch said, is the important thing. Indiana must now prepare to face Michigan, which is 4-0 and scored 65 points on Saturday against Bowling Green.

The Hoosiers continued to rely on a dynamic passing attack to carry the team, led by quarterback Ben Chappell. The senior QB was 23-of-33 passing for 342 yards, four touchdowns and did not throw an interception. He has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions this season.

“He’s becoming a very, very good quarterback,” Lynch said. “He makes such great reads and he’ll put the ball right on the  money.”

Chappell found Terrance Turner six times for 121 yards and a touchdown. It was the first 100-yard receiving game of Turner’s career.

In all, seven different receivers caught at least one pass. Duwyce Wilson and Damarlo Belcher each had four catches; and Ted Bolser’s two touchdown catches gave him four for the season, the most since Bob Stephenson in 1979.

“If they run hard they’ll get the ball,” Lynch said. “Ben doesn’t pick any favorites.”

It appears the team got out of the game healthy. Linebacker Tyler Replogle (concussion) and kicker Nick Freeland (hip) did not play. Lynch said the former was his decision.

The Hoosiers did struggle to tackle the Zips, which gained 5.3 yards, on average, on 30 carries. Lynch said the team appeared to be in position, but may not have been wrapping up well enough.


Andy Graham’s analysis

FINAL: INDIANA 35, AKRON 20

Consider the difference between how the Hoosiers and Kentucky, Akron’s opponent the week previous, handled the Zips. UK had just a 6-3 lead midway through the second quarter but then scored touchdowns on six straight possessions to comfortably put away 47-10 cruise.

END THIRD QUARTER: INDIANA 35, AKRON 13

Even when the Hoosiers score on the ground, sometimes it’s a wide receiver, as was the case when Tandon Doss scooted in from nine yards out on an end-around to open the second half scoring. with 1:33 left in the third period.
By that time, IU had already amassed 276 yards passing compared to 57 rushing.

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Ben Chappell runs out of bounds against Western Kentucky. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Warriors expected to name Smart head coach

Former Indiana University standout Keith Smart, whose jumper beat Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA championship game, reportedly will become the head coach of the Golden State Warriors as early as Monday.

An NBA source told the Associated Press the Warriors and longtime head coach Don Nelson are expected to part ways on Monday, opening the door for Smart, who has been an assistant with the Warriors the past seven seasons and long considered Nelson’s replacement.

Smart, 45, has prior head coaching experience in the NBA when he took over for the fired John Lucas midway through the 2002-03 season and went 9-31 as the interim head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He joined the Warriors staff prior to the 2003-04 season.

The 70-year-old Nelson is the NBA’s winningest coach with 1,335 victories in 31 seasons with Milwaukee, Golden State, New York and Dallas. The source did not say if Nelson would resign or be fired.


Women’s basketball recruiting update

There were a couple of questions about IU women’s basketball recruiting in today’s chat with Dustin and Andy, so I thought I’d address that topic and provide an update of what little I know.

As my colleagues correctly pointed out, there’s not a lot of information out there for women’s recruiting like there is for the men. ESPN HoopGurlz does a nice job of sharing information, but once you get beyond most of the top recruits, the intel is still somewhat limited.

Here’s what I can tell you at the moment. According to a tweet from IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack last week, the Hoosiers recently got a commitment. I’m chasing that down as we type.

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